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    MR. JOHN FAIRFLAX WAS MAKING HIS FINAL PREPARATIONS AT LAS PALMAS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS?

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    MR. JOHN FAIRFLAX WAS MAKING HIS FINAL PREPARATIONS AT LAS PALMAS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR HIS ATTEMPT TO ROW ACROSS THE ATLANTIC SINGLEHANDED. HE SETS OUT TOMORROW FROM THE SAN AUGOSTIN BEACH, IF WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE FAVOURABLE.

    MR. FAIRFLAX, WHO IS A 31 YEAR OLD BRITON, PLANS TO ROW TO FLORIDA IN A 23 FOOT (7 METRE) BOAT BRITANNIA'. THE CRAFT, WHICH COST &1500 STERLING TO BUILD, WAS SPECIALLY DESIGNED BY YAUGHTSMAN UFFA FOX. IT CARRIES NO SAILS, BUT THERE IS A RADIO ON BOARD.

    MR. FAIRFLAX WILL CARRY FOOD AND WATER FOR 120 DAYS HE WILL ROW ONLY AT NIGHT, SLEEPING DURING THE DAY TO PREVENT HIS BODY FROM DEHYDRATING IN THE HEAT. HE PLANNED TO LEAVE TODAY, BUTH THE PREVAILING SOUTHERLY WINDS MEANT THAT THERE WAS A DANGER OF HIS BEING BLOWN BACK ONTO THE ISLAND.

    THE BRITANNIA WILL FLY THE BRITISH AND ARGENTINE FLAGS, ALTHOUGH MR. FAIRFLAX IS BRITISH HIS PARENTS LIVE IN THE ARGENTINE. HE TAKES WITH HIM AS MASCOT A SMALL YELLOW DOLL GIVEN TO HIM BY A GIRLFRIEND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAXQO3JPE14NFY8FVQCOOLY0WV
    Media URN:
    VLVAXQO3JPE14NFY8FVQCOOLY0WV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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