Sailing Tribute To Islands’ Man In June

Islanders are being asked to support a charity sailing from Cawsand in Cornwall to Scilly, organised as a tribute to Lewis Hicks who died earlier this year.

Andrew Carr attended Merchant Navy college with Lewis and both men were impressed by the strength of character shown by another colleague, Graham Peach, when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis just 2 weeks after graduating.

Graham worked hard to regain his ticket, albeit a restricted one.

Andrew will sail to Scilly on June 23rd in his 18 foot beach catamaran, with friend Tomas Glover.

He said he wanted to do something positive for an organisation that he knew Lewis would approve of, and is hoping to raise £5000 for the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Andrew never visited Scilly but always promised to come for a pint with Lewis as payment for helping fix-up his cruise ship job. Now he hopes to toast his friend with some of Lewis’ friends and family when he steps ashore.

Andrew’s parents are worried but know that the 24-year old is an experienced sailor. He says he could make the 115 mile crossing in six hours if the pair maintain 20 knots speed, but says that would be like standing in front of a pressure hose, so he’s allowing 15 hours for the crossing on one of the longest days of the year.

The pair say they will be fuelled by pasties.

You can support Andrew at Just Giving