Day 34 Race Report

Posted on July 13, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Crews, Elsa Hammond, Fat Chance, Great Pacific Race 2014, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Uniting Nations


LEAD BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 13 to 19 knots. Seas from the SSW @ 7 feet / 16 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the ENE clocking to the NE @ 10 to 16 knots. Seas from the SW moving to the SSW @ 6 feet at 14 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the WSW @ 4 to 6 knots. Seas from the NNW @ 6-7 feet / 8 seconds.

Birthday wishes to Dan Kierath of Team Battleborn!  We wish him a brilliant birthday celebration.

Last week we heard that in addition to the four charities the boys were rowing for, they received a special request from one particular supporter, Michelle Wouden.  She wrote in the following message to the boys:

“I hope that this coming Sunday they will row for my father, Marinus Wouden as it is his birthday… He is still fighting the cancer that will eventually take his life.  He’s on a journey everyday as these fine lads are!  Keep inspiring us all to be better, more courageous human beings!”

The Battleborn team dedicated Sunday’s entire row to Mr. Wouden and we are in turn inspired by this team.

Team Battleborn are not the only team dedicating miles rowed.  Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row is asking sponsors to dedicate each mile of her journey to a different inspirational woman.  As of this writing she has over 500 women from around the globe to inspire her as she continues to row.  You can dedicate a mile to a woman who has inspired you by clicking here.

A few of our teams have been inspired recently and have got their creative juices flowing.  For CC4 Pacific, they are testing out some new recipes after depleting their supply of cheese.  They are crediting their highest mileage day to date (41 NM in the last 24 hours) to the fact that they had three, instead of the usual two, Oreo cookies as a treat.

“Clément wants to point out the fact that the combination of Oreo and honey works perfectly. The light recipes of CC4, to continued…”

We look forward to hearing more about the creative cooking from our French chefs especially as Bastille day approaches.

Creativity on board the boats has extended beyond cooking as teams are figuring out how to fix broken equipment on board.  Perhaps it is a the additional time they have on their hands and lack of external distractions, or maybe they have just decided to apply themselves and see what they can do to repair things.  We have received reports that Fat Chance Row have fixed some electronics and Pacific Warriors have managed to fix their water maker.

Race Director Chris Martin gives us some insights about mending things at sea:

“When rowing the Pacific it is invariably the case that items of equipment break. The race rules stipulate each crew takes spares of the items that are more likely to break or are more vital to the running of the vessel. For example spares for the main electric water maker plus a hand powered backup unit, wheels and other spares for the seats, spare oars,etc.”

“Sometimes the item of equipment that breaks can simply be replaced by a spare but on other occasions the rower may need to use their ingenuity to mend the broken item utilising duct tape, zip ties and anything else on the boat they can find.  Electrical problems require even more dedication to fix.  Trying to correctly diagnose a fault when on land is difficult enough, but at sea when the boat is being thrown around by the waves and wind it becomes far more challenging.  Add into the mix some sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue caused by rowing 12 hours a day and even a simple mend can take hours, using valuable time that could be spent resting.”

We are inspired that our teams have prevailed as we have seen very creative fixes to oars by Hammond, to the water maker by Pacific Warriors and some tricky electronics on board Fat Chance Row.  As Matt Lasky of Pacific Warriors wrote in recently:

“Aint nuthin gonna break my stride. . I’m runnin and I wont touch ground . Oh no. . I got to keep on movin. . .”

Whilst it’s true that they won’t touch the ground (until arriving in Hawaii) it is equally true that they are keepin’ on movin’ as earlier today Pacific Warriors officially crossed the half way mark.  With Pacific Warriors crossing over this imaginary line, it also marks that half our our fleet is more than half way to Hawaii.  The clock continues to tick down but most teams are now seeing personal best mileages each day as they power toward the finish.

Although ‘nuthin’ is breaking the stride of Pacific Warriors, it is Fat Chance Row who logged the highest 24 hour number and their personal high of the race, of 67 NM, allowing our married couple to decrease the distance to Pacific Warriors by 12 NM.  Fat Chance Row also increased their lead over our ladies on Team Boatylicious by 17 NM.

An equally impressive gain was that Team Battleborn has gained 16 NM on team Uniting Nations. Perhaps this was the birthday gift that Kierath had wished for when celebrating his birthday. We received reports that there have been a few other celebrations happening on board team Battleborn from a recent blog.

“The first incident of note is that we crossed the halfway mark! This is the mileage, not the amount of time that we expect the crossing to take. Only Phil [Cavanagh] and I were awake at the oars to see this momentous occasion pass, as Barry [Hayes] and Dan [Kierath] were fast asleep. We decided that they probably didn’t want to have precious sleep taken away from them to see what is, at the end of the day, just another bit of water. Phil and I celebrated with a tot of rum – and the evening carried on as normal.”

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“A much more exciting – and psychologically a much bigger deal – was getting below the ’1,000 miles to go’ mark. To see the four digits on the GPS drop to three is a huge deal to us. This time we were all up to see in the 999 mark. We celebrated the occasion with a shot of Sailor Jerry’s rum. Dan and Barry, upon tasting this, soon agreed that it was a good idea that we hadn’t woken them up for the halfway mark – the rum is pretty rank…”

It has been a big weekend of celebrations, milestones and birthdays. We trust that our teams will save just a little bit of energy to celebrate their arrivals in Hawaii, that are getting closer and closer with each passing day.

Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – Position 8; 2061 NM to finish, Rowed 566 NM
Row for Hope: Retired

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Withdrawn
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 7; 1379 NM to finish, Rowed 1065 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 5; 1175 NM to finish, Rowed 1248 NM

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 650 NM to finish, Rowed 1654 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 1258 NM to finish, Rowed 1058 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 868 NM to finish, Rowed 1464 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 1042 NM to finish, Rowed 1250 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 466 NM to finish, Rowed 1811 NM