Palma.—And yesterday, Nick Mason (15) and Sebastian Page Franklin (16) completed their epic journey on board their open dinghy, Rocky, when they returned to their starting point in Portixol.

The teenage winners of this year's Best of British competition hosted by Mood and the Majorca Daily Bulletin, embarked on the voyage to raise funds for the charity Mediterranea which runs programmes here in Majorca and in Africa.

Initially that had expected to cover some 160 nautical miles in 14 days, but in the end they covered 140 nautical miles in just 12 days and raised at least 2'000 euros for their chosen charity which has been instrumental in providing books and milk for junior school children and organising a number of food stations across the island during the recession. During their voyage, they sailed between four and seven hours per day and spent most of their nights ashore in small bays, which they also did their best to clean in their spare time while not carrying out running repairs, although one kind person did invite them into their home one night and, as they sailed the north coast of Majorca, they were accompanied by pods of dolphins, information which would have been provided back to Ondine which is a the local association committed to protecting the island's marine eco-system. Ondine is promoting sustainable fishing methods so that fishing stocks in Majorcan waters can recover.


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