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A highlight of the UK's largest annual sailing regatta, Cowes Week in August, the Artemis Challenge is a race round the Isle of Wight that attracts some of the fastest yachts from the world's racing scene, plenty of sailing legends and a mix of celebrities and sporting stars who compete to claim the charity prize.

Zara Phillips, and former international rugby stars Mike Tindall and Serge Betsen ahead of the 2015 Artemis Challenge. © Lloyd Images

A charity race like no other

The Artemis Challenge began in 2007 and has led to donations of over £60,000 to charity (of the winner's choice each year). The Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips, actor Ewan McGregor, musician Bryan Adams and TV presenter Davina McCall are just some of the global stars to add their support to the Artemis Challenge over the years. In the 2012 edition, French sailing legend Michel Desjoyeaux set a new world record in a time of 2 hours and 21 minutes in his MOD70 multihull, Foncia.

The Foncia crew celebrate their record-breaking race around the island after winning the Artemis Challenge 2012 in just 2hrs, 21mins and 25secs. Team Foncia: Michel Desjoyeaux, Antoine Carraz, Julien Falxa, Thierry Chabagny, Alban Rossolin, Nicolas Texier, Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Ian Walker, James Boyd and Denis Juhel.



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