Gloucestershire Duo Smash World Record for Fastest Time Round Coast of Britain in a Dinghy
The world record for the fastest time to sail round the coast of Britain in a Wayfarer dinghy was smashed yesterday as two sailors from Thornbury, Gloucestershire completed their mammoth 32 day journey.
Setting sail on May 31st, Philip Kirk and Jeremy Warren began their 1,500 mile adventure to raise funds for the RNLI and PAPPA FUND. Over the last month, the pair battled against the elements, paddled tirelessly when the wind failed, and dodged past ferries and ships in order to complete their mission.
The Wayfarer is a British-designed open sailing boat, popular with families as a day-boat. With no engine or cabin, their dinghy, named Hafren, had to be modified to allow one member to rest while the other manned the helm. However, the pair had to constantly shift their bodyweight and trim the sails to avoid capsizing in turbulent conditions.
On Saturday 31st the duo left Weymouth and headed clockwise towards the Irish Sea. Along their way, Philip and Jeremy stopped in at a number of ports to camp, fill up on beer and fish & chips, and meet with RNLI volunteers around the coast.
The journey ended at Lulworth Cove on Tuesday (1st Jul) where they began to celebrate knocking 44 days off the previous 76 day record. Due to the niche character of the record, the success will not be included into the Guinness World Record books, but the achievement will surely be admired by the sailing community.
The Hafren team are still taking donations on behalf of RNLI and PAPPA FUND via their website here.
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Article by Jack Bartrop