17 Jun '16, 3pm

Royal Navy dinghy sailors celebrate epic voyage

At one stage we were definitely panicking we wouldn’t make it – no wind and 45 miles from Portsmouth. I was worried we would just drift. We had to put up every sail we could to catch the wind. Mark Belamarich Mark explained the weather was not the only issue, they had nowhere to sleep, with limited food and were always vulnerable to collisions with other large ships in the dark on the busiest shipping lane in the world: “It was a great challenge but physically demanding. We didn’t drink a lot of water and there was a bit of boredom at times but we didn’t fight! There were stages where we thought we wouldn’t make it.” Phil, who works for 30 Commando, Royal Marines, at Stonehouse in Plymouth, said: “The challenge is great for Royal Navy and Royal Marines Sailing, as well as the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. "We believe in the charity, which is why we put ourselves ou...

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