Gael force owner to sail 7,000 miles single-handed in round the world finale

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A BUSINESSMAN from the Highlands who has already broken his back and had to avoid pirates on a two-year round the world voyage, is to sail the final 7,000 miles of the journey from South Africa back to the UK single-handedly.

Father of two, Stewart Graham (47), owner of the Highland based marine equipment, supply and engineering group Gael Force, is to sail his Discovery 67 mono hull yacht the Rhiann Marie through the South Atlantic winter, hopefully avoiding the hurricane season and being battered by huge seas as he returns home.

If all goes well, Stornoway born Stewart expects to make the journey in two months – but if trade winds force him from West Africa across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, it will be next spring before he can return with Rhiann Marie!