A retired engineer from Cullercoats is taking on a fundraising challenge by sailing around Great Britain and Ireland for charity.
John Williams volunteers with Ocean Youth Trust North, a sail training and youth development charity, and is part of a crew taking on a 2,000-mile sailing race around the UK.
John and nine crew mates set off from Cowes on the Isle of Wight on Wednesday to race a 54-foot yacht with the aim of completing the race within two weeks.
The Round Britain and Ireland Race takes place every four years and is widely regarded in British sailing as the ultimate test of endurance and skill for yachtsmen and women.
John, said: “I have sailed all over the world, from Greenland to Cape Horn, but I regard this challenge as one of the toughest tests I’ll ever face.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/jrw14gbr to support John’s cause.