THURSDAY, July 17 - Seasick Nadine braves boat trip

PUBLISHED: 14:49 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 June 2010

A Lympstone beauty queen has the wind in her sails going into tomorrow's Miss England competition after a fundraising cross-channel mission. Miss Exeter, Nadine Hillman, leapt aboard a banana boat to make a 96-mile Cherbourg to Exmouth crossing on Sunday.

A Lympstone beauty queen has the wind in her sails going into tomorrow's Miss England competition after a fundraising cross-channel mission.Miss Exeter, Nadine Hillman, leapt aboard a banana boat to make a 96-mile Cherbourg to Exmouth crossing on Sunday. Raising more than £1,000 for cancer charities will also provide a strong statement to judges awarding Friday's national pageant to a true all-rounder.Twenty-two year-old Nadine, of Exmouth Road, was greeted by fans and supporters at Exmouth quay on Sunday afternoon after the six-hour crossing.Nadine, who said she was sea-sick on the way over to France before she even boarded the banana boat, added: "It was so cold, and halfway back I was really hanging on, but we made it. It was great, and I was surprised to see so many people waiting for us at the other end."The idea for the unusual voyage came from dad Jerry, who made the big yellow years before. Jerry and Nadine's boyfriend, Richard Lander, joined her on board - Richard the only one to topple from the craft, said a relieved Nadine. After the wet and windy trip it was into the salon for some pampering for Nadine, who now travels to London for the competition.To vote for Nadine to make it through to this weekend's final round at Miss England, text 'Miss Exeter' to 81118, half the costs going to charity.

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