Goya and Vanessa take on the Solent!

Goya and Vanessa take on the Solent!

Goya Zimmer, a Superyacht industry professional specializing in business development, has teamed up with one of our trustees, Vanessa Hodgson, in a bid to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support who use Mindfulness as part of their psychological, self help approach.

Goya is a passionate believer in Mindfulness and the benefits it can bring to people living with Cancer through the application of Mindfulness Meditation and Integrative Medicine. Wanting to make a positive change and raise funds for those who need it most, Goya reached out to Vanessa and the SYC to help support her on the day of the event in September which promises to be a tough challenge.

Vanessa, a keen swimmer who has trained this route before will be supporting her through her training journey and on the day.

Goya and Vanessa’s aim is to raise awareness about the concepts of mindfulness, and how it can benefit not only cancer patients, but that of everyday people from all walks of life. Mindfulness is often defined as living in the present-moment, non-judgmental, awareness.

The mindfulness elements of accepting things as they are, turning towards rather than away from difficult emotional experience, and embracing change as a constant are helpful antidotes to these difficult realities. The emotion-regulation strategies practiced in mindfulness-based interventions help to prevent worry about the future and rumination over past events, and allow people to live more fully in the present moment, regardless of what lies ahead. The inevitability of loss, change and to some, eventual death are helpful to face in general, but are both more challenging and more powerful for people directly facing a life threat like cancer.


For Goya, to swim the Solent will be a big challenge. “I have never had a lesson in my life, but this challenge has great meaning to me and this is my way of trying to make a difference. Not only have I set myself a personal challenge to swim the Solent, but I also want to raise as much money as possible so charities like MacMillan with the new Mindfulness therapies, can empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty.”

As a superyacht trustee, Vanessa is always keen to motivate people out of their comfort zones. Hence on this occasion after a glass of wine, the solent looked more like a pond rather than an extremely busy stretch of water, that was until reality hit the morning after. The gauntlet had now been thrown!

The swim will take place in September. More information will follow on dates, how to donate and their training progress via this website and dedicated social media pages so watch this space for more information.

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