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84-year-old crosses the Atlantic Ocean in raft made of pipes!

Published 02nd February 2011 - 9 comments - 7429 views -

An 84-year-old pensioner set sail on Sunday, in an attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a raft made of gas and water pipes, to raise money for WaterAid.

The vessel, which is 12 meters long, has been named the An-Tiki and aims to cross the vast stretch of water from the Canary Islands to the Bahamas in roughly 70 days, covering 2,800 miles.

The old age pensioner, Anthony Smith from London hopes to raise £50,000 for International charity, WaterAid and wanted to highlight the fact that almost one billion people in the world, live without clean water. He said: "Water strikes at the very heart of need, making 'water aid' a prime consideration. To voyage almost 3,000 miles upon the salty kind will make us intensely aware of places in the world that are without adequate supplies."

The grandfather (and Captain) is not alone in his venture, and is joined by three more men between the ages of 56-61.

The raft is powered by solar panels and has been equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communication.

But what about their own consumption of water? Mr. Smith added: "On An-Tiki, we will have more than enough on board but we will collect rain water, and transform salt water into fresh, thus reminding ourselves of its importance."

This is obviously an amazing feat for such an elderly man... his vibrant and unwavering passion for travel and the environment is unhindered by his age as he says: "Most people my age are happy with a trip to Sainsburys [British supermarket] every Tuesday, or maybe helping out fixing the church hall roof. What I want to show is that you don't have to be satisfied with a trip to the supermarket. You can do other things."

The team's progress can be followed here: www.an-tiki.com and to make a donation visit: www.justgiving.com/antiki

the finished product

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  • Sylwia Presley on 04th February 2011:

    What an inspiring story! Is Wateraid posting about it too? They have some great stories under their umbrella!

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