Steve all set for ‘Top Gear’ challenge

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Scarborough Yacht Club Commodore Steve Parker is making the final preparations for a Top Gear style challenge later this month.

He will be getting on his bike to race the yachts taking part in this year’s North Sea Yacht Race on June 27 starting at 10am.

The race, which is being started at Scarborough Harbour by BBC Look North’s Harry Gration, will finish in Ijmuiden, Holland.

Steve will cycle from Scarborough to Hull, get the ferry to Zeebrugge, then cycle to Ijmuiden, a journey of 200 miles in total.

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

He is raising money for Macmillan as his wife Alana has been undergoing treatment for ovarian cancer.

The money raised so far is £2,074, with promises of more to come. Donations can be made at

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 on the yacht club’s website at