Welcome to Sailing For Diabetes
There are estimated to be more than 350 million people in the world diagnosed with Diabetes / Diabetes Mellitus – often referred to as Diabetes. This is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the body does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced.
My name is EDDIE CRANE, a amateur sailor who has been certified by the RYA (Royal Yachting Association) as a Competent Crew Member, as well as being certified as a Day Skipper for Offshore Sail and Power Craft.
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I have taken up the challenge (and cleared by my Medical Practitioner) as a diagnosed Type II Diabetic, to attempt to be the first Diabetic to sail 40,000 miles around the world as a crew member of a stripped down 70 foot yacht over a 12 month period. During this process I hope to assist with Medical Research, as well as showing that Diabetics can take up extreme challenges similar to completely healthy individuals.
In order for me to take up this challenge, I am seeking Companies, Entities, Individuals to partner with me. Please review the section on Sponsorship Opportunities on this website.
The 13-14 race starts in August 2013! You can read further details by clicking on the link below:
During my final medical examination for the 2011-12 race, it was discovered that my vision was not good enough to be declared “medically fit” for the race. The diagnosis was that I required cataract and PRK laser surgery to rectify my vision and dry-eye syndrome.
The eye specialist, Dr Ed H-Jervis, decided to do my left eye cataract operation on 11 May 2011. This was followed by PRK laser surgery on 3 March 2012. Vision in the left eye has now been corrected to 20/20 without the requirement of glasses or contact lenses.
My right eye cataract operation took place on 17 October 2012, and PRK laser surgery took place on 7 December 2012. I have now achieved 20/20 vision in my right eye. On 18 March 2013, Dr Ed H-Jervis declared me medically fit to undertake the race, in respect of my vision. I am now in a position to resume training for the Round the World Yacht Race of 2015-16.
My diabetes has also shown signs of recession, and Dr A Pieterse (my Diabetes specialist) has taken me off Novomix 30 insulin and replaced this with a once-daily injection of Victoza (manufactured by Novonordisk). This has resulted in stabilised glucose readings of between 6 and 7, as well as weight loss to date of 14 kilograms.
In my attempt to show that Type II Diabetics can live normal sporting lives, I appeal to medical manufacturers of Diabetic medications to assist me via sponsorship. In return, I will promote and use their products (see section on Sponsorship Opportunities).
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I plan to take part in the Clipper Ventures Round the World Yacht Race during 2015 and 2016. "Eleven months, 40 000 miles of ocean racing and around 400 people facing the challenge of a lifetime ... full circumnavigation of the globe, 8 legs, 15 races and 6 continents." I already have 684 nautical miles experience with further training planned.
... people facing the challenge of a lifetime, and this is an extra challenge for a Diabetic who want to show that Diabetics are as competitive, and capable, as persons without Diabetes ...
I will be taking unpaid leave for this period of one year, to help heighten the awareness of Diabetes around the world. I am willing to partner with Diabetes medicine manufacturers, Diabetic organisations and companies who want to show their willingness to recognise and help fight this disease on a Global Scale. I will do presentations and brand exposure on behalf of the sponsors willing to help raise awareness, at all ports of call (click on the Sponsorship Opportunities link for more information).
This website has three purposes:
1) To raise funds - the race fee is £45 200 British Pounds Sterling! I also need travelling assistance getting to and from England. Once the race fee has been paid, 25% of all further donations will be given to Diabetes South Africa, who are as enthusiastic about this project as I am!
2) To monitor and track the race as it goes around the world.
3) To offer sponsor companies free public relations space to advertise their product. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, click on the Sponsorship Opportunities link.
Thank you for taking time to visit my website and hopefully donate towards my project.-16 CAMPAIGN KICK-OFF