Row4Ocean – World Record Attempt to row 2305nm – Africa to South America. Port of Departure: Dakar, Senegal, Africa – Port of Arrival: Paramaribo, Suriname, South America.
All of the crew on board ‘Year of Zayed’ are safe and well. However, unfortunately 750 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean, the third attempt to fix their rudder on ‘Year of Zayed’ has failed. The four-man crew have battled for 24 days, rowing day and night at record pace, but the rudder became to damaged to effect another repair.
At approx 1600 UTC 07 January 2019, Supertramp, the sailing vessel shadowing Year of Zayed, attached a tow line to the rowing boat. “Everything has a weak point and the Atlantic found it,” commented Row4Ocean Syndicate Partner, Clive Frost, from on board Supertramp. “We have learnt so much from the project – for the next time. Right now we are just concentrating on getting the crew and the boat safely back to dry land. Despite not completing the row, the team are all heroes.”
Suffering cramped conditions, void of any comfort, the Row4Ocean team: Patrick Bol, Lewis Knollman, Andrew Ruinoff, and Matt Wilds, have decided to stay on board Year of Zayed. They will stay together for the remaining 750nm to Suriname.
“We are safe but we are gutted,” commented Patrick Bol from on board Year of Zayed via satellite phone. “From a practical point of view, someone needs to stay on board the boat to keep a watch. In reality there is no space for all four of us, but nobody wanted to leave the boat regardless of the hardship. We know each other so well now and we will have days to just look at each other, but I am sure the stories told will be very memorable! We have enough food on board, and we have plenty of time to do some fishing. I would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters, after so much time and effort, the project failed because of a small piece of metal. It is a pity but we wanted to put out the important message about plastic pollution, and we have at least done that. We were so close, and sometimes you learn more from failure than success.”
The estimated arrival time in Suriname for Row4Ocean and Supertramp will become clearer in the next few days. Supporters and fans of Row4Ocean will be able to follow their progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the official website.