Daryl Farmer / Rowing 4 Reefs has returned to shore and retired from the Great Pacific Race.
We have been closely monitoring Daryl’s situation ever since he re-joined the race as part of the second start. He has had severe sea sickness which has confined him to the cabin for most of his time at sea. He became severely dehydrated and despite conversations with our medical consultants, he was unable to hold down much food or liquids since re-starting the row.
Around mid-day of Saturday, June 21, Farmer officially asked for assistance to shore from the Great Pacific Race organizers. Farmer was 20 NM SW of Stillwater Cove, CA.
Within a couple of hours Great Pacific Race organisers were able to dispatch support vessel OPA out of Monterey Marina to meet with Farmer and take him on-board. The support vessel attempted to tow Farmer’s boat “Bojangles” to safe harbour but in the heavy seas the tow line snapped and an operation to recover her shall start at first light tomorrow.
Weather at the time was 16-25 knots of winds and 9 foot seas.
Farmer remains in close communication with our medical consultants and received medical assessment and treatment upon arrival. He is currently recovering and re-hydrating.
Sea sickness is more of an issue for solo rowers who are unable to make progress when ill than for a four man team that can adapt their rowing schedule to continue to make progress despite one crew member suffering the debilitating effects of sea sickness.
Upon hearing the news regarding Farmer’s return to shore, Pete Bethune of Earthrace Conservation stated:
“It is easy to say ‘yes, I can go on’ and blindly continue, it’s much harder to say ‘no, it’s time to stop’ but sometimes, that’s the right decision to make.
“Daryl and his boat have been able to return to safe harbour and as someone that cared deeply about my own boat, I admire him for making the right call at the right time.
“He put himself through all this to raise awareness of the need for all of us to do something to conserve our oceans and protect marine life. He got off his backside, went out there and tried to beat the world’s most brutal ocean, the Pacific, on his own.
“You don’t always win all of your battles, but I reckon trying makes him one of the most courageous and inspirational people I’ve ever met and I have enormous respect for him.”