Strong winds halt charity challenge

The team take on high winds. Photo by Guy Russell.

The team take on high winds. Photo by Guy Russell. - Credit: Archant

A quartet of paddle boarders have vowed to complete a 76-mile course for Sidmouth Lifeboat after strong winds halted their trip.

Guy Russell, Guy Bennet, Lewis Voss and Toby Foster set off from the town on Saturday, September 20, in the hope of cruising up the Jurassic Coast to Old Harry’s Rock in Swanage by the end of Sunday.

They wanted to raise awareness of safety at sea as well as money for the independent lifeboat, which both Guys volunteer for. The journey started off as planned and the team reached Portland before strong winds caused them to take cover in Guy Russell’s pick-up truck.

He said: “Even if we raise £100, we are doing it to try and raise some funds for the independent lifeboat in Sidmouth, but also, and as importantly, to raise people’s awareness about being safe on the sea and in honour and memory of those who perish at sea while pursuing their passions.”

The foursome reached Chesil Beach but, after climbing the bank, they assessed that it was too risky to continue after completing 30 miles of their journey.

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They hope to complete the final leg as soon as possible.

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