Another challenge raising money for Pageant
AZAB - The Azores and Back ocean yacht
race started in 1975 as a single handed race, and has taken place
every four years since. It is organised by the
Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. From the second race in
1979 two-handed as well as single-handed entries were accepted, and
this year, 2007, only 9 of the 61 entries are single handed. The outward
leg departs from Falmouth on Saturday 2 June 2007, and covers about
1220 miles to Ponta Delgada [map], São Miguel
in the Azores. This usually takes
between 7 and 10 days, so there is a week or so to prepare for the
return leg leaving on 19 June. The race is restricted to monohulls
between 9m and 18.5m overall length.
Entry No 32 is Bandit, an Ericson
39, with skipper Mike Martin, and crewed by Fraser Currie. They
have decided to name Pageant as their chosen charity, and will
have our name prominently displayed on the side of their boat.
This picture shows Bandit, with
Mike and Fraser aboard, during last year's Falmouth 500 ocean
We will bring you news and more pictures
as we get them, so keep watching this page.
Bandit's chosen project - Desk units
for Campama Lower Basic School
Pageant recently started
to help another school in Banjul, The Gambia. This is Campama
Lower Basic School. Lower Basic is roughly equivalent to a UK
primary school, with children aged from about 8 to 13. Read more
about Campama LBS on
this web page.
The school had been
allowed to fall into complete disrepair in certain vital areas.
Pageant has already fixed the non-functioning toilets. The
school also lacked essential furniture, and Pageant has arranged
for a local carpenter to provide desk units like this one on the
right. Each seats three children and costs £40.
The crew of Bandit and their friends
are aiming to raise £3000, which will equip four
classrooms with these desk units.
new desk unit for
The Bandit team are collecting sponsorship donations for Pageant and Campama school. You
can help right now by making an on-line donation (see bottom of
page). 100% of every
donation will be used to purchase desk units for Campama. If they
exceed their initial target of £3000, we will ask the Bandit team to
choose a further Pageant project in The Gambia.
The Start - 1pm Saturday 2 June 2007
The race started at 1pm on Saturday 2nd June, with the firing of a
cannon from Pendennis Castle. Fifty of the fifty one boats
started. One boat has since retired from the race and headed for
the Scillies. Pippa, Ian and Pageant members Shelley and Peter
May had a good view of the start from a press launch. Peter is
coordinating Bandit's fundraising for Pageant.
Mike (left) and Fraser
in front of the Maritime Museum in Falmouth
Bandit rounding the
first marker buoy
after the start
Class 4 boats setting
Peter, Shelley, Pippa
and Ian after the start
Bandit successfully reached Ponta Delgada on 12 June,
and arrived back in Falmouth on 28 June. Bandit has raised £412
which will be used to buy school furniture for Campama LBS in