Published: Friday, 14 October 2016

British sailor Dame Ellen MacArthur officially took possession of a new Oceanis 45 at the Southampton Boat Show in the UK Sept 19-25 on behalf of the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust. 

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(Photos: Beneteau - Ellen MacArthur adopted Oceanis 45 at the Southampton Boat Show)

The boat will support the Trust in taking young people between eight and 24, suffering from leukaemia or cancer, an opportunity to rebuild their confidence through the activity of sailing. The ceremony at the show, organised by Beneteau for the occasion, also provided the new Sense 57 with a first-rate christener.

Dame Ellen adopted the Oceanis 45 on behalf of the charity she founded back in 2003, the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust. This marks a unique step for the Trust as this is its first new yacht to join its operations thanks to a donation from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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In choosing this sailing yacht, it will enable the charity to better support young people from the North of England and Scotland, particularly those with mobility issues resulting from their cancer treatment. The Oceanis 45 is a balanced sailing yacht that is easy to manoeuvre and delivers good sensations under sail. In its four-cabin layout and thanks to the specific adaptations made to measure, the Oceanis 45 offers very comfortable and accessible living quarters to the young people enjoying these wonderful voyages.

During a moving ceremony, Beneteau thanked Ellen MacArthur for embodying one of its founding values so well; offering an opportunity to sail to a varied public. Under the purchase terms agreed, the brand will be supporting a remarkable programme that aims to restore self-confidence, renew confidence in life, and boost the energy of young people fighting cancer, offering hope.

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After the handover of the Oceanis 45 by Beneteau Export Sales Director Jean-Francois Lair, Ellen MacArthur christened the Sense 57.