Sunday, May 3, 2009

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Ellen MacArthur, calls the start line onboard Scarlet Oyster, for the start of the Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage of Discoverytoday.The Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage of Discovery mirrors Ellen MacArthur's first solo round Britain voyage in her 21ft yacht, Idunain 1995.

Starting from Cowes on 3rd May, 85 young people will sail the 48 foot Scarlet Oyster the 2000 nautical miles around Britain on a four month voyage stopping at 17 ports around Great Britain including Dover, London, Ipswich, Hull, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow (Largs), Belfast, Douglas, Liverpool, Holyhead, Cardiff, Torquay and Southampton.

The Voyage provides a unique opportunity for young people in recovery fromcancer and leukaemia to return to the paediatric oncology wards of the hospitals they were treated in and communicate their experiences andrecovery path to those currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Through out the course of the Voyage the Trust is aiming to raise £100,000. Trust Patrons Dame Ellen MacArthur and double Olympic gold medallist Shirley Roberston will both be taking part in the Voyage. Ellen MacArthur will be giving a series of public talks at venues across Britain in conjunction with theVoyage. Visit