Paul Heys Memorial Buoy fundraising campaign

J Boat owners are raising money for a racing mark in Paul Heys memory. Photo: Key Yachting J Boat owners are raising money for a racing mark in Paul Heys memory. Photo: Key Yachting
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Almost £20,000 has been raised as part of a Just Giving campaign to install a yellow racing buoy in the Solent in memory of Paul Heys.

Paul, co-founder and MD of Hamble-based yacht sales company Key Yachting, died earlier this year while on holiday with his wife Marie-Claude.

Over the years Paul sold many brands of yachts, but he is most renowned for fathering the ‘J Boats’ family in the Solent with hundreds of the race yachts now dominating events such as Cowes Week.

“We are raising money to install a Paul Heys yellow racing buoy in the Central Solent to commemorate one of the world's inspirational individuals,” explained fellow J sailor Kirsty Apthorp.

“Paul Heys helped so many of us to enjoy our hobby, whether it was helping with crew, sorting our boats or boosting morale in the bar.”

The cost to drop and maintain a buoy for 20 years is around £34,000.

To contribute, see https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/paulheys

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