A Preston sailor will mark his 60th birthday celebrations in seafaring style as he takes part in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race for the first time.
Steve Norris will be among 16,000 sailors set to tackle the famous 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight on June 21.
His son Alistair, a former Kirkham Grammar School pupil, entered a team into the race to make his dad’s landmark anniversary one to remember.
Now in its 83rd year, the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is one of the world’s largest yacht races, regularly attracting over 1,700 boats.
Steve, who races dinghies at Leigh and Lowton SC in Warrington, turned 60 on May 7, and as well as himself and Alistair, their race crew will be made up of dads and their lads, who all grew up together sailing at Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club on family holidays on Anglesey.
Steve said: “It’s always been my ambition to do this race and Alistair, who now lives in Bristol, decided to pull it all together as part of my birthday celebrations.
“I’ve been visiting Anglesey since I was about five, and all the kids have grown up together, sailing there.
“We all have many years’ dinghy racing, offshore racing and cruising experience between us. Alistair is a very competitive dinghy sailor, and is also doing an offshore campaign. He will be the racing skipper on the day, while the other lads will be the Powerhouses on board.”