KAYAKER Chris Allix has completed his 2,000-mile Man to Monaco challenge.
After crossing the Irish Sea on June 26 he reached Monaco in time for the opening day of the Monaco Yacht Show yesterday (Wednesday) at 10.15am.
On his arrival, he was presented with a trophy by Alex Downie MLC, a political member of the Department of Economic Development.
Speaking when the end was in his sights, Chris said: ‘I must admit to mixed emotions, very happy to have almost completed the challenge, proving most people wrong who thought this was an impossible dream and that I could never complete it.
‘But at the same time sad that it is almost over despite all the frustrations I have encountered over the last three months.’
After setting off from the Point of Ayre, Chris, of Tromode, who celebrated his 60th birthday on the water this month, worked his way south through England.
He crossed the Channel at the end of July, and then worked his way south through France, negotiating its rivers and canals.
Once he reached the Mediterranean he continued to make good progress – to the point that he was able to take two days off in order that he would arrive in Monaco on Wednesday.
Along the way he had to contend with high winds, animals that needed rescuing from the water and commercial barges – as well as a broken down support vehicle.
See a short youtube video of Chris accepting his award from Alex Downie MLC at the Monaco Yacht Show here: Man to Monaco charity challenge ends at Monaco Yacht Show.
Chris, a director of the Douglas-based ICM Group was raising money for Sailing for the Disabled (Isle of Man), Namaste Children’s Home (Nepal), Outward Bound Trust (Monaco), Encompass Trust (UK) and the ICM Charitable Trust (Isle of Man).
Donate online at www.mantomonaco.com.
Alternatively, drop in cheques to his office: Dominion Marine Corporate Services Ltd, 6th Floor, Victory House, Prospect Hill, Douglas.
Related article: Chris aims to reach Monaco this week.
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