Their challenge was at the West Lancashire Yacht Club 24 Hour Race, considered one of the top dinghy events in the world and they were raising money for a charity that is of great significance to both sailors.

Adam McGovern is the Regional Development Officer for the Royal Yachting Association in the North West and his daughter Betsy's life was saved in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the St Mary's Hospital in Manchester nearly two years ago. By co-incidence Chris's newborn son Alex was also receiving treatment at the Manchester  Childrens Hospital for a problem with his legs that had been detected during a 20 week scan. He is walking but will continue to receive corrective treatment until just before he starts school.


During the early hours of Sunday morning, the wind increased rapidly, with Force 6 gusts and the pair capsized. "Our sandwiches got a bit soggy," said Adam. 

The pair, carrying their respective children, got a huge round of applause when they went up to receive their trophy at the prize-giving.

The pals are godparents to each other's children and were determined to go through with the challenge to say thank you to the hospital and staff. Adam commented: "Betsy and Alex both had a tough start to life but thanks to the fantastic work of the NHS at both St Mary's NICU and the Children's hospital mean both Betsy and Alex are quickly approaching their second Birthdays as happy little toddlers! "