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Blind Legend Takes to the Seas to Chase that Elusive 100mph World Record!

Mike Newman Powerboat Speed Record

Risk taker Mike Newman, currently holds first time world records for being the fastest blind person to drive a car at over 200mpha 5.5 tone racing truck at 120MPH and sail a power boat at 93mph.

But Mike now faces his biggest challenge yet as he attempts to become the first blind person to take an F1 powerboat over speeds of 100MPH in Torquay on Wednesday 19th July.  Mike says he believes in chasing dreams and has always dreamt about breaking the 100mph barrier on water.

“It’s been my goal for a long time. It is also a fantastic opportunity to draw attention to my charity Speed of Sight which provides life-enhancing driving experiences for people of all ages and disabilities. We hope to raise much-needed funds to help the charity continue its work and expand its presence in the UK.”

But it hasn’t always been plain sailing for Mike and his team; Speed of Sight is one of a small number of dedicated motorsport charities that promotes positive awareness around disability and originally struggled to reach operational status due to its previous liability insurance policies, until they approached Caunce O’Hara.

Speed of Sight came to see us in desperate times during 2015. Unable to source the right insurance cover to enable the charity to perform their unconventional fundraising and high-octane activities the end was looming near for Mike’s beloved charity.

Unwilling to let this happen our Account Exec Andy went above and beyond to source the cover needed for Speed of Sight to continue its journey. Andy Wells said, “Speed of Sight delivers something unique and their passion is infectious,”. The quotes they had been given simply weren’t fit for purpose. We determined the necessary cover, which ended up being considerably more expensive. However, we weren’t prepared to leave the future of this incredible charity hanging in the balance and were more than happy to absorb the additional cost.”

Andy added: “People often see insurance as a red tape inhibitor, but it only takes a short time to look at a range of products and begin to understand that more bespoke policies are available. It’s an absolute delight to support Speed of Sight in this way – it’s not often that people are happy to speak to their insurance broker!”

John Galloway, the charity’s head of fundraising and commercial development, said: “Speed of Sight can now continue to deliver life-changing experiences to people. Those who attend our racing events get the opportunity to experience things they never deemed possible. We’ve already seen that attendees are building their confidence and we’re making a real impact on the day-to-day quality of their lives. Thanks to Caunce O’Hara, we can now continue to raise our profile and focus on running events and raising awareness. It’s been such a relief to have a firm not only back us, but champion us so much, too!”

Caunce O’Hara will be heading to Torbay tomorrow to witness once again another remarkable world record attempt by Mike and his team.


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