It would seem that Team Mission Performance have not had a clean flawless race start since Rio (Leg 2), such “luck” has been attributed to the Southern Hemisphere with jest.
Here’s a quick recap of our track record:
Race 4 (Leg 3) – David had a punctured calf incident shortly after leaving Cape Town. (Yet Team MP caught up rapidly dispute a 270 nautical mile nm detour to Port Elizabeth). Read “Mission Performance Diverts to Port Elizabeth”
Race 5 (Leg 4) – The Team had to pull aside immediately after race start to replace one of its Zodiac Life Raft (which self-deployed in Leg 3)
Race 6 (Leg 4) – Team Switzerland’s collision with Team MP’s stern at the 69th Rolex Sydney Hobart Race start.
Race 7 (Leg 4) – Katherine and Derek experienced a tumble from one wet locker to the next, setting both up for a heli-medical evacuation. The former for bruised ribs while the latter sustained head injuries. Read “Two Mission Performance Crew Hospitalised in Hobart“
And now we have arrived at Race 8 (Leg 5) – An electrical failure with our 240V system just two hours before race start, sending all our electronics unresponsive. Instruments such as our wind indicator, depth reader and even radio communications were down, forcing us to resort to satellite phone for communication. Of course this resulted in our Team having to return to Rivergate Marina where we had to wait a day for Clipper’s fleet engineer to 1) Source for parts and 2) Fix it.
We set off as soon as the boat was seaworthy and conducted our own private Le Mans start as we crossed the start line on Monday mid-afternoon.
hoping not to get sea sick..