Disabled sailor just hours away from Tortola
Disabled sailor Geoff Holt’s bid to sail across the Atlantic unassisted looks like ending in 24 hours despite failings with his onboard generator aboard the 60ft catamaran Impossible Dream.
The hi-tech yacht normally relies on electricity to power its complex
electronic and hydraulic systems. Its backup electrical supply is an
alternator on the starboard engine – but this uses five times the fuel and
there is only enough fuel for another eight battery charges. As a result all electronics have been switched off to try and save fuel for the tricky final stages of the journey as he attempts to navigate into his destination Tortola in the Virgin Islands.
Quadriplegic Geoff has been joined onboard by film maker Digby Fox and carer Susana Scott, but neither of them is allowed to help with the sailing.