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Oarsman to restart Antarctic bid
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Mr Yeates had been planning the trip for four years
A father-of-seven whose quest to become the first person to row around Antarctica ended in failure after less than a day, is making a second attempt.

Colin Yeates, 47, of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, set off from the Falkland Islands last month, but 30 hours later his boat was smashed against rocks.

He managed to escape injury and the craft suffered only minor hull damage and the loss of an oar and the rudder.

He is planning to restart the 10-month challenge in the next few days.

Mr Yeates had been preparing for the 11,300-mile (18,186km) circumnavigation 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.

Locals helped him recover the 22ft (6.7m) specially-built craft, named the Charlie Rossiter, after its Dorset designer who lives in Christchurch.

In a message on his Ocean Rowing Society website, Mr Yeates paid tribute to the people in the Falklands who had helped him "get back on track".

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