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Branson forced to pull Channel bid

Sir Richard Branson has been forced to put on hold his dream to set two world records by kite-boarding across the English Channel.

After strong winds and a choppy sea made it unsafe for him to proceed with the 24-mile crossing on Tuesday, a lack of wind meant he had to also abandon his second attempt.

The Virgin entrepreneur had hoped to celebrate his 60th birthday by becoming the oldest person to cross the Channel by kite-board.

He had also aimed to make the fastest crossing by a kite-board team.

Accompanied by his children Holly, 29, and Sam, 26, and a number of others including Princess Beatrice's boyfriend Dave Clark, 28, he planned to set off from Dungeness in Kent, hoping to reach the French coast.

The group included Sir Richard's 15-year-old nephew Ivo Branson, who hoped to become the youngest person to cross the Channel by kite-board.

But the winds were much lower than anticipated and after three attempts to get his kite up in the water, he had to call it a day.

Although the record-setting bid had to be postponed, he said he was determined to give it another go soon.

He said: "We've never given up on an attempt and everyone is keen to get back and do it and we'll hopefully be back again some time over the next month to finish off."

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