This is what Peter wrote on his website: “After spending the last week talking with family, friends, fellow sailors and sponsors I have decided to sail back to Ireland and start again next year. This was not an easy decision to make but safety comes first. It’s getting too late this year and I can start again fresh next year from Ireland. My plan is to sail to Madeira and wait for a good weather window, then sail to Portugal. I will possibly leave “Waxwing” there until spring and fly home, then sail back to Kilrush marina in Ireland next spring to start preparing for my journey again.”
“It was a huge decision but honestly, I’m glad I have decided one way or the other. The advice, help and support from all over the world is fantastic and really helped me make this difficult decision.”
What has hit his rudder in the first place we will never find out. There are of course many rumors and speculations by fellow sailors all over the world, some even suggest an Orca attack as has been experienced by other crews in this area. But whatever it was, the impact was obviously quite hard. It could well have left him rudderless in the first instance, but Peter was lucky that he was sailing a solid yacht designed for ocean voyaging, where the rudder arrangement is apparently very strong.
Watch this space for updates on his preparations and re-start in the coming year.