Day 26 Race Report

Posted on July 5, 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 ENE @ 9 to 13 knots. Seas from the S moving to the SE @ 5 feet / 10-17 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the NE clocking to the NNE @ 11 to 18 knots. Seas from the S @ 6 feet / 17-18 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the NNE clocking to the NNW @ 4 to 9 knots. Seas from the S @ 7 feet / 17-18 seconds.

Yesterday we reported that Team Boatylicious had moved ahead of CC4 Pacific.  Today, Fat Chance Row have joined the battle for overall 6th place and all three teams are almost identical distances from Hawaii.

Although they are equidistant from Hawaii these crews have taken slightly different approaches to their route selection. Furthest to the north is Boatylicious, Fat Chance Row are taking the middle line with CC4 Pacific furthest to the south. Despite being separated by more than 100NM of open ocean, the weather conditions are currently almost identical for all three crews. Team Boatylicious have the benefit of two members of the crew on the oars at all times but with those extra team members also comes their food and equipment which means additional weight to the Black Oyster, the Boatylicious boat. A heavier boat is a slower boat. Another factor to consider is that La Cigogne, the CC4 Pacific boat, is a plywood vessel and therefore somewhat heavier than the composite Black Oyster.

It is also worth noting that Fat Chance Row are in an Open class boat whereas Boatylicious and CC4 Pacific are rowing in Classic class boats.  (Learn more about the differences here The lower friction of the Fat Chance Row flat bottomed hull should mean there is less friction with the water than the Classic class boats meaning they should go faster for the same effort. Without the stability provided by a V-shaped hull it seems that the novelty of constant being thrown around the cabin is wearing thin for our team on Fat Chance Row.

“In the cabin you literally can’t lie still, the waves move the boat to the extent that you are forced to roll and lean this way and that. I’ve taken to lying on my stomach with one arm bracing on either side of my body so that I move the least amount possible, but it’s still a lot. And the sounds of the water on the boat! Not relaxing, but big bangs and crashes, gurgling and spraying. Not a quiet moment.”

Over this past week, our married team of Meredith Loring and Sami Inkinen aboard Fat Chance Row have logged an average of just over 43 NM per day.  Compared to the all-female team of Boatylicious have averaged 35.0 per day.  If Fat Chance Row can keep up this momentum, they should pass Boatylicious and be well on their way to taking 5th place from Pacific Warriors, 175 NM ahead, before the finish.

For our French team, their spirits are still high and morale is still good despite their 7th position.  The news of the other teams reaching them has been received and they have posted the following comment:

“Congratulations to Fat Chance Row and Team Boatylicious who just caught up with us.”

Not much has changed at the front of the fleet.  Uniting Nations continues to pull away from Team Battleborn, with another 5% gain in the last 24 hours.  The distance between these boats is now 157 NM.  The distance between NOMAN and Pacific Warriors continues to grow as well.  At this time last week, there was a distance of 95 NM between the 3rd and 4th boats.  That distance has grown to 131 NM today.  It may seem that the front of the pack is starting to settle down but there are still hundreds of miles to go before Hawaii and we’ve already seen the impact that small errors have on our leader board. Lady luck may yet have another hand to play.

Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 8; 2046 NM to finish, Rowed 449 NM
Row for Hope: Retired

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Withdrawn
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 7; 1615 NM to finish, Rowed 818 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 6; 1607 NM to finish, Rowed 804 NM

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 1067 NM to finish, Rowed 1232 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 5; 1607 NM to finish, Rowed 681 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 1031 NM to finish, Rowed 1029 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 1432 NM to finish, Rowed 902 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 910 NM to finish, Rowed 1367 NM