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Ian Hoddle is skippering Rare with Conrad Manning in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race raising money for CLIC Sargent - Ian Hoddle's Figaro II, Rare
As well as hoping to be the smallest yacht ever to complete the race, Ian is raising money for CLIC Sargent - the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families - who are supporting his six year old nephew James, diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this year.

James, from Wooton Bridge, Ryde, is being treated at Southampton General Hospital where he has undergone intensive radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Ian, from Godalming, Surrey, has raised over his target of 5,000 for CLIC Sargent so far and is keen to raise more to say thank you to the charity for all of the support they have provided for James and his family.

His JustGiving page is:https://www.justgiving.com/Rare/

Ian Hoddle: "The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race will be the longest race Rare has done to date. It is an incredibly tough undertaking to race this course Two-Handed. We have to finish the race in 14 days or we will be out of food and out of leave from wor

"We will be raising money for CLIC Sargent as my six year old nephew James was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour earlier this year. Both he and his family, who live on the Isle of Wight, have been supported extensively by this fantastic charity as James very bravely battles this disease. We have raised nearly 5,000 so far and wish to exceed this target."

Dan Powell: "A huge thank you to Ian and Conrad from all of us at CLIC Sargent and good luck in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race! We rely on our supporters to enable us to continue our vital work with children and young people with cancer, and their families."

The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race:
Organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race is one of the toughest yacht races in the world. While other ocean races are longer, racing 1,800 miles around a coastline notorious for highly changeable weather and wicked tides and currents, puts the race amongst the most difficult to complete, let alone win. The 2014 entries include an amazing variety of yachts and sailors; exceptional people who come together as a team to attempt to climb one of offshore racing's biggest mountains. http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/

Tracking their progress: http://roundbritainandireland.rorc.org/2014-fleet-tracking.html

CLIC Sargent:
CLIC Sargent is the UK's leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk

About cancer in children and young people: Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK

Photo : Hamo Thornycroft
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