TWENTY water sports enthusiasts are taking part in the Race Across Torbay on Sunday, August 11th making it the biggest yet.
For the first time, sea bikes will be lining up alongside kayakers and paddle boarders for the four-mile trip across the Bay, in a bid to lift the trophy and beat last years’ record time of 56 minutes.
2018 winner, Simon Sherbersky, lead officer at Torbay Community Development Trust, has thrown down the gauntlet to all comers to raise funds for community bus services through OurBus Torbay.
This will be the fourth annual race from Torquay to Brixham Yacht Club to be organised by sea bike enthusiast, Robert Excell, who last year came second.
“It is a challenging race whether on a bike, on a board or in a kayak, but most of all it is fun,” said Robert.
All competitors will be asked to raise money for community bus services across Torbay.
Simon Sherbersky said: “Community bus services serve some of the, hilliest parts of the bay. A great many people rely on the services to get out and about. For some, it is their only lifeline – their way of getting out of the house and socialising,
“We need to ensure that community bus services can be provided for those that most need them and we are hoping that this event will help make that a reality.”
The race is due to start at 11.30 on Sunday morning from Beacon Quay in Torquay, and the first finishers are due into Brixham around 12.15pm, subject to sea conditions.
There are still a limited number of places left – contact Tracey Cabache on 01803 212638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no fee to take part, but competitors will be asked to raise some sponsorship money for the cause from family and friends.
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