The former Chief of Defence Staff and First Sea Lord was Sail 4 Cancer's first appointed Patron. After a distinguished career in the Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence, Lord Boyce is helping Sail 4 Cancer by raising the profile of the charity as well as hosting events.
Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. At his first ever Olympic Games Ben won an Olympic silver medal, which would be his last time coming second. Ben established himself as the world's best after going on to win consecutive gold medals.
Following his historic Olympic achievement, Ben had the honour of being nominated as Team GB's flag bearer for the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony - 'a really proud moment' for Ben. He has now switched his intention to compete in the America's Cup.
"I am honoured to have been invited to be a Patron of Sail 4 Cancer, having regularly watched them at sailing events tirelessly raising funds for cancer treatment and research. The work Sail 4 Cancer carries out to take cancer patients and their families out on the water is only to be admired. I hope as a Patron I can help to raise more awareness and support for this deserving sailing charity."
Dee is a huge inspiration to many people in the UK as in May 2006 she became the first solo female to circumnavigate the globe, non stop, against the prevailing winds and currents. Dee started her career as a secondary school PE teacher before moving into the world of sailing, which led to her joining the Global Challenge Round the World Race in 2004/5 and this is when she became inspired with the idea that she could do this solo. Dee sailed into the record books twice more in 2009. On February 16th she became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, single handed, non stop both ways. Then on 17th June she and her all-female crew broke the world record for sailing around the Britain and Ireland - beating the previous record by a staggering 17 hours and 16 minutes.
Then in April 2011, Dee crossed the finish line of the Barcelona World Race and on completion of this race entered the record books once again as the only woman to have circumnavigated the globe, non-stop, three times.
Dee says, "It is an honour to have been asked to be a patron to Sail 4 Cancer; I am looking forward to becoming actively involved, both in forms of fundraising and contributing towards the future growth of the charity."
A talented and professional sailor who has raced at the top level of the sport for over a decade, including the Whitbread, America's Cup, Vendee Globe and Jules Vernes. Nick joined Offshore Challenges Sailing Team to pursue his sailing career and as a result competed in the Vendee Globe 2004. Nick came on board as Patron in 2003 and has had a very active role: from sailing with patients to fundraising for the charity
Will is an active RYA Yachtmaster and a keen supporter of the South Coast and Mediterranean cruising and racing scene. He has skippered an Atlantic crossing (gaining an ARC class win in the process) and countless Round the Island races and regattas. He has also taught sailing and helped develop the UK's provision of sailing opportunities for disabled and blind people. He has recently moved into management and educational consulting from a career in university teaching and leadership which culminated as Deputy Director of the University of the Arts in London.
Will's life has been touched by cancer - affecting both friends and family. Some of them, he feels, gained really worthwhile respite by spending time on the water together.
Now dividing his time between interests in the UK, USA and mainland Europe, Will is keen to strengthen Sail 4 Cancer's collaboration with the marine holiday and charter industry. Also with individual sailors who see the combination of charitable activities and their passion for the sea as a great way of giving something back.
Robert worked at sea for 12 years as a senior deck officer driving some of the most prestigious cruise ships and large yachts on the seas. Since leaving the sea in 2007, he has worked in the capacity of Surveyor, representing a number of Flag States ensuring compliance aboard all ship and yacht types.
Robert has been a volunteer for Sail 4 Cancer since 2011; he helps to organise events and represents the charity at meetings. Robert is a very keen sailor and races as often as possible aboard yachts around the south coast of the UK.
Kerry is a Director at the largest VSAT communications provider to the Superyacht industry. Although a recreational sailor, Kerry has been involved in small yacht races in New Zealand, Antigua and Europe. In 2013 he joined the Sail 4 Cancer cause where, with a group of likeminded individuals from the superyacht industry, he helped raise over £30,000 through regatta sponsorship and life raft challenge events. In early 2014 Kerry was honored to take position as Ambassador for Sail 4 Cancer as it combines two of his passions namely sailing and charity work. Over the years Kerry has been involved with many charity functions which include events as minor as the organization of quizzes and parachute jumps to much larger scale projects such as cycling across Malawi in support of Children with HIV. Kerry is committed to Sail 4 Cancer because he has seen the impact the disease has on the families of cancer patients and truly believes that the gift of happy memories is essential for the recovery process for all.
Phil Sharp is Britain's most promising up and coming offshore yachtsman. He claimed victory in the 2006 edition of the notorious Route du Rhum solo transat race, and recently finished the 2011 Solitaire du Figaro as the highest Brit in the history of the race. Phil's goal is clear: to be the first Briton to win the famous Vendée Globe. This race is the pinnacle of the sailing world: non-stop, around the world, single-handed, without assistance.
Ian is a Lecturer teaching Merchant Navy engineering cadets at the Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University. Ian has been a sailor for the last twelve years, sailing dinghies on the reservoirs of the north, before taking up sailing on the Solent. His involvement with Sail 4 Cancer started when his wife was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Trips provided by the charity gave vital respite from the full time job of fighting cancer. In aid of Sail 4 cancer he has completed the Boot vs. Boat challenge sailing from London to Brighton and has been part of the team supporting Warsash cadets taking part in the charity’s liferaft challenge. As an Ambassador Ian hopes to communicate the importance of providing respite to those living with the effects of cancer.
Laura is a British Olympian and her story is one of determination and inspiration, with a late start in her sailing career Laura learnt what a 'wind shift' was and the basics of yacht racing whilst on a sailing holiday in 1998. Six years later Laura represented Team GB at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. Ranked 2nd in the world in the summer of 2006 Laura is training hard to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. When off the water Laura is under the wing of the BBC, learning the skills needed for a future in Sports Broadcasting.
"I am proud to support Sail 4 Cancer. This charity couldn't be closer to my heart, for having lost friends to this disease and for my love of sailing. I think the team does a wonderful job, it's really touching the great work they do. I look forward to being a part of the Sail 4 Cancer team and will embrace my role as an Ambassador."
A dedicated youth sailor, Rachel is representing Sail 4 Cancer on the Olympic circuit in the Yngling keel boat class. Spending 365 days a year dedicated to becoming an Olympian, Rachel appreciates just how privileged she is to be healthy and going for gold in 2012 and is proud to be an ambassador. Rachel is enthusiastic about supporting Sail 4 Cancer in every way possible, taking time out to sail with families as well as attending functions and fundraising in between training.