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Ewan McGregor, Zara Phillips and Natalie Pinkham race today

Ewan McGregor, Musto ambassador Zara Phillips and Natalie Pinkham are racing during Cowes Week for a £10,000 charity prize fund.

The fifth edition of the Artemis Challenge at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week is a high adrenaline 50 mile sprint around the Isle of Wight onboard some of the fastest offshore racing yachts in the world. 

Hollywood A-lister Ewan McGregor, who will join British round-the-world skipper Alex Thomson onboard Hugo Boss, said, “I’m excited to experience the thrill of yacht racing from the very deck of the boat and I’ll be doing my best to help Alex win so that we can donate the prize money to UNICEF’s East Africa Appeal.  There’s never been a more important time to support the children of the region who so desperately need our help.”

Zara Phillips, former world champion equestrienne, will be racing her third Artemis Challenge on Artemis Ocean Racing, skippered this year by record-breaking yachtswoman Dee Caffari.  TV and radio presenter Natalie Pinkham will sail with Zara and Dee, racing to support Toe in the Water, a non-profit organisation which uses sailing as a vehicle to re-inspire injured servicemen and women, all of whom have been profoundly wounded, some sustaining loss of limb/s and who are currently being treated at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

Dee Caffari said, “It is great to be back on the helm of Artemis Ocean Racing to try to win £10,000 for Toe in the Water.  The Artemis Challenge is a great spectacle for the IMOCA 60 yachts and with Zara and Natalie onboard I’m sure we will make a great team.”

The race kicks off at 10am today.  Good luck to all involved!

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