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The Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany and South­ern 100 Club hope a new travel dis­count scheme will boost mar­shal num­bers at the friendly races. The ini­tia­tive is in­tended to en­cour­age those who trav­elled to the Is­land to mar­shal at last year’s Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany In­ter­na­tional South­ern 100 Road Races to re­turn in 2017 to vol­un­teer their time once more. De­tails of the dis­count scheme and book­ing forms have been sent out to ev­ery­one el­i­gi­ble, and online reg­is­tra­tion for those in­tend­ing to mar­shal this year has opened at www.south­ The 2017 South­ern 100 takes place from July 10-13. Rac­ing around the 4.25-mile Bil­lown course could not go ahead with­out the team of vol­un­teer marshals. As the long­stand­ing ti­tle spon­sor of the event, the Steam Packet Com­pany is ea­ger to help en­sure there are enough vol­un­teers. Steam Packet Com­pany Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mark Wood­ward said: “We have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with the South­ern 100, in­clud­ing al­most 20 years as ti­tle spon­sor, and over that time we have worked closely with the Club to en­cour­age more vis­i­tors and help the event run as smoothly as pos­si­ble.” The dis­count scheme, which is in ad­di­tion to the one for marshals who vol­un­teer on the Moun­tain course dur­ing thett and Fes­ti­val of Mo­tor­cy­cling, will be re­viewed af­ter this year’s South­ern 100, as it is hoped that it can be re­peated to help at­tract new marshals for the fu­ture.

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