Felsted rower to attempt to break another world record

PUBLISHED: 09:38 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 11:33 19 February 2015

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Picture: William Griffiths

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A fearless adventurer is attempting to go where no-one has gone before by rowing solo around Great Britain in a bid to break ANOTHER world record.

Father-of-four Charlie Pitcher, who lives in Felsted, will be braving treacherous conditions while trying to avoid 75,000 shipwrecks around British shores when he sails from Tower Bridge in London and back again.

The challenge – to complete an unassisted solo circumnavigation of Great Britain in a rowing boat – has never even been attempted, let alone completed, because of the dangers.

Charlie will be faced with travelling 2,200 miles while navigating around offshore wind farms, oil rigs and sandbanks, all on top of trying to avoid being hit by fishing boats. But none of that is enough to put off Charlie, 51, who in 2013 became the fastest man to row the Atlantic Ocean.

He told the Broadcast: “This was always going to be the next thing for me. I was meant to have done it last year for Comic Relief but we ran out of time.

“It is going to be enormously difficult. I will have to deal with tides and bad weather conditions. There will be a lot going on. It is very much about navigation and going the right way.

“But I feel because of my knowledge of the sea and my background, if someone can do this it will be me. I have got a wealth of experience at sea and I have sailed most of the UK waters. One of the most hazardous areas, the Thames Estuary, I know that area particularly well.”

Charlie, who is the director of Rannoch Adventure, will be setting off on his latest adventure on June 1 and is expecting it to take between 35 and 50 days. The trip will help raise money for two charities. Firstly, The C Group, which supports serving and former Royal Marines in need.

The second is the Big Change, which helps young people to rise above and beyond their circumstances, giving them the opportunity, motivation and courage to see the positive differences they can make for themselves, for others, and for their community.

“If I can help young people to better their lives then great and if I can help injured soldiers then great,” Charlie added.

Despite all the risks and dangers he will face, Charlie said he is feeling confident about his challenge and has the support of his family.

He said: “My wife Emma is very understanding but obviously quite anxious about it. As far as my children go they just think is another one of dad’s crazy things that he does.”

Charlie is asking for as much support as possible from the community and anybody who would like to become a sponsor can e-mail him at hello@charliepitcher.com

His website for the latest challenge, charliepitcher.com, will be going live at the end of next week.

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