NEWS 16th Sep 2008

The smallest boat takes on the biggest challenge 4 Cancer

Tom McNally's boat
Tom McNally's boat "The Big C"

Following Britain's great sailing success in the Olympics, yet another British yachtsman is about to attempt to enter the record books. Tom McNally will shortly embark on a double Atlantic crossing in his purpose-designed 3 foot 10 inch boat, "The Big C"!

Setting off from Cadiz, sailing to Central America, Texas, Newfoundland and back to his home town of Liverpool, Tom will sail a total of approximately 10,000 miles. He has previously held various ocean records for sailing in very small craft; the last craft being a comparatively massive 5 foot 4 and a half inches. However he subsequently lost that record when American sailor, Mr Vihlen, completed the trip in a boat just half an inch shorter.

Apart from trying to gain the record, Tom is also raising money and awareness for Sail 4 Cancer.

Tom McNally's boat

Having been chosen by Tom to supply his sails, Jeckells the Sailmakers are supporting his efforts by donating a portion of every order received at the next three boat shows to Sail 4 Cancer, starting with the Southampton Boat Show.

Tom's boat, "The Big C" will also be on display at the Southampton Boat Show, so please come along and marvel at what an amazing attempt he is making. (And don't forget to visit Jeckells the Sailmakers on stand G059.)

You can also sponsor Tom and encourage him on his way. (Please note that all the money donated will go towards Sail 4 Cancer not to finance Tom's amazing challenge.)

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Donors & messages of support

Heard Tom on a BBC Radio Solent H2O podcast, very impressed, good luck!
From Mr Martin Wellsman

God speed Tom. My son is in remission from bone cancer and we wish you a safe voyage
From Jeff Cook

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