Flic Gabbay to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2019 June 2019
On 3rd August till 8th August 2019, TranScrip’s Managing Partner, Flic Gabbay, will be competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race. Since it began in 1925, the Rolex Fastnet Race has grown to become one of ocean racing’s greatest events and is one of the top three offshore races in the world.
The Rolex Fastnet Race takes competitors across 600+ miles and up to five days battling the wind and tricky tidal conditions to round the Fastnet Rock on the Southern tip of Ireland. Three hundred yachts take part in the bi-annual Fastnet Yacht Race. Fastnet competitors head west down the Solent and out through the Needles, past the major south coast headlands, Anvil Point, Portland Bill, Start Point, and Lands End before rounding the famous Fastnet rock and returning via the Scilly Isles before finishing at Plymouth.
This will be Flic’s sixth Rolex Fastnet Race this year competing in IRC Two-Handed. Three of the Rolex Fastnet Races she has competed on her own boat, one was fully crewed, the other two double-handed. Flic Gabbay commented, “They both have their challenges. I think two-handed is more challenging in terms of stamina obviously, but less challenging in terms of managing a crew. The reason I raced her in one Fastnet fully crewed, with a scratch crew, some of whom had never raced offshore before, was to prove to myself that I was capable of being an effective and fully responsible, fully crewed skipper.”
For women looking to get into sailing professionally the path remains hard, but again more opportunities are gradually becoming available whereas before they were close to being non-existent. Women’s sailing received a massive influx when a rule changed for the last Volvo Ocean Race to make it highly beneficial for teams to take at least two female sailors. Introducing such quotas or incentivising teams to take women or young sailors is something which is being slowly adopted elsewhere in competitive sailing. As to women’s participation in offshore racing, Flic firmly believes there should be more. “They should be encouraged. We also need to make sure that people understand that as you get older it doesn’t stop you being able to compete. In the ‘Azores and Back’ and ‘Round Britain and Ireland’ two-handed, for which I bought Elixir, I came fourth overall in both races with relatively little experience. I think there are few sports where you can compete at that level as an older woman. I would like people to know that. It is really important, and I don’t think there is anything particularly brave or mad about me!”
TranScrip supports WellChild Helping Hands November 2017
On the 15th and 16th November the TranScrip team put on their steel toe cap boots and grabbed their spades in order to help a six year old boy called Eli. The aim was to transform Eli’s garden so he has a fun and safe place to play which is also adapted to his needs.
The transformation was made possible by WellChild Helping Hands. WellChild is a unique scheme which, with the support of teams of volunteers from companies and organisations, tackles essential home and garden improvement projects for families caring for children and young people with long-term or complex health conditions across the UK.
Eli has a diagnosis of 1p36 deletion syndrome, which in turn has caused global development delay. Eli also has low muscle tone, hypermobility, reflux, sensory processing disorder and mild hearing loss. He uses mobility aids such as a wheelchair, standing frame and hoist. Eli gets frustrated being at home but trips out are difficult. Getting Eli outside is important to help him develop his movement.
We wanted to give Eli a garden that he can access with some degree of independence, which offered him safety as well as fun things to engage with. We wanted to create a level, flat play area with a sunken trampoline, a decking area so he can sit out with his family and an area of artificial turf with a ‘Framock’ swing.
From lifting the existing grass, sawing timber and digging a giant hole, to building, laying and screwing down the decking, the TranScrip team covered and mastered a whole range of gruelling tasks, but had a lot of fun along the way.
This garden is going to make a huge difference to Eli and his family’s standard of life on a day to day basis and we couldn’t have been more honoured to help with the transformation.
All at TranScrip would like to thank Lee Trunks from WellChild who made the 2 days extremely successful.
For more information or to ‘Get Involved’ with WellChild Helping Hands Projects, please visit their web site https://www.wellchild.org.uk.
TranScrip's Senior Partner, Dr John Fox, completes back to back Marathon June 2017
On 24th and 25th June, one of the TranScrip Senior Partners, Dr John Fox ran the ‘Race to the King’ ultramarathon, covering 53 miles over the South Downs Way between Arundel and Winchester, finishing in the Cathedral precinct.
John is raising funds for Médecins Sans Frontières and has over £1,000 committed to date.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is the world's leading emergency medical humanitarian aid organisation. They provide emergency assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics (NB the Ebola epidemic in central Africa a few years ago) and natural or man-made disasters, without discrimination and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. They work in over 60 countries and go to the places where others cannot or choose not to go, their courage and humanity needs continuing support.
John commented ‘Although we were running the distance over two days, it was a significant challenge, particularly the first half of day 2 for some reason. I’m delighted to have completed the run and very thankful to all those who have supported the great work undertaken by MSF worldwide.’
If you are able to contribute, John has set up a JustGiving page at the following address http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Fox9
TranScrip Supports Tall Ships Charity September 2016
After such a successful day up the rigging of a tall ship in 2013, TranScrip decided to do it again. TranScrip staff were joined by their alliance companies and clients. We sailed from Southampton to the Isle of Wight and back and despite the odd light shower of rain, it was a gorgeous sunny day. Most people took part in the “up and over” to climb the rigging, cross the platform and down the other side and climbing out onto the “yards”. Lots of fun was had during the spaghetti run with all the ropes and people learned about the workings of a square rigger. Even those who attended 3 years ago did something different or pushed themselves harder to go the extra mile.
The day was made possible by the Tall Ships Trust, which takes over 3,000 people sailing every year on various sailing vessels, and on average over 70% of the Young People are disadvantaged or disabled. TranScrip donated over £5,000 to the Tall Ships Trust, and would like to thank the Trust crew, and the volunteer crew who made this another extremely successful day. For more information on the Tall Ships Trust, please visit their web site at: www.tallships.org and you will see many opportunities to sail with them.
The Snowdonia Charity Challenge June 2016
On the 13th June our team were one of 72 taking part in this year’s Snowdonia Challenge. In surprisingly fine weather almost throughout, our team were a long way from picking up any prizes, but here they are at the top of Snowdon (centre) and on the right afterwards wearing their medals for participating in the event. So far we have raised just under £1,700 towards our target of £2,000 for the charity Regain. If you have already made a donation to the charity we are supporting, many thanks. If you would now like to do so, you can do so via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/TranScrip
A Life on the Ocean Wave May 2013
Partners from TranScrip swapped their computers for ropes, and desks for decks when they spent a day on the Tall Ship Stavros Niarchos, leaving from Southampton to sail to the Isle of Wight and back. Most took part in the “up and over” to climb the rigging, cross the platform and down the other side, while the really brave also climbed out on the “arm” – this was not for the fainthearted! The day was made possible by the Tall Ships Trust, which takes over 3,000 people sailing every year on various sailing vessels, and on average over 70% of the Young People are disadvantaged or disabled. TranScrip Partners donated £4,928 to the Tall Ships Trust, and would like to thank the Trust crew, and the volunteer crew who made this an extremely successful day. For more information on the Tall Ships Trust, please visit their web site at: www.tallships.org and you will see many opportunities to sail with them.
Helen Spain Completes Fifth Marathon April 2013
“I knew it was going to be a good day when I arrived at the start of the London marathon area in Greenwich with a bright sun, blue skies and lots of inspirational fancy dress costumes. Although tinged with sadness over the Boston situation, the 30 second silence and the wearing of black ribbons in memory of Boston, brought us runners even closer together. Once we set off, I was overwhelmed by the level of support from the crowds – which continued throughout the 26.2 mile course. It was great to engage with the crowd with “high fives” to the kids and singing along with the various bands and singers along the course. I was lucky enough to have personal supporters along the course including friends, colleagues and family – and the highlight was being given extra supplies of jelly babies on Tower Bridge by my daughter. I crossed the finish line in 4 hours and 2 minutes with a huge grin on my face and so many happy memories.
I ran the marathon, not only for the personal sense of challenge and achievement but also to raise money for World Cancer Research Fund – a charity close to my heart as I lost my mum to cancer several years ago. Thanks to the generosity of my friends, family and colleagues, by running on Sunday I am well on my way to raising £2,000 for this important cancer charity to support all of the good work that it does. Thank you”.
TranScrip Senior Partner Ursula Mason (first left) watching from the crowd
MSc Clinical Trials Course in Ghana April 2013
Sarah Daniels has just come back from Ghana where she was lecturing on the MSc Clinical Trials course offered by the School of Public Health at the University of Ghana. This post graduate course is run in conjunction with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
The University of Ghana was founded in 1948 as the University College of the Gold Coast. In the early 60s it became a University in its own right. The School of Public Health was established in 1994 and is part of the College of Health Sciences.
Helen Spain Completes Fourth Marathon April 2012
Helen Spain, Senior Partner at TranScrip Partners is a keen runner and completed the April 2012 London Marathon in 4 hours 17 minutes, a great achievement for any runner. This was Helen’s fourth marathon where she raised over £2,400 for the World Cancer Research Fund. Helen lost her mum to cancer and so is motivated to raise money for such a worthy cause. “I run to keep fit and as a social activity”, said Helen, “Usually I run with a running club but I run the marathon largely to raise money for charities whose work in fighting cancer will help others whose families are afflicted with this disease.”
Art Exhibitions March 2012
Tony White, Senior Partner, has a long-term interest in art as a painter and printmaker and has participated in many solo and group exhibitions. He holds a certificate in advanced printmaking techniques from the prestigious Curwen Print Study Centre. Tony is also a Trustee of the public Fry Art Gallery, a charity organisation dedicated to artists of national repute from north-west Essex, where he leads the communications team and has curated exhibitions of works from artists such as Michael Rothenstein RA, Edward Bawden RA, and Tirzah Garwood, the latter during April to June 2012 receiving coverage in the national press, such as The Times, Country Life, and The Spectator.
Coast to Coast Horse Ride September 2011
Julia Lloyd-Parks, Senior Partner, participated in September 2011 in a Coast to Coast horse ride from Brora to Lochinver, as part of a wider fund-raising effort for World Horse Welfare, a charity that works both in the UK, and worldwide. Julia’s report showed the toughness of the trip: “On the third day we had drama as we had to cross a river – twice – the guide later admitted that this river was the deepest that she had ever ridden through. A symptom of the excessive rain that Scotland has had, and which was to lead to my downfall (literally) on Day 5 – in trying to cross a stream – deeper and faster than anticipated – my horse fell and me too – the only way was onward and I spent the rest of the day getting colder and colder as the weather deteriorated. Luck was in for me though, as we had an unexpected night under cover, with beds and showers, as our camp-site was under water”. Julia raised over £2,000 for WHW which runs farms for horses rescued from difficult situations, and arranges to re-home them or keep them permanently. It also petitions governments about issues related to horse welfare and runs education and support programmes for people who are dependent upon horses for their livelihood.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro August 2011
Sarah Daniels, Senior Partner, successfully climbed to the summit (Gilman’s point - 5685 m) of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the worlds 4th most prominent peak, on 11th August 2011. The oxygen level at the summit is less than half of that at sea level, so this one of the hardest mental and physical challenges. “I was totally emotional drained and physically exhausted. It was without doubt the hardest mental and physical challenge that I have ever undertaken”, reported Sarah to her colleagues. “It took us 5 days climbing altogether to get there. The final summit day involved 8 hours climbing (from midnight), followed by 3 hours descent, and then a further 4 hours hike to the next camp. There was no rest the next day because we then hiked 21 km to the main gate of the Kilimanjaro National Park.” Sarah was also delighted to report that she raised over £5,000 for Motec for the NUWLIFE programme for the malnourished in Northern Ghana.
AZAB two-handed Sailing Race June 2011
Flic Gabbay, Senior Partner, is an enthusiastic and accomplished sailor and in June 2011 completed the AZAB two-handed 2500 mile sailing race from Falmouth on the Southwest tip of Cornwall to the Azores (in the middle of the Atlantic) and back again. The final race results after 2500 miles racing put her 2nd in Class and 4th overall in IRC. Flic’s accomplishment helped to raise funds for AAIR, an asthma and allergy charity. AAIR, amongst many other valuable activities, funds basic research to understand asthma better and find new medicines to help the thousands of people who suffer. In 2010 Flic completed the 2000 mile Shetland Round Britain and Ireland two-handed yacht race coming 1st in Class 2 and 4th in IRC overall and raised money for three charities; Kidney Research UK, Plan and Motec Life UK.