Man, 85, crosses Atlantic on raft
Friday 08 April 2011
A grandfather aged 85 has sailed across the Atlantic on a raft made of pipes after 66 days at sea.
Anthony Smith, from London, and his three-man crew aged between 56 and 61, completed their 2,800-mile voyage from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean island of St Maarten on Wednesday.
The group sailed the ocean on a 39ft vessel, the An-Tiki, built out of four water pipes, powered by a 400sq ft sail and steered using twin rudders and oars. Travelling at an average speed of four knots, the crew spent their time writing daily blogs on the two computers on board, baking bread, chatting and watching wildlife.
"We are looking forward to eating fresh food and enjoying some of life's little luxuries again," said Mr Smith, a former BBC Tomorrow's World presenter and writer. The trip raised funds for WaterAid.
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