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Last Updated: Monday, 9 January 2006, 13:52 GMT
Oarsman may restart Antarctic bid
A father-of-seven whose quest to become the first person to row around Antarctica ended in failure after 30 hours, may try again.

Colin Yeates, 47, of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, set off from the Falkland Islands on 2 January for the 10-month challenge.

But it ended just over a day later when his boat was smashed against rocks.

The craft was recovered and he now hopes to repair it so he can restart the 11,300-mile (18,186km) voyage.

Mr Yeates, who escaped injury when the 22ft (6.7m) vessel broke up, had been preparing for the challenge for four years.

But after battling local currents, he and his boat hit rocks late on 3 January on the northern part of East Falkland at Cow Bay.

The hull of the specially-built boat, named after its Dorset designer - Charlie Rossiter of Christchurch - survived.

Mr Yeates said other parts of "skin" damage will require repairs using materials flown out from the UK.

A message on Mr Yeates' Ocean Rowing Society website said: "Once these have reached him, he should be off again within a week."

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