A Ripley yachtsman is taking part in a yacht race around the Isle of Wight to raise money for CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young .
Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) claims the lives of 12 young people aged 12 to 35 years every week in the UK alone, and skipper Mike Sisley, and his seven-strong crew, will be amongst some 16,000 sailors set to tackle this year’s J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, on Saturday June 21.
Mike, a tutor at Trent Sea Training at Trent College, Long Eaton, met Loughborough couple, Ros and Pete Henshaw, through an RYA shore-based training course he was running, and learned the story of their friends who lost their daughter, Claire, to SADS in 2013.
Mike said: “For 12 young people to die a week of this condition is unacceptable. It’s a cause I’ve taken a real interest in. We have a real mix of experience in the crew, but everyone knows why they are taking part. I’m delighted to be able to help everyone enjoy what should be a great day out while helping CRY.”