Day 4 Race Report

Posted on June 13, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Crews, Elsa Hammond, Fat Chance, General, Great Pacific Race 2014, Jim Bauer’s Row for Hope, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Rowing 4 Reefs, Team Pacific Rowers, Uniting Nations

WEATHER: The wind continues to blow from the NW at 20-30 knots

WE HAVE A RACE ON OUR HANDS

We have a bit of a match race happening between our two lead teams of Team Uniting Nations and Battleborn. Over the last 24 hours we have seen several changes in the leader board as the two teams keep swapping between the first and second position. Both teams have also rowed under the 2000 NM mark. It is interesting to note that Team Uniting Nations was following the rhumb line which one would think would be the shortest distance to Hawaii, but Battleborn, having actually rowed more miles (162 for Battleborn vs. 131 for Team Uniting Nations) is showing us that the fastest distance between two points may not necessarily be the shortest distance.

Earlier today, Race Director Chris Martin spoke with Casper Zafer of Team Uniting Nations who reported in that they had been surfing down 15-20 foot waves and really enjoying the ride. These conditions were not always fun for them, however. As they got use to these big seas, heavy winds and breaking waves they admitted that they were a bit frightened at times. To deal with the situation they would deploy their drogue to slow the boat. They also had a feathered friend who followed them for their first three days at sea. The consensus on board was that the bird was a bit confused and must have thought they were a fishing boat heading to shore. After three days, the bird must have figured out he was heading the “long” way to shore and disappeared. On a final note, Martin mentioned that Holland was playing Spain today in the World Cup, at which cheers of “HUT HOLLAND HUT” could be heard from Andre Kiers.

Our next grouping of boats are the fours of NOMAN and Pacific Warriors and the pairs team of CC4. Only seven nautical miles separate these three, and in a race of 2,100 NM, that’s not much. It is great to see our French pair keeping up with the fours. Could it be the French wine on board that is inspiring them? Now that the Pacific Warriors are on the right track after fixing their compass, they seem to be enjoying the row. Pacific Warrior Matt Laskey posted that “Orca just played with us.  Big waves and winds.  It’s a wet ride…”

Race Organizers and support teams were keeping a close eye on Elsa Hammond, currently our only solo rower on the course, as the strong winds were pushing her on a southerly route that had her about six nautical miles off the CA coast near Big Sur. However her strong will and determined rowing has kept her on course and we anticipate seeing her heading more to the west as soon as the winds permit.

MEANWHILE, BACK ON SHORE  Team Boatyilicious and Fat Chance were both put into the water as they continue with their preparations to head out at the next available weather window. Indications are pointing toward a June 17 or 18 start date for the remainder of the fleet, weather permitting. Updates will be posted as we get closer to those dates.
The Pacific Rowers completed their work at the Monterey Bay Boatworks. They relocated their batteries, had some fiberglass work done to the deck to ensure the water tightness of the boat and had a few other tweaks done to reinforce the structural integrity of their boat. Next up for these teams on shore are the “roll tests” where teams are subjected to being in the boats cabins while they experience a capsize, under the close watch and direction of our scruitineering team.

Solo racers Jim Bauer and Daryl Farmer have been cleaning up their boats and making a few tweaks before they head back out to join the race. Jim realized that he had picked up a few extra passengers while he had been out at sea and deployed his para-anchor. They will not be joining him when he heads back out.

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GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of NOON today
Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: Waiting for next start/ weather window
Rowing 4 Reefs: Returned to Safe Harbor; Waiting for next start/ weather window
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 6; 2075 NM to finish, Rowed 67 NM
Row for Hope: Returned to Safe Harbor; Waiting for next start/ weather window

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Returned to Safe Harbor; Waiting for next start/ weather window
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 5; 2035 NM to finish, Rowed 124 NM
Fat Chance: Undergoing Scrutineering

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 1; 1973 NM to finish, Rowed 162 NM
Boatylicious: Undergoing Scrutineering
Pacific Rowers: Undergoing Scrutineering
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 4; 2032 NM to finish, Rowed 82 NM
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 3; 2028 NM to finish, Rowed 95 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 2; 1974 NM to finish, Rowed 131 NM