Clive's last comment about the inaccuracies of Bear Grylls' comments is somewhat understated.
I would urge everybody who follows the Jolly Sailor to read the piece in today's on-line Telegraph (www.telegraph.co.uk
) and write to the Telegraph to set the record straight.
Bear Grylls claims he is trying to come home with a record. Apparently, there won't be a record because the UIM won't recognise anything other than the Spirit of Cardiff crossing in summer 2001.
He still claims Alan Priddy & Co had to be 'rescued' by an icebreaker in 1997. They didn't. And nobody had hypothermia, either.
He also claims to be crossing the Atlantic Arctic Ocean, wherever that may be.
As a journalist, I consider this report to be badly informed and sloppy. This may be the writer's fault, rather than Bear's, but I have written to the Telegraph to point out where it is wrong. Clive sent them a long letter today, too.
If enough people try to correct the constant inaccuracies in the media coverage of the two transatlantic attempts by writing letters and sending emails, the Jolly Sailor, which doesn't have the massive resources of the Bear Grylls attempt, may start to get the coverage it deserves.
You have to register to read the report but it doesn't cost anything. I think they're planning to do one every day.