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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 October, 2003, 19:25 GMT 20:25 UK
Windsurfers' Channel bid halted
David Schickler, James Potten and Andy Bramah
The team hopes to try again on Friday
An attempt to windsurf across the English Channel has been postponed following poor weather.

David Schickler 25, from London, Andy Bramah, 25, from Weymouth, and James Potten, from Yeovil, had hoped on Thursday to complete what they say would have been the first official windsurf crossing.

But high winds forced them back just five miles from Dover.

However Mr Schickler, a qualified windsurf instructor, said there would be a renewed attempt at the 21-mile trip on Friday, possibly with just one of the trio taking to the water.

Strong winds

He said the group had set out later than planned at about 1530 BST and got into difficulty when the wind increased and caused them to drift apart.

He added: "We were struggling to stay together.

"The major problem was that the equipment was too big for such strong winds and also it was difficult for one safety boat to cover three people."

He added it was likely that either himself or Mr Potten would try the challenge alone to make it easier for the safety boat crew.

Charity fundraiser

Mr Bramah is unable to take part due to work commitments.

It is believed that windsurfers have crossed the Channel before but no official attempt has taken place where coastguards are notified on either side of the water.

If the trip is completed, it is hoped that it will make an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.

The three friends, who all met while learning to windsurf, hope to raise 2,000 for Children in Crisis, a charity helping youngsters in war-torn countries.

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