Teams will set sail to raise cash for worthy cause

Some of the members of Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table who will be sailing from Port Solent to Lymington and the Isle of Wight to raise money for The RNLI.
Some of the members of Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table who will be sailing from Port Solent to Lymington and the Isle of Wight to raise money for The RNLI.
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About half of them have never even sailed before.

But that won’t stop 32 people from across the community taking to the high seas on board yachts to raise money for a worthy cause.

Teams from Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table No. 2, Dereham & District Round Table, Portsmouth High School and Waterlooville firm Johnson Controls want to give something back to the RNLI.

Tomorrow morning everyone will set off in 40ft yachts from Port Solent to The Nab Tower, before going on to Lymington.

They’ll stay there overnight and have a dinner with a raffle and silly games at Royal Lymington Yacht Club before heading back the next day. It’s hoped that the weekend of fun will raise £500 for the charity, which saves people’s lives at sea.

The group will cover around 45 nautical miles. Organiser Steve Rukin is a member of Portsmouth and Southsea Round Table No.2.

He’s no stranger to the sea and has been sailing for more than 20 years. He has a dinghy which is moored at Portchester Sailing Club.

‘We have got people taking part who have never done it (sailing) before,’ he says.

‘It’s a chance for them to do something new and raise a bit of money at the same time.’

Steve, who lives in Milton, Portsmouth, says the journey will be a bit tough because the weather isn’t looking great. ‘Navigating the sails will be the main thing,’ he explains.

‘The RNLI is a cause that is close to my heart.

‘It is an organisation which relies on fundraising to exist.

‘It has very limited accessible public money and it is all made up of volunteers.

‘They work in their own time, putting their lives at risk.

‘It’s based in Portsmouth, a naval, seaside city.

‘These guys go out there looking after everyone in the Solent. During the journey there will be silly games and RNLI boats will hook with them and take pictures.

‘The atmosphere will be good,’ Steve says.

Explaining why he loves being out on the water, Steve says: ‘It’s about getting away from it all and doing something which you enjoy

‘At least 50 per cent of the people who are taking part have never sailed before, so it’ll be extra exciting for them.’

More cash will be raised tonight when Steve auctions off sailing equipment at The Port House, Port Solent.

In the past the Round Table has raised money for The Rainbow Centre, Fareham, and Second Chance Children’s Charity in Somers Town.