Tikka completes epic journey at famous Gosport sailing club

Posted by / Saturday 20 August 2016 / Fundraising
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Chief Petty Officer Steve Pointon completed his round-UK sailing challenge on Saturday 20th August at Gosport’s historic Hornet Services Sailing Club. 

On board his yacht, Tikka was his wife, Kaz; son, Harry; friend, Kerry Shenton Bamblett and world record breaking sailor, Jeanne Socrates. Tikka’s Travels has smashed its fundraising target of £10,000 with the total sailing past £18,000.

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He has braved mountainous seas, endured engine trouble and marshalled a host of characters in the crew throughout the 12 week adventure.

Steve (50), from Cheddar said: "The Welsh and South West legs have been extremely challenging with Tikka’s engine developing problems and the weather causing the first delays of the whole trip but we’ve kept going." 

“Having Jeanne Socrates on board has been inspirational, she never sees problems, only challenges that have solutions. We’re especially honoured she joined us for the last leg as she is preparing to sail solo non-stop around the world again in October.”      

"It’s been an incredible journey in every sense. I’ve been overwhelmed by the kindness of the British public, the bravery of crew members and the brilliant support from friends and family."

Steve Pointon

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Tikka’s Travels has inspired a range of other challenges to coincide with Tikka’s journey around the UK. A 24-hour Edinburgh to Stoke bike ride by Steve’s brother Anthony and friends for Tikka’s Cycling Challenge raised nearly £3,000 in May, and extreme cyclist and friend, Martin Torbett also from Cheddar, has racked up 4,600 miles during the voyage and meeting Steve at various ports of call.

Martin’s partner, Naomi, will be donned an Action for Children top and ran 10K every day over the three months that they were away.

There was also a ‘Tikka’s Walking & Climbing Challenge’ involving members of RNAS Yeovilton walking and climbing in Scotland on the Cape Wrath Trail, a distance equivalent to climbing Mount Everest.

"Tikka’s Travels has been a truly magnificent effort by Steve and all involved. They have shown immense dedication, determination and passion to complete this journey in 12 weeks. It’s just brilliant they’ve raised over £18,000 for our charity as well as raising our profile as they’ve sailed around the UK. We’re very grateful for this mammoth fundraising effort and I congratulate them all."

Brigitte Gater, Action for Children’s director of children’s services

Steve added: “Our adopted son Harry had a tough start in life so everything we’ve done has been driven by helping all children in our country have a better chance in life which is why we chose Action for Children. We’ve tried to match their passion for helping vulnerable children and young people and I hope we’ve played some part in raising awareness of the great work they do.”

"I’m already planning the next challenge – watch this space."

Steve Pointon