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 ASTO Small Ships Race -
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 3rd to 5th October 2008

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Participants from Worldwide

 Worldwide Dive & Sail
 announces a sailing voyage
 from Dumaguete to Cebu in
 Southern Visayason for a
 group of deaf people & hard
 of hearing to take part in
 Scuba diving board SY
 Philippine Siren 16 to 28
 August 2010

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Participants from Dering Employment Services

 Dering Employment Services
 announces its sponsorship
 for a group of eight people
 to take part in LSP's first
 voyage on 5 - 9 May 2008

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  Press Releases - Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge 2006
Updated: 28-Feb-2007  

Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge 2006

The deaf crew skippered by Mark Wheatley will compete in the exclusive fundraising Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge 2006, which is a seven-day sailing challenge starting from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, France and then back there via Jersey and Guernsey. He will lead a crew consisting of

Nick Brookes, Katie Davison, Chris Ratcliffe, Robert le Mausier and Richard Weaver

to raise awareness of the work of the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS). They will be among the fleet of some 40 Jeanne’ yachts in the Coutts Round Jersey race, battling anti-clockwise round the island, against prevailing wind and tides. The challenge will then continue onwards to Guernsey and then back across the Channel to the finish line in Portsmouth. It will start on 26th September and finish on 5th October 2006

Skipper Mark Wheatley, profoundly deaf company director of Red Lizard based in Redditch, Worcestershire, a graphic design house that specialises in accessible design explains why he is involved in the event:

"I have been profoundly deaf since birth and have been sailing for many years. I love getting out on the water and Le Tournoi should be a fantastic challenge. I hope that the deaf children and young people the NDCS works with will see what we are doing and realise that they can pursue any goal they want. Deafness does not need to hold you back."

Organisers of Le Tournoi have kindly provided the NDCS with the yacht to compete in, and the funds will be denoted to the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled (JSAD) and the Jersey Society for Deaf Children and Young Adults (JDCS)

It is interesting to note that Tracey Watson, a hard of hearing from Jersey, and Jayne Wilson, a member of the organising committee of Le Tournoi, will replace Nick Brookes and Robert Le Mausier, also deaf from Jersey, on the last two Legs whilst some other members of JDCS will replace four of them in the Coutts Round Jersey race.

For the first time in any sailing event, all the competitors will take part in the basic sign language and the deaf awareness seminars during a team building workshop before they leave Portsmouth.

Please browse the Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge 2006 at and at


  Press Releases - Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge 2006