Jono sails through ‘gates of Hell’ to meet mum and dad

The Oban Times - - News 9 - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­

A SOLO wind­surf­ing sailor who is aim­ing to be the first to cir­cum­nav­i­gate Bri­tain un­aided, cruised into Oban at the week­end to meet his par­ents.

Three peo­ple have wind­surfed round Bri­tain, but all were sup­ported in the seas by yachts or power­boats. How­ever, Jono Dun­nett, 41, from Lon­don, is at­tempt­ing his voy­age un­sup­ported. Jono started his epic voy­age when he left Bri­tain’s cap­i­tal in June, trav­el­ling clock­wise and aims to ar­rive back in Lon­don in Au­gust or Septem­ber. He also hopes to raise funds for re­search into pan­cre­atic can­cer.

He ar­rived in Machri­han­ish, Kin­tyre for din­ner at the Old Club­house last week af­ter sail­ing from North­ern Ire­land.

Last Thurs­day, he reached Jura, de­scrib­ing his nerve-wrack­ing voy­age through Cor­ryvrecken as his ‘gates of Hell’. On Satur­day, he reached Oban and was able to chill out on shore with his mum and dad who were vis­it­ing the town.

Three peo­ple have wind­surfed around Bri­tain, tak­ing be­tween 70 and 61 days, the first in 1984 and two more in 1999, but Jono’s is the first un­aided ef­fort.

To track Jono’s where­abouts, and to do­nate to his cause, visit: www.wind­surfroundbri­

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