On Monday 5th May the members of Team Uniting Nations met each other face to face for the first time. Despite having completed the mandatory courses and prepared physically for the challenge of rowing across the Pacific in their home countries this was their first opportunity to talk without the problems of time zones. On Tuesday they made the drive from Los Angeles up the coast to Monterey and are settling into their rented house in Monterey. The next day they met up with the man who pulled them together as a team from the 4 corners of the globe, Race Director Chris Martin started searching for four likeminded individuals in October 2013 and despite several setbacks caused by potentially interested crewmembers pulling out couldn’t be happier with the crew that have finally been selected as Team Uniting Nations. “I’m thrilled that we have been able to find four likeminded individuals from around the world who instantly have such a strong rapport as Andre, Caspar, Junho and Craig. Team Uniting Nations is the only fours team with each participant from a different country. Of course the main test for these gentlemen is yet to come but I feel confident that they will have as enjoyable a time as anyone else out there and I think they may yet surprise themselves with their speed.”
The four man team has already set to work getting used to the sleep deprivation that comes from the 2 hour rowing / 2 hours rest that forms the backbone of most ocean rowing team’s schedule. They have been taking it in turns throughout the night to row for 2 hours on a rowing machine that they have brought with them to Monterey. The container vessel bringing their boat to the USA from the UK has been delayed by 10 days but the team will shortly take to the waters of Monterey bay in the final stage of their preparation as they complete the minimum 48 hours of on-water training prior to the start of the Great Pacific Race on June 7th.