GREAT PACIFIC RACE CURRENTLY COVERING OVER 1,000 NM OF OPEN OCEAN
Today’s cover photos is of the boat Limited Intelligence of Team Pacific Warriors. This was taken at pos 25.09.685 N / 142.09.717 W between 16:30-17:30 on July 16, 2014.
LEAD BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 12 to 17 knots. Seas from the S @ 7 feet / 13 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the E clocking to the ENE @ 4 to 9 knots. Seas from the SSW @ 6 feet / 13 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the ESE @ 2 to 4 knots. Seas from the SW 6 feet /14 seconds.
The ocean row boats participating in the Great Pacific Race are currently spread over 1,000 nautical miles from the front of the fleet to the back. With such a spread we have a wide variety of conditions for our teams. This is reflected in the varying speeds our teams have recently logged.
Our French pair on CC4 Pacific has been sitting on the Stork (La Cigogne) in extremely calm seas for over two days now. Today’s forecast is not much better for them as the winds are only expected to be between 2-4 knots. Their shore teams reports that the boys are “doing their best but they are boiling under the sun.” With the lighter winds, the pair is able to row straighter and they are apparently “seeing their muscles get bigger.” One might think that calmer seas might make for faster rowing. In actuality, ocean rowing boats rely on some wind and waves to help nudge them in the right direction. We hope the seas will pick up slightly so the Stork will no longer be glued to the sea and she can fly again.
Just a little further ahead of CC4 Pacific, our all girls team on Boatylicious are seeing about double the wind speeds experienced by the French cousins. Combining the effect this has with two additional rowers and it is understandable how in the last 24 hours, the girls have added another 26 NM to their lead over CC4 Pacific. Over the course of the last week, they have been able to pull 99 NM ahead of the French. Nice rowing girls!
Boatylicious aboard Black Oyster are working hard, and in a recent blog they have broken down a typical day is like on an ocean row boat:
- 12 hrs a day – rowing
- 2 hrs a day – getting ready for rowing! 10 mins before and after each 2 hr rowing shift is spend putting on and taking off all our wet weather gear, waterproof hats, gloves and head torches at night. This is ever more time consuming when your fingers are stiff and not working well. We were hoping this time would reduce as the weather gets warmer, but it’s looking like we’ll need to spend an equal amount of time putting on sun cream!
- 5 hr 40 mins – sleeping. This is a maximum, it’s often less than this.
- 3 hrs eating – preparing food, boiling water, waiting for the meals to brew, raiding our snack packs.
- 1 hr a day – stretching, nursing our wounds, bottoms and any injuries.
- 1 hr a day – blogging, replying to emails, texts, checking the weather.
- 20 mins a day – free time (brush hair, wet wipe wash, fix all the broken stuff on the boat, clean up and tidy up the boat, reorganize food stores).
We imagine that schedules on our other teams of four are much the same. One team, however, that we know has a very different schedule is that on Fat Chance Row. They have committed to rowing together, and this method has paid off well for them. In the last 24 hours, Fat Chance Row has put 11 NM distance between them and the girls of Boatylicious and reduced the distance between them and Pacific Warriors by almost twice that at 21 NM. At this rate, with only 75 NM separating Fat Chance Row and the Pacific Warriors, before this time next week we could see a change in our leader board.
All of this rowing has not prevented Sami Inkinen and Meredith Loring from celebrating Loring’s birthday yesterday, as she explains in a recent blog:
“Today I got the best birthday presents ever! Not only did we just cross the 1000 mile (to go) mark, but we also crossed 140 degrees west, so we only have 17 left. We are celebrating between rowing blocks, every few hours Sami treats me to another surprise, songs sung by friends and birthday wishes he collected prior to our departure, raw treats and pictures of Teddy [their dog].”
At the front of our fleet, the winds are up to 12 to 17 knots, the skies are sunny and the water is starting to get warmer. With Uniting Nations leading the pack with only 266 NM to go, we are anxiously awaiting the report of “LAND HO” from one of the crew. It’s not a guaranteed win for this boat that has lead the pack for just about the entire race as anything can happen out on the Pacific. Team Battleborn has not given up and shaved another 3 NM off the separation between these two boats. Time is running short for Team Battleborn to make their move.
The one message we are hearing over and over again from our teams is the importance of the messages they receive from home and how inspiring it is to receive those words from their supporters. Team Battleborn summed this up nicely in a recent blog:
“There are so many of you following us. It’s amazing. We can feel the support out here, and we’re always pushing to get that extra mile. Keep those comments coming, they get us through the tough times on the oars. Roz Savage has described it as one of the greatest races that we’ve ever witnessed – compliments don’t come much higher than that.”
Send a message of support to one of the teams or stop by one of the supporter events if you’re in the area.
UPCOMING SUPPORTER EVENTS:
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
- Uniting Nations: ROWING – 266 NM to finish, Rowed 2013 NM
- Battleborn: ROWING – 428 NM to finish, Rowed 1882 NM
- NOMAN: ROWING – 646 NM to finish, Rowed 1687 NM
- Pacific Warriors: ROWING – 870 NM to finish, Rowed 1466 NM
- Fat Chance: ROWING – 945 NM to finish, Rowed 1479 NM
- Boatylicious: ROWING – 1087 NM to finish, Rowed 1235 NM
- CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 1284 NM to finish, Rowed 1166 NM
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New route to Mexico (destination TBC); Rowed 620 NM