MESSAGES FROM HOME MEAN A LOT
LEAD BOATS: Winds from the E clocking to the ENE @ 11 to 15 knots. Seas from ESE @ 6 feet / 9-10 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 9 to 13 knots. Seas from the E @ 5 feet / 9 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the NNW @ 13 to 20 knots. Seas from the NW @ 6 feet / 9 seconds.
Birthday wishes to Ingrid Kvale of Team Boatylicious! We wish her brilliant birthday celebrations and hope that her crewmates had packed (and have not yet eaten) a birthday cake or presents for her.
We wonder what Kvale has wished for as she celebrated her birthday in the middle of the Pacific. Perhaps she wished for a little extra wind or waves in the right direction or even just a little extra strength for her team to row. What would you wish for if it was your birthday when you were rowing the Pacific? It seems as though all of these wishes have come true as the Boatylicious girls have made the most impressive gain in the last twenty four hours by adding 14 NM to the distance between them and CC4 Pacific. It should also be noted that these ladies have also made the biggest gain of the week. Since last Saturday, they have added over 100 NM to the distance between them and the French cousins. Keep it up ladies!
The French are surrounded by women, as Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row is to the east and south of our French cousins. Hammond has rowed an impressive 554 NM all by herself. If you average out the number of nautical miles rowed by the grouped teams, the only ones to beat Hammond’s number is Fat Change Row, who would have 590 each (dividing their 1181 NM by two.)
Hammond is not entirely alone, however. She continues to be visited by a variety of fish that she is trying to identify.
“This afternoon and evening there have been a couple of fish hanging around near me and doing a lot of leaping. They are about 1-2 foot long, with silvery-white stomachs going into darker blue silvery backs. Flat-ish but also fat. They’re jumping up to about 6 foot out of the water – kind of leaping up and then flopping back in whatever position they happen to be in (not all all like dolphins). I thought at first they were being chased by something, but I didn’t see anything. Maybe they just like jumping.”
The weather for the middle of the fleet has become quite calm with light winds and flatter seas. This has provided some good rowing opportunities for our teams and we continue to see 24 hour gains of over 50 NM for the majority of our fleet.
Team Fat Chance Row also continues to impress by logging numbers that rival those of our teams of four. Meredith Loring reported in from Roosevelt with a few tales of what life has been like for our married couple.
“Today was hot and we dangled our legs over the edge of the deck during each break. We poured water on our heads and shirts every so often in order to keep cool on the oars. Evening offered respite from the heat, as we hit our milage minimum, the clouds grew dark and it began to rain. Soon we were complaining how cold we were!”
One of the key factors to the Fat Chance Row campaign has been their no-sugar low-carb diet and their ‘one million calories’ campaign. Before departing on their journey, they calculated that Sami Inkinen would need between 6,000-8,000 calories per day and Loring would need between 4,000-6,000 calories per day. As they work their way though their on-board food supply, Loring shares some additional secrets.
“We really don’t fantasize about food, which we usually do on longer workouts. We have been on a four hour ride and already would be talking about what we will eat at home by the second hour. Out here, neither of us is too hungry, and rather than trading and negotiating for each others food, like we’re were in the beginning, we are trying to get the other person to eat our treats. I uncovered a valuable stash of pecan butter packets in my food locker last week and rather than using it as currency, I try to get Sami to take them here and there. He has also given me some of the most precious items on board, a block of cheese, extra apple chips, and other items :).”
With the return of their satellite communications we can see the effect that family support has had on team Uniting Nations. Yesterday we were writing that they had made 48 NM and lost 14 NM to Battleborn. Today, in similar weather conditions with the additional motivation provided by messages of support from friends and family, they have made 54 NM (an increase of 12%). It may not sound like a lot but all these small percentages add up. This just goes to show how much difference we on the land can make to those at sea. Reach out to your team today and let them know you’re still supporting them.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 1:00 pm today
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 8; 2057 NM to finish, Rowed 555 NM
Row for Hope: Retired
Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 700 NM to finish, Rowed 1602 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 1308 NM to finish, Rowed 1007 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 918 NM to finish, Rowed 1414 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 1097 NM to finish, Rowed 1238 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 520 NM to finish, Rowed 1757 NM