Happy Birthday today to Meredith who is celebrating this special day by…more rowing. We know that she’s been eagerly awaiting this special day for quite some time (sometimes even more anticipated than finishing the race) as she has mentioned it in more than a few blog updates over the last month. It seemed for a moment that the challenge of rowing an ocean wasn’t enough as Meredith was targeting a big challenge (as a 35 mile run was not possible) but then realised that there was no way they could pull harder or for longer than they already are. Other fantasies have included “air-delivered Teddy” to “the entire Tahoe birthday crew is transported…alongside us in his boat, all in swimsuits enjoying the sun and drinking wine and beer. There is a basket of fresh, crisp, cold apples on the deck waiting for us.” We await news of what her birthday present actually was but we know that Sami would have made sure he had something special for Meredith.
Although still making outstanding progress as an Open pair compared to the Classic fours their daily progress has decreased slightly from the pace that we have seem from them earlier in the week as the wind drops and the duo maybe take a moment to have a birthday celebration. However Sami and Meredith continue to reel in Pacific Warriors but at a reduced rate.
However birthday generosity isn’t a given. We’ve heard from Battleborn’s skipper Phillip Cavanagh about what happened aboard Patience for Dan’s birthday.
“We celebrated Dan’s birthday in style, by giving him a card that we had bought on land (how organised is that?) and a gift voucher. Billy also gave him a few jelly beans from his own stash, but if I’m being honest I don’t nearly like Dan enough to do the same.”
2nd position Battleborn continue to eat into the lead that 1st position Uniting Nations have established but the last day has seen their daily mileage dip slightly resulting in their deficit to the crew of Danielle reduced by only 2NM. However, it sounds as though one crew member in particular has taken it upon himself to do the mental arithmetic to work this out (and let the rest of the crew know).
“Barry has been annoyingly breaking down milestones every hour of the day (“Last full week, 999 miles, 800 miles, 700 miles, 1000 kilometres, 12th last night shift, 164th last time I’ll have to put on this gear, one more week till I stop being this annoying). We’ve changed his name to ‘Milestone Mongo’ and reminded him if he keeps it up it will be less than two more minutes until he’s swimming to Hawaii.”
The Battleborn boys will be further buoyed after receiving a message of support from the most successful Olympian (and rower) in history, Sir Steve Redgrave.
“Great effort so far. Keep it going. I am sure it is extremely tough, but stay with it – stay within the moment, session by session, stroke by stroke. I am sure you are going to achieve. What memories you will have to look back on.
All the best. Sir Steve Redgrave”
Having received this message of support we expect to see a boost in Battleborn’s pace in the next 24 hours as they approach (what I’m sure Barry has already calculated) the equivalent of the 460m to go mark (if the race was Olympic 2000m distance). This would take Sir Steve less than one and half minutes, the equivalent in the Great Pacific Race is currently being calculated by the YellowBrick tracking system as taking Battleborn 8 days.
NOMAN have increased their pace again and have started to slowly eat into Battleborn’s second position but surely this is too little too late and Battleborn won’t be caught…surely…won’t they. In ocean rowing nothing is certain until feet are on land.
CC4, Boatylicious, Fat Chance and to some extent Pacific Warriors towards the back of the fleet have all found their speed drop over the last day. This is in part due to the very light winds that all crews to the east of 142 degrees West are currently experiencing. The forecast calls for this to continue until the early part of next week so until then conditions onboard these row boats will be hot and still. A great opportunity to go for a swim and scrape barnacles off the boat and do the laundry, but it will be particularly sticky, sweaty and smelly until the breeze returns.
UPCOMING SUPPORTER EVENTS:
LONDON, UK – For those of you in London, UK please stop by The Tales Of Adventure event on Thursday 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.
CHESTER, UK – For those of you in Chester, UK please stop by The Greyhound, Farndon, Chester on Saturday 19th July 2014 for your own chance to get on the oars. This is an all day affair starting at 12 noon and finishing at midnight. Get involved and learn more by visiting Battleborn’s get involved page.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 1:00 pm today
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New route to Mexico (destination TBC); Rowed 601 NM
Row for Hope: Retired
Four Person Teams:
Battleborn: ROWING – Position 2; 484 NM to finish, Rowed 1824 NM
Boatylicious: ROWING – Position 6; 1127NM to finish, Rowed 1194 NM
NOMAN: ROWING – Position 3; 697 NM to finish, Rowed 1636 NM
Pacific Rowers: Retired
Pacific Warriors: ROWING – Position 4; 900 NM to finish, Rowed 1436 NM
Uniting Nations: ROWING – Position 1; 319 NM to finish, Rowed 1959 NM