Hayling lifeboat crew takes part in charity race

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SIX RNLI volunteers took part in a gig race for the charity.

The crew members from Hayling Island RNLI battled force seven winds in the rowing boat which they attempted to race around the island.

Peter Walmsley, Jo Penney, Mark Spittles, Jeremy Baggett, Natalie Gillespie and Paul Nelhams only had 10 hours training between them and used the same boat that comedian John Bishop used to row across the channel.

On the day, because of the terrible weather, the organisers were forced to change the course from round the island to a nine-mile race.

They went from Northney Marina, in Chichester Harbour, to the Fishery Buoy off Hayling Island Sailing Club and back to Northney.

Alan Bartlett, from Hayling RNLI, said: ‘It was a formidable achievement of team effort and endurance – especially in that wind.’

They came fourth in the race and raised £230 but they would like to reach £500.

Anyone who would like to sponsor them should go to haylinglifeboats.org.uk.