MIKE Jenner has completed sailing around the coast of Britain.

He arrived at his destination two years late but not because winds have been particularly light.

Mr Jenner, who lives in Tenbury, was to have made the trip two years ago but then Covid-19 stepped in and put everything on hold.

He made to trip in memory of a friend and well-known Tenbury character Stuart Plested.

It had been planned that Mr Plested would take part in the trip but this was not possible.

“Sadly Stuart died of pancreatic cancer in 2019 and was unable to join the tour that he was so much looking forward to,” said Mr Jenner.

“We dedicated the trip to him and put up a Just giving page for Cancer research. The money came in but Covid-19 prevented the departure until this year.”

Mr Jenner was the only person to complete the full journey but along the way he was joined by seven other crew members for parts of the trip including his wife Jane.

It was all worthwhile as the adventure raised more than £3,000 for research into pancreatic cancer.

Mr Plested, who was a keen golfer, deteriorated rapidly after being diagnosed with the cancer that is one of the most lethal.

Mr Plested said that the sail around the coast had encountered weather at its most varied.

“We encountered gales and periods of no wind on our scenic journey taking in both the Crinan and Caledonian canal,” said Mr Jenner.

“Several passages involved sailing through the night sometimes in fog.

“The North sea was kind to us with following winds and everywhere we went the welcome from fellow yachtspeople was enthusiastic.

“Highlights included climbing the mast to replace broken wind monitors and seeing otters in the Scottish lochs.”

Mr Jenner, who is an experienced sailor, is now enjoying some time on the dry land with his family back, home in a thankfully dry Tenbury.