A SEAFARING duo have returned to dry land after completing a mammoth 35,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the globe.

Pete Callis and John Hazell, who experienced pirates during their two year trip, set sail from the Rock in October 2009.

The intrepid pair – who completed the arduous journey aboard a 43ft Bruce Roberts Norfolk sailing boat – undertook the challenge as part of the 2009-2011 Blue Water Rally.

The trip-of-a-lifetime saw the friends stop off in a series of exotic locations including the Galapagos Islands, the south Pacific, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.

“We had some incredible high- and low-lights. We will never forget the beauty of swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos or admiring the whales at the Great Barrier Reef and neither will we lose touch with the many different kinds of people we met along the way,” enthused Callis.

“It’s been pretty life changing.”

The pair – who were greeted with a full Irish breakfast and a chilled bottle of Moet & Chandon – are among the last to take part in the rally, which is ending for financial reasons and due to the ongoing pirate problems in the Indian Ocean.

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