Wetwheels boat ordered for Whitby

Wetwheels Yorkshire has been fundraising to bring a specially designed powerboat to Whitby.
Wetwheels Yorkshire has been fundraising to bring a specially designed powerboat to Whitby.

Following initial fundraising stages, WetWheels Yorkshire has announced this week that an order has been placed to bring a special powerboat to Whitby in 2018.

The project itself looks to offer boat experiences to the less able, via the use of a specially designed boat.

Peter Richardson, chairman of Wetwheels Yorkshire said: “Following our initial fundraising efforts, we have met our necessary targets and we have ordered a specially adapted power catamaran.

“This boat will be built in November this year at Cheetah Marine on the Isle of Wight and that will give us the boat in time for operation in 2018 as planned.

“We still have a way to go with fundraising, but we have met our initial targets so we are very optimistic that with the help of our current sponsors, and any future sponsors that wish to come on board that we will reach those necessary targets and have this boat doing the good work we want it to do in Whitby in 2018.

“Thank you to all those involved.”

A fundraising team recently took part in the Major Series 10k, held at Bramham Park and included staff from the Raithwaite Estate near Sandsend.

The Wetwheels Foundation’ was founded by Geoff Holt MBE, an English sailor from Portsmouth who was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and later became the first disabled person to sail single-handedly around Great Britain.

The first Wetwheels boat was launched from Portsmouth in 2011, and was later followed by Wetwheels Jersey in 2013 and Wetwheels Hamble in May 2016.

To find out more about the project to date, visit their Facebook page: @WetwheelsYorkshire