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Major Dick Pattison aged 37 is based at Warminster & is The Chief Instructor of The Mortar Division of The School of Infantry.

He enlisted into The Royal Anglian Regiment in 1980 and was commissioned into the same Regiment in 1985.  His parents, owned a wooden gaff rigged clinker built open day boat and he went for his first sail on his third birthday.  He has since inherited the boat and now cruises her in The Thames Estuary and East Coast rivers.  His parents also introduced him to the mountains on family holidays in The English Lake District.  These introductions have lead to sailing experiences in the Baltic, Channel and Western Isles and mountain adventures in Scotland, The Americas, the Alps and South Georgia.

His Polar interests were initially aroused at The Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum.  A polar expedition under sail has been an aspiration since The Royal Anglian South Georgia expedition left South Georgia aboard a Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship in 1992.

When asked to explain the appeal and pull of the polar regions and experience he falls back on the words of Shackleton, written 75 years earlier:

"[Wet clothes an adze and a cooker] That was all of tangible things; but in memories we were rich. We had pierced the veneer of outside things. We had suffered, starved and triumphed, grovelled down yet grasped at glory, grown bigger in the bigness of the whole. We had seen God in his splendours, heard the text that nature renders. We had reached the naked soul of man."

But Shackleton also went on to write:

"one feels the dearth of human words, the roughness of mortal speech in trying to describe things intangible . . . . "

A sentiment that Dick shares in trying to explain his own emotion and reasons to that simple question "why?".

mailto: rwtp@freeuk.com



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