Kayakers brave the sea from Gosport to France

Spiece Island viewed from the harbour

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TWO kayakers have set off on an epic mission to cross the English Channel in 24 hours.

French adventurers Julien Beunard and Sylvain Eude, are battling strong currents to make a 111-mile journey from Gosport to Normandy.

They set off from Haslar Marina yesterday afternoon.

Julien and Sylvain decided to take up the challenge because of their love of canoeing.

Before setting off, Julien, 34, said: ‘I am a little bit nervous but we have good weather and I am confident. The most difficult part will be the night.

‘I think it’s going to be a great mental challenge.’

The pair are being accompanied across the sea by a safety boat to warn them of approaching ships and ferries.

And trailing behind the boat is a small dinghy for them to rest their legs in for short periods while crossing the sea.

Sylvain, 33, said: ‘It’s a very new thing for us and we haven’t done this before.But we have a big team to support us.’

Once they arrive in Normandy, Sylvain and Julien will travel on to Caen, which is twinned with Portsmouth.

You can track their progress across the Channel by visiting on.fb.me/R1mzMm