He may not look like James Bond, but Bob Watson has been envisioning a feat worthy of the British action hero for 25 years.
The white-haired captain decided to combine his passions for sailing and rock climbing at towering cliffs on England's southwest coast.
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Captain Bob Watson brought two climbing buddies and a camera crew with him to Berry Head near Brixham last September. This coastal headland is a nature sanctuary known for its beautiful cliffs. The weather was sunny, the wind light, and access restrictions to protect local seabirds had been lifted.
The limestone route, called Moonraker at The Old Redoubt, is a three-pitch climb. Despite the big holds, it's rated HVS 5a, which stands for "hard very severe" in the British grading system.
"Well, this has been in gestation for 25 years, basically," Watson said in filmmaker David Linnett‘s video. His plan: "Sail in, do a route, abseil down, back into the boat, and off you go."
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Of course, the sailboat Erin doesn't end up being the most stable base for belaying - at one point things get a bit "lively" as water splashes up over the side. But the anchor holds.
Watch Watson fulfill his longtime dream here: