Earthrace fails bid to circumnavigate the planet – Once biodiesel vessel to decide if to go on
They tried and they tried – but Earthrace seems destined to get no satisfaction this year! They have been forced to buy diesel –
They have suffered a myriad of misfortunes… whether a shredding propellor, colliding with illegal fishermen who were without running lights in Guatemala, or an old fishing net near Hawaii and now a blown piston has them wondering if to continue to or make a bolt for –
Earthrace started from Barbados on March 10, but has lost over a month in running time through a series of mechanical problems as well as running down a skiff off the Guatemalan coast and killing a fisherman.
The latest problems at Palau, a melted piston nearly 6500km north of New Zealand, left the crew feeling they were caught in a “groundhog day” ? each day getting up optimistic they would be able to repair the damage, only to have their hopes dashed.
Earthrace Captain Pete Bethune will soon make an announcement as to what the next move for the trimaran will be… Better to have sailed and failed rather than ponder yet never even learned from making a blunder; it is in the doing and not the done where all is said and won!