Simon Milward crosses Channel in solar-powered boat

Simon Milward on boat Mr Milward said the challenge was much more difficult than he expected

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A man has become the first person to cross the English Channel on a boat powered directly by the sun.

Simon Milward, 38, set off from Dungeness in Kent at 08:30 BST on his 15ft (4.6m) catamaran, equipped with six solar panels.

He single-handedly navigated more than 30 miles (48km) to reach Boulogne-sur-Mer after more than six hours.

Speaking from France, Mr Milward said the challenge was much more difficult than he expected.

"We had excellent sun, but it meant I got sunburnt," he said.

"The biggest obstacles were the ships and the waves.

"I'm exhausted."

In March last year, the Oxford graduate from London, made the first crossing of the Western Sahara on a solar-powered bicycle.

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