With mounting pressure to raise the remaining funds in time for the scheduled launch of the second jumbo, the St.Ives Jumbo Association are delighted to announce they have received royal support from HRH Prince Charles via The Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund.
"The recognition by HRH Prince Charles
of this important project is a huge boost for the town of
In order to maintain the momentum of the project and make full use of the forthcoming season, organisers are committed to keeping to the scheduled Launch Day of Saturday 24th April, if at all possible.
"Launch Day will be about much more than putting another boat in the water." says Jonny Nance, "It will be the launch of a brand new racing class that will be unique to St.Ives. Racing will be a fun and dynamic means of encouraging people to engage with the sea and each other whilst celebrating the town's rich heritage. The excitement of racing will generate its own momentum that will enable the class to develop into the future."
Plans for racing are already advanced: St.Ives Sailing Club have risen to the Association's challenge and, forsaking their high-tech dinghies, will be competing for the Godrevy Cup in a series of races throughout the season, culminating at Boats in the Bay 2010 next September. Martin Potter, the Club's Commodore, said there was 'an enthusiastic response' when these proposals were presented at their AGM last Friday. Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to register their interest with either organisation.
'Much has been achieved over the short life of the Jumbo Association and it has not gone unnoticed. From the emails our website receives it is evident many eyes worldwide are watching this project unfold and now, as this recent photo of the new jumbo shows, we are so nearly there!' Jonny explained.
"We hope the support from the Prince will encourage anyone interested to help us raise the remaining £11,500 required before the launch can take place. Anyone doing so at this stage would see an almost immediate result and would know they had a hand in making maritime history in St.Ives"
Please visit www.stivesjumbo.com to download a donation form and send it with your cheque to:
The St.Ives Jumbo Association
9 Channel View
St.Ives TR26 1RG
THE ST.IVES JUMBO ASSOCIATION
mobile: 07866 777219