Suffolk friends rally to help Julian get back to sea

Veteran sailor Julian Mustoe with Sue Coales and his round the world map route

Veteran sailor Julian Mustoe with Sue Coales and his round the world map route


It might be about 30 miles from the sea, but the latest stage of a great maritime adventure is being organised from a home at Wortham, near Diss.

The end of the Harrier of DownThe end of the Harrier of Down

Julian Mustoe, 82, a veteran round the world sailor who lost all his possessions when his yacht sank in the North Sea, is being buoyed by the support he is receiving from his friends who live in the village.

While his home of 11 years is now 300m below the waves, Mr Mustoe, a retired architect, is recovering from his ordeal at the home of Edward and Sue Coales. He arrived at their home with just an emergency pack of possessions he had stored on his yacht.

Mr Mustoe had been sailing the Harrier of Down between Lerwick in the Shetland Islands and Bergen, Norway when disaster struck. The yacht, which was also Mr Mustoe’s home, sank as it was being towed by a rescue boat after it got into trouble because of a fault, and he was plucked to safety by Norwegian Coastguards.

Although he has no more plans for long voyages, Mr Mustoe is keen to return to the sea, with a new vessel to call home. To help him rebuild his life, the Coales have launched the Harrier Shipwreck Appeal to try to raise £25,000 to buy a new boat and possessions.

Happier times for Julian Mustoe and the Harrier of DownHappier times for Julian Mustoe and the Harrier of Down

The appeal has so far raised more than £6,500. During the October 6 incident Mr Mustoe suffered a rib injury when the steering went on the Harrier, which he had sailed for a large part of a 43,730 mile journey around the world between 2001 and 2012.

He said: “Knowing my boat has gone down is like hearing that an old friend has drowned. I am eternally indebted to my kind friends. Sue and Edward have been a tower of strength.”

Mr Mustoe became friends with them three years ago at a meeting of a climbing club of which Mr Coales, 76 and a retired NFU secretary, is a member. Mrs Coales, 63 and who writes craft books under the name Sue Heaser, is also a keen sailor.

She said: “It must have been heart-breaking for Julian to know he had lost his yacht, his home of many years.”

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