AFTER THE RAIN COME SUN, LA CIGOGNE RIDES OUT JULIO
Weather: Winds from the E @ 16 to 20 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 5 feet / 7 seconds.
Last night CC4 Pacific experienced what they called the “most terrible night ever” as Hurricane JULIO raged on its way past La Cigogne 150nm to their south and west. However, the french cousins also stayed resolutely focused on their task as they were “still waiting for better weather to get back to the oars”. Four days previously they had deployed their parachute anchor as requested by the Race Director who had been advised by the race’s meteorologist (Lee Bruce of OceanMet) of the threat that JULIO posed to those racing unless they stopped rowing. It has been 22 years since the last hurricane hit Hawaii so to suddenly have two in such a short space of time is certainly unexpected.
However, thankfully all things pass and the boys relief at being let out of the cabin and back onto the oars was palpable in a text they sent early this morning.
“We are ok. Worst night ever. We restarted rowing this morning. Let’s kill this line”
Two times Ocean Rower and Race Director Chris Martin gives us insight into what it is like to wait out gale force winds in an ocean row boat on the parachute anchor.
“When you deploy the parachute anchor to stop moving forward and prevent the boat from broaching the first feeling is one disappointment because you want to be out on the oars rowing, not sat inside. Then as the storm starts to build you can hear the breaking waves from hundreds of yards away as they line up to hit the boat. Sometimes the sound of breaking waves will give you warning that the boat is about to be struck and sometimes the wave builds silently, throwing the boat around without warning in the most violent manner. It’s like being two eggs in a box that’s been put into a washing machine. Although you’re not rowing there is no way that it can be counted as a rest.”
As JULIO continues on her path to the north west, Clement and Christophe will have the benefit of smaller seas and lighter winds but both pushing them in the direction of Hawaii. However, as JULIO continues her path the waves will start to roll in from the South West until finally it moves far enough away from them that the trade winds will once again become the dominant source of wind and waves pushing CC4 towards Hawaii.
MEANWHILE, back on shore …
Earlier today, members of Pacific Warriors joined other recreational paddlers from the Waikiki Yacht Club in 6 man outrigger canoes (OC-6) and paddled out towards Diamond Head. Afterwards they relaxed at the yacht club for brunch in sight of the dock that they had arrived at a few days before and were presented with trophies to commemorate their completion of the Great Pacific Race.
Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.