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In June 2015 Poppy Moore resolved to take a year out and
sail around Australia to raise awareness and fundraising for
Parkinson’s – a neurological condition effecting over 70,000
Poppy’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2006, after
watching his older brother succumb to the disease.
“It’s had a devastating impact on my family. My parents asked
me to do something to fundraise for Parkinson’s, I think they had
a trivia night or cake raffle in mind, rather than the adventure I
have undertaken!” Poppy said.
Her parents had always wanted to emigrate to Australia,
but unfortunately due to her father’s decline in health this is
no longer possible. She decided to combine her love of sailing
and cycling with an adventure that would allow them to explore
Australia and feel part of the journey from their home back in
the UK ... using FaceBook and Skype to share the journey and
allow them to meet the crew.
Her main sailing experience to that point had been skiff and
dinghy sailing on Sydney Harbour. So the voyage set some very
new and interesting challenges, from living aboard a yacht, coastal
navigation and the significance of tides and safe bar crossings.
“I spent two years and considerable blood, sweat and tears
finding Scaramouch my East Coast 31 and getting her ready for
the adventure of a lifetime. I ’ve learnt about electrical wiring,
engine maintenance and spent far too much time studying the
intricacies of marine plumbing and toilets!
“I’ve also had an incredible amount of support from friends
and companies in the marine industry who have helped me to
fit her out.”
Poppy finally set sail on Good Friday 14th April 2017, with her
regular racing crew heading to Port Stephens. She slowly made
her way up the coast stopping off at yacht clubs and marinas.
This enabled her to take part in sailing events, pick up new crew
and fundraise. She’d have one or two crew join for a couple of
days or a week at a time to take part in the adventure and help
“ This has been a great way to meet amazing people and
promote my cause across a multitude of social networks. I ’ve
sailed with 11 crew so far, ranging from 28-78 years old. It has
been an incredible journey. I ’ve been amazed at the support
and generosity I have received from total strangers. I ’ve made
a network of friends among the yachting community who have
offered advice and tips along the way.
“I’ve seen dolphins, turtles and a whale as well as countless
sea life. I ’ve swum in the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays,
drunk sundowners and sang songs around open fires on Great
Keppel island with strangers.
“I’ve gained the nickname of ‘Ninja’ from fellow cruisers as I
have entered many ports under the cover of darkness. Navigating
at night brings a whole range of new challenges you don’t face
sailing a Laser, including differentiating between port channel
markers and car break lights!”
One of her “scariest moments” was departing Coffs Harbour
at 3:00am, in pouring rain and limited visibility.
“ We did this so we could make the bar crossing at Yamba.
Only as daylight emerged did I mention to my crew that it had
been my first coastal night passage!”
Poppy is aiming to raise $20,000, and so far she’s raised just
“I’m always looking for crew, or people to help fundraise,”
You can follow Poppy Moore on her FaceBook page,
Scaramouch – Sailing for Parkinson’s or donate on her Ever yday
Hero page <https: //give.everydayhero.com/au /scaramouch-
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