Justin Mc Inerney, committee member of the ISA affiliated organisation Irish Offshore Powerboat Racing Club is making a splash for charity by supporting four adventurous fundraisers in their attempt to become the first to water-ski across the Irish Sea. Team Pulsar Racing, lead by Mc Inerney, will pull the four intrepid water-skiers across the Irish Sea in boats that are used to being put through their paces during record breaking attempts.
Crossing the Irish Sea on water-skis has never been attempted before and offers the team the chance to ski into the history books. The water-skiers aim to raise £30,000 in memory of school boy Charlie Froud, who tragically lost his life in an aeroplane crash in the Wicklow Mountains in 2008.
Headed up by Justin Mc Inerney, Team Pulsar Racing specialises in racing powerboats (RIB class) and has worked closely with partners including Humber boats, Suzuki engines and Raymarine electronics to design, build and equip the most technically superior craft available. The crew have been training with the water-skiers and are providing huge amounts of technical and moral support.
Mc Inerney says, “We are thrilled to have the chance to get involved and honoured to offer our boats and knowledge to contribute to this epic charity challenge. We’ve recently been out doing some training with the whole team and will continue to offer them training support leading up to the event. We wish the team all the very best.”
Team Pulsar Racing took the UIM World Speed Record for circumnavigation of Ireland in a powerboat in September 2009 and are also class winners and current trophy holders from the 2010 Around Ireland Offshore Powerboat Race.
The water-ski team comprises Charlie’s father Dave Froud, Tony Edwards, Lucy Bristow and water-ski newcomer Phil Sullivan. They plan to set off on 2nd September from Fishguard in Wales, although this date is reliant on suitable weather and sea conditions. They will take turns of around 20 minutes each, covering the 65 mile crossing at speeds of around 25mph. For the last mile or so, the team hope to ski together triumphantly into Rosslare to complete the endurance challenge, which they expect to last a total of around five hours.
The water-skiers travelled to Ireland recently for a rigorous training weekend with Mc Inerney and his team. Dave Froud commented, “It was great to meet Justin and the crew of Team Pulsar Racing. They put us through our paces and we certainly learnt where our strengths and development areas are. None of us are in any doubt now about the enormity of the challenge but we are confident. With our dedication and commitment to the challenge and the charity, we will do it!”
The Charlie Froud Foundation is looking for more sponsors and donations to support the challenge. All donations will go to charity, which raises funds for Irish rescue services and Marlwood School in Alveston, Bristol, where Charlie and his friend Ayman Booz, both 14 years old, were pupils. Ayman, along with his parents Margaret and Sharif, also lost their lives in the October 2008 tragedy.
For more information on The Charlie Froud Foundation please visit www.justgiving.com/charliefroudfoundation