On May 4, Alpha Global Expedition suffered a potentially fatal blow to the record attempt. From the Equator, Adrian had faced fickle weather, lack of wind, and then far too much. In his approach to Hawaii he had encountered freak conditions that had damaged well found larger vessels in the area and caused some to sink. During these freak storms, the damage to Barrabas’ mast became visible. A lower spreader failed and Adrian could now see a torn section of mast where the spreader was attached. This was serious because he had no way of welding the stainless steel mast at sea. It was probable that the mast would have to be unstepped for repairs and that meant waiting for dockyard facilities which would almost certainly cost Adrian the narrow window of ice melt needed to enable him to squeeze between the Russian coast and the Arctic pack ice.