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Jubilee Sailing Trust sailor, David Sage will be setting off on Saturday 28th August 2010 for a 100 mile row down the river Thames in order to raise funds for the sailing charity. The five day row is in memory of David’s godson, Lieutenant Dougie Dalzell who was sadly killed in combat on his 27th birthday in February this year. Dougie’s Sergeant, John Amer, was also killed by another explosion and three other members of Dougie’s platoon were badly injured, including loss of limbs as a result of the same explosion.
In memory of the fallen and injured David will be raising money to enable as many as possible who have lost limbs to experience a voyage with the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The Jubilee Sailing Trust operates sailing trips with either Lord Nelson or Tenacious, the only tall ships in the world designed to allow people of all physical abilities, to sail side-by-side as equals.
In advance of the 100 mile row, David commented:
“The voyages have a great deal to offer young soldiers recovering from these injuries.”
“One of my fondest memories was being out on the yards, 60 plus feet above the deck with a young man who had lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. Standing on a rope suspended below the yard, beaming from ear to ear, he suddenly beat me on the back and said I never dreamed I would be able to do anything like this again, life can be fun again after all.”
“It was one of those moments in life that will always be clearly etched in my memory. It is stunning to see the determination and the achievements of disabled crew members when given this opportunity, and the effect it has upon them.”
Dougie’s Regiment has already nominated six young soldiers who are hoping to be fit enough to sail with the Jubilee Sailing Trust in February. To sponsor this exciting and worthy challenge please visit: www.dougiedalzellmemorialtrust.co.uk