It was clear from the very beginning that Dan had a passion for sailing and wanted to take his sailing further. On September 16 2007, a 21-year-old Ellen MacArthur Trust Ambassador Daniel Monk was able to fulfil his dream to sail around the world, as he untied the lines as part of the crew of Liverpool 08 for the Clipper 07-08 Round the World Yacht Race as a result of his involvement with the Trust.
Dan, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2001, first sailed with The Ellen MacArthur Trust in 2004, joining other young children who were suffering or in recovery from cancer or leukemia on a four-day trip in The Solent. It was clear from the very beginning that Dan had a passion for sailing and wanted to take his sailing further. Year after year Dan returned to join The Trust sailing in and around The Solent and in various races and regattas, including the JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. After a relapse in 2005 Dan decided that he wanted to become more involved in the sailing industry, and with the support of The Trust he took on the Professional Yachtmaster course, successfully qualifying May 2007. Dan skippered his first summer Trust trip later that year, a qualified Yachtmaster with the ability to understand and empathise with exactly what his young crew had been through, and providing the perfect role model for ‘life after treatment’. It was the culmination of his incredibly challenging life journey since the first Trust trip in 2004. After speaking frankly about his experiences and the Trust at our charity Ball, Dan was offered the chance to live his dream of sailing round the world in the Clipper Round the World Race, which he grabbed with his usual enthusiasm for new experiences. Dan was appointed the Trust’s first Ambassador before he embarked on his travels, and has continued his involvement with the Trust ever since. We are all very proud of his achievements to date.
“We’ve done so much this week that I never thought I would, sailing, barbeques and rib rides! The best bit has being able to meet new people who understand and being able to have some fun! We have all been through the same thing. I have made some great friends. I would definitely come back to The Trust”.
- Rebecca, 16
“I enjoyed meeting new people who had gone through the same thing, because they were all really nice. I didn’t like leaving! I learnt that I LOVE sailing!! And I learnt 2 types of knots. I made loads of friends and learnt how to sail, and now I’m going on another course. I would love to be involved in the future; it was the best week of my life!!!!! Thank you so much for letting me come, I enjoyed it very VERY much!!!”
- Daisy, 15