Dear Boards

I am in the process of organising a Fund Raising Fun Cruise down Southampton Water from Eling to Calshot, a distance of 10.89 miles not allowing for to many tacks or gybes, on 24th Sept. 06. The object is to raise money for an operation for my grandson, Ben.

Aged two and a half, Ben was born with a foot defect called congenital bilateral talipes - which means his feet have turned inwards. Ben has already undergone 2 operations since he was born; the first one was to close a hole in his heart using open heart surgery and in the second his feet have been operated on (see the above picture) Unfortunately the last foot operation was not as successful as hoped.

I have been in contact with some of the importers asking if they would supply some old stock for a raffle at Solentsailboards and I am very pleased with their response.

I am not advertising for people to sail with me as I can only get one safety craft although two or three will be coming with me from Calshot, hopefully including John Popkiss main man at Solentsailboards.

If anyone wants to sponsor me they can contact me on 07795420475 or at davidrabbetts@hotmail.com, or at Sanglo, Branksome Ave. Chilbolton, Stockbridge, Hants. SO20 6AH. Donations can also be made via Ben's website at http://www.helpben.co.uk/

Thank you

David Rabbetts