Englishman crosses Channel using nothing but car ferry

28-09-08

A Englishman has successfully crossed the Channel to France using nothing but a car ferry.

The Pride of Burgundy will attempt the crossing another 318 times this year

Wayne Hayes left Dover at 9.15am on board the P&O Pride of Burgundy and landed in Calais just 90 minutes later after losing £15 on the slot machines.

He then loaded his Mercedes Vito with more than 7,000 very small bottles of beer before enjoying a cheese and ham toastie and a glass of Muscadet. He returned to Dover at 6.15pm local time on board the Pride of Kent.

He said: “You can get a return for £30 and while on board you have a choice of places to eat and drink, from the relaxed and casual family area to the more elegant and exclusive surroundings of the Club Lounge.”

Mr Hayes is expected to receive an invitation to Downing Street after the prime minister described him as ‘inspirational’.

The latest, trouble-free crossing is in marked contrast to a series of disastrous foreign attempts including a Frenchman in a bucket and a Spaniard on a horse.

Last week two Chinamen had to be rescued by French coastguards after attempting the 24 mile journey on a bamboo raft powered solely by ping pong.

Meanwhile, the Hungarian daredevil Lazlo Pinsky is missing, feared drowned, after attempting the Portsmouth to Cherbourg crossing on an ironing board pulled along by a pair of hungry spaniels.

 

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