An adventurous airline pilot from New Zealand is
about to embark on the ride of a lifetime - from London to
Auckland on a jetski!
The 32,000km journey is expected to take
about four months, and Jeremy Burfoot will be joined by four other
riders during his lengthy expedition.
Burfoot says they are hoping to break the current world record for
the longest jetski journey - set at 18,400km.
father-of-three, who lives in Auckland, became the first person to
circumnavigate New Zealand on a jetski in 2006. The 5,000km journey
took him 23 days to complete.
Burfoot and his team
will wind their way through some of the worldís most treacherous
waterways. Their route begins from the River Thames
outside Londonís Houses of Parliament, and they travel through Turkey,
Egypt via the Suez Canal and the Red Sea, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan,
India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.
The Singapore stop is one
of the most important because it breaks the previous jetski record
From Singapore, the team will go around
Indonesia, before moving to Australia and finally finishing in
Auckland, New Zealand.
One of the main challenges along
the way will be refueling the standard-size jetskis, which have
been packed with technical equipment, safety gear, high-energy
food and camping accessories.
Burfoot says the team is
expecting to complete their journey in late November.
One of the main goals of The Ultimate Ride
campaign is to raise awareness for cancer prevention. Burfoot is a
cancer survivor - having recovered from melanoma.
world will be watching the progress of my team so itís a
tremendous opportunity to get the message out about the early
prevention of cancer, and the need for regular health checks, to a
whole new audience around the world. My own melanoma was totally
preventable and many cancers respond well to early detection,"
Burfootís first jetski trip - in which he
circumnavigated New Zealandís North and South islands - was to
raise funds for cancer research.
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