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Tropic 4 Cancer are named as the official charitable partner of the 2013 Sandbanks Boat Show

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Tropic 4 Cancer

Tropic 4 Cancer has been named the official charitable partner of the Sandbanks Boat Show, now in its third year, and proving extremely popular.  If you are visiting the show next month on 11-12 May it would be very easy to walk past a diminutive 21ft racing boat sitting on the pontoon where the show is to be held at Salterns Marina.  However, for this yacht a huge task lies ahead, starting in August when she leaves Poole, to sail south to Gibraltar, where Richard Mayon-White, her skipper and crew, will follow the Tropic of Cancer, single handed, to arrive in the Bahamas some 4000 miles later.

At the Sandbanks Boat Show, dubbed a ‘boutique show’ Richard and his supporters will be raising awareness of the Tropic 4 Cancer cause.  Richard has already rowed across the Atlantic with his wife Elizabeth, and cycled many thousands of miles in aid of charity.  But his next adventure is set to be even more ambitious.  The goal of the campaign, which is called Tropic 4 Cancer due to the route that Richard will take, is to raise £40,000 to be split equally between two great causes, Sobell House Hospice in Oxford and the national charity Sail 4 Cancer, which gives respite to cancer sufferers and their families through days out on the water and sailing holidays.

“Visitors to the show can find out more about the work of Sobell House Hospice and Sail 4 Cancer,” comments Richard. “They will also be able to see the yacht on the pontoon, which is a Mini Transat.”   Tropic 4 Cancer will also have a booth at the show.

All being well, Richard should be leaving Gibraltar at the end of October when he will sail south, following the western coastline of Morocco and the Western Sahara, until reaching the Tropic of Cancer which he will follow  for 3000 miles until reaching the Bahamas.

Part of the funds raised by Tropic 4 Cancer will fund a pilot study at Sobell House Hospice for an education programme for lay carers to learn the practical skills they need to look after patients with palliative care needs in their home.  For more information visit Donations can be made at

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Notes to Editors:

The Voyage

Tropic 4 Cancer Trans Atlantic Challenge is a 4000 mile expedition across the Atlantic, from Gibraltar to the Bahamas.  The crossing will be made by Richard Mayon-White in a 21 ft yacht Mini Transat 6.50 class yacht specifically designed for solo ocean crossings.  Rugged and well equipped, the yacht is very short in length and very wide, encouraging high speeds in the right sailing conditions. The voyage will start in Gibraltar at the end of October 2013.

The route follows the Tropic of Cancer, the circle of latitude running around the Earth at approximately 23 degrees north, and which marks the most northerly position at which the sun may appear directly overhead.

About Richard Mayon-White

Richard Mayon-White is the Director of a number of companies in the Adventure Travel, Expedition and Exploration sectors.  He is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Zoological Society of London. He is a commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster, and has used his seafaring skills to bring personal development opportunities to a number of organisations and companies.

In his spare time, Richard has travelled extensively – usually on sailing or mountaineering trips, which have included climbing Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. He has skippered yachts in the Fastnet Race and Three Peaks Yacht Race. He has already undertaken a number of challenges to raise funds for cancer charities.  He competed in the Trans-Atlantic Rowing Race from La Gomera to Antigua with his wife Elizabeth, arriving in 6th place and setting a record time for a couple! The row raised funds for Sail 4 Cancer.  In 2007 he completed the Raid Pyrenée, a 720km bike ride through the Pyreenes from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, raising funds for Sail 4 Cancer. In 2009 he cycled the route of the 2009 Tour de France to raise money for Sail 4 Cancer and the Oxford Cancer Centre.

The Cause

The expedition will raise funds in support of two charities: Sail 4 Cancer and Sobell House. Richard’s mother spent her last few weeks in the care of Sobell House, passing away on the 26th of October 2011. The caring environment offered by Sobell House was amazing and Richard has since always felt the need to give something back.  He has been involved in fund raising projects for Sail 4 Cancer since 2003.

Sobell House Hospice cares for around 3000 patients every year, offering care and support both at the hospice and in people’s homes. The Hospice is launching a new project aimed at teaching practical skills to patients’ families and empowering them to feel confident in their own caring skills, removing some of their fears and doubts and relieving some of the pressures of caring for a loved one with a terminal illness.  Part of the funds raised by Tropic 4 Cancer will fund a pilot study for an education programme for lay carers to learn the practical skills they need to look after patients with palliative care needs in their home. Very little research has been done on interventions aimed at delivering training or information to carers, although studies show that 50% of carers described not having the support they neededand a quarter of patients feel that they are a severe sense of burden.  The pilot study aims to see whether training carers can empower them to be able to carry out these tasks with increased confidence and therefore improve their and the patient’s experience.  For more information visit: and

Sail 4 Cancer will use their share of the funds raised to provide respite breaks for families affected by cancer, to provide sailing weekends for teenagers with cancer and provide breaks for young carers. Sail 4 Cancer was set up in 2001 by a group of keen sailors who had all lost a close friend or relative to cancer.

Sail 4 Cancer is primarily a provider of water based respite days and holidays for families affected by cancer. The charity also makes grants to cancer care centres and funds research into the positive effects of exercise like sailing and how it can help prevent cancer and aid recovery post-diagnosis. From the moment you are diagnosed with cancer your life is taken over by hospital visits, treatments, tests, uncertainty, and often, financial worries. For a day or a few weeks, Sail 4 Cancer takes cancer patients and their families away from those cares. Visit

For further information please contact:

Project information:

Tropic 4 Cancer

Richard Mayon-White

E mail:
Tel. +44 (0) 7801 341480


Press information and images:

ClearLine Communications Ltd

Marina Johnson

Tel: +44 (0)7774 623539/+44 (0)1590 670011



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