WHAT GOES WITH FISH?
LEAD BOATS: Winds from the ESE @ 13 to 18 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 7 feet / 9 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the E @ 13 to 19 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 7 feet / 9 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 13 to 17 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 6 feet / 8 seconds.
Today for the first time in quite some time, the weather conditions seem to be fairly equal across the Pacific for all of our competitors. As each team gets closer and closer to Hawaii and the finish line, we have noticed that the blogs and posts seem to be published less frequently, as teams focus on finishing and want to savor the experience.
CC4 Pacific have not only crossed over the half way mileage mark, they have also dipped down into the triple digits. We have learned from Team Battleborn that reaching the half way mark was indeed a milestone for them, but to see the GPS tick down from 1,000 to 999 and then from 100 to 99 were moments that felt like much bigger achievements. We are very proud of CC4 Pacific for experiencing this moment of less than 1,000 NM to go, and have learned that they celebrated passing the longitudinal 139W by drinking a bottle of Mistelle. From Christophe and Clement, we would expect nothing less!
Now that they have crossed over 139W, they are finding that rowing is becoming easier and easier with the prevailing winds moving behind the boat, pushing them in the direction of Hawaii. Their speed has increased over the last few days with daily mileages consistently in the mid 40’s. They have also discovered (or should that read have been discovered by) the flying fish that other teams have already witnessed. We know that Susanna Cass of Pacific Warriors was hit in the face by one of these fish (as well as by a squid) and that Darren Taylor of Team Battleborn actually had one fly right into his mouth. We await the flying fish tales from our French friends on La Cigogne.
We have heard that Pacific Warriors have also been putting fish in their mouth but that they decided to do it. Let us explain. We have heard from Limited Intelligence that John Wagner has redeemed himself regarding his fishing prowess! Yesterday he was able to reel in a mahi mahi on the hand line. When asked if he would eat it, his response was a big “YES!” If this is to be believed then it means that the crew of Limited Intelligence have had their first meal that did not come out of a vacuum sealed bag. If this is their secret weapon, we hope they catch many more fish!
Team Boatylicious continues to struggle with their steering foot plate. Rumors around Waikiki yesterday were that the girls were working on a DIY project on the boat “au natural”. While we are fairly sure that this project was fixing the foot plate, we think the rest of that tale may have been wishful thinking by those already ashore! The girls have maintained their speed in the last few days as well as the distances between CC4 Pacific behind and Pacific Warriors ahead of them.
At the front of our fleet, Team NOMAN is logging great mileage and will likely dip below the 100 mile to go mark before our next race report. As the excitement mounts for their arrival, remember that the Yellowbrick tracker will start to update their position every 30 minutes once they reach 100 NM to go and predicted arrival times will be updated on the news page once the crew get 24 hours away from finishing.
NOMAN has been reporting similar stories to those that we have heard from Team Battleborn. They are anxious to see family and friends, they long for cold beverages and warm showers and if they can have a little air conditioning in a room with a bed, they would be quite pleased, although they don’t want to be fussy. In reading about what their current conditions are regarding their cabin, we can understand this request:
“The cabin is so unbearably hot we can’t be in it any longer than necessary. There has been some fierce winds in the last few days and so we have not even been able to have the ‘windows’ open – as a result we have been wilting like sweaty flowers in a greenhouse! Everything is aching now with the bottom sores paling into just another ache and pain.”
Team NOMAN is expected to finish on the 29th or 30th of July.
In closing for today, for those who may not be as familiar with Ocean Rowing, Sami Inkinen of Fat Chance Row gives us a helpful analogy in trying to understand what it has been like for their Open Class boat to cross the Pacific:
“Ocean rowing is to flat water rowing what mountain biking is to road cycling. Total concentration, using your core, balancing and weight shifting to dodge huge rocks or giant waves and to try to apply power when you can. And predicting speed and times is like knowing that you have to mountain bike 399 miles, climb some mountains along the way, hit some single track, but nobody gave you the elevation chart or told whether the singletrack is old fire roads or a mud pit.”
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 1:00 pm PDT today
- Uniting Nations: FINISHED – 43 Days, 5 Hours, 30 Minutes, Rowed 2283 NM; Amended Time: 44 Days, 15 Hours, 30 Mintues
- Battleborn: FINISHED– 45 Days, 7 Hours, 24 Minutes, Rowed 2319 NM
- NOMAN: ROWING – 135 NM to finish, Rowed 2200 NM
- Fat Chance: ROWING – 367 NM to finish, Rowed 2065 NM
- Pacific Warriors: ROWING – 416 NM to finish, Rowed 1923 NM
- Boatylicious: ROWING – 651 NM to finish, Rowed 1684 NM
- CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 953 NM to finish, Rowed 1508 NM
Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New route to Mexico (destination TBC); Rowed 743 NM