Running sailor will be on the deck for canal challenge

Dave Barry '07890 322992
Dave Barry '07890 322992

A lifeboat coxswain is to run the length of the iconic Suez Canal without once stepping foot on Egyptian soil.

Wave Crookes is running the 102-mile length of the canal to raise money for Scarborough RNLI’s £200,000 Supacat appeal.

However, Wave will not be on the banks of the Suez, he will be running around the deck of the enormous ship he works on, as it passes through the canal.

Wave has figured out that he needs to run three laps of the 278-metre Nedlloyd Hudson cargo ship for every mile.

He works for Maersk, one of the world’s biggest shipping companies, and is converting his Royal Navy qualifications for use in the merchant navy so he can navigate any size vessel anywhere in the world and progress to captain.

Back home, Wave volunteers as second coxswain for Scarborough lifeboat, deputising for Tom Clark.

He said he was looking forward to taking up his challenge.

The money Wave collects will be put toward the £200,000 needed to pay for a Supacat launch-and-recovery vehicle for Scarborough’s new lifeboat, due to arrive next year.

In 2015, Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs will be nearing the end of her operational life. She is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.

The £2m lifeboat has been funded by donations from the F W Plaxton Charitable Trust.

The trust was set up following the death of the settlor Frederic ‘Eric’ Plaxton to ensure that the proceeds of his estate be applied to charitable purposes for the benefit of the inhabitants of Scarborough in memory of his father, Frederick William Plaxton. The new lifeboat will be named in his memory.

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