With great respect Alan, my father did plan the event and it was organised by others far older than me, that does not detract that at 12 I did that distance and learnt alot from it, secondly my father did not complete the trip due to my mother being ill, other members from other teams "baby sat" myself on our Ribcraft while my father was away, this did mean however I did a huge part of the driving and skippering of that vessel and I have many who can back me up on this, the DVD documents this.
Many doubted the trip was a wise thing, including yourself. However we proofed that you can do great distances in small boats-safely. Regardless of my age, the experiences I learnt from my childhood have had a direct relation to my boating these days.
Its great he is keen to get out on the water and aspire to do great things, rather than sit infront of a playstation. As long as its safe and done in a responsible manner.
At 14 doing round Ireland, at 16 I accompanied John Aldiss as a navigator on a Round Britain time record attempt and at 18 was the youngest on the RB08 Powerboat race. These events, were fantastic for my youth. I have already stated i led a privledged up bringing in the boating world, due to my family position in the marine market, and although the majority of boating was due to this, it was a great way to grow up and I have learnt alot, it is something I am extremely grateful and honoured to have such an unbringing.
If nathan in a similar way can restore his boat, get some sea years under his belt and learn and develop as a character then fantastic. Its great to aim high and go for it no matter about the doubters. I wish him the best of luck.