BBC Children In Need Auction winner Charles Carter had the day of a lifetime on Sunday 20 May.
In November 2006 Charles successfully bid on the BBC’s Terry Wogan Show for a full training day with Team Raymarine together with VIP hospitality at a chosen Honda Race Day and between them raised £11 K for Children In Need.
As usual Shelley, Libby and the team pulled out all the stops to make the prize as memorable as possible including an early morning visit to the Gym with Shelley!
Charles met Shelley and James Seilo, Shelley’s personal fitness trainer, at the Hampshire Health Club in Southampton. Charles had already admitted that he felt very alien in the gym so first stop was a short warm up on the rowing machine. James then took Shelley through the various strengthening exercises that they concentrate on throughout the season, mainly concentrating on core stability. Charles chose to relax at this point and watch while Shelley sweated. But when the boxing gloves went on Charles was brave enough to see how strong Shelley’s right hook was!
Then it was off to the classroom with the girl’s Powerboat trainer Neil Holmes and navigator Libby Keir. Neil explained the techniques and tactics of powerboat racing and the importance of team work needed from a professional race team in the Honda Formula 4Stroke series.
Charles learnt all about the role of the navigator/ co-driver, lessons he would need for the afternoon ahead.
The team then stocked up on energy with lunch at Banana Wharf in Ocean Village. Then it was out onto the water for the real test of the day.
Charles was safely in the navigator’s seat and with Shelley at the wheel the Honda 225 Raceboat was then put through its paces as Neil and Libby simulated a race using the Evolution RIB as a pursuit boat. Some high speed action was had on the practise course on Southampton Water. Charles excelled – he got into the navigator’s role immediately and loved the buzz of the chase and the adrenalin-fuelled racing.
Sitting in the sun for the debrief the team reckoned it had been an excellent afternoon. Charles wholeheartedly agreed and cannot wait for the second part of his auction prize – a day at one of the rounds of the Honda Formula 4Stroke series. Charles has chosen the Isle of Man where he will witness the starts of all the races from the start boat and will fly the chequered flag to acknowledge the winning drivers!
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