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Cowes Week chooses RNLI as charity of the year

Howard Lake | 5 January 2009 | News

RNLI lifeboat, Cowes, Isle of Wight
RNLI lifeboat at Cowes, IoW

RNLI lifeboat
Cowes Week, "the world’s oldest and largest regatta of its kind", has chosen The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as its nominated charity for 2009.

Stuart Quarrie, Chief Executive at Cowes Week Limited said: "The RNLI works tirelessly in support of the marine community and they have synergy with our event at many different levels. We are thrilled to have them onboard as the official charity for Cowes Week 2009."

Patrick Crowe, Senior Corporate Fundraising Manager for the RNLI, said: "As the RNLI took over responsibility for the operation of Cowes Lifeboat Station in July 2008, our fundraising activities during the event will now have a direct positive impact on the Cowes sailing community by contributing towards upgrading facilities for the RNLI crew at Cowes lifeboat station."

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Fundraising activity will include mascot appearances and the ‘Get Your Kit On’ competition, when members of the public try to put on the RNLI crew kit in the shortest possible time.

Cowes Week attracts around 1,000 yachts and 8,500 competitors ranging from weekend sailors through to Olympic medallists and World Champions. It also draws around 100,000 visitors to the area. Ten per cent of all funds raised during Cowes Week will be donated to local Isle of Wight charities.

www.cowesweek.co.uk

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