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Round-the-world trip plan thwarted

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A man who planned to sail around the world has been left high and dry after he was unable to get travel insurance cover for his doomed trip.

Former soldier Paul Bourne, 57, planned to spend his retirement on board his 40ft sailboat, the Aymie-G. But his plans came to nothing when the vessel - containing all his belongings - was shipwrecked off the coast of Bermuda.

As he tried to navigate the waters, the keel was sheared off and the £60,000 craft was flooded. Mr Bourne had no cover because insurers felt that a lone sailor venturing out in hurricane season was too big a risk.

The army veteran, who served for 20 years in the Gloucestershire Regiment, told the Gloucestershire Echo: "What has happened is just a nightmare really. I didn't just lose the boat but also my home. Everything I had was on the boat - all my money was invested in it. My home, my dream has gone.

"I didn't want to be in this situation at my stage in life. I haven't got over it yet. I had hoped to see the world."

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