Irish Sea Thundercat Challenge Event:Irish Sea Thundercat Challenge
Date: 10-09-2012

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Irish Sea Thundercat Challenge - September 2012

In September 2012 four young Irish powerboat racers take on a challenge that will put them and their boats to the test all in an effort to raise funds for Pieta House as part of Suicide Awareness Week, 10th to the 17th September.
The Irish Sea Thundercat Challenge will see this group take 2 Thundercats, 4 metre inflatable racing boats, on a 60 nautical mile open sea crossing from Dublin City to Holyhead in Wales. Undertaking this large distance in these boats will be extremely physically tough on the crews while also being mentally tiring having to read the conditions and have split second reactions.

The crews are Donnchadh Mac Cobb at the helm of one boat with Carmel Guilfoyle crewing making up Team Adventure Training Ireland, while Peter Sweeney will helm the second with Chris Gleeson as crew making up Team Aptriva. These boats and crews race competitively in the P750 National Powerboat Championship and will be taking time out from training between races to undertake this huge challenge.

Pieta House is a non-profit organisation providing a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviors. Their service is completely free of charge. 80% of their income comes from Fundraising Events like this and donations both large and small.

These boats are very light (boat = 85kg, engine = 80kg) meaning they are fast!! They can reach speeds of over 35 knots and jump up to 6 metres in the air. The primary purpose of these boats is surf racing and they race at high speeds in surf of up to 5 metres and wind speeds up to 45 knots. Crews consist of a pilot and a co-pilot. The pilot drives from the rear, while the co-pilot uses their weight to adjust the balance and trim of the boat.

So what has inspired this group to undertake this challenge for the first time? Donnchadh Mac Cobb shares his view that “Too many people have been affected by suicide in Ireland, including most of us involved in this event. Weʼre doing our bit to try and raise awareness that there is help out there for anyone at risk of suicide or self-harm”

The Irish Sea Thundercat Challenge crews will be organising several fundraising events in the run up to their sea crossing around Dublin and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Pieta House - The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide

Pieta House, the Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide, opened its doors in January 2006 and is the first charity of its kind in Ireland. Pieta House offers a specialised treatment programme for people who have suicidal ideation or who participate in self-harming behaviours. In particular, this centre will target the people who have already attempted to take their lives the forgotten people. This service is free of charge, but donations are welcome. The specialized treatment programme offers a comprehensive service aimed at individuals and their families who are affected by:

· Multiple suicidal attempts
· Suicidal ideation
· Continuous self-harming behaviours

We make an important distinction regarding people who engage in self-harm and those who attempt to take their lives.

My Online Sponsors to Date

Name Date Type Amount Comment
Seamus Kyne 01-10-2012 Donation €40.00 Best of Luck Peter from the team at eSports Manager
Laura Quinn 30-09-2012 Donation €20.00 Fair play Peter! x
Mick & Andrea 29-09-2012 Donation €50.00 Good luck Pete, Chris and Team ATI, great cause!
Fiona Pascoe 28-09-2012 Donation €20.00 love ThunderCats UK X
Gwen O' Toole 26-09-2012 Donation €20.00 Fantastic cause!! GOOD LUCK!!!!
Maria Redmond 26-09-2012 Donation €15.00 SHI-BU-YA!!! Good luck Chris and the boys!
Gerry Gleeson 23-09-2012 Donation €50.00 Best of luck lads
Colin Snow 22-09-2012 Donation €20.00 Fair play, best of luck!
Dave Rooney 22-09-2012 Donation €25.00 bring us back a stick of rock :-)
Anonymous 15-09-2012 Donation €20.00 I lost a brother to suicide and Pieta House has already helped my sister afterwards. BEST OF LUCK.
Anonymous 12-09-2012 Donation €20.00 best of luck. it's a really good cause.
Andrew Hastings 12-09-2012 Donation €25.00 Well volunteered, Good luck!
Lesley Morrissey 06-09-2012 Donation €10.00 Best of luck guys, great cause!
Anonymous 01-09-2012 Donation €50.00 Best of luck Pete (Donated on behalf of Neil Whelan)
Siobhan Fahey 30-08-2012 Donation €10.00 Good luck Pedro!
Sophia Mc Hugh 29-08-2012 Donation €10.00 best of luck peter, a pleasure to sponsor such a great cause
Anonymous 28-08-2012 Donation €10.00 Hey Chris....fair play to ya and best of luck
Claire Flavin 23-08-2012 Donation €50.00 for Jim - codladh sámh x
Anonymous 23-08-2012 Donation €50.00 -
John Kennedy 22-08-2012 Donation €100.00 Best of luck on the crossing from all on the Ardmore Pattern Festival Committee
Rachel Solon 22-08-2012 Donation €30.00 Best of luck guys!
Anonymous 15-08-2012 Donation €30.00 Go on the lads!
Anonymous 15-08-2012 Donation €20.00 Good on ya Donnchadh, Hope you have a great day.
Chris Gleeson 15-08-2012 Donation €50.00 Great idea and a very worthy cause
Alison Boland 15-08-2012 Donation €5.00 Best of luck Peter - Great cause!
Ciarán Caulfield 15-08-2012 Donation €10.00 Best of luck Pete.
Darragh Quaid 15-08-2012 Donation €50.00 Best of luck lads
fergal butler 15-08-2012 Donation €20.00 Best of luck,maybe we can get some of the powerboat club to see you off.
Anonymous 15-08-2012 Donation €20.00 All the best to Pieta House and the Thundercatters!