Mise chasing dream trip money

Mise Coakley hoping to take the trip of a lifetime

Mise Coakley hoping to take the trip of a lifetime

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A WOMAN planning a once in a lifetime sailing trip around the world desperately needs to raise £20,000 in order to make it happen.

A WOMAN planning a once in a lifetime sailing trip around the world desperately needs to raise £20,000 in order to make it happen.

Misé Coakley, of Sandsend, was half way to raising the £40,000 she needed to take part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race when she got taken ill and was unable to continue fundraising.

The deck hand had to be brought off the off shore boat where she works spending a month on board and a month off.

After being out of action for four months and now on the road to recovery Misé has until August to raise £20,000 and has to pay off the costs of the trip at £2,000 per month.

A lover of the water from an early age part of the reason Misé is taking part in the race is in memory of her father Arthur ‘Art’ Coakley who died in the Brazilian Air France disaster in June 2009 aged 61.

He always loved the sea himself and in a twist of fate Misé will be sailing through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean where the plane Mr Coakley was on came down.

She said: “The hardest bit is I will be sailing across his flight path so that bit will be mind over matter. I am doing this for myself but he won’t be far from me.”

To raise more money photography student Misé is planning to sell some of her work at an exhibition evening with wine and cheese in Lyth and hold a race night.

Other funds have come from a part time job working in a pub where she is based in Aberdeen and sponsorship from local businesses.

She said: “I became ill in October and just thought I was a bit tired but I was brought home and this is my fourth month off work and my fourth month not earning any money.

“I have been at home on the settee, watching tv and now I am trying to think of ways to raise money and would like to sell some of my pictures.”

Ten yachts will be competing against each other in the race which visits Brazil, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, China, Panama, the States, Nova Scotia, Ireland and Europe before returning to the UK.

Throughout the 11 month trip Misé will be battling warm trade winds, winter storms, tropical heat and 65 knot gales.

She added: “There will be four hours on and four hours off and each leg can last up to 38 days.

“It is the whole challenge of it that appeals to me, bring it on, you only live once.”