Day 16 Race Report

Posted on June 25, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Elsa Hammond, Fat Chance, General, Great Pacific Race 2014, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Uniting Nations


LEAD BOATS: Winds from the NE @ 11 to 15 knots. Seas from the SSE @ 5-6 feet / 12 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the N @ 11 to 16 knots. Seas from the S @ 6 feet / 12 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the NNW clocking to the NW @ 16 to 23 knots.
Seas from the NNW @ 8-9 feet / 7 seconds.

In looking at the Yellowbrick Tracker, it appears that our rowers have gathered in three distinct groups. Closest to land we have our one solo rower Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row, our married couple on board Fat Chance Row and our all girls team of Boatylicious.

This group continues to battle against the weather, facing taller waves and chillier temperatures, although slowly but surely the seas are calming for them. Teams have figured out a rhythm to their rowing. For the Boatylicious girls, this meant switching up their pairs (also to accommodate a little sea sickness on board, although all are now reported recovered.) Fat Chance Row continues to utilize their unconventional pairs rowing method of rowing two up for 12-17 hours each day, then resting together, usually during the night hours.

Both Hammond and Fat Chance are heading on a slightly southerly path at the moment, however Fat Chance do have a bit of a better angle on Hawaii. Not only have they increased their lead over Hammond by 19 NM, they have also inched closer to the Boatylicious girls by 5 NM. Only 35 NM separate Fat Chance from the girls so this is a spot where the competition, as well as the weather, is heating up. Fat Chance logged an impressive 18 NM over the last 24 hours, compared to only 12 for the team of four on Boatylicious.

CC4 Pacific are still holding onto the 5th position on our leader board and increased the spread between themselves and the Boatylicious girls by 7 NM over the last 24 hours. The Pacific Warriors, after logging an impressive 40 NM in the last 24 hours, increased their lead over CC4 Pacific by 13NM, making the spread between positions 5 and 4 a remarkable 110 NM.

There was a bit of an incident on board the Pacific Warriors and fortunately it didn’t slow them down at all. Crew member Susanna Cass was struck by a storm petrel during the night. These seabirds, sometimes called “ocean bats” because of their fluttering flight, are rumored to warn of on-coming storms, although the weather reports look to only improve for the Pacific Warriors. Cass was startled more than anything when the bird hit her during the night. The team also attempted to go fishing, but lost their line with the first fish that stuck.

Both Pacific Warriors and team NOMAN are about to reach the elusive trades. We know this because their 24 hour progress is increasing. NOMAN, Battleborn and Uniting Nations have logged 40 NM, 42 NM and 56 NM respectively. Uniting Nations are reaping the benefit of reaching the trades first. Uniting Nations also has a whopping 104 NM lead over the Battleborn boys, having gained a further 13 NM in the last day.

The Battleborn boys had to make a few stops for repairs, otherwise they report that they are rowing 100% of the time, day and night. First their watermaker needed a little attention which made for a 20 minute rest. At another point they stopped for about an hour to repair a foot plate. While not rowing, they took the opportunity to check the bottom of their boat for any barnacles which could have caused a reduction in speed. They found their bottom to be clean. Their quest to find that extra 5% to make gains over Uniting Nations continues.

Uniting Nations is also trying to make every stoke count. Since they have been using their hand pump to make potable water, the team decided to empty out the holding tank of their non-working watermaker. A lighter boat is also a faster boat as we can see from today’s numbers.

We still have a long way to go as all teams are still in the first quarter of the race. Keep an eye on the numbers, as they are the telling factors in this row across the Pacific.


Solo Rsacers:
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 8; 2050 NM to finish, Rowed 331 NM
Row for Hope: Retired

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Withdrawn
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 5; 1889 NM to finish, Rowed 496 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 7; 1982 NM to finish, Rowed 341 NM

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 1569 NM to finish, Rowed 718 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 1948 NM to finish, Rowed 267 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 1718 NM to finish, Rowed 572 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors:  ROWING – Position 4; 1779 NM to finish, Rowed 515 NM
Uniting Nations:  ROWING – Position 1; 1464 NM to finish, Rowed 807 NM