Day 10 Race Report

Posted on June 19, 2014 in Battleborn, CC4 Pacific, Clearly Contacts - Row the Pacific, Elsa Hammond, General, Great Pacific Race 2014, Jim Bauer’s Row for Hope, Project Flight Plan, Rowing 4 Reefs, Uniting Nations

WEATHER: LEAD BOATS: Winds from the N at 10-15 kts; 6-8 ft swells
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the N – NW at 15-20 kts; 7-9 ft swells
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the NW at 18-23 kts; 7-11 ft swells with choppy seas

With the second wave of teams heading out to row the Pacific, we are seeing some movement in the leader board. Teams of four have more people power to keep their boats going and are quickly gaining on, and in some cases passing, the solos. Our pairs teams are extremely strong and our fours should keep a watchful eye on them as powerful contenders.

Our solo teams appeared to have learned valuable lessons from their sister solo rower Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row, who has been rowing since the start. The three solos of Mary Rose / Project Flight Plan, Daryl Farmer / Rowing 4 Reefs and Jim Bauer / Row for Hope stuck together yesterday as they headed into the Pacific at 06:00. Around 09:00 Rose called in to report an electrical issue. It was determined that it would be easier and best to resolve this issue on land. Once ashore it was a quick 10 minute fix. Unfortunately the sea breeze had picked up during her return to shore so Rose took a quick nap and then took off again at 19:05.

With the later departure, Rose was unable to make it past Point Pinos as she had done earlier in the day. She made good progress in getting beyond the grasp of the Monterey Bay until she would sleep or rest, as you can see from her Yellowbrick track. We anticipate that she will row out of the Monterey Bay later today.

Meanwhile, it appears that solo rowers Bauer and Farmer are not quite ready to cross the Pacific alone. On the race tracker it looks like they are keeping each other company as they start on their journey. Farmer reported that it was a hard day of rowing and that he was mixing it up with “a couple of hours kip in the washing machine!” Farmer also reported that during the night his boat Bojangles was getting “airborne at times.”

Our solos were not alone out there last night as the Great Pacific Race support boat Galen Diana was watching over them like a guardian angel. During the night, she cruised by both boys and didn’t see any activity on deck so the support crew didn’t disturb them. They could see a light on in the cabins and it appeared they were on para anchor. Knowing that all was well, the Galen Diana sailed off into the darkness to continue her watchful journey.

Our Pairs and Fours are starting to mix it up on our leader board. Pacific Rowers made the biggest leap in moving up two places in the last 24 hours by logging the most nautical miles rowed at 32 allowing them to claim position 6 on the leader board after their first day at sea. Only 61 NM separate the Pacific Rowers and our leading pairs team of CC4 Pacific who are in position 5. Our all girls team of Boatylicious appear to be chasing down the boys on Pacific Rowers not only by rowing an almost identical route on the Yellowbrick tracker but also by logging an impressive 26 NM in 24 hours. Even after sacrificing an oar in a breaking wave the girls have rowed their way into position 8 on the leader board.

Pairs team Fat Chance Row posted that they had done a “17hr nonstop row 2gthr until midnight then parachute down” for what was sure to be a much needed rest. Their efforts have placed them in position 7 on the leader board, right between Pacific Rowers and Boatylicious, although they are taking a very different route than these teams.

Our French team on CC4 Pacific continue to deal with the “sideways waves” and report that they have “the impression” that they are not making any progress. Perhaps they don’t know that they have done a great job of holding onto position 5 on the leader board. Reports are that these “sideways waves” have not helped in keeping the boat tidy, with items moving about quite a bit within the cabin. According to Clément, it has become difficult to find anything inside the cabin (according to their shore team, this untidiness is not a surprise) and they have tasked themselves with doing some “cabin cleaning,” crafting up a net to make their Pacific home more cosy.

The battle between our two lead boats continue. Only 40 NM separate Uniting Nations and Battleborn as they race toward the trades. Every stroke counts, even on a race track as expansive as the Pacific Ocean. In a recent blog, Battleborn reported they noticed last night that they were bringing on a bit of water and quickly found a leak in the port side fore storage locker. They put off doing repairs until the light of day and by morning found that seven of the nine deck lockers had filled with water. Their boat was getting sluggish.

“We had to stop for about two hours to sort everything out, but the difference is amazing!! Our speed has almost doubled, and we are comfortable in our seats again. On top of that, the dagger board repair from yesterday has now set, and we can hold a good course in the wind. Uniting Nations, we are coming for you…”

Battleborn may also have just deployed a secret weapon as crew member Dan Kierath, who had been suffering from sea sickness, has returned to good health.

“Sick boy really had been very ill, and had not really left the cabin for three days unless it was to expel some substance from his body from one orifice or another. But no more!! He is back on form, and it’s good to see him smiling again. Now get on them oars Skippy.”

With a lighter boat and their fourth crew member back at the oars, keep your eye on the leader board for possible changes at the top.

Today, only one boat remains ashore in Monterey, but not for long. Race Director Chris Martin and team member Rebecca Berger announced today that Great Pacific Race Head Scrutineer Lia Ditton will be the second crew aboard Honey Badger. Martin stated “Our aim at New Ocean Wave is to help people row oceans. Now that Lia has finished her duties ashore, she is able to join Rebecca to row the Pacific when the next weather window opens.” Berger is ready to get rowing. “I’m thrilled to have Lia and her experience onboard the Honey Badger and I am excited to be back on track in achieving my goal of rowing across the Pacific” said Berger.

Although the team is officially disqualified from the race due to the change in crew, you will still be able to track their progress via the Great Pacific Race Yellowbrick tracker and we will keep you updated on their progress via the race reports.

Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: ROWING – Position 12, 2086 NM to finish, Rowed 22* NM
Rowing 4 Reefs: ROWING – Position 11, 2069 NM to finish, Rowed 50* NM
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 9; 2057 NM to finish, Rowed 159 NM
Row for Hope: ROWING – Position 10, 2069 NM to finish, Rowed 78* NM
Pair Racers:
Clearly Preparing to row; Waiting for next weather window
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 5; 1982 NM to finish, Rowed 335 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 7; 2051 NM to finish, Rowed 58 NM
Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 1809 NM to finish, Rowed 430 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 8; 2051 to finish, Rowed 51 NM
Pacific Rowers: ROWING – Position 6; 2043 to finish, Rowed 64 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 1919 NM to finish, Rowed 333 NM
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 1955 NM to finish, Rowed 16 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 1769 NM to finish, Rowed 474 NM

*The miles rowed reflect all miles rowed since the start of the race which include miles from any first attempts before returning to shore and re-joining the race.