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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.

Bandit, with Mike and Fraser aboard, during the 2006 Falmouth 500 race

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 race.

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 Campama LBS

new desk unit for Campama school

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

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 off

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 October 2007.

Pageant is a UK Charity - Registered No 1093963

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