Team Battleborn is Second Boat to Cross the Finish Line!
LEAD BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 11 to 15 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 6-7 feet / 9 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the E clocking to the ENE @ 11 to 16 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 6 feet / 8-9 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 10 to 18 knots. Seas from the SE @ 5 feet / 9 seconds.
At 14:24 HST today, Team Battleborn, aka PacificRow14, was the second boat to cross the finish line of the Great Pacific Race. The four man team of Philip Cavanagh, Barry Hayes, Darren Talor and Dan Kierath completed the crossing onboard the vessel Patience in 45 days, 7 hours and 24 mintues.
Two world records were set during this crossing. Philip Cavanagh has become the first Irishman to row the Pacific Ocean and Dan Kierath becomes the first Australian to row the Pacific Ocean. We congratulate them both on this incredible accoplishment.
Team Battleborn (named from an album by American rock bank The Killers) used this race to raise funds for four different charities: Spotlight YOPD, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, Aware and Help for Heroes. Through their participating in the Great Pacific Race and their charitable outreach, word of their campaign has reached far and wide. British Olympian Rower Sir Steve Redgrave and their namesake band of The Killers both posted public statments of support for Team Battleborn.
The messages received from the crew on Patience have been some of the most entertaining blogs of any in the fleet. From Alan the bird cookie thief, to very descripting tales of “barnicle butt” to knowing more about the use of the bathroom facilities on board their boat than we would ever wish to know, Team Battleborn has kept their followers up to date on every aspect of their crossing.
After seeing Team Battleborn cross the line a fraction more than 2 days after Uniting Nations finished, Race Director Chris Martin stated:
“Team Battleborn have already inspired thousands who have followed their progress through their upbeat blog posts. I know that in the months and years that folllow, their successful completion of the world’s biggest, baddest human endurance challenge, Team Battleborn will continue to inspire others, not through their charitable work but also in their humorous retelling of their encounters with the might Pacific Ocean. They have continually shown good humour, determination and camaraderie which has, and continues to excite and interest their folowers and supports from around the world. It is an honour to be part of their journey as they set not one but two new Guniness World Records for the first Irishman and first Australian to row the Pacific.”
When the crew reached the shore, they had a few surprise guests waiting for them. Dan’s girlfriend Mirella Lalloz, wearing a stunning Australian Flag sequined dress, had received a text from Dan just a few hours before stating “only 6 NM to go” which she well knew as she was stood with the support staff in Waikiki watching the dots. Dan was extreamly surprised to see her waiting for him on shore, flower lei in hand. Standing with Lalloz were Philips parents Carmel and Michael Cavanagh who surpised their son by flying in from Ireland.
After devouring burgers, fruit and ice cream sundaes, the team reflected on their journey. It is a testament to the amount of enjoyment the crew had that skipper Philip Cavanagh said that if given the choice between doing the row in five less days or five more days, the all would have chosen to be out there for five more. Whilst Barry Hayes commented “We laughed our way across the Pacific”. The bond between the crew was apparent. Up next might be a sailing trip from Turkey, but for now “just walking from here to there in a straight line is enough of a challenge” said Darren Taylor glancing wistfully in the direction of the Yacht Club bar. The team are now enjoying relaxing with family and friends and telling the tales of their ocean crossing.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 1:00 pm PDT today
- Uniting Nations: FINISHED – 43 Days, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes, Rowed 2283 NM
- Battleborn: FINISHED– 45 Days, 7 Hours, 24 Minutes, Rowed 2319 NM
- NOMAN: ROWING – 289 NM to finish, Rowed 2045 NM
- Fat Chance: ROWING – 543 NM to finish, Rowed 1887 NM
- Pacific Warriors: ROWING – 552 NM to finish, Rowed 1786 NM
- Boatylicious: ROWING – 772 NM to finish, Rowed 1559 NM
- CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 1088 NM to finish, Rowed 1373 NM
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New route to Mexico (destination TBC); Rowed 717 NM