Sailor sets off on round-the-world feat

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 July 2018

Andy Press and Greenfingers leaving  the River Axe estuary and heading out into Weston Bay.

Andy Press and Greenfingers leaving the River Axe estuary and heading out into Weston Bay.

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A Weston sailor who is attempting to circumnavigate the world non-stop has set off on his solo voyage.

Well wishers waving Andy Press off at the start of his epic voyage.Well wishers waving Andy Press off at the start of his epic voyage.

Andy Press, who gave up his IT job at the Mercury, was waved off from Weston Bay Yacht Club in Uphill on Saturday.

The adventurer is hoping to complete the voyage in 10 months – a feat which fewer than 250 people in history have achieved.

More: Weston sailor prepares for non-stop solo voyage around the world.

Andy Press and Greenfingers leaving  the River Axe estuary and heading out into Weston Bay.Andy Press and Greenfingers leaving the River Axe estuary and heading out into Weston Bay.

Andy is keeping in touch with the yacht club which is tracking his progress and he was reported to be close to Land’s End earlier today (Wednesday).

Andy is sailing in his boat, named Greenfingers, which he bought last year ready for the epic voyage.

He has spent £200 on sun cream to protect him from the rays and his family and friends have filled USB sticks with photos, TV shows, books and messages to keep him company on the trip.

Andy Press and Greenfingers leaving  the River Axe estuary and heading out into Weston Bay.Andy Press and Greenfingers leaving the River Axe estuary and heading out into Weston Bay.

To keep up to date with Andy’s sailing adventure, visit www.wbyc.co.uk











































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