Four-day yachting adventure for youngster with history of cancer

Oliver Cole take part in sailing challenge SUS-160921-152954001
Oliver Cole take part in sailing challenge SUS-160921-152954001

A 12-year-old from Eastbourne who had cancer treatment as a toddler has taken part in a Solent sail with the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust.

Oliver Cole took part with other young people who are in recovery from cancer.

Oliver joined the crew of yachts to sail around the Solent from August 29, on a four-day yachting adventure.

For Oliver, who finished cancer treatment in May 2006 at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, this was his first time sailing with the Trust.

He said, “I had never sailed before but I really enjoyed the sailing and the barbecue.”

Sailing on board the 42-48 foot cruising yachts, the Trust trips provide a chance for the young people to test themselves in a safe and supportive environment, encouraging them to work as a team and get involved in everything from helming the boat to cooking.

Oliver added, “I learnt how to do some knots and how to steer a boat on the trip and it was good spending time with the other young people – I felt we got to know each other well. I would definitely do it again.”

Departing from their south coast base in East Cowes Marina, Isle of Wight, the trip navigated the waters of the Solent, which took them to various stopovers including Yarmouth Harbour and the picturesque bay of Newtown Creek for a barbecue before cruising back to Cowes.

Launched in 2003, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust’s aim is to give young people in recovery from cancer the chance to rebuild their confidence through sailing.

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