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Charity challenge is plain sailing for Shetland man

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23 Jun 2010

A Shetland man is braving the waves for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research to compete in the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland 2010 sailing race.

Leslie Irvine, Managing Director of Irvine Contractors, is hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity after taking part in the in the 1,865 mile race.

Leslie, along with with full-time yacht delivery skipper, Andrew Wood from Cornwall, set off in their yacht 'Streamline' which has been named as such in recognition of their sponsors Streamline Shipping.

Leslie, who came 1st in Class 2 of the same race four years ago says, "The challenge presented by the race is one that I have chosen to undertake. However, people who develop blood cancers have no choice when facing the challenges that these conditions present.

"After seeing two of my friends suffer from this terrible disease, I decided to support Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research through this race and hope that as many people as possible will wish to join me in supporting this worthwhile charity."

The “Streamline” will be setting out from its Shetland base and making its way down to Plymouth next month. By the time they have sailed to the starting line, completed the race and returned home to Shetland, the two competitors will actually have ended up circumnavigating Britain and Ireland twice, totaling a staggering 3,677 miles.

The race started and finished in Plymouth and included four compulsory stops at Kinsale, Barra, Lerwick and Lowestoft, featured a starting line of 60 yachts including those sailed by Britain’s top offshore sailing talent.

Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Good luck to Leslie and Andrew in the race – what an incredible challenge to take on!

"All the money they raise will go towards vital research into better treatments and cures for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and help us get one step closer to beating blood cancers.”

‘Streamline’ will also carry an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on board so that anyone can follow her progress around the British Isles on www.shipais.com.

To find out more information about the race, visit www.vandaloceanracing.com or the Royal Western yacht club at www.rwyc.org where you will also be updated with daily satellite position reports and blogs during the event.

You can also help Leslie and Andrew reach their £10,000 target by visiting their fundraising page on www.justgiving.com/vandaloceanracing