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'Dice man' sets sail after throw

Rob Clark
Mr Clark says he will present the dice with some 'difficult options'

A Berkshire yachtsman has set sail around the globe with his route dictated by the throw of dice.

Reading-born Rob Clark, now based in Liphook, Hampshire, was inspired by the novel The Dice Man, by Luke Rhinehart.

In the book, a psychiatrist allows dice to decide many aspects of his life from having affairs to what he eats.

Mr Clark set off single-handedly in his 42ft (13m) Grand Soleit yacht from Wicker Marine, Fareham, to the Bay of Biscay after throwing a three.

Although the dice will determine the 36-year-old's day-to-day movements, major decisions such as which direction around the world he will sail will be made by the public voting on his website.

Having thrown the number three, Mr Clark's first destination will be Lavigne, Brittany, France.

The other five are: the Isles of Scilly, Guernsey, The Azores, the Canary Islands and Ria De Camarinas in Spain.

The dice will dictate which he heads for next.

This is certainly the most ridiculous idea I have had
Rob Clark

Mr Clark, who runs a conference production company based in Bristol, said he decided to undertake the Where to Next? adventure because he wanted to do something new with his life.

"There is risk involved with anyone who sails," he added.

"I am not going to knowingly put myself in danger.

"If I have an idea I tend to take it to the extreme but this is certainly the most ridiculous idea I have had."

Mr Clark, who attended Theale Green Community School in Reading, has been sailing since he was bitten by the sailing bug at 11.

It also appears his adventurous streak runs in the family with his twin brother, Colin, based in Shanghai, and eldest brother, Tony, an international sales manager, flying back and forth from his Cheshire base to the Middle East.

"We all love sailing," added Mr Clark, who is currently living on his boat at Portchester, Hampshire.

Man sails globe by throw of dice
03 Sep 08 |  Hampshire

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