Ancient mariner returns to ocean-crossing raft An-Tiki


An 86-year-old grandfather and a plucky crew of over-50s set sail April 6 from the Caribbean, bound for the Bahamas, on a raft made from water pipes. They hope to raise about $75,000 for the international charity WaterAid.

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Writer and explorer Anthony Smith last year made history by crossing the Atlantic Ocean, on the raft An-Tiki, travelling 2,600 miles in 66 days. Smith and his three-man crew of ‘mature and intrepid gentlemen’ arrived safely at the Caribbean island of St Maarten on April 6, 2011, proving you’re never too old to have an adventure. They had been blown off course from their destination, the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

One year on and the former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter and science correspondent, together with a band of new senior sailors, is attempting to complete the expedition. The voyage is expected to take around four to five weeks and a further 700 miles.

Click here to learn more and follow the voyage.