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HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge Update

Initial bad luck with wind and propellor failure on both of the support boat's engines seems to be behind the team now

Mystic MD Max Blom Jnr and the rest of the HTC Atlantic crossing team are doing their best to cross the ocean with a kite; something that has never been done before.

Press release from Mystic Boarding:

After the departure from Fuerteventura, they set sail towards the Cape Verde Islands. The idea was to pick up the trade winds a bit further south and then continue in a straight line towards the Caribbean. What seemed to be a smooth start ended up with some difficulties and bad luck. First of all the wind wasn’t as strong as predicted, which was a bit of a let down. Secondly, the team suffered from some extreme bad luck with both of the propellers breaking of the engines. Luckily they had sailed south and discovered the propellers missing just before turning west. This gave them the opportunity to make a pit stop on the Cape Verde.

Thanks to the team in the Netherlands, the new equipment was sent to the harbour and the team was able to continue the adventure with only a delay of two days.

At this moment the team is progressing tremendously and making up for lost time. Last Sunday they had a day of almost no wind, but now it seems that the wind has picked up again. The team, captain and everyone back home is calculating to find out what the expected time of arrival will be. If the wind picks ups again and they keep kiting the way they do now, they will probably arrive around December 17th. However this is a prediction and nothing is certain, which was proved during the first week of the crossing.

Keep up to date with the teams adventures and stories from the trip on: www.enablepassion.com

For the live tracker visit: www.enablepassion.com/live-tracking

Added: 2013-12-06

Category: News

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