THREE young men are closing in on returning home after spending three months at sea.
Brothers Craig, 22, and Stuart Leslie, 20, and their friend Lee Wilson, 20, are expected to arrive back at Newbiggin beach on Bank Holiday Monday, depending on conditions, after circumnavigating Britain in an anti-clockwise direction in kayaks.
Friends and family are hoping that the town can come out and give the group – who called themselves ‘Land on our Left’ – a warm welcome on their return.
The trio set off from Newbiggin on May 26 for their challenge to raise £10,000 for their charities – Keyfund, CHUF and Kidney Research UK.
The keen paddlers have had a few scary moments on their journey including being met by both gunfire and sharks, with neither causing damage to them or their kayaks.
They have been helped by generous supporters who have offered them showers, food or a bed for the night, but they have also had to endure stormy nights camping in remote areas.
It is the first time a kayaker has ever completed the challenge of travelling around the British coast in an anti-clockwise direction due to superstitions of travelling contrary to the sun’s direction and going against the prevailing winds.
The group had been hoping to complete the challenge in 90 days, but they will arrive back on their 93rd day.
Progress can be followed via Facebook and Twitter or at www.withlandonourleft.co.uk