Tuddenham sailor’s coastal charity voyage

Martin Soons' Alexandria II sails back into Shotley

Martin Soons' Alexandria II sails back into Shotley

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.

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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