‘I am living my dream’ - Mundesley sailor starts second leg of Round the World Yacht Race
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Intrepid Mundesley sailor David Greer is 'living' the dream and is now on the second leg of the Clipper 2017/18 Round the World Yacht Race.
The 65-year-old, who was left unable to walk after a brain injury four years ago, set off on the toughest endurance challenge on the planet in August.
The race is between 12 x 70ft ocean racing yachts over 40,000 nautical miles, made up of 14 to 16 races over eight legs, with each yacht crewed by 20 to 22 people.
Leg one left Liverpool on August 20 and was estimated to be 6,400 nautical miles. It included the Bay of Biscay, the Doldrums, crossing the Equator and every weather condition from blistering heat and wind holes through to roaring seas and beating rain.
Mr Greer is a crew member of Team PSP Logistics who were second to cross the finishing line in Uruguay on September 21 after more than 32 days at sea.
He said: 'I have dreamed of circumnavigating the globe since I was a small boy and thought that brain injury had taken the opportunity away but against all the odds I am here and I am living my dream.
'I saw deep navy seas, bright clear blue skies, and a full moon casting its long silvery shadows across the waters.
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'I was circled by a frigatebird, a denizen of only the deep oceans. I have seen a whale, numerous dolphins, flying fish and beautiful albatross-like birds called stormy petrels.
'The dawns and dusks are jaw-dropping and the night sky is full of more stars than one can imagine, the Milky Way is so clear. It truly is a magical experience.'
Leg two of the race from Uruguay to Cape Town started on Wednesday, October 4 and is estimated to take 14 to 17 days to complete the 3,600 nautical mile course.
Mr Greer is raising money for Headway (UK), the brain injury association, which helped him and wife Marie following his injury.
On the Australian leg of the race he will be reunited with his twin brother, whom he has not seen in 15 years.