Windsurfer plans to sail around Britain

March 19, 2015 | Windsurfing
Jonathan Dunnett: he will circumnavigate Britain without on-water support

Jonathan Dunnett will try to be the first windsurfer to sail around Britain without on-water support. He expects to travel 2214 miles (1924 nautical miles; 3563 kilometres).

The 41-year-old web designer from Essex will kick off his adventure by windsurfing under Tower Bridge, in London. The journey will take about three months to complete.

Jonathan will set sail at midday, on June 13th, 2015, knowing that only three windsurfers managed to complete the circumnavigation with yacht or powerboat support.

In 1984, Tim Batstone took 70 days; Keith Russell (1999) spent 62 days in the water, and Richard Cooper (1999) sailed for 61 days around Britain and Ireland.

"When sailing alone you can only rely on yourself, so it is necessary to plan carefully, be well prepared, and to sail within one's limits. Managing the many potential risks involved in this venture will be my primary concern," explains Dunnett.

"There will be days when I choose not to sail because weather conditions are unsuitable, and perhaps others when I turn back to shore instead of pressing on. With 30 years' windsurfing experience, I have confidence in my ability to make the right calls about when and when not to sail."

He is accepting your generous help. Jonathan will need somewhere to park his board and sail, food, and somewhere to sleep. He will carry a total weight of 10 kilograms on his Raceboard, using a watertight barrel.

Dunnett will also raise funds for the Ralph Bates Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and for Supporting Tanzanian Orphans and Widows (STOW).

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