London to New Zealand via Singapore on a Jetski

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Tuesday, 3 August 2010

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.

The 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 worlds most treacherous waterways. Their route begins from the River Thames outside Londons 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 of 18,400km.

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.

"The world will be watching the progress of my team so its 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," said Burfoot.

Burfoots first jetski trip - in which he circumnavigated New Zealands North and South islands - was to raise funds for cancer research.

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