Amateur Clevedon sailor to take part in global yacht race
PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 February 2017
A 65-year-old Clevedon man is set to sail around Australia to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).
Peter Dark will take part in leg four of the Clipper Round the World yacht race in December despite having almost no sailing experience and suffering from sea sickness.
The trip will see him leave western Australia when he will battle the treacherous Southern Ocean before arriving in Sydney.
Peter will then take part in the world famous Sydney Hobart Yacht Race ahead of completing his journey with a trip to the North West Territories and Queensland in January.
He said: “I am scared, apprehensive and inquisitive.
“The race allows me to do something worthwhile for myself – with the blessing and support of my family and friends – and for the MNDA.
“It’s a devastating disease that affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time and kills six people a day.”
Denise Davies, head of community fundraising at the MNDA, added: “Without the amazing support of people like Peter, the MNDA simply would not be able to provide its vital support services, fund research to find a cure and campaign and raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease.
“Together we are making a real difference to people affected by this devastating disease.”
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