Come Sailing With Us

Come Sailing With Us

Proud to be the official charity of the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race 2011-12

The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust was the official J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race charity in 2011 and we will continue our term in 2012. We are extremely privileged to have been selected and are looking forward to lining up on the start against the 1,700 other boats on the 30th June 2012.

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About the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a 50 mile race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participative sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

The Race is unique in that it allows amateurs to compete on the same waters as Olympic, America’s Cup and Round the World sailors, including our own patrons, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Shirley Robertson, OBE. You can read more about the Round the Island Race here.


The Trust and the Race

The Trust is entering four boats in the 2012 event, offering 16 young people the opportunity to take on the challenge. Trust Patron Ellen will also be joining the young people on the water, so look out for our boats!

Last year, you helped us raise an incredible £57,547! It would be brilliant to beat that record again in 2012. There are a number of exciting ways you can support our young people in the race and help us give even more young people the chance to sail with the Trust. 


How can you get involved?


image BUY A MILE .  It’s not just on the water the four Trust boats will be vying to beat each other this year - our new virtual Buy A Mile fundraising map below will also see the boats racing to finish first!  Buy a Mile below to be a part of the Trust community that’s helping to make sure young people can move forward with their lives once cancer treatment ends.

How does it work?
You can support each of the 16 young people and volunteer crew racing on the four Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust boats every mile of the way in this year’s Round the Island Race. 

Choose the crew member and the boat you want to support from mile one to 50 on our virtual map of the Isle of Wight.

Miles are valued between £10 and £50 depending on the part of the race and every mile bought will move your chosen yacht a mile closer to the finish line. Your boat’s progress can be followed here.

Which virtual yacht will cross the virtual finishing line first before the end of the real Round the Island Race on Saturday 30 June? That’s down to you!

By buying a virtual mile you are not only supporting that young person in their Round the Island Race quest, but the hundreds of other young people who sail with us every year too. 

To support a crewmember and boat, scroll to our Buy a Mile map at the bottom of this page and buy a virtual race mile. You can also choose to get Trust Patron, Dame Ellen MacArthur, virtually round the Island as she will once again be joining the young people on the water.

She said: “It’s fantastic to be able to offer 30 young people in recovery from cancer the inspirational experience of competing with up to 16,000 other sailors in Britain’s biggest one day sailing event. I hope through Buy a Mile we can help many more young people in their recovery from the illness in the future.”

The donation process is quick and secure via JustGiving. You can also find Buy a Mile on Facebook, where you can post the link to get friends involved, or phone the Trust and donate directly on +44 (0)1983 297750.

Buy a Mile supports the Trust’s second year as the official charity to the J. P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. Keep an eye out here for further information of what the Trust will be doing to raise money in the Race Village this year.

image Charity Challenge: If you’re thinking of fundraising for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, you can also enter your boat in the ‘Charity Challenge’, where the fastest (on corrected time) ISC and IRC rated yacht around the Island will win a £1,000 donation for their chosen charity (minimum fundraising total of £250 required).