Keel signing of Fareham firm’s yacht during race

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THE skipper and crew and friends and family of the PSP Logistics-sponsored yacht entry in this year’s Clipper Round the World Yacht Race have signed messages of support on the keel of the yacht in Sydney, Australia to raise money for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Skipper Chris Hollis was the first to sign his yacht’s keel at Sydney City Marine, followed by Katie Beney, Marine Development for PSP Logistics.

Katie said: ‘The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is the official charity of PSP Logistics and the Clipper Race, so we thought it was a really nice idea to get messages of support written that will travel with the yacht on the rest of the race.

‘As so many of the crew are Australian and from Sydney, it has been really exciting to sail in on the good ship PSP Logistics and then get the yacht ready for the Rolex Sydney Hobart race and the next part of everyone’s adventure.’

John Hickey, customer relations manager for Sydney City Marine, also signed the keel.

Announced as official charity of the 2013-14 edition of the race in October 2012, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust was established by the solo long distance yachtswoman to work with every young person’s primary cancer care unit in the UK, and aims to give young people aged eight and 24 in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

Earlier this year, Kristie Reid, a 21-year-old EMCT charity ambassador, competed in the first leg of the race, which began in London and ended in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil.