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Tuddenham’s musical sailor heading home

Martin Soons, right, and Suffolk Philharmonic founder and co nductor Leslie Olive on the Alexandria after rounding of Cape Wrath, the north-western tip of Scotland ANL-140725-143822001

Martin Soons, right, and Suffolk Philharmonic founder and co nductor Leslie Olive on the Alexandria after rounding of Cape Wrath, the north-western tip of Scotland ANL-140725-143822001

Sailor Martin Soons’ is on the final leg of his round Britain voyage to raise cash for Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra.

Martin, from Tuddenham St Mary, set sail from Suffolk on June 16 and, going clockwise, sailed under the Forth Bridge this morning.

He said: “Having successfully completed two-thirds of our 1,800-mile circumnavigation we have visited the West Country, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, mainland Scotland and the Hebrides.

“Although completing a circumnavigation in just six or seven weeks is quite special (we met sailors taking years), I am delighted we are on schedule and, subject to weather, things look good for the remaining passages.”

He says he will be arriving at Shotley ‘in a few weeks’.

Martin is making the voyage while suffering deep vein thrombosis following a skiing accident, so has had to continue his treatment while sailing his yacht Alexandria, with a crew that for two weeks included his former tutor Leslie Olive, the orchestra’s founder and conductor.

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