- ANTHONY SMITH made 40ft by 18ft raft with pipes and telegraph pole
- Naming it the Antiki, he set sail from the Canary Islands at just 2 knots
- Mission was to cross the Atlantic and reach Eleuthera in the Bahamas
- He and his crew of three spent more than two months on the voyage
- But storms pushed them 700 miles off course to St Maarten in Caribbean
- Aged adventurer completed final 23-day leg a year later with different crew
Anthony’s mission took him from the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic to Eleuthera in the Bahamas
The makeshift ‘garden shed’ raft was largely pieced together using sections of thick plastic piping
Anthony Smith had no prior knowledge of how the raft would behave once it was on the open ocean
At the age of 84, I had already survived many adventures: motor-cycling the length of Africa, canoeing down 2,000 miles of an Amazonian river and becoming the first Briton to fly a balloon across the Alps.
Now, with those reefs looming straight ahead, I could only wonder at how, halfway through my ninth decade, I had ended up in this predicament.