TWO Scarborough sailors are embarking on the most challenging race of their lives in a bid to raise £5,000 for Saint Catherine’s Hospice.
Skipper Pete McIntyre and co-skipper Emma Nutt will tackle the 3,000-mile Two Star Transatlantic Yacht Race to support the charity.
The pair set sail from Scarborough on Friday May 18, with the race starting from Plymouth on June 3.
They will be competing in the gruelling 25-day race in their Sigma 36 racing yacht, called Ruffian.
The race, against 10 other yachts from across Europe, will take them across the Atlantic to Rhode Island on the east coast of America.
Pete and Emma, who are both members of Scarborough Yacht Club, have been sailing together for nearly 10 years and say this will be their toughest challenge, and hope people will support them in raising money for the hospice.
Members of Pete’s family have benefited from hospice care in the past and he was impressed by the work Saint Catherine’s does.
“I don’t think there will be many people in this area whose lives haven’t been touched in one way or another by Saint Catherine’s,” he said.
Emma added: “I was shocked by how much money they need to raise each year to provide their services and it made me realise what a valuable cause it was to raise money for.”
They describe the forthcoming Transatlantic trip as the pinnacle of their racing career, and have written on their JustGiving website page: “We will be tested to the absolute limits of endurance, we will face extreme exhaustion as we battle against fatigue and the Ocean currents.”
Carolyn Jackson, fundraising team leader at Saint Catherine’s, said: “Taking on the Transatlantic Yacht Race is a massive challenge and we are absolutely thrilled and honoured that they have decided to raise money for Saint Catherine’s at the same time.
“It is a huge undertaking and I know everyone at Saint Catherine’s will wish them a safe and successful trip.”
Sponsors can donate via www.justgiving.com/transatlanticchallenge or by texting RUFF98 then the amount of your donation to 70070.
Any corporate sponsors willing to pay more than £250 can have a sticker on the side of Ruffian. For more information or to offer corporate sponsorship contact Pete via firstname.lastname@example.org