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A sailor’s strength of spirit

NOV. 20 — At 15, David Morse has a rare physical disorder called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, which is non-progressive but limits the use of his lower limbs due to muscle weakness. However, that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his passion for sailing.

Morse recently received sponsorship from the Whyte and MacKay Earls Court Boat Show to be held in London in early December, according to BYM News. There, he will have his own stand to launch his campaign to participate in the 2012 Paralympic games. After participating in the International Multihull Championships in Greece this past June sailing a Challenger Trimaran, a craft made specifically for people with physical constraints, he has been selected for the Challenger Transition Squad for pre-Paralympic training.

“David is an inspirational young man and we are delighted to be able to support him in his quest to take part in the 2012 London Paralympic Games,” said James Brooke, managing director for the boat show in the news report. “David symbolizes all that is positive in disabled sailing and proves how hard work and dedication can achieve great results.”

At 9, Morse began his sailing career by joining BTYC Sailsports, a voluntary racing and sailing club at the Barnet Youth Base in North West London, according to the report. This year Morse also completed his first personal challenge — sailing 30 miles across the Solent between Britain mainland and the Isle of Wight.

And Morse is in good company — The Challenger Trimaran is also the craft of choice for Geoff Holt, a 41-year-old British quadriplegic sailor who completed his 1,400 solo voyage around Britain in September. For more information on the boat show, visit

— Elizabeth Ellis