13 May 2024

2024's Brighter Futures Sailing Day

Special guests gathered on the Isle of Wight for our annual fundraising event in support of young people at the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron

On May 3, some of the stars of world sailing came out to support young people living through and beyond cancer at our Brighter Futures Sailing Day, an exclusive fundraising event generously sponsored by Ancasta.

Bringing together our incredible supporters at the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wight was a fantastic way of spreading the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s message while enjoying a fun – and competitive! – day on the water.

Along with professional sailors, we were joined by charity partners, volunteers, and people who have been supported by us in the past, who all took part in some thrilling racing on the Solent.

Honoured to take part

In the afternoon, following a barbecue lunch on the Royal Yacht Squadron’s lawn, we heard from Macy, Emily, Josh, and J, who shared their personal stories with those in attendance during a panel conversation.

They spoke passionately about the need to support young people living through and beyond cancer and the profound impact it can have on their lives. Their testimonies played a vital part in making sure the day's guests understood the transformative difference of post-treatment support.

Tactician at Team Aqua, Cameron Appleton, said: “I had a fantastic team on the day, including Josh, who was telling his story on board. It was just inspirational, it was phenomenal to be a part of it. Listening to their stories, their side of life, the emotion, it is quite impactful."

Christian Kamp, Headsail Trimmer at Team Aqua, said: “For us it’s an honour to have the opportunity to come over here and meet these special people who have gone through what is hell, I think, and come out the other side, and to hear about all the good things the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust has helped them with. We had a great day, some close racing, had a lot of fun. We’re happy to do whatever we can to give back.”

Thank you

We are grateful for everyone who attended the event and for those who helped make it such a special day, including Ancasta, Spinlock, and Flying Fish.

Thanks also go to Tom Steventon who photographed the event and captured the excitement at sea, whose photos feature in this article.