Anthony Smith, 85-Year Old Sailor, Crosses the Atlantic on a Raft

Posted Apr 7th 2011 11:15 AMUpdated Apr 7th 2011 11:25 AM

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After 66 days at sea, a British sailor completed a trans-Atlantic voyage atop a raft Wednesday.

85-year-old Anthony Smith wanted to raise environmental awareness, highlighting the fact that one billion people worldwide live without access to clean water. He hopes to have raised 50,000 pounds (about $81,535) for the charity WaterAid.

"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," Smith told the BBC.

The team had hoped to end their voyage in the Bahamas, but strong currents and winds carried them to the island of St. Maarten, where they arrived Wednesday.

The crew, comprised of Smith and three friends, set out on the 2,800 mile journey two months ago from the Canary Islands. Their vessel, a raft dubbed the An-Tiki, was constructed from water supply pipes.

They packed a supply of food including fresh fruits, vegetables, canned food and bread. Once the bread ran out, a crew member began making fresh bread in a small onboard oven. Fresh water was stored in pipes.

Smith, who celebrated his 85th birthday halfway through the trip, also wanted to prove that older people are capable of adventure. His crew ranged in age from 56-61.



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Corsandova

4.7.11

Great run folks, glad you made it safely across and I hope that it does raise the awareness of people
to the condition of our natural resources and the shortage of water in certain areas of the world. We
here in the US don't realize how short the water, the land and the air is becoming with each passing
day: all due to how we are living, constantly consuming, using up and taking everything without allowing
proper time for the earth to replenish itself. We are in for a very rough ride! You may not have to worry
about the government shuting down--worry more about the lights going out completely.

April 07 2011 at 7:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rfkeelan

No, this sort of thing needs to stop. Such craft clog the shipping lanes and are needless hazards, frequently requiring dangerous rescues. There are other macho games that can be played without bothering others.

April 07 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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fathertimless

Shut the F*ck up you whiney B*itch. Go back and flop back down on your sofa and chow on another Tuna sammich you sackless F*ck. Youve never done a damm thing in life other than talkin sh*t about other peoples buisness..

April 07 2011 at 6:32 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ptplano77

What a communist! Yeah...he's so macho for sailing the Atlantic on his Green Peace Raft...too bad swells caused by "global warming" didn't sink him.

April 07 2011 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ELZA

JOHN S, HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT? BOOKS? WERE YOU THERE? I DIDNT THNK SO AND DID AN OUTSTANDING FEAT

April 07 2011 at 3:01 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ELZA

JUST KIDDING JUST KIDDING HE IS A TUFF DUDE AND I MEAN ONE TUFF TUFF DUDE.

April 07 2011 at 2:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ELZA

IF HE DID NOT REACH U.S. SOIL, HE DID NOT COMPLETE THE TRIP........ONLY PART OF A TRIP

April 07 2011 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Silverband

Well done you.

April 07 2011 at 2:50 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John S

Alain Bombard did it better 60 years ago.

April 07 2011 at 2:41 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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