84 YEAR OLD CROSSES ATLANTIC OCEAN : IN A GARDEN SHED

 

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  • 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

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Anthony’s mission took him from the Canary Islands and across the Atlantic to Eleuthera in the Bahamas

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The makeshift ‘garden shed’ raft was largely pieced together using sections of thick plastic piping

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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.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2971402/Across-Atlantic-garden-shed-84-year-olds-settle-Saga-cruise-ancient-mariner-ideas.html#ixzz3TGJh1GLz

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