World Cup Challenger To Take Refuge On Board The Pelican
9:41am 10th April 2014
Weymouth's Tall Ship Pelican is supporting a Royal Navy veteran amputee in his attempt to break the solo kayaking distance record.
The Adventure Under Sail Team has offered 43-year-old Richard Hunt a place to stay onboard tonight when he arrives in Weymouth.
He's currently paddling around the entire coast of the UK.
Richard hopes to break the current record which stands at 2,300 miles.
He is joined by his support crew - Nick Poole, a friend and ex-veteran who is also an above-the-knee amputee, as well as Doug Pace, a Canadian who read about Richard's journey and was so inspired by it that he flew from Canada at his own expense to join the mission.
Richard told Wessex FM:
"We have been blessed with some fantastic support so far with regards to accommodation, including caravans and pubs. We were offered a place to stay onboard Tall Ship Pelican and are really looking forward to it. We hope to arrive on the ship this afternoon".
Lou Keeling, Marketing Manager for Adventure Under Sail, says "It is a real pleasure to be able to help Richard and his support crew and we look forward to meeting them".