The Austrian Norbert Sedlacek on July 21 went to the path length of 34 000 nautical miles on a yacht AAL Innovation of basalt fibers, but was forced to return to Les Sables-d’olonne, decided to move its record attempt next year.
Recall: at the Western coast of Ireland AAL Innovation was in a severe storm, during which a gust of wind tore the jib, and the one falling into the water, entangled in the keel and rudders. Sedlacek was able to release them only after numerous attempts.
Monday, July 29, immediately after the skipper led AAL Innovation in Les Sables-d’olonne, the coast team commenced a thorough inspection of the vessel. The findings were disappointing. As expected, severely damaged the rigging, but far worse is the fact that in a number of locations of the detected cracks.
Repair will take some time, which Worked not. To canadian Northwest passage AAL Innovation plan had to come before you get up the ice, but now do it in no time. In this regard, Sedlacek decided to postpone the new start of the expedition next summer.
Recall that exactly the same thing happened a year ago – and almost the same numbers. Then AAL Innovation similarly caught in a storm off the coast of Ireland shortly after the start from Les Sables-d’olonne; I had to turn back and carry the expedition to 2019.
I do not want to be ironic about the incident, but…