Midlands windsurfing champion Julian King has teamed up with property specialists Stoford to launch a daring cross channel challenge in support of Help for Heroes.
Julian (27) and four of his equally talented water sports enthusiast friends will attempt to windsurf and kitesurf across one of the busiest shipping lanes in gusting winds to reach their fund raising target of £10,000 for the charity.
The 30 mile ‘Channel Charge 10’ crossing from St Mary’s Bay to Wimeruxe in France is being sponsored by Stoford which has run its own popular outdoor adventure ‘Stoford Challenge’ for more than 10 years.
The trip, scheduled for mid summer, should take around two hours of flat out sailing with speeds of between 20-30 knots – and possibly set a new record.
Julian, who lives in Worcester and works for Barteak Developments in Shirley, said it was the team’s passion for the ocean and a charity close to their heart that prompted the exciting initiative.
“We are all committed to our sport and this opportunity is a dream come true. Doing it for such a worthy cause makes it all the more special,” he said.
Dave Brown, director of Stoford said the company had a history of involvement in sporting initiatives and were delighted to support such an original idea.
“The guys are determined to succeed and we are behind them all the way. It is a really exciting challenge which involves a huge amount of coordination in terms or boats, tides, winds and training. We hope friends and colleagues will support them generously through their website www.channelcharge.com.”
Channel Charge 2010 team members also include:
Fergus Backhouse Director of Kenilworth Carpets, Leamington
Charlie Toogood owner of The Camel Ski Club in Rock, Cornwall
Alexander Hill a student at Exeter University
Jay Rammage a Surveyor from London
The challenge is being captured on camera by Henry Latham, originally from Worcestershire.