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The legacy of Cheeki Rafiki crew­man James Male lives on at the QE2 Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre in Hamp­shire.

A new wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble power­boat has been launched on the River Ham­ble, named after the sailor who was among four peo­ple lost dur­ing an At­lantic cross­ing in May 2014.

Gra­ham and Lor­raine Male raised al­most £13,000 to­wards the cost of the Wheely­boat and new kayaks for the cen­tre in mem­ory of their son James.

The new Coulam Wheely­boat V20 will supplement the cen­tre’s boat­ing ac­tiv­i­ties for dis­abled peo­ple. The QE2 Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre prides it­self in be­ing fully in­clu­sive and the special features of the Wheely­boat, de­vel­oped by The Wheely­boat Trust and JM Coulam Boat­builders, will pro­vide users with mo­bil­ity im­pair­ments with com­plete in­de­pen­dence as they ex­plore down­stream and learn how to drive and crew the power­boat.

Gra­ham said: ‘It is an hon­our to be able to leave such a fan­tas­tic legacy for James.’

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