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Ewan McGregor is set to tackle a sailing race for charity in the UK this month.

The annual Artemis Challenge will once again take palce during Cowes Week off the Isle Of Wight on August 10. The race features yachts in a 50 mile high speed sprint around the Isle of Wight, with the winning skipper taking away £10,000 for their chosen charity. Celebrities who have taken part in the past include Bryan Adams, and Harry Potter twins James and Oliver Phelps.

McGregor will join British round-the-world skipper Alex Thompson on the Hugo Boss for the race to raise money for UNICEF.

“I’m excited to experience the thrill of yacht racing from the very deck of the boat and I’ll be doing my best to help Alex win so that we can donate the prize money to UNICEF’s East Africa Appeal,” said Ewan. “There’s never been a more important time to support the children of the region who so desperately need our help.”

Also taking part in the race – for the third time – is the Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Phillips. She will join TV and radio presenter Natalie Pinkham on the Dee Caffari-skippered Artemis Ocean Racing to raise money for Toe In The Water, a charity that uses sailing to help injured service men and women being treated at Headley Court.

“It is great to be back on the helm of Artemis Ocean Racing to try to win £10,000 for Toe in the Water,” said Dee Caffari. “The Artemis Challenge is a great spectacle for the IMOCA 60 yachts and with Zara and Natalie onboard I’m sure we will make a great team.”

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