A Chester man will attempt to break the world record for crossing the Indian Ocean in a rowing boat.
Barry Hayes, 35, formerly of Farndon, announced he would row from Australia to Mauritius in June next year as part of a four-man crew, in a journey which will take him 6000km.
In addition to raising funds to fight Parkinson’s disease, he will break a Guinness World Record if he hits his target of 68 days.
Mr Hayes, who now lives in Brymbo, Wrexham, has taken part in broad cross sea challenges before.
In 2014 he was part of a crew of four which took part in the Great Pacific Race, rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean, finishing runners-up in a time of 45 days, seven hours and 20 minutes.
On this voyage he managed to raise £16,000 for four different charities, including Help for Heroes.
Barry hosts regular talks and motivational speeches about what he’s achieved in his life and has adventured from the age of 14 where he walked the length of Wales (276 miles).
He also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro at the age of 16 in what he called a ‘life changing experience’.
He said: “I can’t wait [for the Indian Ocean]. Compared to my last challenge it’s likely to be a tougher row, the weather tends to be a bit wilder along the stretch.
“I want to raise a lot of money for Parkinson’s disease, this is important.
“Growing up I did a lot of taking and not giving much back. This is an awesome opportunity to restore the balance.”
Mr Hayes, who works for the Bank of America in Chester, said his family had mixed feelings about the venture.
He said: “My fiancée and step son are behind me, as are my dad and brothers, but my mum is pretty worried. It’s a big risk, I’ll probably lose my job by doing it, but I’m hoping to work with them to create some motivational tools for the company in a bid to let me stay!”
His fiancée Emma said how immensely proud she was and that he risked a lot financially and emotionally leading up to the first row he did.
She said: “He inspires me every single day, his determination is incredible and proves that big risks do pay off.
“It can sometimes be tough when he is away when we lose contact.
“When he returned from his first row he proposed to me. Of course I said yes but plans have been slow.
“When he gets back I will have to get planning the wedding before he gets an idea on another adventure!”
Mr Hayes is currently in London training by rowing the length of the River Thames with his crew. He has not yet announced which particular charity he is fundraising for.