Tuddenham sailor’s coastal charity voyage

Martin Soons' Alexandria II sails back into Shotley

Martin Soons' Alexandria II sails back into Shotley

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A Tuddenham St Mary sailor with deep vein thrombosis battled against heavier odds than most to sail around the UK for charity.

Martin Soons, 51, undertook the 1,900-mile journey to raise money for the Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra and was joined by its conductor and founder Leslie Olive for two weeks of his journey.

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

Mr Soons, a member of the orchestra’s Council of Reference, arrived back in Shotley last Thursday after setting off on his yacht, Alexandria II, on June 16.

“Sailing around Britain is a pretty big thing to do and you cannot do it on your own,” said Mr Soons.

“There were 20 people around the UK who flew out to meet me , who acted as crew, and I could not have done it without them.

“We only lost one day of sailing due to bad weather. We were able to do the whole route, and I was very pleased that we managed it.”

Mr Soons thanked West Suffolk Hospital for their treatment of his DVT, which resulted from a skiing injury.

“They were monitoring me all the way, checking my medical arrangements. With them I felt very safe,” he said.

The keen sailor was introduced to the hobby by Mr Olive, who taught him as a teenager in Kent.

“A lot of those I taught to sail have got the bug. It is sheer fun, and a great escape from everyday life,” Mr Olive said.

Mr Soons’ blog about his journey can be read at www.keepturningright.com.

 

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