Warm Plymouth welcome for sailing challenge celebs

Jamie Yabsley with Alex Jones and skipper Ian Walker at Plymouth Yacht Haven

Jamie Yabsley (left) with Alex Jones and skipper Ian Walker at Plymouth Yacht Haven

If there’s one thing Plymouth does well, it’s giving a warm welcome – especially when six fundraising celebrities have to take shelter in the middle of a storm.

An all-star crew are attempting to sail around the UK in five days as part of this year’s Sport Relief but severe gales forced them to make an unplanned stop in the early hours of this morning.

BBC One Show presenter Alex Jones, presenter Angellica Bell, motor racing presenter Suzi Perry, comedian Hal Cruttenden, news and sports presenter Ore Oduba and comedian and actress Doon Mackichan are all taking a breather in the city, during the aptly named Hell on High Seas challenge.

So in true hospitable style our Visitor Marketing and Events Manager Jamie Yabsley dropped by at Plymouth Yacht Haven, where their boat is berthed and presented them with a hamper full of local goodies on behalf of the city.

Gifts included a bottle of Plymouth Gin (and two glasses), fudge, fruit preserve, Plymouth Tea, information on the Transat and copies of Plymouth’s new Book of Wonder. There were also croissants, bread, pasties and cakes but the team were unable to take perishables with them so these were donated to a local homeless hostel, at the request of Sport Relief.

Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “Plymouth is more than happy to offer some well-earned shelter from the storm for our intrepid guests. Businesses have rallied round and generously donated lots of lovely local treats for them to enjoy. We may not have been on the itinerary but we know they’ll come back! Whatever the weather, everyone is guaranteed a warm welcome in Britain’s Ocean City.”

We would like to thank Plymouth Gin, Edward’s Fudge Kitchen, Jacka’s Bakery, The Original Pasty House, Barbican Pasty Co and Plymouth Tea for donating items for the hamper.