Intrepid Worthing rowers Atlantic Splash hope to fly back out at the weekend, repair their boat Mission Atlantic, affectionately known as Missy, and restart their race in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Atlantic Splash were rescued by helicopter on Monday (December 9th)after a water leak in their aft cabin threatened the integrity of the boat and the safety of the crew. The team were caught in a force 8 gale, and unable to complete repairs to stop the flood spreading with an additional 48 hours of bad weather expected.
Team member Bastien Leclair said: “The incident has been a big blow for the crew, but we aren’t ready to give up without a fight. We have a permanent tracker on Mission Atlantic allowing to monitor her exact position, and will be flying to the Canaries at the end of the week to recover her. From there, we can assess her condition, start the work to fix any damage, and get her ready for a new start. All going well, we hope to be back in the race before Christmas.”
The race is described as one of the toughest on earth – 3,000 miles from San Sebastian de La Gomera, Canaries Islands to Antigua.
The team are raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Tall Ships Trust, the British Heart Foundation and the Macular Society.
Atlantic Splash team members are: Neal Marsh, Bastien Leclair, Marc Alderman, Tom Hyland and Terry Munson.