After 1,700 miles at sea, Tom’s back on land at last!

113135_SAILING_WEBB_03/09/11''Tom Webb, 18, aboard his boat Danera in Langstone Harbour, after he sailed around the British Isle to raise money for charity. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113135-699)
113135_SAILING_WEBB_03/09/11''Tom Webb, 18, aboard his boat Danera in Langstone Harbour, after he sailed around the British Isle to raise money for charity. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (113135-699)

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AFTER spending eight weeks sailing around Britain, 18-year-old Tom Webb is now back on dry land.

The adventurous sailor came back to Langstone Sailing Club where a huge party of friends and family had gathered to welcome him back.

The youngster has just completed a 1,700-mile solo sailing trip around the country – and he started his epic journey aged just 17, back in July.

Tom said: ‘This trip has been something I have always wanted to do – it’s been a dream of mine.

‘From when I was around 13 I started planning this, and I’m so glad I have managed to do it.’

Thankfully Tom came back in one piece, but it wasn’t plain sailing the whole time.

‘One of the most frightening times was in Bangor when I got caught up in 50mph winds,’ added Tom.

‘I remember at that time I was thinking “what are you doing out here Tom?”.

‘I had to sail quite far out and it was pretty nerve-racking.

‘But there were some brilliant moments such as the view of Scottish mountains and seeing dolphins in the Bristol channel.

‘I didn’t get lonely on my trip as there was always something to do.

‘It does seem a bit odd to be back on dry land now.’

Along the way Tom has raised £1,000 for Sailability and the Even Keel Project – two charities that support sailing for disabled people.

His parents Sue and Gareth Webb, along with sister Carys said they were extremely proud of Tom’s achievements.

Dad Gareth, 50, said: ‘We’re so very proud of him. He has been saying for a long time he wanted to do this and now he has.

‘And he has been by himself, we supported him before the trip and spoke to him regularly but he was out there on his own.’

Tom, from Hambrook, near Emsworth, will begin a degree in maritime studies at Plymouth University.