A sea-faring vet is to take to the oceans for the second time in two years to finally conquer a 45-nautical mile circuit of the Isle of Wight.

viewIn June 2013, David Mason of Shrubbery Veterinary Centre in Northfleet, Kent, will be competing in the JP Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race at the helm of a Hanse 325 sailing yacht called Kora.

Now in its 82nd year, the boat race is one of the largest yacht races in the world – regularly attracting more than 1,700 boats – and is the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK.

This will be the second attempt at the race for Mr Mason, Kora and crew, after they had to turn back just 10 miles into the 2012 race due to 12-foot waves.

david masonMr Mason said he hopes it will be second time lucky.

He told Veterinary Times: “I am a little apprehensive because the weather was poor last year and we had to turn back at the Needles. But the atmosphere in Cowes for this event is terrific and I regard it as a great challenge to complete the course – without hitting either another boat or the island.”

Mr Mason is raising money for Petsavers, and Kora bears the BSAVA charity’s livery. The yacht has also been sponsored by a number of veterinary companies, including AT Systems, Bayer, Merial, Henry Schein, Virbac and Zoetis.

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