French kayakers finish D-Day challenge after leaving from Gosport
TWO French kayakers completed their challenge of crossing the English Channel to mark D-Day.
Yoann Deschemaeker and Yannick Gerny, from Normandy, set off from Gosport last week in a two-man kayak.
Yonnick is blind and used Yoann as a guide as the 37-year-old has been kayaking since he was seven.
The pair completed the 100-mile journey on Friday at 6pm UK time.
They decided to do the challenge to mark the 76th anniversary of D-Day when Allied troops travelled to Normandy.
Experienced kayaker George Finch, from Lee-on-the-Solent, helped Yannick and Yoann plan their trip.
He said: ‘It was a fantastic achievement.’
The pair left Gosport on June 16 at 9am taking 33 hours to complete the challenge.