A YORK sea warrior will be sharing his gruelling experiences next week when he speaks at the city's annual business dinner.

Army captain Paul Tetlow, of Clifton Moor, York, passed the ultimate test of strength and endurance last year when he finished second in the world's first Atlantic rowing race.

The former St Peter's School pupil completed the 3,100-mile trip from New York to Cornwall with three fellow crew members from the Yorkshire Regiment.

Next Thursday, he will be at the annual dinner organised by York Professional Initiative (YPI) to inspire city businesses to achieve their goals.

Helen Jackson, of YPI, said: "The dinner is an opportunity to entertain your partners, your associates, your clients and any guests you wish to introduce to YPI.

"We're delighted to have Paul speaking for us. He's an accomplished and entertaining speaker and we are sure he will leave you wondering which challenge you should take on next."

Paul, together with his crew, spent 76 days at sea on board the Yorkshire Warrior last summer.

Within days of leaving New York they had to survive mountainous seas caused by a tropical depression. They also managed to recover after getting their boat's sea anchor line caught around a fishing buoy.

Paul's link to the business world is through his father Peter Tetlow, a retired partner of Ashworth Tetlow Solicitors, which merged with Harrowell Shaftoe in 2005.

The black-tie event is being held in the Ebor Suite, at York Racecourse.

Pre-dinner drinks will be served at 7.15pm, followed by a four-course dinner.

Tickets cost £45 per person, including dinner and a reception drink, or £425 for a table of ten.

Wine is available to purchase on the night or can be pre-ordered per table by emailing york@cgcevents.co.uk quoting "YPI dinner - Ebor Suite".

To book a place at the dinner, phone Helen Jackson by tomorrow on 01904 236110 or by emailing hjackson@theypi.co.uk