Seven months ago, the dream to set a new world record for a solo, unassisted, westerly circumnavigation in a yacht under 40ft began from the Gold Coast.
Andy Lamont and his 34ft S&S yacht Impulse have been through their fair share of ups and downs along the way, starting off with several weeks spent just down the coast in Sydney due to major repair work.
He successfully and safely crossed the Southern and Indian Oceans and made the Cape of Good Hope by mid-February.
Crossing into the Atlantic Andy experienced big, shifty seas and increased issues with several pieces of onboard equipment. At the end of March Impulse was without a working autopilot, sat phone and auto-helm systems which meant making the journey to Cape Horn would be impossible.
After being at sea for over 20 weeks with so many nautical miles of his world record attempt completed, Andy had to make the challenge-ending decision to schedule to stop. Knowing that he would not be able to make Cape Horn without this vital equipment a stop was made in St. Lucia to collect parts.
Currently in Colon, Panama Impulse is ready to set sail for her final journey. We would like to wish Andy and his crew safe passage through the Panama Canal and onward journey back to Australia.