Full steam ahead for Downham Market engineer’s channel crossing bid

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Months of hard work is beginning to pay off for an engineer who is building a craft to take on world record.

Colin Smith, of Lynn Road, Downham, is creating a pedal powered catamaran to cross the English Channel in July next year to raise money for CLIC Sargent.

Mr Smith is hoping to beat the current world record for a pedal powered crossing of the English Crossing. This is held by Pat Tucker who completed the 21 mile crossing in seven hours and six minutes in 2002.

Mr Smith’s craft is now beginning to take shape.

He said: “I am really looking forward to floating it on the water.”

A fundraising website will soon be launched following a design competition which was held at Downham Academy.

Pupil Dylan Short created the winning design with Jamie Mitchell and Dannielle Chivers as runners-up. Mr Smith said: “I was really impressed with Dylan’s design.”