Powering onwards

PUBLISHED: 12:58 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

EBFORD businessman Miles Jennings has endured quite a week on board Silverline Original as it takes part in the 2008 Round Britain challenge.

EBFORD businessman Miles Jennings has endured quite a week on board Silverline Original as it takes part in the 2008 Round Britain challenge.

Cracked ribs and rough seas, but Silverline Original ploughs onward!

The crew of Jennings, Drew Langdon and navigator Jan Falkowski, produced a stunning display of power boating to win the first leg of the 2008 Round Britain challenge on Saturday.

Day one saw the boats charge from Portsmouth to Plymouth and Silverline Original was the first of the 47 starters to reach Plymouth at an average speed of 50.34 knots (57.93mph) and that allowed the crew to take a 32 minute lead into day two of the racing.

Of that opening leg success Drew Langdon said after the crew had reached Plymouth: "We found some really good patches of water but then we would hit some equally unfriendly lumps so it was very much a case of picking our way through, but everything certainly went very well for us in stage one."

The second stage, from Plymouth to Milford Haven was cancelled owing to the weather and so the boats were transported overland to Milford Haven for Monday's third leg, which took the boats to Bangor and it was on this stage that disaster struck when Silverline Original was struck by a huge wave that not only led to running repairs being required for a battered boat but co-driver Jennings picked up a couple of cracked ribs to leave him in some considerable pain and unable to race in the fourth leg.

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