Leaders of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition, which was abruptly aborted last February before the team was able to land on the island, are offering several options for partial refunds to those who contributed to their venture. The turn of events was a huge disappointment for the DX community, as well as for the DXpedition team.
“Let me take this opportunity to thank you again for your financial support,” DXpedition co-leader and Chief Financial Officer Bob Allphin, K4UEE, said in a statement. “The DXpedition team members are all extremely disappointed that we were not able to complete our mission. We were offshore Bouvet for 3 days and encountered extreme weather conditions. While fighting hurricane-force winds, one of our vessel’s engines was over-stressed and a critical coupling failed. The ship’s captain had no choice but to abort the DXpedition for safety reasons. It was the correct decision, but a huge disappointment after almost 3 years of planning.” Allphin said all DXpedition accounts now have been settled