GALLERY: Hospice Nabs a tidy sum from sailors’ efforts

Fine weather, perfect sailing conditions and an excellent turnout by local yacht clubs ensured the 12th St Wilfrid’s Hospice Nab Challenge was another resounding success.

This popular and unique event, organised by the Inn-Shore Cruising Club and sponsored by Chichester-based boiler distributor ATAG Heating UK, has raised more than £150,000 for the hospice.

Sunbeams help get the St Wilfrid's Nab Challenge under way  Picture by Chris Hatton

Sunbeams help get the St Wilfrid's Nab Challenge under way Picture by Chris Hatton

Organisers are confident this year’s event will add thousands more when the final total is calculated.

The challenge took place over a 12 nautical mile course from a start line just outside Chichester Harbour, around the Nab Tower in the eastern Solent and back and attracted entrants from sailing clubs throughout Sussex and beyond.

Overall winner gaining the highest combination of points in the challenge and money raised was the yacht Merista skippered by Mark Taylor of the Inn-Shore Cruising Club.

“It’s been another fantastic day’s racing and a credit to everyone involved,” said ISCC spokesman Patrick Doyle. “The event is growing in stature year on year and is now a major fixture in the racing calendar.”

The hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for people suffering from cancer, motor neurone disease and other terminal illnesses, has annual running costs of £6.1m, with only 14 per cent of this funded by the NHS. Contributions from the Inn-Shore Cruising Club and other local support groups are vital to ensure it continues to provide this important service to the local community.

See coverage from the Nab Challenge plus the rest of the local sailing news in the Chichester Observer - out now