Day 42 Race Report

Posted on July 21, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Crews, Elsa Hammond, Fat Chance, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Uniting Nations

WE HAVE HEARD THE CRIES OF LAND HO!

WEATHER:
LEAD BOATS:   Winds from the E @ 15 to 21 knots.  Seas from the E @ 7 feet / 7 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS:  Winds from the ENE @ 15 to 22 knots.  Seas from the @ ENE 6-7 feet / 6 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS:  Winds from the ENE @ 7 to 10 knots.  Seas from the NE @ 6 feet / 9 seconds. 

We have received an official report of LAND HO!  But it didn’t come from Uniting Nations.  It was received from Elsa Hammond!   Last week Hammond made the decision to head to the shores of Mexico instead of crossing the Pacific.  She has been heading toward Isla Guadalupe for several days, and this morning filed this report:

“When I woke up this morning I could see a low dark smudge on the horizon, which looked like a cloud. Although I’m still about 40 miles away, it has been grown larger and clearer all day as I’ve pushed toward it. Guadalupe is the rugged remains of two ancient volcanos, and towers high out of the water.  … Guadalupe is not my destination – I need to row past it and then on for several hundred miles more to mainland Mexico… It is still pretty awesome to see it though, and anyone who has been at sea for a long time will know what it’s like to first look on land again (even if it’s just a small island). Suddenly my horizon does not stretch out the same distance in every direction; it is not an unbroken circle all around me. My eyes can’t help but be drawn to the lumpy shape in the distance.”

Meanwhile, across the Pacific, Team Uniting Nations must have made the same shout.  According to the tracker and by the time you read this report, they will most likely be less than a day from crossing the finish line and touching land on the shores of Waikiki.  The excitement is building on land.  Family and friends of Team Uniting Nations have all checked in with the race office eager ahead of their arrival.

It’s not over yet for our front runners.  They still have to navigate through the Molokai Channel.  As teams get closer to these volcanic islands, the depth of the ocean dramatically decreases.  Currents through the channel flow against the rowers at around half a knot whilst winds flow in the opposite direction. Combine these three factors together and it means the rowers will witness steep peaky waves that will throw the boat around and making it more difficult for the rowers to apply their power potentially causing them to slow down.  The YellowBrick tracker now updates every 30 minutes for team Uniting Nations so you can track every step of their progress in their final day at sea.

Further out in the Pacific, there are still a few antics happening for the rest of our teams.  According to a recent post, the lovely Susanna Cass, the lone female on board Limited Intelligence (Pacific Warriors) who had previously suffered from getting hit in the face by flying fish, continues to charm sea creatures of another variety:

“Science officer Cass once again proving herself irresistible to the wildlife. This time it was a squid that hit her in the face in the night!”

She is reportedly fine after this “squidding”.  Also fine is the Mahi Mahi that John Wagner was able to hook with a hand line yesterday.

“… it jumped twice before hitting the boat and escaping.  He said he is going in with a spear the next time.”

We wish Wagner luck in his fishing endeavours.

While the team of Pacific Warriors were battling various ocean life, team Fat Chance Row was able to continue to make gains on them.  In the last 24 hours, our married couple has managed to shave 12 NM off the distance to their closest competitor, now only 49 NM away.

Meanwhile, our girls on Team Boatylicious reported on what it’s like to have an unexpected visit from one of our Support Boats.


“Expletives sounded from the cabin as Emily announced to her Boatylicious crew that the support boat would be on its way in minutes to pay a visit. Better get presentable! … [they] thought there may be time to make themselves look less feral and more ladylike. Aoife frantically brushed her long locks, Emily grabbed her silk-sleeping-bag-liner-come-sarong and Amanda and Ingrid made sure they were rowing to the best of their abilities – Ingrid hiding her birds nest hair do with a Boatylicious cap and Amanda covering up her bikini!  The crew were pretty excited to have visitors after 32 days alone in the massive Pacific –  a welcome break from their daily routine.”

We have received reports that the Boatylicious shore team is actively searching for spas, salons or even magicians?! in Hawaii to work their magic on our Boatylicious girls once they reach the island.

The next 24 hours will be very exciting as we anticipate our first four finishing first in the first ever Great Pacific Race.  Updates between race reports can be found on our website under the Finish Informaiton tab.  You can also follow us on social media for updates as well.  STAY TUNED!

BACK ON SHORE:  We have received great reports of the Greyhound Pub Fundraiser for Team Battleborn.  There were 15-minute rowing challenges and speed rowing compeitions, all in an effort to support the team.  The grand total raised was £500!  Congrats and thank you to all who participated and donated toward Barry Hayes chosen charity Help for Heros.

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 1:00 pm PDT today

  1. Uniting Nations: ROWING – 57 NM to finish, Rowed 2224 NM
  2. Battleborn: ROWING – 192 NM to finish, Rowed 2123 NM
  3. NOMAN: ROWING – 432 NM to finish, Rowed 1901 NM
  4. Pacific Warriors: ROWING – 691 NM to finish, Rowed 1647 NM
  5. Fat Chance: ROWING – 740 NM to finish, Rowed 1689 NM
  6. Boatylicious: ROWING – 900 NM to finish, Rowed 1428 NM
  7. CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 1197 NM to finish, Rowed 1197 NM

Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New route to Mexico (destination TBC); Rowed 687 NM

Pacific Rowers: Retired
Row for Hope: Retired
Rowing 4 Reefs: Retired
Clearly Contacts CA: Withdrawn
Project Flight Plan: Withdrawn