4 teenagers from the Isle of Wight are circumnavigating the Isle of Wight on an inflatable banana boat this weekend, all in aid of charity.

Grace Argyle (14), Ellie Tasker (14), Jess Atkins (15) and Tom Isaacson (14) will be undertaking the 57-mile journey whilst being towed by a high-speed RIB.

Leaving from Yarmouth and heading anti-clockwise around the Island tomorrow (Saturday), it is expected that the fundraiser will take around 5 hours to complete – with a lunch break in Sandown Bay.

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Over £1,600 has already been raised by the teenagers, with donations being accepted at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lee-argyle.

Lee Argyle, his wife Kim and their daughters Grace and Kate have organised the day. The family have helped several charities in the past and this year felt KissyPuppy – The Sophie Rolf Trust would be a perfect candidate for their fundraising efforts.

Speaking about the event, Lee said:

“It will be an extreme challenge for the team on the inflatable. 15 minutes riding around a sheltered bay is fun, however, hour after hour in changing sea states will test all the teenagers’ endurance – although, I’m sure the kids will have a fantastic day out on the water. We understand this has never been attempted before and could be a new world record!”

During the event, the banana (well, the tow boat!) can be tracked on AIS by searching for ‘Katie’. A safety boat will be close by at all times.

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