The RORC Rating Office is offering sail number GBR 1000 R for sale by auction, and will donate half of the sale proceeds to Toe in the Water, the charity that offers competitive sailing opportunities to injured servicemen and women.
This could make the most unusual and unique of Valentine's Day gifts! The closed auction commences on February 14th and runs until noon on February 28th and is only open to British owners.
The Rating Office, the technical arm of the Royal Ocean Racing Club based in Lymington, Hampshire, issues sail numbers in the 'R' series to British racing boat owners. RORC sail numbers have long been revered amongst the sailing fraternity since the RORC was formed in 1925.
The most desirable sail numbers were rapidly snapped up by boats racing under the RORC and IOR rating rules during the last century, but it has only just come to light that sail number 1000 was never officially allocated.
The Rating Office is pleased to support Toe in the Water, recognising the charity's dedication and success in its mission: 'Competitive sailing is a physically and mentally challenging adventurous sport and provides a unique opportunity for injured men and women to sail and race on equal terms with their able bodied contemporaries.'
(Toe in the Water)
A cheque will be given to representatives from Toe in the Water by staff from the RORC Rating Office at a presentation in March at the RORC Clubhouse in London.
Owners interested in bidding for GBR 1000 R should contact the RORC Rating Office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details and the Terms and Conditions of the auction, or you can read these here.