Harbour Guides Sailing News
Saturday October 25th, 2008
BILLIONAIRE QUITS BID TO BREAK YET ANOTHER ATLANTIC RECORD
On Friday one of Harbourguides favourite characters, Billionaire entrepreneur and businessman, Richard Branson was forced to quit his attempt to break the monohull sailing record for crossing the Atlantic after his yacht suffered crippling damage 600 miles out to sea. Two days after leaving New York with a crew of 30 that included Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie and Richard Branson’s two children, they were caught in a storm. Having already lost a life raft, the yacht was hit by a ‘monster wave’, which ripped the main sail and left them with no choice but to abandon the challenge.
As his yacht undergoes against-the-clock repairs, The Virgin tycoon remains philosophical. 'If we can get away this season which ends in two, three weeks time, we'll do it,' he said. 'If not, we'll get the boat ready for another attempt in the spring of next year.'
The crew are now sailing to Bermuda.
This is Richard Branson’s third attempt to conquer the Atlantic. In 1986 he set the record for crossing the Ocean in a powerboat and the following year he made the same journey in the largest ever hot-air balloon. Go Richard go!
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