Bahrain-based Anke Brandt hopes to set a new record by kite-surfing all the way to the UAE.
The 32-year-old set off yesterday from Amwaj Islands at 2.45pm and expects to complete the 550km journey to Abu Dhabi within 24 hours. She is estimated 90 kms from Abu Dhabi.
Ms Brandt, from Germany, already holds the record for the longest distance kite-surfed by a woman, having made the 298km journey to Doha, in Qatar, in 17 hours last month.
She previously kite-surfed for 250km around Bahrain in 2014.
A 13.6-metre search and rescue boat named Vigilant, provided by Kvichak Marine, will accompany her on the journey to Abu Dhabi.
On board will be a team of five, which includes the captain, co-captain, a videographer and two kite-surfers familiar with the equipment.
The support team consists of Captain Robert Jones co-captain Dale Mascoll, videographer Hiba Skaini as well as fellow kitesurfers Yousif Al Harty and Ryan Hughes.
Ms Brandt will use the seagoing expedition to raise money for Wings for Life, a charity organisation trying to find a cure for spinal cord injury, and hopes to collect $5,500 for ongoing research.
The boat will be equipped with satellite phones and Ms Brandt will be carrying a tracking device, which will allow her support team to track her and upload progress to her website.
“We’ve been waiting for the right weather conditions and the region is currently on fire so now it’s just a matter of daring the limit and kiting beyond,” said Ms Brandt in a statement issued yesterday.
To follow her progress or to donate visit www.ankebrandt.com