As Southampton Sailing Week approaches (16 to 18 September), Wessex Heartbeat are urging local people to consider hitting the water for the sake of their heart health. 

Wessex Heartbeat has joined forces with Southampton Sailing Week to sponsor the City Cup, which takes place on the first day of the regatta, to encourage people to take part in more sport. 

“The benefits of exercise to heart health are huge and, with the charity working increasingly at the preventative end of heart disease, we’re encouraging everyone to get more active. Sailing is a sport that some people might not have considered and we hope it’ll inspire people who perhaps aren’t a fan of the usual running or gym classes.” 

Wessex Heartbeat CEO John Munro

 Wessex Heartbeat will have two boats in Southampton Sailing Week and will also see its logo proudly flying on the Wessex Heartbeat City Cup flags – something John says he hopes will give the charity even more visibility and encourage people to donate.  

“It’s a challenging climate for charities,” he said. “With the uncertainty of Brexit people are understandably keeping the purse strings tight so charities like ours need to work hard to be seen and encourage donations.” 

 Chris Rees, organiser of Southampton Sailing Week, says he’s thrilled to see Wessex Heartbeat beating the drum for the sport of sailing. “We’re all about getting more people on the water,” he said.

“Considering the fact we’re surrounded by the blue stuff, there are so many people in Southampton who have never tried sailing.  Events like Southampton Sailing Week exist to get people out trying this exciting sport and, hopefully, inspiring them to take it up as a new hobby.” 

- Chris Rees