Posted By RichC on April 29, 2007
The champion of optimism … Skipper Pete Bethune … has finally conceded that the record of circling the globe by power boat in the fastest time is not possible anymore. After receiving some negative news while Earthrace waits for parts in the Pacific, Bethune writes as his crew mate sits down for breakfast with him: “Ryan comes wandering in. Heâ€™s got a big smile on his face so heâ€™s obviously not aware of the latest developments. He slots down with a plate of hot food and I give him the crappy news.”
“His smile disappears and he looks out at the harbour just metres from where weâ€™re sitting. â€œDoes this mean weâ€™re buggered for the recordâ€, he asks. I do some quick sums in my head. Even if we had a perfect run from here thereâ€™s no way weâ€™d get the record by Barbados. He pushes his plate away but doesnâ€™t say anything more.”
After a series of problems … some just part of the challenge, others much larger … it looks like the run for the record is now over. The question they now face is with only a few dollars left to complete the trip, will they be able to find sponsors willing to supply the needed biodiesel to finish the circumnavigation?