Day 49 Race Report

Posted on July 28, 2014 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Crews, Fat Chance, General, Great Pacific Race 2014, NOMAN, Pacific Warriors, Uniting Nations


Today’s cover photo of Team Boatylicious was taken at approximately 13:34 on July 28 at 22.34.363 N / 146.16.674 W.

LEAD BOATS: Winds from the E @14 to 20 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 6 feet / 9 seconds.
MIDDLE BOATS: Winds from the E @ 13 to 18 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 7 feet / 8 seconds.
BACK OF THE FLEET BOATS: Winds from the ENE @ 12 to 17 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 6-7 feet / 8 seconds.

Once again the excitement is mounting on the shores of Waikiki. Team NOMAN has dipped under the 100 mile mark and as friends and family gather to great the team, we notice that like clockwork, on the hour and half hour, phones are checked as the Yellowbrick tracker gives more information on their loved ones distance from the finish line and arrival. Additional information regarding their arrival can be found here.

Race Director Chris Martin spoke to the crew earlier this morning. He reported they are in good spirits, mostly because they can SEE LAND! Yes, shouts of LAND HO came from the four man crew of Nick Kemster, Mark Gleeson, Jack Carter and Chris Blacketer. Their speed has increased slightly, as is expected as they approach the Molokai Channel. Stay Tuned!

We have received news from and have new photos of Team Boatylicious. As the images show, the tales of the DIY projects being completed “au natural” were just that … rumors! (Nice try, boys!) However, the ladies have provided us with some details of the project they have been working on lately regarding the foot plate used for steering:

“… we decided to put our DIY skills to the test and take the mechanism apart and investigate. The problem wasn’t a simple one, nor one that we have the tools to fix as welding the metal back together was the only realistic option to repair it. So we’ve had to get creative. Amanda, our on board mechanic*, disassembled and redesigned our steering mechanism to what is hopefully a much simpler and more reliable one. So far after 1 hr of rowing our speed and mileage has picked up, and the crew on board Boatylicious are nervously waiting in anticipation to see if this fix holds out for the next 24 hrs…and the next 2 weeks…. until we get to Hawaii.”

“*no experience as a mechanic whatsoever, but we have a each adopted a variety of new roles and job titles on board.”

We hope this fix will hold out for these very inventive and creative girls and will help them to speed their way toward the finish line and the shores of Oahu. While they were fixing the steering plate, they also took the opportunity to dive under the boat and clean the hull of the Black Oyster. Having a clean bottom should also help the the Black Oyster’s speed as they row toward Hawaii. We have seen an increase in their daily mileage as they logged 56 NM in the last 24 hours. It has been about a week since the girls last managed more than 50NM in a day, so keep your fingers crossed that the fix will prove to be robust enough to last the distance. Great job ladies!

In the count of rowers who have been hit in the face by a flying fish, Aoife Mhaoileoin has joined the list after a fishy facial yesterday! And like Alan the Albatross from Team Battleborn, the ocean wildlife pet that Team Boatylicious had adopted appears to have moved on:

“Stanley (our striped fishy friend who has followed us since week one, eating all our left over food) has gone missing! Rumour has it he was concerned with the volume of dead fish being lobbed over board each morning in the clear up from our flying fish attacks), and so he’s done a runner to save himself!”

MEANWHILE, back on shore …

Team Battleborn are still in Waikiki and are among those anxiously awaiting the arrival of NOMAN. This morning, they were interviewed by local ABC affiliate, KITV. Click here to see them on the morning show.

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 1:00 pm PDT today.  Full results can be found here.

  1. Uniting Nations: FINISHED
  2. Battleborn: FINISHED
  3. NOMAN: ROWING – 66 NM to finish, Rowed 2269 NM
  4. Fat Chance: ROWING – 320 NM to finish, Rowed 2113 NM
  5. Pacific Warriors: ROWING – 375 NM to finish, Rowed 1964 NM
  6. Boatylicious: ROWING – 595 NM to finish, Rowed 1740 NM
  7. CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 921 NM to finish, Rowed 1544 NM

Elsa Hammond: ROWING – New route to Mexico (destination TBC); Rowed 758 NM

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