In 2016 Joe and Lee decided that they would like to enter into the annual Round the Island Yacht Race, which starts and finishes at Cowes and involves racing against the clock around the Isle of Wight with roughly 1600 other yachts of varying size and shape.
The challenge was that neither Joe or Lee had never ever sailed before, so they enlisted two friends, Paul Adams and Adam Fuller who were experienced skippers and they agreed to do the challenge as well on Adams boat, pictured above. The aim was to raise funds for Planets Cancer charity from Southampton.
On race day it was not looking good weather wise, there were high winds predicted, which suited some but not the novices, but it was too late to back out! The race started at 8am from Cowes and 8hrs 55min later they completed the race, soaked to the skin and completely exhausted, out of the 1600 boats that started 400 did not finish! The weather got up to a force 7 round the back of the island and it was pretty scary at times, but they finished and managed to raise £1600 for Planets!
We also took some small videos of the race…….