Newly-named 2012 Tasmanian of the Year, Rob Pennicott, has now raised more than $280,000 from his record-setting Follow the Yellow Boat Road circumnavigation of Australia late last year.
Rob and his team circled Australia – including Tasmania – anti-clockwise in two 5.4m Naiad rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) to complete the very first outboard-powered circumnavigation. The RIBs, each powered by two 60hp Mercury FourStrokes, were built in Western Australia by Kirby Marine.
Rob says he still can’t believe the conditions they faced, at times battling winds of 70 knots.
“The Gulf of Carpentaria was the hardest stretch. We spent 26 hours without a stop, getting hit by waves every 12 seconds, with fish leaping out of the water hitting us in the head,” he said.
“A huge thanks to Mercury Marine for supplying such wonderful engines. It’s amazing to have boats built so well and engines so reliable that, after 101 days of being battered like a brick, everything held together,” he said.
A few figures reflect the extent of Rob’s achievement and the equipment’s impressive performance:
• Days travelling: 101
• Total hours: 630
• Total distance: 20,000km
• Average travel in a day: 225km
• Total propeller revolutions: 680,400,000
• Breakdowns: 0
To learn more about Rob’s marvellous journey, and make a donation to aid the fight against polio, go to: www.FollowTheYellowBoatRoad.com.
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