Boot vs Boat 2014: Will boaters or booters win this unusual race?
This London to Brighton charity race really is very different, as one team is completing the challenge by sail boat, and the other by boot!
On Saturday 23rd August, two teams will race from London to Brighton to raise funds for Sail 4 Cancer. This is Boot vs Boat, sponsored by Sunsail. The action will start at Tower Bridge and conclude at Brighton Pier, with one team under sail and the other walking and running.
Whichever team reaches the end of Brighton Pier first will be the winner!
According to the organisers it should be a very close race, with both teams expected to complete the challenge in around 24 hours. Last summer saw Boot vs Boat’s inaugural event, and on that occasion the sailors struck lucky with favourable winds, reaching Brighton in just 19 hours. Of course this year could be very different…
The racing sailors – The Sail 4 Cancer Team
The Sail 4 Cancer team will cover between 120 and 180 miles by sea in a Sunsail F40 rocket ship. A development of the Beneteau First 40, the F40 is the ultimate performance racer having won 'Crossover Boat of the Year' as well as taking both first and second in the IRC division of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race.
The racing walkers – the Run 4 Cancer Team
Departing from Tower Bridge, the walkers/runners will walk/run around 60 miles overland, taking in a few checkpoints and diversions to make things interesting. There will also be a compulsory rest stop at the mid-way point to help Run 4 Cancer team members to manage the fatigue.
Do you like the sound of Boot v Boat? To join one of the teams, click on the link below
About Sail 4 Cancer
Sail 4 Cancer is a provider of water based days out and short-breaks for British families affected by cancer. The charity was set up by a team of sailing enthusiasts in 2001, all of whom have lost a family member or a friend to cancer.
The organization makes grants to UK based care institutions and funds research into the positive effects of sport (e.g. sailing) and how it can help with cancer prevention and recovery.