Monday 26 February 2018

Branson in new bid for kite-surfing record

Tom Pugh

RICHARD Branson (pictured) yesterday embarked on a fresh bid to set two world records by kite-surfing across the English Channel -- 24 hours after being forced to abort his initial bid.

The 61-year-old Virgin tycoon hopes to become the oldest person to cross the Channel by kite-surf and also break the record set by his son Sam -- on Saturday -- for the fastest kite-surf crossing. Mr Branson joined Sam and other family members and friends in setting off from Wimereux in northern France, with the aim of making the 30-mile journey to the Kent coast in around two- and-a-half hours yesterday.

But as he was half-way across, he realised his kite was too small and he had to turn back to France -- but when he got there he found there were no larger kites.

There was joy, however, for his son who reached Folkestone in two hours and 18 minutes, shaving 12 minutes off the previous record for the fastest cross-Channel kite-surf which was set in 1999.

Irish Independent

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