Virgin tycoon Richard Branson thanks volunteers before attempting the kitesurfing world record

Adventurer Sir Richard Branson dropped into a RNLI lifeboat station as he prepared to try and set the world record for kitesurfing across the English Channel.

The Virgin tycoon stopped and posed with members of the crew at Dungeness in Kent to thank them for their support before taking to the sea with family and friends for his kitesurfing stunt.

Sir Richard was given permission by the RNLI to use the lifeboat station

to change into his wetsuit and hold briefings with his fellow

kitesurfers and some of the national and international media.

A large crowd including holidaymakers descended onto Dungeness to witness the preparations for the event which was marking Sir Richard’s 60th birthday. If successful, Branson would be the oldest person to kitesurf across the Channel.

Sir Richard spent more than an hour at sea yesterday (Tuesday 24 August) before the attempt was abandoned due to poor weather conditions. A force 5 to 6 wind had blown up.