FRIENDS Tanya and Liane met a couple of years ago sailing 40ft yachts on the South Coast.
Tanya was fighting breast cancer at the time, and sadly Liane soon discovered she also had the disease. Both ladies found, through their own separate journeys dealing with breast cancer and the struggles this represents, that the sea helped them to keep their sanity when at times they were both physically and mentally close to despair.
They now want to share their love of the water, whilst raising money for the charity Breast Cancer Now, by taking on the Sail the Sea Sailing Challenge on 8 May, 2021.
Tanya explained: “Sailing enables you to be surrounded by friends and being part of a team means your illness no longer defines you. For that moment in time, you are stress free, with nothing but you and the open water, a chance to unplug and recharge, soaking in all those sunshine vitamins.”
Tanya and Liane are looking for teams of women and men for the series of short races around the Solent on prestige racing yachts. No sailing experience is necessary as each team will have a professional skipper and first mate, but everyone will be encouraged to get involved.
After the event there will be a prize-giving and drinks at the local marina looking over the beautiful Hamble River. This includes a prize to the winning yacht and also a prize for the best dressed team. It is £295 per person to enter, which can be self-funded or raised in sponsorship.