Tom's Charity Channel Crossing

On the 5th of September, Year 12 student, Tom Darlington, and a team of 4 other sailors from Rudyard Lake Sailing Club, sailed forty-five miles across the English Channel in aid of Maggie’s, a cancer trust that helps patients going through cancer treatment and their families. 

The team set off from Rye in East Sussex early on Saturday morning. The boat was manned by two crew and the other crew members followed on in the support yacht. The crossing became hairy when the tiny fifteen foot sailing dinghy had to navigate the world business shipping lane that is the English Channel. The team were forced to cross the bows of huge super-tankers and container ships, resulting in one tanker having to give way to the dinghy by doing that can only be described as a ship's version of a hand-brake turn!

After crossing the shipping lanes, the last leg to Boulogne began with Tom at the helm. The winds soon picked up to a Force 4 (30 mile an hour winds), resulting in breath-taking three metre swells. The team landed on French soil 7 hours, 1 min and 45 seconds after setting off, with only one capsize and averaging 6 knots throughout the day.

As a result of this fantastic effort, the Sailing Club has raised  £2,720 pounds of the £5,000 target they set out to raise. Maggie's is a charity close to the Sailing Club's heart as one of their ex-sailors and instructors was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkins Lymphoma and the Trust really helped her and her family get through her treatment. 

If you would like to donate to the Team's fund, you can visit the JustGiving page at:

For more information on the work of the charity, visit:

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