Man, 79, abandons English Channel water-ski record
30 August 2015
From the section Cornwall
Conditions in the Channel were described as “boat-breaking”
A 79-year-old daredevil was forced to abandon his bid to become the oldest person to water-ski across the English Channel.
The stunt was the last of eight challenges Robin Hanbury-Tenison had set himself ahead of his 80th birthday.
The others included skydiving from 14,000ft, running the London Marathon and cave abseiling.
He abandoned the water-ski on Saturday owing to large waves which were described as “boat breaking”.
Mr Hanbury-Tenison, who is from Cornwall and turns 80 in May, said: “We thought we had a hole in the weather but it wasn’t as good as everybody had hoped… There was no way that I was going to fight those waves for an hour and a half.”
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