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sillydinghyderbyVIDEO: Swapping the office for the open seas, Rosanne Martin from Bembridge has recently completed a 7.5km charity row across the Solent in a yellow rubber dinghy alongside Will Whitehead from Devon, organiser of the Silly Dinghy Derby.

The pair set off from Stokes Bay in Gosport on Thursday 15th September before successfully rowing across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world to land at Ryde Beach.

The Silly Dinghy Derby was held to raise money for the RNLI – so far it has raised £470 for the life-saving charity but there is still over £300 to go to reach the £800 target.

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54-year-old Rosanne, co-owner of Seafields Estate Agency, beat 22-year-old Will by several boat lengths. Will unashamedly puts it down to her experience on the open sea.

Will better get practicing as he is attempting a 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean, from West Africa to the Carribbean in December 2017. Progress on the expedition can be followed at www.facebook.com/zimbuktu.

Donations can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sillydinghy.

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