Leeds woman sets sail in daring boat race

Tessa Henshaw from Leeds will tackle the Round the Island Race with her parents on June 21 to raise money for the CRY charity.
Tessa Henshaw from Leeds will tackle the Round the Island Race with her parents on June 21 to raise money for the CRY charity.
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A BRAVE Leeds woman will soon set sail to battle it out in a daring boat race and raise some charity cash.

Tess Henshaw, 25, of Adel, will be one of 16,000 sailors tackling the Round the Island Race this month.

Architectural assistant Tess will take part in the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight on June 21 for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

She said: “It is probably going to take us 10 to 12 hours minimum but it could take us longer depending on the conditions.

“It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure!

“I’m really excited. It’s a brilliant opportunity and to do it for charity as well is great.”

Tess will join her parents Ros and Pete on their boat B Natural for the race, as well as five other teammates.

Tess, who works at Farrell and Clark Architects in Horsforth, added: “It is something that I am proud to be a part of and it will be an achievement to get round and not crash into anything!

“Hopefully the people of Leeds will help get into the spirit of fundraising and events like this are something I would love to see more people in Leeds doing.

“I hope it encourages people to do more things like this for charity.”

Former Leeds Metropolitan University student Tess was inspired to fundraise for the charity after the sudden death of her close friend Pete Hunter’s sister.

Claire Reed, 22, died last year as a result of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Speaking about the charity, Tess said: “Raising awareness of this condition, which is so serious, is so important to stop other people going through unnecessary heartache.

“Claire’s death was so desperately sad and so avoidable.

“Through doing this race, we hope to raise the profile of the condition and the importance of screening.”

To sponsor Tess, visit www.justgiving.com/B-Natural-racing-in-memory-of-Claire-Reed or www.facebook.com/RacingforCRY.

You can also follow @BNaturalTeam on Twitter.

Making a splash

The Round the Island Race will see amateur racers compete alongside big names from sailing, sport and entertainment, including Britain’s most successful Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, who will again take part in this year’s race.

Most boats will finish the race between eight and 10 hours, depending on the weather conditions.

The race, which is sponsored by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, starts at 6.30am on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes.

For more about the race, visit www.roundtheisland.org.uk.

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