Second time lucky for sailor’s charity island challenge

Luke Morrison
Luke Morrison
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HE WILL single-handedly sail over the top of 4,000 shipwrecks in the Solent.

But sailor Luke Morrison hopes he will not join them when he embarks on a solo circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight this weekend.

The 29-year-old, from Gosport, wanted to raise money for the Basics emergency doctors in Hampshire.

So he decided to sail around the island on his own, starting at 4am to link up with the tides.

And to make things even more difficult, Luke will complete the sail in a tiny 14ft dinghy.

Luke originally planned to take up the challenge in June but came down with pneumonia.

Now he is fighting fit and ready to try again.

Luke said: ‘I am training hard for this.

‘I will be elated but also exhausted by the time I get back to Hill Head.

‘The thought of the hard-working doctors and the money and awareness raised for Basics will keep me going.

‘We all lead active lives and in the event of someone I know having an accident, or myself, it’s reassuring to know these guys have the equipment that can save a life.’

Basics Hampshire is a charity with a team of doctors who give up their free time to help save people’s lives.

In April this year, The News awarded Luke a We Can Do It T-shirt for going the extra mile to help others.

Luke will be set off between 4am and 4.30am on Saturday from the Hill Head Sailing Club.

He hopes to return to the club with a welcoming flotilla of boats around 11 hours later.

One of Britain’s champion sailors, 12-year-old Billy Ozanne, has thrown his support behind Luke’s attempt.

He said: ‘If I can go out, I’ll be cheering Luke on just like he’s cheered me on in all my races.

‘But If I can’t be on the safety boat, I’ll be part of the flotilla welcoming him back.’

You can sponsor Luke online by visiting justgiving.com/ .

He has so far raised £3,266 towards his target of £10,000.