Day 36 Race Report

Posted on July 15, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Crews, Elsa Hammond, Fat Chance, Great Pacific Race 2014, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Uniting Nations


Today’s cover photos is from the start of the Great Pacific Race, in celebration of Elsa Hammond and a b-lated Bastille Day for CC4 Pacific

LEAD BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 12 to 17 knots. Seas from the SSW @ 7 feet / 14 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the ENE clocking to the NE @ 11 to 15 knots. Seas from the SSW @ 6 feet / 15 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the NE @ 8 to 11 knots. Seas from the SW @ 5 feet / 15 seconds.

Our top story today is that Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row has decided to change her course and will no longer row to Hawaii. Her full statement can be found here.

News of Hammond’s decision quickly reached several of our other teams.  We received this note from Pacific Warriors:

“Mad respect goes out today from us here at Epoch Expeditions, Inc. (and I’m sure the Pacific Warriors) to Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row – the a young, strong woman who was the only solo rower to break free of the crazy weather leaving Monterey Bay. She just didn’t get the winds to break out of the California current. Bravo to her for having rowed the most miles out of anyone in the #GreatPacificRace thus far before having to unfortunately make the only safe rowing decision – to land in #Mexico. #oneStrongLady”

Hammond is indeed one strong lady!  We will of course continue to monitor her progress and update you as she completes her journey and reaches land under her own power.

For Bastille Day, there were no fireworks for Clement Heliot and Christophe Papillion on La Cigogne (the Stork).  CC4 Pacific reported they “treated themselves to a festive dinner dressed as ‘true Gallic boys’ [wearing] striped sweaters and slicked mustache.  They emptied the second box [of] wine.”

While celebrations have been happening on CC4 Pacific and Team Boatylicious, Fat Chance Row has put the hammer down and done some serious rowing.  For the third consecutive day they have logged 24 hours mileage numbers over 60 and have again made more miles towards Hawaii than any of our teams.  With last night’s push, they were able to add 20 NM to their lead over Team Boatylicous and they have gained 13 NM on the Pacific Warriors.  In the last week,  Fat Chance Row has gained an average of over 10 NM per day on Pacific Warriors.  As they blast past half way Fat Chance Row have the opportunity to generate a significant upset. If they are able to continue this remarkable progress it is likely that they will catch and pass the Pacific Warriors putting an Open pair ahead of two Classic fours. Only time will tell, so stay tuned.

For our teams toward the back of the group, sunnier skies are predicted for today. Team Boatylicious took advantage of the sunlight to charge up their iPod and other electronics on board.

“Since our sound system broke in week 1, we’ve been limited to singing through the night to keep each other awake on the oars. However, after 3 weeks, the number if songs we know has become a little repetitive. So we’d like to say a massive thank you to DJ Ed Maxwell-Lyte, for putting together some great personalized Boatylicious playlists! … Great to be able to listen to a whole song in one go rather than just the set of lyrics we know of a song!”

Temperature for our teams are getting warmer too. Sunny skies at the back of the fleet are certainly welcome, but temperatures are still in the high 60‘s. For the front of the fleet, they are seeing temperatures about 10 degrees warmer, but they are also facing some scattered showers or squals. Team NOMAN must like these conditions as they logged their highest 24 hour mileage number at 60 NM!

For those of you in London, please stop by The Tales Of Adventure event on the 17th July 2014.
Networking from 6:40 pm, doors open upstairs at 7:30 pm and event starts promptly at 7:40 pm. At 8:15 pm, there will be an attempt to call Team Boatylicious!! We encourage representatives for all teams racing in the Great Pacific Race to attend and show your support for our rowers.
Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street, London EC4Y1AA.

Solo Racers:
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New Route; Rowed 588 NM
Row for Hope: Retired

Pair Racers:
Clearly Contacts CA: Withdrawn
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – Position 7; 1316 NM to finish, Rowed 1130 NM
Fat Chance: ROWING – Position 5; 1046 NM to finish, Rowed 1377 NM

Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 536 NM to finish, Rowed 1771 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 1168 NM to finish, Rowed 1151 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 755 NM to finish, Rowed 1577 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 943 NM to finish, Rowed 1392 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 371 NM to finish, Rowed 1908 NM