Sailing for YOUth fundraising campaign of 2500 nautical miles during Transquadra crossingAll news
Nieuwpoort (Belgium) – 14 January 2018. Team Propaganda organises a fundraising campaign “Sailing for Youth” to sponsor 2500 nautical miles. This applies to the second part of the renown Transquadra race, namely the crossing between Madeira and Martinique. The campaign is organised in cooperation with ZachteKracht vzw, an association of volunteers who combine their passion for sailing with a social mission. The organisation owns a dedicated sailing yacht at Nieuwpoort harbour, and offers sailing trips for young people requiring special care ‘Bijzondere Jeugdzorg’. These young people are often raised in a problematic environment, sometimes even with physical or mental limitations. In the past, ZachteKracht also organised sailing activities for young MS and diabetes patients.
Winnie Berteloot, Chairman and Treasurer of ZachteKracht, comments: “Our purpose is to briefly lift the young people out of their problematic situation and help build their confidence. Taking part in our activities, they can get familiar with sailing and learn to work together in a team under professional supervision of our staff. On a sailing boat you’re depending on each other, and you have to work very closely together as a team. Our association works only with volunteers, and it gives us all an incredible satisfaction to see the smiles on the faces of the young people at the end of an active sailing day. We are very pleased that Team Propaganda will support our organisation by sponsoring the nautical miles they will cross during the Transquadra race. It will enable ZachteKracht to provide meaningful and powerful sailing trips to over 200 young people during the following sailing season!”
Passion Meets Technology
The first stage of this 9th Transquadra race was already successfully delivered during the summer of 2017. The Alterface/Mikol sailing team Benoit Cornet and Marc Willame sailed their Propaganda2! from Lorient in Bretagne to the island of Madeira in six days. The second part, starting March 2018, will send the entire fleet across the Atlantic, with destination Le Marin on Martinique, before the cyclone season starts.
Besides the fact that there is six months between the two departure dates, the race is also unique because it’s only accessible for solo or duo teams consisting of sailing amateurs above 40 years. The propaganda2! team is currently being sponsored by Alterface and Mikol, and is one out of two Belgian boats during this Transquadra edition.
Both sponsors made the project possible by refitting the 30-year old boat with the latest computer- and communication technology, including advanced composite materials. The result is a combination of a classic hull with the latest technology.
Benoit Cornet explains: “Crossing the Atlantic Ocean with a hull of less than 12 meters requires an ability to analyse sailing conditions, a seamless preparation, a desire to reach the goal even when it is still far off, and the ability to cope with the most unexpected situations, relying on personal skills and willpower. We are sincerely pleased to be sharing our passion for sailing with the young people ZachteKracht yearly takes on sailing trips.”
How to Actively Participate?
The logo of ZachteKracht will be visibly printed on the mast of the Propaganda2! All enthusiasts and sponsors will literally accompany the team and proudly arrive together in Martinique. During this 2-week crossing the crew will report live on a blog. Sponsors receive a Sailing for YOUth cap and poloshirt, and a VIP-invitation to the presentation of Benoit & Marc during the ZachteKracht open house on 26 May 2018 in Nieuwpoort. The returning sails will be processed in a beautiful give-away and will be sold during a one-time auction onsite.
People willing to support ZachteKracht can sponsor the 2500 nautical miles at 10 EUR per mile on the account number of ZachteKracht vzw, BE51-0359-8070-1262, mentioning ‘Sailing for YOUth’ and name of company or person sponsoring. Companies can request an invoice for tax exemption purposes. For more information, contact us on email@example.com or by phone on +32-468-231005. Thanks in advance for your engagement!
About Propaganda 2!
Propaganda 2! was originally a Beneteau First Class 12. This magnificent 12 metre monohull has a beam of 3.8 metres and was built in 1987 by the expert hands of Jean Marie Finot, who was one of the greatest naval architects of his generation. This one tonner complies with the International Offshore Racing rules and was based on the plans of the winner of the Admiral’s Cup, which was a regatta in the spirit of the America’s Cup, grouping together crews from the great nations with a reputation as the world cup for the sport of sailing.
As Propaganda 2! has a personality which is completely different from yachts constructed more recently, the challenge has been to maintain her spirit unchanged despite fitting her out to compete with fast, new boats. A full overhaul and modernisation programme has transformed her into a real testbed for the latest sailing technologies and materials.
About Team Propaganda
Marc Willame is a graduate of Ecam (École Centrale des Arts et Métiers) and of the IAG (Louvain-La Neuve). He is a realistically-minded engineer who has always had the ability to make technology work with business. He has always been interested in technology and discovering new areas, and he has recently taken the reins at the French subsidiary of a leading Spanish group (JMA) in key cutting and copying machinery. Marc speaks fluent French, English and Dutch.
Benoit ‘Ben’ Cornet is sincerely driven by his passions. He graduated from the ICHEC (Institut Catholique des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) after which he specialised in business-to-business marketing. Ben left a management job at Procter & Gamble to re-engineer the after sales service at Scitex, which was a high-tech firm based in Israel. Following a brief period at an internet start-up which had the right idea at the wrong time, he founded Alterface as a technology company specialising in entertainment and amusement parks. Today, after 15 years of constant evolution and revolution, the company has become one of the leaders in its market. Ben speaks fluent French, English and Dutch, and has a solid foundation in Mandarin.
Press and sponsorship contact
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