Steve’s ‘Top Gear’ challenge

BIKE YACHT RACE --- Commodore of Scarborough Yacht Club, Steve Parker, will be racing his fellow club members to Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. Club members will be sailing there, while Steve cycles. // Steve Parker in Scarborough harbour with his bike. Monday 6th April 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

BIKE YACHT RACE --- Commodore of Scarborough Yacht Club, Steve Parker, will be racing his fellow club members to Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. Club members will be sailing there, while Steve cycles. // Steve Parker in Scarborough harbour with his bike. Monday 6th April 2015. HARRY ATKINSON

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Scarborough Yacht Club’s commodore is taking on a Top Gear-style challenge as part of this year’s North Sea Yacht Race.

Steve Parker dreamt up the idea while having a late-night conversation with Andrew Boyes, of Boyes Stores, and the challenge was issued.

The plan is for Steve to cycle solo from Scarborough to Ijmuiden in the Netherlands to race the yachts, which set off from Scarborough at 10am on Saturday June 27.

He will ride to Hull, catch the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge, then cycle to Ijmuiden, a total distance of 200 miles - the same distance as the yachts.

Steve wants to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan as his wife, Alana, is undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.

He said: “I wouldn’t say I’m a cyclist - just a bloke with a bike who likes Top Gear!

“I’ve getting some training in and I’ve ridden from Scarborough to Hull.”

Steve added that people have been very supportive and generous, with his Just Giving web page total at over £800 already.

He is also delighted to have received the backing of Look North presenter Harry Gration, who will be coming to Scarborough to officially start the race.

Steve explained: “Harry will join us for the race brief on the Friday evening, then he will be down at the harbour on Saturday morning.

“Weather permitting, he will either start the race from Scarborough lifeboat, which will fire a maroon, or from the race station at the lighthouse.”

People are welcome to come down to the harbour for the start.

The first North Sea Yacht Race took part in 1981 and over the years various types and sizes of yachts have taken part.

Sponsors and supporters of this year’s event include Macmillan, Boyes, McClarrons and Big Bear Bikes.

Boyes is providing each competitor - yacht and bike - with a satellite tracking device for the race so that spectators can view their progress at www.syc.org.uk

Sponsor Steve at www.justgiving.com/stevensr

In other Yacht Club news, the club is involved in the Royal Yacht Association’s “Push the Boat Out” on Saturday May 9, which is an opportunity for anyone wishing to try sailing to have a go.

Contact Roger Buxton on 07701 386749 for more details about the event.

Also, Scarborough Yacht Club is delighted to be hosting the 707 Sportboat Northern Championships on May 9 and 10 for the third time.

Yacht Club members have eight of these fast one-class design yachts and they are expecting about 10 visitors.