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Broken Rudder Ends World Record Attempt

End of the row: Supertramp crewman, Nick Leggatt swims on board to attach a tow line to Year of Zayed.

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.

31 thoughts on “Broken Rudder Ends World Record Attempt

  1. Dear all our heroes

    The xxxx metal decided like that, however, you have done so much and you have, in our opinion, won the world record in not giving up at any point, fighting till the end and only some ugly hardware made it stopp. You are for us always the HEREOS and deserve only the greatest thanks for sharing all your experience, your time, your thoughts, your rowing, your team spirit, your efforts and most of all, your dedication to the project. May all the world talk about such a great team and such a great people. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!

  2. Feel sorry for you guys.
    But what an incredable team of super heroes you are!!!
    Amazing and super to follow your attempt.
    Better and more exciting then any Netflix series.
    Top team 👊🏻💥

  3. Such a shame Guys. But as we did the crossing of the North Sea not at the first but at the second attempt, I’m sure you will find a way to do the same. Safe trip home from now on. Patrick knows what I’m talking about.

  4. Sorry to hear of your bad luck, regardless you achieved more then most could even dream of, keep your heads up be proud and cherish the great memories of your achievements

  5. Sad to read the rudder is beyond repair yet happy to know you are safe. Small parts can have a big impact, whether it is metal or plastic …

  6. Happy to know you all are alright.
    Safe journey further to Suriname.
    Awareness plastic pollution. Still looking foreward to welcom you in Suriname.

  7. Row4Ocean Team – You return home as champions in all our minds. What many can only talk about, you accomplished despite the setbacks you faced! You kept going – and thats all that counts. Bravo to you 4. Get home safe!

  8. Amazing job guys. You went hard and you acheived success in other ways through the mental and physical challenges you conqured. Huge kudos to the 4 of you…Lewis you can come back to work now, no more messing about on the river !!!!

  9. Can only imagine how disappointed you must all feel. Don’t lose sight of what you have all acheived, which is a whole lot more than most even think to dream of. Safe travels home.

  10. Probably a big disappointment for you guys, but you can be proud about what you have achieved over the past year to even get to this point. Big thumbs up!!

  11. Incredible effort folks, don’t be disheartened, it’s the journey that counts and wow, what a journey! Safe trip back to dry land.

    I couldn’t think of a more appropriate quote than this:
    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

  12. Fantastic effort from the team. We are as gutted as you are not to see you finish. Your efforts were an inspiration to all of us.

  13. To be let down by this magnificent craft is disappointing to say the least. Hoping the water samples will help establish the dire state our oceans are in. Well rowed lads.

  14. Terrific job guys. Sorry to hear that the rudder problem couldn’t be overcome. Hope Peter’s got some cold drinks left.

  15. Excellent job our superstars and heroes.
    Your message is well understood and registered on plastic pollution.
    We are very sad but what you did during 24 days is amazing.

  16. 4 Awesome Guys rowing in Atlantic ocean!!! you are heroes, like Apollo missions it started with failures before becoming a success. and Don’t forget FAIL is [ First Attempt In Learning ].
    well done guys.

  17. It’s a real pity 🙁 to fail for that however we are so proud of you guys!!!! You made it for us and for the world…
    We will never forget this inspiring experience which reveals our conscience about ocean protection againts plastic. I will never remember stars in kids eyes (and in mines) during our GEP and at the departure of Year of Zayed from Dakar….
    Thanks to each of you for these unforgettable moments.

  18. Team Spirit till the end , what a magnificent 4 !! Well done guys even if forced to give up . As written by many , you are real Heroes . Bravo again !

  19. Congrats on a fantastic effort! You didn’t achieve all of your goals but you have achieved so much through inspiring all of us who followed and learned so much from your journey while sitting on the edge of our seats. Well done and thanks for all you’ve done (so far) to bring awareness to the damaging pollution in our oceans.

  20. „The journey itself, that is your destination” is a saying attributed originally to Confucius. This is also the motto of the German Alpine Club with which I was traveling a few times as a mountain enthusiast. That means, not the successful ascent of the mountain top should be your goal, but the way to enjoy and protect our nature. Mountaineers often have fight with weather hazards stopping them from the finish and they still take home a lot at the end.

    That goes for you too, guys. Your goal was not the record, but to marshal the dramatic pollution of the oceans through an extraordinary action. In this, you succeeded despite the technical problems in an outstanding way – maybe especially because of those problems.

    You should be very proud of yourself. For us, who have only followed you on the Internet, you are therefore heroes.

  21. Totally gutted for you all. You have gone through so much to get where you are. You must all be so proud of what you’ve achieved. You’ve had an experience of a lifetime and we wish you a safe journey home. Keith & Elli

  22. Hallo Patrick en andere bemanning.
    Wat sneu om zo te moeten stoppen, maar ondanks dat hebben jullie tot een super prestatie geleverd. We hebben het steeds gevolgd. Nog een goede thuisreis.
    Groeten Henk en Bets Hoogstraten

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