In early May a group of six paramedics from Cheshire, Manchester and Cumbria joined forces with a race coach to enter the UK Fire Service Sailing Challenge (UKFSC). The challenge comprised of 2 days of racing followed by a staggered start pursuit race on the final day.
The team was made up from four staff who competed last year, 2 who had recreational sailing before and 2 who had only dinghy sailed. Under the watchful eye of the coach we had some great finishes including a 1st and two 2nds. Over the two days we finished 2nd overall and we were the 1st Non Fire Service boat, giving us a trophy. On the final day we started the passage back race with only 1 boat starting after us, at the end of the race we had climbed into 9th place.We raced against 27 other boats from the Fire Service, Police, London Ambulance Service and RNLI.
After the three days of racing everyone is battered, bruised and tired but all had a great time with thoughts of returning next year. I am hoping that we can enter at least 2 boats, if we enter 2 or more boats then we can have our own trophy for NWAS boats. Next year there will also be the introduction of a National Ambulance Trophy.
If you think this would be something that interests you whether you have some sailing experience or you have never stepped foot on a boat before, get in touch for more details.