The Adventurer – Sean Conway


The departure date for Phil Sharp’s attempt to benchmark a new record for sailing from Lands End to John O’Groat’s draws ever nearer.

Yesterday, Wednesday 2nd December, Phil had a two hour shakedown sail on the Class 40 yacht with Sean “The Beard” Conway, the adventurer who will join Phil and boat owner Alex Alley on the 650 miles passage which will be sponsored by Bruichladdich.

Non sailor Sean Conway will be seeking to add a fourth ‘discipline’ to his three remarkable “End to End” adventures. As the first person to have walked, run and swum from one end to the other, he believes this will be the quickest, but without doubt the most dangerous.

“The most time I have had on a boat was the three months with my support boat when I was swimming (the length of Britain) and the one thing I do know is that I suffer from sea-sickness.” Grimaced Conway in Gosport yesterday.

Phil Sharp, whose objective with his Energy Challenge project is to compete in the solo non stop around the world Vendée Globe race next November said today: “To be honest now I have that feeling of nervous anticipation, you just want to get going. We had a good sail in the Solent. That was the first time I have met Sean and it was fine. I think I can be sure he will not be complaining, clearly he is the kind of guy who will get his head down and get on with it. In fact it puts the pressure on me not to complain!”

Thanks to Musto for the photo of Sean.  Sean is giving a talk about his exploits in London this evening; Musto Presents: An evening with Sean Conway

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