A PENSIONER is due to head back to Hartlepool after achieving a world first.
Jeffrey Allison, 73, has become the first person to circumnavigate the Arctic Circle clockwise by boat.
He completed the achievement four months after setting off from Hartlepool and is now due to head back to the town on board the 52ft vessel Eshamy.
He is currently thought to be staying in Norway before returning to England.
Mr Allison, from Middleton Tyas, between Darlington and Richmond, completed the journey which took in Iceland, Greenland, around Alaska and Russia and then on to Scandinavia.
It is the latest achievement for the retired mining engineer who, in 2009, was the first sailor to successfully negotiate the North West Passage around Greenland, Canada and Alaska in a fibreglass boat in one season.
His latest adventures have been recorded in an online blog on which he wrote: “Bath, clean clothes and a good night’s sleep await us in Hammerfest, Norway, and after 40 days at sea I think we’ve earned it.”
Mr Allison’s achievements have also included previously sailing across the Atlantic Ocean six times.