By September, Guerin was running out of steam, and it was clear that he had little chance to break the record.
Eighty-five days after launch and about 50 miles from Ireland, one "very tired" and now all too experienced rower activated his distress beacon. A few hours later he was picked up by helicopter. Guerin was unhurt and his boat was still seaworthy, but the record had long been lost. So had been most of his electronic equipment, which went overboard in the dumpings. Guerin pulled the plug on his effort after spending eight consecutive days dragging a sea anchor against yet another headwind, rowing but going nowhere.