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Posted Monday, January 22nd 2018

NOTA update: 'mechanical failure is a setback, but we're determined as ever'

Nuts Over the Atlantic are fewer than 800 miles from the finish line in Antigua, but a mechanical malfunction has ensured the final stretch will be a testing one for the quartet.

Unfortunately for the Nuts, the vessel’s autohelm has broken, meaning the team will have to manually steer their way to the finish.

“In the early hours of Thursday morning, we added another problem to the list,” said Steve. “Our autohelm decided it no longer wanted to navigate for us and left us with just our hand steering. Myself and Dan spent the next 24 hours lone rowing and hand steering to give Jon and Mark time to try and make the repairs.

“Without sleep, they grafted away at the issue, trying to persuade it to give our little boat one last chance. In the end though, they had to call time on the operation.

“With potentially just over two weeks to go, it’s not the greatest news we’ve had, but it gives our chief navigator, Steve, the stage to showcase the navigation skills he’s been stowing away for a special occasion like this. It’s not what we were hoping for, but we are determined as ever to get to the finish line as soon as possible.”

The team put on a brave face.
Left, Steve Baker, with Jon Lakin.

The team are predicted to reach their end destination on the evening of February 6th, just over two weeks away.

“We’d be lying if we said the last few days haven’t been tough both mentally and physically,” added Steve.

“We took a very direct line in this crossing in an attempt to try and catch up the three days we lost at the start of the race.

“Unfortunately, the winds we were counting on taking us south at this point, haven’t yet materialised and as a result, we’re seeing more southerly boats overtake us again.

“We’re not letting this defeat us though – we’re putting in our all to give ourselves a fighting chance of catching some stronger winds and currents to get us to Antigua as soon as possible.”

You can follow Nuts’ progress by clicking here.

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