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Ryan Finn's new game plan

by Colligo Marine 9 Feb 08:41 PST
It took Ryan an hour or so to make necessary repairs to patch the hole. © Ryan Finn

Why Ryan Finn circled back from his his record breaking sail from New York to San Francisco via Cape Horn

On Thursday, January 21, 2021, Ryan Finn departed from New York to embarked on a true American adventure on his 36' Proa Jzerro. He was venturing out to San Francisco via Cape Horn while attempting the world record for the fastest single handed route.

Things were looking good for Ryan upon his departure, aside from the fact that the drinking water load was heavy on the boat and there were minor equipment hassles. With that said, Ryan had a plan to finish half the water by Cape Horn, which would lighten the load for the remainder of his trip.

Then, on January 22, Ryan heard a big "BANG!" Not exactly an exciting thing to hear on a solo trip at sea. He discovered a hole right above the water line. Ryan explained that the "water was rushing into the boat like an open fire hydrant." It did not help that the boat was skipping and taking dips into the sea. Ryan then quickly situated the boat, so that he could take swift action to get the water out fast and make some repairs. It took Ryan an hour or so to make necessary repairs to patch the hole.

"We were heading north into a worsening weather while waiting for the epoxy to cure. I didn't eat anything that entire day." - Ryan Finn

On the 23rd, Ryan was heading to the North Carolina/Virginia coast and thankfully was approaching the coast in much calmer conditions. Four days after Ryan's initial departure, his first record attempt from New York to San Francisco came to a close. Ryan sheeted the mainsail and Jzerro started moving directly towards the Bay.

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Ryan's future plan

Ryan has already started coming up with a new game plan for this epic trip. He reached out to Russel Brown, the architect of Jzerro, and Ryan will be moving Jzerro to Russell's parent's property in Mob Jack Bay, Virginia. Once the weather warms up they will begin repairs and start planning for the adventure late fall 2021. Additionally, Ryan plans on getting a water maker for the next trip along with a hydro generator, so that the over load of the boat is lighter.

"At first I felt a little disappointed, like I had entered a split reality. However, the positive to all of this is that I now found a weakness I did not know about and I have a repair plan with the maker of the boat." - Ryan Finn

Help Ryan Finn fund his solo record breaking trip from New York to San Francisco.

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