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I grew up by the sea close to the tip of Kent in SE England - the point that reaches out to the continent - in a place called Minnis Bay.  

The clifftop was about 100 yards from our front gate and, looking back, the sea played a major part in my life then and, now, through my role as RainbowChaser (volunteer Admin) at Sailonline , it is doing so once again.

Childhood seaside memories are of swimming and learning to respect the tides and currents of that part of the Thames Estuary, watching yacht races, excavating pre-Bronze Age burial pits on the beach with Toni Powell-Cotton, cycling between the marshes and the sea, picnics at the beach-hut and... lots of sunshine!

These days my imagination looks for ways to create buddy-ups between the virtual world of Sailonline and every kind of sailing activity.   Through Jubilant's Fastnet Campaign I helped raise funds for The Cure Parkinson's Trust and the RNLI and by sending #RCtheParrot to Jubilant for the Fastnet race I felt very included with all that was happening.  When your world shrinks due to illness and/or disability it is easy to feel disconnected - but.... if I can only find a way to have RC The Ship's Parrot do more as a vehicle for fundraising and even empowering those with movement disorders, not just me ... now that would be neat!!
Recently the seven crew members of Jubilant's crew each received an #RCtheParrot of their own - a memento of the Fastnet Campaign and, perhaps, a way for #RCtheParrot to spread her wings and her message!



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