Hi my name is Chris Stanmore-Major and in 2015 I started Spartan Ocean Racing & Training as a way to give everyone the opportunity to get out on the ocean and experience sailing in the way that I have for over 20 years as a professional sailor.
In 2018 we are proud to partner with Sail 4 Cancer (www.sail4cancer.org/spartan-ocean-racing) a UK charity that since 2001 has made 54 years (20,000 days) of respite sailing available to those battling cancer, those who have survived cancer and those who are caring long term for a cancer patient. We at Spartan are now dedicated to helping Sail 4 Cancer reach their goal of providing 100 years (36,500 days) of sailing, free of charge to those who can benefit most from it.
Why sailing for cancer? As a professional sailor I have sailed 300,000Nm in total, raced around the planet twice and in 2011 I became the 182nd person ever to sail solo around the world so I guess I have a very clear opinion on this one:
Sailing if only for a day challenges people at three fundamental levels: Physically, emotionally & philosophically and when people rise to that challenge- as they can with good mentorship- incredible break throughs in personal confidence and positive mental health can be made.
Just reading the testimonials on the Sail4Cancer would be enough for me to want to help but my own experience with my father's brain cancer 8 years ago let me know from a personal perspective that engaging in any activity that brings joy and happiness if only for it's own sake can not be under estimated. The laughs and the time shared on his little boat together not worrying about 'the big C' was something that gave myself and my dad great pleasure when he was ill and I would do anything to give other people the same fond memories I now have.
Operating a small fleet of ocean-going race boats is hugely expensive as you might imagine but we are steadfast in our commitment to provide
125 places to Sail4Cancer in 2018 but we need your help to do it.
We have approached corporate sponsors (a PDF of that proposal is available on request) and had a lot of interest but as always the meetings and phone calls add up to a whole lot of time passing by. Hence our decision now to reach out and crowd fund for the final required amount.
$25,000 Canadian is $19,400USD or 13,800GBP and that's not a huge amount of money to help 125 people to have a day away from Cancer and all it worries; in fact it's just $200CAD/$155USD/110GBP per person per day an amount that to us just covers operating costs on a boat like this.
This dream is big but based firmly in reality- we have the boats, we have the professional crews, we have the time available, and we have the skills -we just need to secure the final part of the funding so we can give Sail4Cancer the thumbs up now and start getting people booked onto trips for this Autumn.
￼I would urge potential supporters to check out our website at www.spartanoceanracing.com sign up for the newsletter to keep up tp date with the campaign- as of this latest update (April 4th) we are already at: $3100CAD to we are on our way to our goal!
If you do decide to support us we will have your name printed up in vinyl and have it incorporated into a new branding design that is going onto the boat before we start the Sail4Cancer work this Fall so you can be right there with us when we set off on our first event.
Many thanks for your time,
Founder- Spartan Ocean Racing & Training
- Jesper Primdahl
- Andy Schell
- Brian McDougall
- Rachel Kovachis