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Will's Weymouth Warriors Fundraising Page

4 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Hi, thanks for visiting our page.[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p]We are raising money for the Will Mackaness Trust - a charity set up in memory of local boy (and head-boy of Wey Valley School) [b]Will Mackaness [/b]who sadly lost his battle with cancer in 2008. Will was a passionate windsurfer, so the trust aims to give as many young people the opportunity to experience the thrill of water activities and give financial support to those who have shown a particular skill in water activities to enable them to progress further.[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p]The local youth windsurfing club is called [b]Will's Weymouth Warriors[/b] in memory of Will. The group is a registered [b]Team 15 club[/b], which is an RYA initiative to encourage young windsurfers along the racing pathway. Yet racing is only part of the club's activities. Run from The Official Test Centre (OTC - the windsurfing partner of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy) the main emphasis of the club is about getting on the water and having fun, whether that be racing, freestyle or just blasting and improving your skills. Many of the young people in the club have benefitted massively from the Will Mackaness Trust. Many were even introduced to windsurfing by the trust. This challenge is their way of saying a massive thank you to the trust and mostly to Pam Govier - Will's mother.[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p]In 2013 the Warriors raised an over £900.00 for the Trust by completing their marathon [url=http://uk.otc-windsurf.com/portfolio/warriors-dawn-to-dusk-challenge/]Sunrise to Sunset Challenge[/url]. It was a real team effort with the conditions becoming increasingly severe throughout the day. The non-planing conditions that greeted them in the morning were replaced with severe gales by dusk. They certainly all slept well that night! In 2014, the bar was raised higher still, with a [url=http://uk.otc-windsurf.com/portfolio/the-warriors-challenge-2014/]downwind challenge set for the Warriors to complete[/url]. On the 22nd August the team left the OTC centre in Portland Harbour and windsurfed all the way to Durdle Door. They encountered everything from planing conditions to being pretty much becalmed, yet by using the Charity's own RS:One boards managed to last over 6 hours on the water and raised nigh on £1000.00 for the charity in the process.[/p][p] [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p]For 2018, the most ambitious challenge yet has been set! When the conditions are right, between now and the end of the year, the Warriors will aim to "BEAT THE LEGEND THAT IS PETE!" It is a challenge thought up by OTC Director, Tris Best, making the most of the unique conditions that present themselves in Portland Harbour. The harbour is the ORIGINAL arena for speed sailing, having witnessed several world records over the years and hosting the one of the oldest annual windsurfing events - Weymouth Speed Week. The local Godfather of speedsailing is Pete Young, who has held many of the speed titles for the harbour, and still does to this day. One of the hardest is the total distance sailed in 24hrs ... and yet this is the one the Warriors are vying to beat! When the conditions are right, the team will assemble at the OTC centre and, as a team, they will try to beat Pete's record of [b]264.448Km![/b] The distance covered will be accurately recorded using a GT31 GPS unit, which will be passed amongst the team in a relay. It is a big big ask ... [b]so the first big goal point will 100 nautical miles (over 185Km). [/b]If successful and with enough daylight left, the team will push on to the ultimate target and record.[/p][p][br][/p][p]To give you an idea of just how hard the challenge will be, Pete managed the feat back on 4th November 2010, and it took him 8hrs and 6mins to cover the distance, averaging 17.63knots. Pete himself is going to be down to oversee the Warriors' attempt and provide tips on their quest. The conditions will be key, so there is a long waiting period, for the winds to be just right. [/p][p][br][/p][p] [/p][p]Through Virgin Money Giving, you can sponsor the Warriors and donations will be quickly processed and passed to the Trust. Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. We really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.[/p]

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Personal Challenge Date

01 Dec 2018


The Will Mackaness Trust

The Will Mackaness Trust



The Youngs

Good luck guys from Lisa James Lily and Isabelle x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


The matrix

Smash it guys!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sue Woods

Good luck with the challenge!


Andy, Jo and Craig Stallman

Good luck everyone, now you have got a challenge on your hands!!

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid



Good luck guys - looking forward to it!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Tris Best

Tris Best

Andrew Stallman

Andrew Stallman

Jo Anstey

Jo Anstey

pamela mackaness

pamela mackaness