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Team Diablo competing in the Dubai Muscat and Muscat Khasab race in support of PSPA

Filed under Chairman's Cup, Dubai to Muscat Race

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Team Diablo will be sailing their Beneteau First 44.7 in both the Dubai to Muscat and the Muscat to Khasab races, all with a focus to raise awareness and funds for a disease called PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy).

Team Diablo became involved in raising awareness and funds for PSP when a close friend’s father passed away due to the disease in 2010.

Nicola Turnbull’s father, Bob Keeler, suffered from PSP and Nicola set up a Tribute Fund to help increase the awareness of the disease and to raise funds to enable the PSP Association to continue their work in research of the mysterious disease and supporting sufferers of PSP and their families.

Nicola & Lee Turnbull have also funded the Bob Keeler Memorial ‘Round the World’ Race held in February each year as part of the DOSC Racing calendar, spreading the word to DOSC members – but they want to spread the word even further.

Nicola’s husband Lee sails with Team Diablo which is based at DOSC in Dubai and says ‘I am proud to be part of a team that cares about the effects PSP can have and is willing to work hard to win as many races in our first year racing together – all to help Nicola raise the profile of such a tragic disease’.

Diablo’s owners, Clare & Doug Hassell are also proud of their team. ‘This is our first racing year and our first offshore race together, as a team of 12 people that are from all across the world and we’ve done really well’, says Clare; with Doug adding ‘We are so proud that we won the Abu Dhabi Offshore race and finished second in Class 1 of the Abu Dhabi Yachting Cup. We hope to continue the efforts so we can help spread the word about PSP and raise as much funds as possible. We’re trying to get as much support and sponsorship for the Dubai Muscat and Muscat Khasab races.

PSP is a degenerative brain disease, which affects eye movement, balance, mobility, speech and swallowing. The disease is frequently misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease due to similar symptoms and affects 6 in 100,000 people. Daily Mail diarist Nigel Dempster and actor Dudley Moore both suffered from this disease. There is currently no treatment or cure.

For further information, contact Nicola Turnbull on 00971 (0) 50 657 6605.

To make a donation – visit www.justgiving.com/saillingforPSP

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