Simon's Fastnet Challenge - In Memory of Gary Copland

Simon Trayling has joined a crew of 10 sailors to participate in the most gruelling and tactically challenging of classic offshore sailing races. 'Vixter' will be one of some 300 yachts embarking on the challenge of the Fastnet. The 608 mile course starts at Cowes, Isle of Wight and heads towards the Fastnet Rock off Southwest Ireland, around the Scilly Isles and back to the finish line in Plymouth. The race boats set sail from Cowes on Sunday 11 August 2013. Participation in the race itself requires the successful completion of four qualifying races, training weekends and a sea survival course.

Simon is determined to complete his personal Fastnet challenge in the memory of his dear friend Gary Copland. It was Gary who first introduced Simon to their shared passion for sailing. They often spoke about taking on the challenge of the Fastnet together, and Gary's dream was to buy a racing yacht for that purpose. Sadly this was not to be - Gary lost his short but aggressive battle with Leukaemia on 24 May 2012, leaving behind his beloved wife and young family.

Vixter getting ready to race

Simon will be fundraising for Sail 4 Cancer, a charity which aims to improve the quality of life for families in the UK who are living with the effects of cancer. From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer, life is taken over by hospital visits, treatments, tests, uncertainty, and financial worries. For a single day, or a few weeks, Sail 4 Cancer takes cancer patients and their families away from the disease and the nightmare that they are living through. Having seen first hand the harsh impact cancer has on a family, Simon is keen to support this charity in its work to make life just a little more bearable for other families living through their own cancer nightmare.

Message from Simon

"Gary was one of the most generous people you could meet in a lifetime, and those who had the fortune of knowing him will vouch for that. I know that he would have supported this charity and the work it does for cancer sufferers and their families - because sharing and giving was what Gary was all about - and it's what he did best. The only taking he really did was 'taking the Michael'. Thanks for your support."

Please support Simon and his absent friend in this demanding challenge - Sail 4 Cancer can make valuable use of every single penny we are able to raise. Sailing costs related to the challenge will be self-funded, so all monies raised will directly support the charity.

Thank You

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Donors & messages of support


+ £2.50
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Well done Simon from Karen & Joseph (offline donation)
From Mrs S E Trayling

Great cause, well done.
From Conor Fanning

Congratulations on the great time Dad! Couldn't be more proud x
From Adam Trayling

jaime lamont and all at MJZ


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From Mrs K Waters


+ £6.25
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good luck simon hope you dont get see sick


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Not long now. I have plenty of ginger biscuits.
From B A J Rawstorne

Great cause, hope it goes well for us on Vixter
From andrew arthur


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Gd luck Simon from Colin Annalise & Georgia
From Mr c a Harding


+ £2.50
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Good Luck Simon, with our very best wishes (offline donation from Barbara & Alan Ricard) x
From Mrs Suzanne E Trayling

Online donations £1,890.00. Other sources £100.00

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