David was born in 1930 on tour with his singing parents. Being
dyslexic he attended sixteen schools, leaving to travel with his
mother's wartime ENSA show. At sixteen he joined the Merchant Navy
as a deck boy, emigrated to Canada and returning did National
He designed a stage musical then for two years was a chief
theatre electrician. He started motor racing in 1957 and was a F1
trainee for Cooper Cars.
An accident in 1968 he lost the sight in one eye. After numerous
facial operations, he bought a dairy farm in Wales until advanced
cancer was confirmed when he lost a lung and part of his heart.
In 1981 he sailed a 26ft yacht to South Africa, then built a
copy of Slocum's "Spray," circumnavigated via Cape Horn, becoming
the first solo disabled sailor to do so. He was Commodore of the
Slocum Spray Society and awarded their centennial award. After
sailing 58,000 miles "Zane Spray" sank, numerous salvage attempts
failed so he built a copy of the "Liberdade" and re-enacted
Slocum's epic 1888 voyage. He was awarded the Terra Nova and Voss
trophies twice. Documentary films were made of his adventures and
at seventy-four takes part in motor sport.
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