Day 12 Race Report

Posted on June 21, 2014 in General, Great Pacific Race 2014

LEAD BOATS: Breezy whitecapping conditions with moderate choppy seas.  Winds: NNE 14 to 19 knots. Seas: N 6-7 feet at 7 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Windy conditions with choppy seas.  Winds: NNW 17 to 24 knots. Seas: NW 7-9 feet at 8 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Very windy with large choppy seas.  Winds: NW 20-22 increasing to 28-30 knots. Seas: NW 8-9 feet at 7-8 seconds.

You will notice that the Team Pacific Rowers have been removed from the Great Pacific Race Yellowbrick tracker. As was reported earlier today, the team consisting of Fraser Hart (skipper), Samuel Collins, James Wight and Colin Parker were extracted from the Britannia 4 last night. The boys are all in good health and are resting ashore. We continue to monitor the position of the vessel. For more details and the full report about last night, click here. Further updates will be coming later this afternoon and will be posted on the official website at

Meanwhile, back in Monterey Bay, solo rower Mary Rose / Project Flight Plan continues to struggle to get away from the grasp of the “Groundhog Vortex” as she continues the cycle of rowing for hours only to be swept back toward shore while she rests. Rose has made great progress but has yet to make it past the elusive Point Pinos and into the open waters of the Pacific. We are keeping a close eye on her progress.

Although Bauer only logged 1 NM directly toward Hawaii in the last 24 hours, he is on an outstanding course. He is at the same latitude, although further east, than the powerhouse pairs team of Fat Chance Row who have clocked our highest rowing speed of 4.2 knots as well as an impressive 13 NM in the last 24 hours. Their unconventional shift pattern of rowing and resting together continues to pay off for them. Fat Chance Row also gained 2 NM on their closest competitors, the fours team of Boatylicious

Our French pair on CC4 Pacific are battling along bravely. They continue to make solid and regular progress to the south west but it is clear it has not been a cakewalk for them. At least they have yet to report a broken oar like many of our other teams.

Team Pacific Warriors, who logged a solid 24 NM in the last 24 hours, increased the distance between the Warriors and the French by 17 NM and inched closer to team NOMAN by gaining 6 NM on them. Pacific Warriors received their new Yellowbrick tracker from the support boat Cloud Nine yesterday and are literally back on track and rowing well even though the conditions for them have yet to settle down. At around 02:00 they posted:

“Just when you thought the rogue waves couldn’t get any faster or stronger. . if we haven’t rolled by now this fat ass boat ain’t gonna. . .”

Team Boatylicious, continues to lead the broken oar chart with three down as of this writing. Our teams of four carry a total of eight oars so with 2009 miles to go, we hope that our all girls team will be a bit more judicial in their rowing as they are down to just one spare. Additional oars are available from our support yachts, but they come with a hefty price – outside assistance. Receiving outside assistance from another vessel means disqualification from the race. However, one of the goals of the Great Pacific Race, is to help teams achieve their mission of rowing across an ocean. We hope the girls won’t be faced with making the decision on whether or not to accept this assistance and can keep their remaining oars intact.

For our front runners of Uniting Nations and Battleborn, it could be that they have reached those elusive trades as their 24 hour distances logged are an impressive 51 NM and 42 NM respectively. The magic compass reading is 230 degrees and we can see that these boats are just about on that number as well. Both teams are running parallel to the Great Circle Course and the battle is truly on between these fierce competitors. In the last 24 hours, Uniting Nations has increased their lead over Battleborn by 8 NM. Battleborn, in turn, has increased the distance between themselves and team NOMAN by in impressive 22 NM. However, we have already seen how a small error can produce a significant change in speed and we still have a long way to go in the Great Pacific Race, so stay tuned.

We wanted to give you a few reminders / facts about ocean rowing, and the boats participating in the Great Pacific Race:

  • Ocean rowboats never actually sink. They are made of buoyant material, so although these boats may sit extremely low in the water, even when taking on water, they do not go down.
  • Boats participating in the Great Pacific Race are all equipped with life rafts which are there to be deployed if needed. There are also survival suits, life jackets, EPIRB’s and a long list of other safety equipment on board each vessel.
  • All crews participating in the Great Pacific Race have been trained in sea survival and thoroughly briefed on all aspects of ocean safety. The Pacific Rowers correctly followed the race emergency protocol.
  • There are two support yachts on the water for the Great Pacific Race – the Galen Diana and Cloud Nine. The US Coast Guard is also always on standby.
  • The safety of our rowers and support team are always our first priority.

Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: ROWING – Position 11, 2084 NM to finish, Rowed 40* NM
Rowing 4 Reefs: ROWING – Position 10, 2065 NM to finish, Rowed 65* NM
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 8; 2050 NM to finish, Rowed 197 NM
Row for Hope: ROWING – Position 9, 2058 NM to finish, Rowed 134* NM

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Preparing to row; Waiting for next weather window
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 5; 1959 NM to finish, Rowed 385 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 7; 2021 NM to finish, Rowed 127 NM

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 1726 NM to finish, Rowed 534 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 2009 to finish, Rowed 135 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 1858 NM to finish, Rowed 419 NM
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 1913 NM to finish, Rowed 36** NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 1674 NM to finish, Rowed 590 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.

** The miles rowed reflect the data from when their tracker was reset.