20th year of fundraising for Children in Need by Salterns Sailing Club
Over £150,000 raised so far by children sailing non-stop for 24 hours in Lymington.
This week the children of Salterns Sailing Club are fundraising for the BBC Children in Need Appeal - for the 20th consecutive year!
Salterns Sailing Club, based at Eight Acre Pond in Lymington, is a sailing club for children, run by children. Over the last 19 years, the children of Salterns have raised over £150,000 for Children in Need - not bad for a small children’s sailing club!
In 1998, the Junior Committee came up with the novel idea of a 24 hour Sail-a-thon in aid of the BBC Children in Need appeal. Then Commodore Rupert Stock and Vice Commodore Emily Dudley followed the example of Pippa Wilson MBE (then 13), Ian Watson and Catherine Putt who ran a 24 hour sail in the Lymington river from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club to Jack in the Basket to raise funds for their trip as part of the International GBR team to the European Cadet Championships.
Every year since, the Salterns Commodores have led their Junior Committee to organising a fantastic Sail-a-thon event and this year will be no exception!
In this twentieth year, a large number of ex-Commodores will be travelling back to Lymington to sail their own ’Ex Commodore’ 24 hour Sail-a-thon alongside the children, many travelling a long way to participate including 1983 Commodore Guy Wilson who will be flying in from Germany!
Saltern’s ‘Old Salts’ include current British Sailing Team members Nick Thompson (Laser), Sophie Weguelin (49erFX) and Hannah Snellgrove (Laser Radial), plus Matt Cornwell, who sailed with Ben Ainslie in the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup challenge, and whose children are now learning to sail at Salterns.
Other sailing champions who learnt the ropes at Salterns Sailing Club include Robbie Claridge and Richard Mason, both of whom were UK Optimist champions, as well as Sam Batten (29er/49er), Ben Batten (29er) and Ben Paton (Laser Radial). The event is also traditionally supported by a host of local Olympians, including Nick Rogers, Pippa Wilson and Stuart and Ado Jardine.
Hannah Snellgrove said, “I’m not sure if I should admit to having taken part in the very first Salterns 24 hour sail... it makes me feel rather old! But what I can safely say is that it remains my absolute favourite event of all time, and the one I have been most proud to be a part of... from sailing in the dark for the first time to seeing the local community come together to organising the 10th edition and bringing the past Commodores back and smashing the fundraising target... it has provided the most special of memories. I’m out training with the British Sailing Team in Portugal for the 20th 24 hour sail, but will be at Salterns in spirit! Good luck everyone!”
This year the Children in Need 24 hour Sail-a-thon at Salterns Sailing Club will start at 4.30pm on Friday 16th November. Many of the members and associate members of Salterns will be taking turns sailing on the pond during the 24 hours as there has to be someone out sailing all the time.
Children from 4 to 17 years will be sailing around the clock, in Optimists, RS Teras, British Moths and Lymington Scows. After dark the older and more experienced sailors will take it in turns to sail, including the Junior Committee.
"The 24 Sail is a fantastic experience for everyone involved,” shared Alex Paton, current Commodore of Salterns Sailing Club who is in Year 12 at Brockenhurst College. “It is particularly exciting for the older children to sail at night, staying at club. We have a lot of fun, however it is hard to keep going towards the last couple of hours, especially when it is really cold and wet. We keep in mind all the time that we are fundraising for Children in Need, helping kids who are not as fortunate as us - that really keeps us going.”
“24 hours sailing for Children-in-Need takes determination and teamwork to keep going whatever the weather, commitment of time to organise and courage to reach out to others - but is great for Club togetherness and is good fun,” said Jeff Dudley, a trustee of Salterns Sailing Club.
During the course of the evening it is traditional for Pudsey and members of the Junior Committee to visit the pubs and restaurants of Lymington, encouraging everyone to dig deep for Children in Need. If you’re planning an evening out in Lymington, do support the Salterns children!
Support the Salterns 24 hour sail via justgiving
You can also help the children of Salterns Sailing Club raise funds on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/salterns-sailing-club-cin. This will donate to the Salterns Children in Need fund.
There are lots of other ways to help the children of Salterns Sailing Club to raise funds for Children in Need. If you know any of the sailors taking part in the 24 hour Sail-a-thon, each will have a sponsor form and will be gathering as many sponsors as possible!
The Salterns Junior Committee will be selling Tombola Tickets throughout the 24 hour Sail-a-thon at Salterns Sailing Club and will have cakes for sale and other fun activities on offer, such as a colouring competition - all to raise more funds.
Make your bids in the Salterns Silent Auction!
The Lymington Lifeboat crew will also be making an appearance at Salterns on Saturday 17th November to encourage the young sailors!
Whatever the weather, do take a walk around the sea wall to the Salterns Sailing Club on Saturday to cheer on the young sailors and the ex-commodores and please dig deep to help then raise as many funds as possible for Children in Need during their 20th Sail-a-thon!