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High as a kite: Sir Richard Branson to attempt kite-surfing bid for second time

Sir Richard Branson (4th left) on Folkstone Beach after he had to abandon his attempt to kite-surfing across the Channel on Saturday Credit: Tom Pugh/PA Wire

Sir Richard Brnason will today re-attempt to set two world records by kite-surfing across the English Channel, 24 hours after being forced to abort his initial bid.

The 61-year-old Virgin tycoon hopes to become the oldest person to cross the Channel and also break the record set by his son Sam for the fastest kite-surf crossing.

He is due to set off on his renewed cross-Channel challenge from Hythe in Kent at midday and cross over to France, weather permitting.