Here’s a summary of the events of the past few days:
On June 19, with the rudder of our boat severely damaged and difficult weather conditions predicted, we requested a tow back to the nearest coastal city with the intention of making a second attempt to complete our row.
However, the tow vessel, which left from Santa Cruz, had to turn back due to a risk of capsizing. Subsequently, a 47-foot motor lifeboat operated by U.S. Coast Guard arrived and determined that weather conditions would make towing impossible. We left the boat with tracking systems on, with a plan to recover it and tow it back as soon possible. We then returned to Monterey.
With no improvement in weather conditions, we still haven’t been able to tow our boat and have it repaired. At this point, it’s clear that even under the best circumstances, we would not be able to complete our row until late August if we were to resume, which would impact our studies at the University of Georgia.
We are disappointed that we weren’t able to achieve our rowing goal, but extremely grateful to all those who have given their time, effort and resources to support our efforts. We are also mindful of the single most important reason we set out on this journey: We remain firmly committed to raising awareness for those afflicted with Hemophilia and other blood disorders, as well as the many organizations, such as Hemophilia of Georgia, that provide the resources and support services necessary to help these individuals and their families lead normal and productive lives.
Again, thank you so much for all your support over the past several months. Please look for updates and more stories to come about our 10 days at sea.