Eccentric adventurer creates sailing record

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Sean Conway.

SELF-confessed eccentric Sean Conway, together with up and coming sailors Phil Sharp and Alex Alley, sailed into Scrabster harbour, north Scotland on December 15 having established the first ever reference time for sailing from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Although admitting to suffering from sea sickness, Mr Conway became the first person earlier this year to run, swim and cycle the length of the UK and has completed the journey a fourth time, this time  by sailing in a Class 40 yacht.

After leaving Land’s End at 08.55hrs Friday morning the trio crossed the finish line off John O’Groats at 20.47hrs and 15 seconds to set the mark for the 620 nautical miles most direct route course at three days, 11hours, 52 minutes and 15 seconds, averaging 7.39 knots.

Completing the Length of Britain challenge represents the first training outing for Jersey-based ocean racer Sharp, who is looking to compete for the first time in the Vendee Globe solo non-stop race around the world starting next November.

On his website, the Zimbabwe-born adventurer confesses that he has found something to keep himself occupied in his spare time as he has started work on renovating a 1931 vessel Lady Sybil which was built by Harland and Wolff and was used in Dunkirk. 

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