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THE date? 14th June 2008. The time? 1pm. The event? The Making Waves Triathlon Challenge 2008. The cause? The Mission to Seafarers. The place? Canvey Island in Essex. Yes, the glamour of Canvey will once again draw crowds of shipping folk together to sweat their way around what would be considered a gentle triathlon challenge in any other industry. But for us folk in shipping, The Making Waves Triathlon Challenge 2008 is a Sunday afternoon of Everest proportions. Making Waves is an off-road sprint triathlon consisting of a 300m swim, 15K bike ride and a 5K run. You can enter as an individual or in a team of three. At Spinnaker we have scoured the corridors and entered the only three people we could find who don't rely on a pacemaker and 20 Benson & Hedges to get them through the day. The event will conclude with an awards ceremony, an open BBQ and children's attractions, making this a fun day out for all the family. Which is nice really, because we don't do shipping fun days out very much in UK shipping. (Yours truly has always admired how well the Connecticut Maritime Association brings the shipping community together outside of the office.) For more information

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