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Old 15 July 2010, 09:32   #1
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Help for Heroes - The Forces Windsurfing Challenge

This has just come from the RB12 office - go to the bottom to see how you can help or get involved. Thank you for looking.

The Challenge – The Forces Windsurfing Challenge
Windsurfing teams from The Army, Royal Navy and RAF are planning an attempt to
circumnavigate the Isle of Wight both as individuals and as relay teams. The attempt will be
undertaken during the period 13-19 September with the aim of raising funds for the following
charities; Help for Heroes, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines
Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The Inspiration
Rifleman Craig Wood is a keen windsurfer who, following injuries sustained during Op
HERRICK, is a triple amputee. His ambition is to windsurf again and this inspired the Forces
windsurfing community to complete an arduous windsurfing challenge to raise money for
Craig and those like him to assist them in their recovery. Please see Craig’s story here

The Mission: around the Isle of Wight
To windsurf across the English Channel is 22 miles across the wind and so averaging 15
knots would take less than 90 minutes. To windsurf from Dublin to Anglesey is 55 miles
downwind and would take just over 3 hours. To circumnavigate the Isle of Wight with a
circumference of 58 miles requires the challenger to sail on every point of the wind, combat
very strong tides and infamous sea states. Therefore, the minimum distance is estimated to
be at least 100 miles. In addition, having to beat upwind and sail off the wind the average
speed will be lower than across the wind sailing so depending on the actual distance covered,
wind and tide the challenge could take over 10 hours.

Fund Raising
The primary charity is Help for Heroes, who will receive 70% of the profits from funds raised.
The remaining 30% will be divided equally to each Service’s benevolent fund: ABF The
Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

How you can help
The challenge requires help in many areas, commercial sponsorship, support RIBs, motor
cruisers/yachts, accommodation on the Isle of Wight, vehicles etc. It will require manpower to
assist in the challenge as well as raising funds for the charities. If you can help to support this
challenge in any way please do get in touch via the website http://forceswindsurfing.org.uk/



Press launch
This will be held at 1600hrs on Monday 19th July 2010 at:
Inn on the Beach, 97 Sea Front, Hayling Island, PO11 0AS
The press launch will provide an opportunity to meet and interview Craig and many of the
windsurfers who will undertake this challenge. Personnel from Help for Heroes as well as
each Service charity may also be available for interview.
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Old 23 July 2010, 08:18   #2
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The Challenge – The Forces Windsurfing Challenge - Launched


The windsurfing teams from The Army, Royal Navy and RAF were all present at the press
launch on Hayling Island of The Forces Windsurfing Challenge 2010 on Monday 19 July. The
guest of honour and inspiration for the event, Rifleman Craig Wood was there and even
managed to get out on the water to watch the activities in between his TV and press
interviews.
The attempt will be undertaken during the period 13-19 September with the aim of raising
funds for the following charities; Help for Heroes, The Army Benevolent Fund, The Royal
Navy & Royal Marines Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.


The Requirement – Help needed

A challenge of this nature might sound straightforward but it does require a considerable
amount of logistical support and fundraising. To support this challenge we need your help. If
you could offer to help in any of the following areas then please do get in touch:
1. Fundraisers – If you would be willing to help raise funds for the charities.
2. Motor Boats – Do you have a Sunseeker type of boat that could be used as a
support vessel.
3. RIBs – The biggest requirement will be for RIB’s, in excess of 30 will be required.
4. Yachts – As support boats.
5. Vehicles – Both cars and vans.
6. In Kind sponsorship – Accommodation, food, drinks
7. Sponsorship – We are very keen to discuss what we can offer sponsors.
If you can help to support this challenge in any way please do get in touch via the website
http://forceswindsurfing.org.uk/ or email: info@forceswindsurfing.org.uk
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"3. RIBs – The biggest requirement will be for RIB’s, in excess of 30 will be required."

I have e mailed the organisers to see how I can help as I have probably windsurfed with these guys before off Hayling and also I collect for their charity on the RIBs but not sure on the first planned week if we can get out with them. Anything new I get I will post but we must be able to get the RIBs out for them?
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I will try to put the Parker up for use. Dont know if I can run to every day, but will do what I can.
Can we all liase through you or do we go direct?

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Steve I think we e mail to establish what they need from us. It should take a day of hard sailing and they hope to run on the week 13-19 Sept , weather dependant but if early week I should be able to get out to help so it will be all about the weather I think and then one day only. I have asked where they plan to start. If Hayling that is a bash for you but if they are centralised like Lee On Solent it might attract more help
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I will try to put the Parker up for use. Dont know if I can run to every day, but will do what I can.
Can we all liase through you or do we go direct?

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Direct please through the website or the email address as above.

It will be one day during that time period - I am assuming they will look at the weather forecast and give everyone as much notice as they can when they know when they will be doing the attempt. We hope to take part with the race boat in some way - should be a great event and raise some serious money!

My stepson starts his Officer training with the Royal Marines for which I am incredibly proud (down to his mother really) - so this means a lot to me.
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The flyer that is being sent out says 13 - 19 September, or 11 - 17 October. I guess we cannot criticise them for wanting to pick the best conditions .
Yes, my name has been put on the list - I have worked with the military for years and look forward to supporting them in this way
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Sounds a good cause. I work for BT and know we get involved with various charities from time to time, I will find the right contact in BT and send them some information to see whether BT might want to take part in some sponsoring activities. Fingers crossed.

On a side note if I personally want to (and have the time) to get involved I have a 7.5M rib but would it be requirred to be commercially approved etc ?
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On a side note if I personally want to (and have the time) to get involved I have a 7.5M rib but would it be requirred to be commercially approved etc ?
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IMHO the ribs do not need coding if you are just going out to help support providing no money is exchanged for hire etc.
If Media RIBs are booked to folow then yes those need appropriate codes etc. The RYA regularly use RIB/Boats to act as safety marshalls and just pay for the fuel, and these are not coded in the sense we work under
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Sounds a good cause. I work for BT and know we get involved with various charities from time to time, I will find the right contact in BT and send them some information to see whether BT might want to take part in some sponsoring activities. Fingers crossed.

On a side note if I personally want to (and have the time) to get involved I have a 7.5M rib but would it be requirred to be commercially approved etc ?
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That's brilliant thank you - as C2 RIBS says I don't think it will need to be coded or anything - please forward your details to info@forceswindsurfing.org.uk and I hope the BT thing works out - that would be a fantastic boost to everyone involved.
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