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Graham Myers (74) left from Avon Beach to begin his six-day journey
Graham Myers (74) left from Avon Beach to begin his six-day journey

AN adventurous granddad cast off on a challenge to row around the Isle of Wight to raise money for charity.

Graham Myers (74) left from Avon Beach this morning (Tuesday) to begin his six-day journey.

The Mudeford villager’s voyage will see him row 12-15 miles each day, without a back-up boat to aid him.

In the lead-up to the journey, he trained three days a week, rowing up and down Christchurch Harbour and out to sea.

Graham also studied the tides, looked into potential navigation hazards and kitted himself out with safety equipment. Family staying on the Isle of Wight will pick him up at the end of each day and feed him.

Graham Myers' family is helping him during the challenge
Graham Myers' family is helping him during the challenge

Documenting his challenge on his blog, he has waited months for weather conditions to enable him to set off and decided that today would bring calm enough seas.

Daughter Vicky Myers said: “Dad is amazing. This is not an easy challenge to undertake, both physically and logistically.

“He had a pacemaker fitted five years ago and this has increased his desire to take on physical challenges.

“We are very proud and wish him a safe journey.”

His boat is a Virus Yole, made in France. It has a sliding seat to generate smooth thrust and outriggers which slim the boat down and increase its speed.

Every penny raised will go towards the charity Children on the Edge, which improves the lives of children living in difficult circumstances around the world.

Two years ago, Graham cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats on another fundraiser.

He completed the ride in 24 days and raised over £2,000 for the charity Vision Africa.

Graham’s blog can be found at www.mudefordrower.blogspot.com.



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