At 5.30pm Perth time on Tuesday 19th May, Ash and myself noticed our guidance system on board the James Lewis was no longer working correctly. This was causing us some issues on board the boat, which started to slow us down.
We spent several hours at sea trying to resolve the issue but were unsuccessful. We potentially could have carried on but as we are trying to break a record it’s important everything is working, as it should. As we were only 70 nautical miles from Geraldton we decided to take a tow back, to resolve the issue. Fortunately a fishing charter boat was in the area at the time and offered to tow us back. We reimbursed them for the fuel and their time, which took 12 hours. The seas were particularly rough with winds gusting to 40 knots, the boat sustained some damage on the way, but nothing that can’t be easily fixed.
The boat is now out of the water and being worked on ready for a re-launch over the coming weeks. Obviously this is quite frustrating as we were making fantastic progress, but coming back to resolve the issue was the right thing to do. We need to say a massive thanks to Rannoch Adventure for their assistance and what is a truly amazing boat!
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Out for now