Sailing association says thanks to cruise ship crew fund-raisers

Two sailing boats moored up

The associations' boats Freedom and Free Spirit - Credit: Submitted

An association which provides sailing for the disabled in Torbay has sent out a public thank to the crew of the Queen Mary 2 for an ‘amazing’ fund-raising effort. 

The crew of the cruise ship, which with several others has been anchored off the Bay during the pandemic, ran a marathon to raise £1,000 for the Disabled Sailing Association. 

President and founder Dave Musgrove and Chairman Peter Turner have praised the crew. 

They said: “We would like to publicly thank the crew of the Queen Mary 2 for their amazing achievement of running a marathon round the decks of the Queen Mary 2 in aid of the Association. 

“We understand the marathon was organised by the Ship’s Chief Doctor, Gerry McCabe and undertaken by over 40 crew members.  

Ship crew running marathon

Flashback to the crew's marathon - Credit: Submitted

“It is only through the fundraising efforts of our supporters that the association can continue to function and develop its services for the disabled community.” 

The Easter relay marathon on-board saw the crew smash their £500 fundraising target. 

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In his appeal message, organiser Gerry McCabe, said: “The Disabled Sailing Association is a Torquay-based sailing charity, run for the disabled, by the disabled. 

“Locally anchored cruise ships have chosen to support this charity. We would like to thank everyone who has sponsored and supported them for this very good cause.”  

The Association is a voluntary association of the abled and disabled, all unpaid, which provides a unique opportunity for the disabled to enjoy the excitement, freedom and companionship of sailing. 

No sailing experience is required for people who want to join.

Two sailing boats at sea

The boats in action - Credit: Submitted

The Association runs two modern yachts, Freedom and Free Spirit, out of Torquay Harbour.

“As Covid restrictions are gradually lifted our two yachts will soon become a common sight again in the Bay and slightly further afield,” said the association.