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Cancer Couple's 2000 mile Round UK Sail

Round Britain Cancer CoupleA couple who were recently diagnosed with cancer have completed an epic 2,000 mile journey around Britain to raise money for charity. Alan Sinfield and his wife Geraldine piloted a 34-foot Bavaria yacht called Tante Helena around the mainland in a challenge which took three months. 

It is a challenge made all the more heroic as Alan was diagnosed with prostate cancer and testicular cancer just last year. Earlier this year Geraldine was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Their diagnoses were all the more upsetting as Alan lost his first wife Wendy to cancer in 2002 and Geraldine's first husband Ian also died from the disease four years later. While they helped each other through their grief, the couple fell in love.


The couple, from Polebrook, set sail from Shotley Marina, near Ipswich, on June 3. They cooked, ate and slept on their vessel in a trip which tested them to the limit. They stopped at more than 40 destinations for supplies in a feat of endurance they had never experienced before.

Alan, 71, said: ’’It has been a tremendous experience – exhilarating, difficult, challenging and exciting. I keep thinking: ‘Have I really just done that?’ ‘’Highlights included a 100mile overnight trip to the Humber where the boat was greeted by hundreds of curious seals, a visit to Whitby where Alan enjoyed fish and chips at the famous Magpie and a marina in Inverness where the yacht attracted the attention of twelve dolphins who swam alongside it for an hour. 

‘’It was a real highlight to see the dolphins dancing round the boat and playing chicken with us. I also loved seeing the seals and even spotted some porpoises,’’ said Alan.

‘’We have had such wonderful welcomes. Everyone we have spoken to has been interested in our story and some of the marinas have waived mooring fees in place of donations.’’

‘’This trip tested my navigation skills to their limit and was challenging. It has been amazing really, but sad too as Geraldine has not been well and was unable to accompany me for as much of the journey as we had hoped.’’ 

''My main concern was for Geraldine, not myself, because she had been through it all before with Ian, who fought non hodgkins lymphoma for 12 years. We had only been married for three years and there were so many things we wanted to do. It didn't seem fair.

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