Budleigh pensioner rekindles love of the waves thanks to Sailability

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 July 2017

Retired pilot Richard Metson, who found a passion for sailing, was reunited with his hobby

Retired pilot Richard Metson, who found a passion for sailing, was reunited with his hobby


Baycourt resident Captain Richard Metson got the chance to sail again thanks to the Royal Yachting Association scheme

A disabled pensioner in Budleigh Salterton has been given the chance to rekindle his love for sailing.

Retired pilot Captain Richard Metson, 70, took up sailing after his career in the Army Air Corps and with the Devon Air Ambulance ended in 2010.

Richard, who had been a pilot since 1982, was the first to fly for the air ambulance in Devon and Cornwall.

His hobby was taken away from him when health issues meant his wife Carol was no longer able to care for him and he moved into Baycourt.

It was an activities organiser at the Budleigh care home who found out that he could once again get on a boat in Exmouth through the RYA Sailability charity.

Sam Smith, manager at Baycourt, said: “It was the most amazing day for Richard and it rekindled the happy memories of being out on the water, an experience that will be repeated in the near future.”

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