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On this site you can find out about Mary and her QII Challenge, her fund raising for the Institute of Cancer Research through her sailing adventures and motivational talks, view her gallery of photos and videos, track her progress in her races and read her latest news as well as find links to The ICR, and more…
After 21 years of racing with Mary and helping Mary
reach her target for The ICR QII is now looking for a new home. QII is looking
for an enthusiastic shorthanded sailor who will take her on Ostar and the
various shorthanded races for which she was designed.
Earlier this year Mary finally reached her
ambitious £100,000 target for The ICR. This target included about £8,000 of Gift
Aid which the ICR have been able to reclaim from the Inland Revenue on QII
Mary has now raised the whole £100,000 of her
ambitious QII Challenge target for The Institute of Cancer Research. She is
enormously grateful to all those who have helped her in raising this phenomenal
Mary and QII succesfully completed the
arduous Channel Week on Saturday. They finished tied 6th in the 22 boat
fleet with only two other 35 footers ahead of them, and even beat some on irc
handicap, finishing 14th on irc.
QII and Mary arrived safely in Brixham during the early hours this morning after successfully completing the 4th, and longest, leg of Channel Week having left St. Quay in France at 1100 the previous morning. It was also the toughest leg, hard on the wind after a short fast reach at the start. The wind which was F4 at the start increased to F6 to 7 in mid channel, making a hard and wet passage. Mary found reefing and unreefing her large mainsail very hard work and was relieved to reach Brixham safely and well up in the fleet.
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On Saturday 31 July Mary and QII are setting off on
the Solo Offshore Racing Club (formerly Petit Bateau) Channel Week. The course
is Lymington to Alderney, Alderney to Guernsey, Guernsey to St.
The 2010 edition of the Shetland Round Britain and Ireland race was the best in living memory; it had everything a sailor could wish for in a short-handed ocean race.
For a start there was a very big fleet comprising 56 hot boats with keen crews.
The classes were closely matched, from the first cohort of class-40 ever to contend this classic event right through to the Corinthians in class 4.
Mary and Jerry crossed the Plymouth finishing line
at 1007 on Monday. For each of them this was the 6th completed Round Britain
& Ireland Race.
QII arrived in Barra yesterday, Saturday, afternoon at 1622. Kinsale to Barra in well under 3 days! In the process she did some overtaking. She was 4th in her class to arrive and, on corrected time, an unbelievable 3rd! She is currently shown as up to 6th place in the whol;e irc fleet – fantastic for a boat designed for open class racing – but it’s possible that lower rating boats still to arrive will come ahead on irc.
Except for the Class 40s and multihulls, which have their own classes, the Race is run under the irc handicap system. QII was designed instead for classes determined by boat length and so gets a terrible irc handicap. It puts her in class ! although she is one of the smaller boats in the fleet! So Mary was not expecting to beat many boats on irc.
To her amazement and delight the results posted at the Kinsale Yacht Club yesterday evening show QII 8th in the irc fleet of 39 boats QII sets off on leg 2 of the Race to Barra just before 10pm this evening.