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Six celebrities swapped the comforts of the stage and studio for five days of nautical torture as they attempt to sail around the UK, on the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas.
The One Show presenter Alex Jones is joined by Angellica Bell, Hal Cruttenden, Doon Mackichan, Ore Oduba and Suzi Perry, in a mammoth challenge which sees them battle fearsome winds, freezing temperatures and rough seas, in a feat of pure physical, mental and emotional endurance.
The challenge is sponsored by BT, a long-term supporter of Sport Relief challenges since 2009.
The team live, sleep and work on the Volvo Ocean 65 - a carbon-fibre speed machine that has been optimised for maximum performance. At 65 feet, and weighing in at 12,500kgs, the vessel is as long as five cars and weighs the equivalent of 12 great white sharks. The largest sail, which the celebrities will have to manually hoist, is as big as two-and-a-half volleyball courts.
The BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas isn’t the first Sport Relief Challenge BT has sponsored. From Davina’s Beyond Breaking Point, John Bishop’s Week of Hell, David Walliams’ epic swims, not to mention Jo Brand’s Hell of a Walk earlier this year where she trekked an incredible 135 miles from one side of the country to the other, BT has been there all the way.
The elements really lived up to the celebrity crew’s worst fears on the second day of the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas. The worsening conditions made even the simplest tasks becoming impossible as they continued their voyage from Belfast to London, with members of the crew suffering extreme sea sickness and the boat almost capsizing due to the towering waves.
In spite of the appalling conditions, the celebrity crew were overwhelmed when they heard how much they had raised for the BT Sport Relief Challenge: Hell on High Seas.
The crew need the public’s support to spur them on at sea by sponsoring them now at sportrelief.com/highseas.
The celebrities, from left to right: Doon Mackichan, Hal Cruttenden, Alex Jones, Ore Oduba, Suzi Perry and Angellica Bell, raise their arms in celebration as they enter the final stretch.
The Sport Relief 'Hell on High Seas' celebrity crew hold flares as their boat passes under Tower Bridge in London to successfully complete their challenge.
(Left to right) Hal Cruttenden, Angellica Bell, Suzi Perry, Doon Mackichan, Ore Oduba and Alex Jones celebrate on HMS Belfast, near Tower Bridge.
BT volunteers join the celebrity crew aboard HMS Belfast.