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Rotary supports sailor’s charity bid to sail around all of England and Wales’ islands

Rotary supports sailor’s charity bid to sail around all of England and Wales’ islands

Rotarians in North Wales played their part in supporting an ambitious attempt to sail around all the islands in Wales and England for charity.

Ken Fowler is attempting this feat in his four-metre long RS Aero dinghy, called ‘Yoga’.

The task, which began in 2019, involves navigating 250 islands – and so far Ken has rounded 141 islands, covering 679 miles of sailing.

Ken Fowler with Yoga, his four-metre long RS Aero dinghy

Rotary in North Wales was there to support Ken when he took on his latest challenge, circumnavigating Anglesey – the largest of all the islands. Coupled with Anglesey’s infamous tides, this could have been the most difficult leg of the adventure.

During his adventures around Anglesey, Ken was supported by local Rotarians and members of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians’ North Wales Fleet.”

However, Ken took on the tidal challenges of Bardsey Island and other islands on the Llyn Peninsula, and used the big tides at the end of the month to circumnavigate two marooned islands by Porthmadog.

During his adventures around Anglesey, Ken was supported by local Rotarians and members of the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians’ North Wales Fleet. 

Ken is hoping to raise £50,000 for Cancer Research and the Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington, Hampshire.”

Local Rotarians supporting Ken on his challenge to sail England and Wales

They shared their local knowledge of tides and launch sites and helped with shore based support – VHF safety and launch and recovery, and followed the route to take photographs.

Ken is hoping to raise £50,000 for Cancer Research and the Oakhaven Hospice in Lymington, Hampshire. Ken has lost his father, mother-in-law and four family members to the disease.

Ken’s adventures continue and more information and how to donate can be found at: www.yodare.co.uk/ and Facebook at: www.facebook.com/goyodare/


Folkestone Channel Rotary’s golf day managed to break all records by raising £8,500 for deserving charities and good causes.

Organiser Mike Simmonds said that 200 golfers took part in an event which has been running for around 20 years.

He said: “Thanks to sponsors and donors, over £8,500 has been raised, all of which will be distributed to small, lesser known local charities and causes whose fund-raising efforts have been badly affected by COVID-19.”

Participants at the record-breaking golf day in Folkestone


They may be old school, but Rotary banners seem to be as popular as ever. And at Cambridge Rutherford Rotary, their collection continues to grow.

The growing collection of banners at Cambridge Rutherford Rotary

Rotarian Bob Tydeman said that in the club’s first 13 years, from 1983, they received 262 banners from Rotary clubs across the world which had been presented by visitors, or received by members visiting clubs.

He added: “Now we hold over 400, most of which have been stored in a box for the last 25 years. Unearthed during lockdown, these have been checked and, where needed, ironed or repaired.”

The photo shows a group of six Cambridge Rotary clubs in New Zealand, Ohio and Massachusetts, set among about 200 banners on a temporary display in Bob’s new shed.