Veteran sailor John Ridgway ends voyage to mark plight of albatross

John Ridgway, 66, the first Briton to row the Atlantic (with Chay Blyth) and one-time holder of the fastest non-stop circumnavigation (1983-84) is giving something back to the oceans that made his name.

He is on a mission to save the 100,000 albatrosses which die at the end of a hook trailed by pirate fishing boats in the Southern Ocean. The boats are long lining for fish for Japanese sushi bars and are winding in 80 mile long catches of endangered species such as Bluefin tuna and Patagonian toothfish………and drowned albatrosses which are attracted to the baited lines.

Ridgway and his wife Marie Christine and their two crew have just completed 327 days at sea tracking the albatross. The voyage finished in London, where Ridgway is preparing a huge petition to help save the albatross. If you want to sign it go to