CI Air Search nominated charity for Carey Olsen Inter-Island Yacht Race

June 27th, 2013 by Carey Olsen

Lions Pride aircraft (click image to expand - ©Chris George, Channel Publications)

The Lions Pride aircraft operated by Channel Islands Airsearch (click image to expand – ©Chris George, Channel Publications)

The Channel Islands Air Search has been nominated as the chosen charity to receive all funds raised from the 50th anniversary of the Inter-Island Yacht Race.

The Channel Islands Air Search is a voluntary service providing a rapid airborne search and rescue service using an Islander Aircraft in and around the Channel Islands.

The operating area covers some 4,000 square miles of water surrounding the Channel Islands and the adjacent French coasts.

It operates by day and night throughout the year in the worst of weather conditions and is in effect the “Eyes of the Lifeboat” providing visual, radar and an infrared detection capability.

Carey Olsen will be hosting a ‘sixties themed golden anniversary party’ and presentation for the skippers and their crews after the race on 29th June in a marquee at Guernsey Yacht Club, where they will hold a collection and all proceeds will go to the chosen charity.

Guffin in last year's Carey Olsen yacht race (click image to expand - image courtesy of Carey Olsen)

Guffin in last year’s Carey Olsen yacht race (click image to expand – image courtesy of Carey Olsen)

Jason Hobbs, commodore of the Guernsey Yacht Club and an active crew member of Channel Islands Air Search said “we have chosen to donate all proceeds from this year’s yacht race to the Channel Islands Air Search as they are completely self-funded.”

“It is vital that we try to support them as best we can as we couldn’t enjoy Channel Island waters safely without them and this fundraiser is a chance to give something back to the charity that we rely on so much,” he said.

The service has been running for 33 years and costs around £90,000 per year to maintain.

Jurat Claire Le Pelley, from the Guernsey Friends of Air Search, said “we are very grateful to Carey Olsen, the Guernsey Yacht Club, and the St Helier Yacht Club for selecting us as their chosen charity for the Inter-Island Yacht Race.”

“The Channel Islands Air Search serves all the islands and is entirely funded by donations”

“We are pleased that the race will give us the chance to promote the important work that our volunteers do,” she said.

 

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