Day 22 Race Report

Posted on July 1, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Clearly Contacts - Row the Pacific, Elsa Hammond, Fat Chance, General, Great Pacific Race 2014, Jim Bauer’s Row for Hope, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Project Flight Plan, Rowing 4 Reefs, Team Pacific Rowers, Uniting Nations


LEAD BOATS: Winds from the ENE clocking to the NE @ 8 to 13 knots. Seas from the NW @ 4-5 feet / 9-10 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the N @ 12 to 17 knots. Seas from the NW @ 6 feet / 10 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the NW clocking to the WNW @ 8 to 11 knots. Seas from the WNW @ 7 feet / 10-11 seconds.

In today’s report we will catch you up on where ALL of the participants of the Great Pacific Race. Today marks the official opening of the Great Pacific Race Hawaii Race Office. Race Director Chris Martin and members of the support team arrived in Hawaii last night and are spending today getting operations set up in the islands. “It is a great feeling to start changing our focus from the start to the finish although it is amazing when we consider that the lead crews have been at the oars non-stop for the past 3 weeks. So much has happened but the story is not even half way told. The Islands have a tough act to follow after the overwhelming hospitality we received from the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club. It was difficult to leave, but we already have a long list of improvements and adaptations to make before our return in 2016 for the next installation of the Great Pacific Race”

Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Ocean Row is our solo racer out there on the Pacific, and she might have the biggest fan base. She is still on a southerly route. She knows she needs to head west and she is pushing hard to make that turn. The title of her latest blog was “Push Push Push!” and we know that she is determined enough to push right on through.

“That’s what the next three days are going to be about for me. It looks like I have a decent weather window of light winds for the next three days, and if I don’t make good progress west it won’t be for lack of rowing!”

Hammond’s shore team coordinated a gathering at a London Pub last Monday. Supporters of Pacific Rowers, Pacific Warriors, NOMAN is an Island, New Ocean Wave and Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row were all on hand to share stories and raise a glass in honor of our rowers.

You may recall that two of our other solo rowers had to abandon their vessels when they ended their rows. We are happy to report that both Liv, Jim Bauer’s boat for his Row for Hope as well as Bojangles, Daryl Farmer’s boat for Rowing 4 Reefs have been recovered. Bauer’s boat had drifted fairly close to shore and was picked up back on June 27th. Last night, Bojangles was towed in and Daryl was able to snap this quick shot of her return. Well done to both for coordinating a successful recovery of their vessels.

Bo in tow


Our last solo rower, Mary Rose, Project Flight Plan, is rowing once again in the Pacific. Another very determined woman, she was not prepared to give up on her project and her commitment to raising awareness and funds for bird conservation. “This is too important and the world needs to know that these animals need help – and need help now. I just won’t give up on them. I hope you won’t either.”

Rose is now rowing down the California coast from Santa Barbara to San Diego where the weather is more stable and on water assistance can more easily be sought if required. She is conducting this row in support of her charities and for her birds.

“Well it was an interesting row yesterday.  15, hours, 30 miles from Santa Barbara, CA to Ventura, CA.  It was always going to be a long row, but I wanted to make it in one day so off I went at 6.30am from Santa Barbara Harbor.  The sea was like glass all morning which was a refreshing change to the conditions I had faced in Monterey.  Hey I could actually row out of the bay without circling around for days on end!  The only downfall to glassy water with no winds is that I get to do all the hard work.  I didn’t do too bad though – 1.6 knots on average.”

You can track Rose’s progress here.

Our two pairs teams of CC4 Pacific and Fat Chance Row continue to make great progress, although each has a very different program on board their boats. The French, with their wine, cheese and big smiles are still holding onto the 5th position on our leader board. For the smiling French, we have learned that “It is a unique feeling of freedom to be here only by dint of our arms!” Fat Chance Row, using a method of rowing and resting together instead of the conventional method of always having someone at the oars, are closing the gap on both Boatylicious and CC4 Pacific.

Our last pairs team is Clearly First we wish them a very happy Canada Day (July 1). Rebecca Berger has taken the opportunity of having a little time on the California Coast to do a driving tour with the Honey Badger jeep. She was outfitted with her own racing number (14) before heading on a driving tour down the famous Highway 1. Berger is now back in Monterey to pack up the Honey Badger and tow her back to Vancouver.

Clearly Contacts Jeep

For our ‘where are they now’ section on the fours, we can report that the four boys on Pacific Rowers are doing well. Like Berger, they have taken to the open road and taken advantage of having some time on their hands to explore this section of the world. They rented an RV and headed off to Las Vegas, NV. From there we have received reports that they have appeared in San Diego, they have gone surfing down in Mexico and we think they are heading up the California Coast next.

Rowers in Baja

As for their boat Britannia 4, she too is continuing on with her journey. We are still tracking her, and she is on a route that appears to be heading toward Guadalupe. When the time is right, a recovery may be attempted, but until then, we wish her safe travels.

For the rest of our teams of four, the challenge of closing the gap on their nearest competitor continues. This holds true for our girls on Boatylicious as they hunt down the French while also trying to keep Fat Chance Row at bay, as well as the race for our front runners on Uniting Nations and Battleborn. Milestones such as reaching the half way point, rowing over 1,000 miles and crossing another line of longitude continue to be achieved.

Our support boat continues to make the rounds, checking in on the rowers as they make their crossing. Recently she called in on Team NOMAN. Reports were all smiles from the boys and no issues to report apart from slight problems with their seats which they are working to overcome. Clearly as the heaviest team in the race the axles and wheels were supporting more load than anticipated.

As always, we wish all of our teams luck, whether they are still rowing or having other adventures. The marathon row across the Pacific continues in the Great Pacific Race.

Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 8; 2062 NM to finish, Rowed 397 NM
Row for Hope: Retired

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Withdrawn
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 5; 1740 NM to finish, Rowed 676 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 7; 1792 NM to finish, Rowed 608 NM

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 1272 NM to finish, Rowed 1022 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 1764 NM to finish, Rowed 503 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 1467 NM to finish, Rowed 831 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 1578 NM to finish, Rowed 749 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 1137 NM to finish, Rowed 1136 NM