Anthony Smith, 85-Year Old Sailor, Crosses the Atlantic on a Raft

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After 66 days at sea, a British sailor completed a trans-Atlantic voyage atop a raft Wednesday.

85-year-old Anthony Smith wanted to raise environmental awareness, highlighting the fact that one billion people worldwide live without access to clean water. He hopes to have raised 50,000 pounds (about $81,535) for the charity WaterAid.

"To voyage almost 3,000 miles upon the salty kind will make us intensely aware of places in the world that are without adequate supplies," Smith told the BBC.

The team had hoped to end their voyage in the Bahamas, but strong currents and winds carried them to the island of St. Maarten, where they arrived Wednesday.

The crew, comprised of Smith and three friends, set out on the 2,800 mile journey two months ago from the Canary Islands. Their vessel, a raft dubbed the An-Tiki, was constructed from water supply pipes.

They packed a supply of food including fresh fruits, vegetables, canned food and bread. Once the bread ran out, a crew member began making fresh bread in a small onboard oven. Fresh water was stored in pipes.

Smith, who celebrated his 85th birthday halfway through the trip, also wanted to prove that older people are capable of adventure. His crew ranged in age from 56-61.

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