Bulbless in Brazil
Disaster has struck again for Graham Dalton during his ill fated stay in
Fortaleza, Brazil. Since arriving at 0930 UTC on the 14th March to fix the
cassette which holds his port rudder after hitting a UFO in the middle of
the night the kiwi skipper has been struck by blow after blow of
misfortune, not to mention a debilitating sickness and an onboard robbery.
Today, was no exception as Graham Dalton rang Race Director, David Adams to
inform him that during a boat test prior to re-joining the race he realised
that the keel bulb was missing.
“I think my bulb has gone. It was blowing 8 knots and the boat fell over
and I tried to cant the keel and I couldn’t see it. So I dived down, the
visibility was exceedingly poor but I could see that the bulb has gone.”
Dalton has returned to the marina in Fortaleza, Brazil to re-assess the
situation. Just when you think it couldn’t get it worse – today is a public
holiday in the port and so Dalton will not be able to get things moving
until at least tomorrow. He is currently looking at his options.