Tanya sets sail in bid to reach £3,500 target

Tanya Trevena serves tea with Chloe Beard,Christina Clapp,Hazel Clapp,Sarah Turner and Ivor Turner a

Tanya Trevena serves tea with Chloe Beard,Christina Clapp,Hazel Clapp,Sarah Turner and Ivor Turner at the guides vintage tea party. Ref shs 4487-13-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

A girl guides leader is finding her sea legs as she prepares to embark on a five-day sailing voyage in the Rolex Fastnet Race later this year.

Tanya Trevena, of the 1st Sidmouth Guides, is the only representative from Devon to make the team.

She became involved with the race after attending one of the guides’ You’re Only Young Once [YOYO] camps - and was inspired to sign up.

Tanya said: “I enjoy being a guide leader and really hope to impart wisdom and teach new skills to the next generation of ladies.

“By taking part in this race, I am hoping to inspire our girls to go out and grab life. I want to prove to them that nothing is impossible.”

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The 41-year-old is now racing to raise £3,500, to enable her to take part in the race, with a series of events.

At the weekend, she hosted a breakfast morning and an afternoon tea which raised £322.70.

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Tanya thanked Cooper Hill Farm Meats of Woolbrook for donating 50 sausages to the breakfast morning and Rosemary Zirker for her help with the vintage tea party, which has taken her total to £850.

The race, which is in its 90th year, will last five days.

The team will set off from Cowes on Sunday, August 16, and sail around Fastnet Rock near Ireland before finishing in Plymouth.

Sidbury resident Tanya is a regular rower at Sidmouth Gig Club, but took on the challenge to show the guides that life is a big adventure.

She added: “I am a complete novice at sailing and so this is going to be a challenge in more ways than one.”

To sponsor Tayna, visit her Just Giving page, https://www.justgiving.com/TT-Fastnet/.

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