Randall spoke with Quest as they were departing Cochin
to sail to Mumbai, several days behind all the other rally boats. The rally boats were not sailing in convoy -- at least not before reaching Mumbai. Rally plans after Mumbai were "top secret."
We also spoke with Quest just before they left Cochin. They indicated nothing about possibly leaving the rally. Maybe they were not sailing in company with other rally boats at the time they were captured, but I would be highly surprised to learn of confirmation that Quest had officially quit the rally. I know what the BWR has posted on their website -- that Quest had decided to sail independently. It does not state that Quest had withdrawn from the rally.
The rally boats normally sail separately; then meet up at a specific destination
. We became friends with several of the rally boats and met up with them in Phuket, Sri Lanka and Cochin. None of the boats sailed together; they met at designated destinations at designated times. There were at least 2 rally boats in the Maldives
when the rest of the rally was in Cochin and then in Mumbai. Those 2 planned to sail to Salalah and meet up with the rest of the rally boats there.