Jet Skiers to leave today for record breaking attempt
Four days after the Coast Guard halted their world record-breaking attempt to travel from Alaska to Miami via jet skies, two South African adventurers were expected to leave Bodega Bay before daybreak today and resume their 13,000-mile quest.
"It's critical, critical for us to get out of here," a frustrated Adriaan Marias said. "We can't lose any more days."
Marias and Marinus du Plessis had planned to leave at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and chart a course outside the 1,255- square-mile protected area, but were again halted by the Coast Guard.
Later on Wednesday, they were told they could depart on their 4-cylinder Yamaha WaveRunners after Coast Guard inspectors deemed them seaworthy. "The bottom line is our people, our experts, have to be convinced that it is safe," said Dan Dewell, a Coast Guard spokesman.
The pair have been harbored at Spud Point Marina since being intercepted Sunday by the Coast Guard in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
They hope to ride 130 miles a day to make up for lost time in their quest to ride the 13,000 miles from Anchorage, Alaska, to Miami and beat a 106-day, 10,000-mile record set in 2000. They left Alaska on June 16.