Posted: April 2016
News of the death and burial at sea of Round the World Yacht Race crew member Sarah Young was especially poignant for local preacher David Neville. His grandson Gavin Reid was also in the race on another yacht and had emailed the family about the shock and sadness Sarah's death had caused to everyone involved. All the crews now just wanted to get to Seattle, their next port of call. Prayers were said in our morning service for Sarah's family, friends, and the other crew members of her yacht IchorCoal.
Gavin's yacht Mission Performance had itself been involved in an incident in January. They diverted to assist another yacht, not in the race, where a crew member was stuck up the mast. In heavy seas there was no chance of bringing the boats alongside so Gavin volunteered to get in the water and head to the other boat. He climbed their mast and took 2-hours to free their crewman, who had been trapped for nine hours. Deaf from birth, Gavin said, "I was most nervous about whether my hearing aid would survive the journey but thankfully it did."
For a three minute video of conditions on the boats and to see film of Gavin's heroics, click here.
All 12 yachts in the race are targeted to raise £20,000 each for Unicef, a charity devoted to helping children in danger worldwide.
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