SOS Ocean Racing - An Epic night at sea for Ian Thomson
by SOS Media on 9 Jun 2010
SOS Ocean Racing is about raising awareness of what damage plastic bags does to the environment, in particular the marine environment. With over 100,000 marine animals and 1 million sea birds dying from plastic suffocation or entanglement every year, it is time to get rid of the 'Convenient' plastic bag and use other options.
Ian Thomson - Save Our Seas Ocean Racing Ian Thomson
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In the first week of May 2010, Thomson set off to break the current Solo Around Australia Record for monohulls which stands at 68 Days 8 Hours and 30 minutes set by David Beard aboard the 35ft Skaffie II.
What an epic night Ian has had, the back up GPS is very much got a mind of its own and decides to work when it wants; Ian has been navigating like Captain Cook up the east coast of NSW.
Ian is currently 40nm south of Sydney and has been struggling all night with the obstacles put in front of him; the North Westerly winds have not helped but the wind has shifted and is now in his favour.
Ian has decided to pull into Sydney, into calmer waters, to fix and repair everything from the fan belts through to the battery generator which have impacted his journey. The batteries are not charging and he is reliant on the solar panels.
Ian has been thinking about seeking assistance from Andrew Short Marine and Fergusons Marina in Middle Harbour, as the problems need to be fixed and they seem to be out of his control.
Ian will give you more details when he arrives in Sydney. He knows its only a short distance to go to the finish ...
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