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Belvedere sailor will pay tribute to 21-year-old skipper of lost Cheeki Raffiki yacht

PUBLISHED: 11:01 10 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:01 10 June 2014

Crew of the Cheeki Rafiki at the end of the 2013 Fastnet Race. Andrew Bridge on far right; Roger Swift in yellow; Kate Dawes on the left in blue and Nicky Evans on the right in red. Picture: Roger Swift.

Crew of the Cheeki Rafiki at the end of the 2013 Fastnet Race. Andrew Bridge on far right; Roger Swift in yellow; Kate Dawes on the left in blue and Nicky Evans on the right in red. Picture: Roger Swift.

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Friends of Andrew Bridge, a 21-year-old skipper of the lost Cheeki Raffiki yacht, will be sailing in his memory to raise money for the RNLI.

Sailor Nicky Evans, of Belvedere, who started a petition to resume the search for the missing crew which reached 243,095 signatures, was due to take part in the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race with Andrew in August.

Sadly this is no longer possible but Andrew’s friends Nicky, Roger Swift and Kate Dawes are determined to carry on as a tribute to him and the other men who were lost.

Roger said: “It will be a bittersweet occasion for us.

“I think it will be particularly hard for Nicky as when we last sailed with Andy she was very ill and he really looked after her.”

To sponsor them please visit justgiving.com/Cheekirafiki.

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