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Stage Electrics on the High Seas

21st September, 2009

Ellen McCarther Trust VoyageStage Electrics recently supported the Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain voyage which began in May. The yacht Scarlet Oyster set sail from Cowes on the Isle of Wight with five young people in recovery from cancer or leukemia on board for the first leg of the sail. After 17 legs, 85 young people, and four and a half months later in September, Scarlet Oyster returned to Cowes, having completed a momentous journey around Britain's waters, whilst inspiring many incredible young people both in and out of treatment.

Projection EquipmentAt each port of call throughout the voyage, including Falmouth, the record breaking yachtswoman presented to a packed audience stories of her amazing voyages and experiences, and raised awareness of the importance of the Ellen MacArthur Trust. The ticket sales from these presentations went towards the trusts fundraising. At the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Stage Electrics supported the event by providing projection equipment, staging, audio solutions including radio microphones and playback for Dame Ellen's talk. Stage Electrics also supplied the use of one of their vans and half day training in their Bristol warehouse for the organisers, so they could set up the technical equipment on site independently. Falmouth proved to be a special stop, as it was the location where Ellen MacArthur set sail from and returned after her epic round the world trip in 2005. The National Maritime Museum was also the only venue on the trip which booked her for two nights due to popular demand.

Ellen MacArthur comments: "I've known and worked with Stage Electrics for a long time. They supplied all the AV equipment for the homecoming celebrations when I sailed back into Falmouth after my round-the-world record campaign in 2005, and so when we came back to Falmouth for The Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain Voyage in 2009, they were the obvious people to turn to. We wanted to stage an event in Falmouth that would raise as much money as possible for the Trust, and the support and creative solutions given by Stage Electrics really helped us do this."

Images courtesy of Mark Parsons.

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