TEACHER Daniel Lane has only set foot on a sailing boat once _ when he was just five years old.
So he couldn’t believe his luck when he found out he had been selected to sail an Olympic vessel along the south coast during the 2012 Games.
The 46-year-old will join five other crew members to guide the 30ft yacht made of donated wooden objects, on its journey.
He was following the project with interest, and was nominated for the role by his wife Phillipa.
The part-time English teacher was chosen from hundreds of entries for the six-man crew.
And after finding out, he quickly snapped up a recommended ‘how to sail’ book.
He said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s going to be such an amazing adventure, and I’m looking forward to it.
‘I’ve only been on a sailing boat once when I was five with my grandfather, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
‘And it feels incredible to be involved in a project that so many people have helped create together – it’s going to be a totally unique experience.’
The yacht is being put together by artists Lone Twin, and consists of over 1,200 pieces of wood donated to the cause, from relics of the Second World War to a piece of Brighton’s Pier and even part of Jimi Hendrix’s guitar.
All crew members will be given full training before departing on the yacht’s maiden voyage next summer under the command of a professional skipper.
Daniel, who has two daughters, Florence, seven, and Daisy, four, added: ‘The girls are quite amazed and curious about the fact that I’m going to be out at sea for days.
‘They’re getting to the right sort of age where I’ll be able to take them out soon and make the most of living near the water.’
Joining Daniel, of Ward Crescent, Emsworth, on-deck will be Julie Wright, from the Isle of Wight, Kenneth Lyon, from Arundel, and Michelle Die’tt, Steve Ashmore and Jerome Timmins, all from West Sussex.
The yacht, which is being built at Thornham Marina, Emsworth, will be launched next summer and will stop at locations across the south coast, where a festival of events will mark its arrival.
Full details of the journey are set to be revealed next month.