Day 63 Race Report

Posted on August 11, 2014 in CC4 Pacific, Crews, General, Great Pacific Race 2014

PRACTICAL LESSONS FOR OCEAN ROWERS

WEATHER:  Winds from the E @ 12 to 16 knots. Seas from the SW moving the WSE @ 6 feet / 17-19 seconds.

It is day 63 of the Great Pacific Race.  Our French cousins of Clement and Christophe have weathered what we expect will be the worst weather for any of our rowers while crossing the mighty Pacific.  The team reported in this morning that they are very excited to be back on the oars.  With the delay caused by JULIO, the Yellowbrick tracker is currently estimating their arrival in Hawaii to be around the end of August.  We anticipate that this date will move forward in the coming days as La Cigogne gets back on track with higher speeds and more miles logged for each day.

“It’s been a huge relief for Clément and Christophe to see Julio go away without deploring any damages on the boat. They felt that they hadn’t row for ages. Could you become addict to ocean rowing?”

Now it’s the final sprint to Hawaii for Clement and Christophe. They have just under 500 NM to row before they reach the shores of Waikiki. Please continue to send them messages of encouragement.

Even though we are keeping a close eye on our French cousins (as we have for all our rowers) we also have the confidence in them that they will be able to weather any storm, overcome any headwind and steer La Cigogne on a great course to Waikiki. This is because of the extensive training process that all rowers to go through in preparation for the Great Pacific Race. These are also some of the courses that those who participate in the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race will have to take as they prepare for the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet.

VHF Radio Course: A VHF (Very High Frequency) radio is an important piece of safety equipment on any vessel.  It is important for the rowers, as well as any seaman, to understand the correct procedures for the use of this equipment to ensure communication between vessels as unnecessary transmissions may interrupt or block a Mayday distress call.  During the course, rowers learn the basics of how to operate the radio, the correct channels to be used, what the distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures are when using a VHF radio as well as the limitations of the system . Other topics that are covered in this course involve the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), the use of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBS) and Search and Rescue procedures (SART).

First Aid at Sea Course: We don’t expect our rowers to become Emergency Medical Technicians, but for anyone making an offshore venture, they should know and understand a few medical basics. This medical training is a precautionary measure against the inevitable accidents at sea.  Rowers are taught how to stabilize their situation until assistance arrives.  This course focuses on basic first aid and also on injuries which are marine specific. Of course we hope that our rowers will never have to utilize these skills, but we believe it is best to hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.  The medical kits that each crew has are very extensive and are specifically put together to allow the crew to treat the majority of minor injuries sustained by ocean rowers.

In the event that more advanced medical attention is needed, the Great Pacific Race has a full medical team on stand by on land where rowers can call in for advice.

Navigation Course: Although boats are equipped with GPS systems, auto pilots, AIS etc. rowers must understand how to use these systems, and have the knowledge of what do if they find themselves out in the middle of the mighty Pacific without the use of such modern conveniences. In these navigation courses, rowers will get the foundation needed to navigate a safe, knowledgeable crossing with an emphasis on using nautical charts.

On Board Practical Element: It’s important that rowers have practical experience of being on the water in a boat, know how the wind, current, tides etc affect in.  Have a practical understanding of collision regulations, channel markers, buoys and lights.  Also simply knowing how to tie a boat to a dock is important to prevent damage to your row boat when you get afloat for the first time.

This is just a sampling of the training involved for our rowers and they embark on this incredible adventure.  The more our rowers know, the better experience they will have on the water.  Rowers for the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race have already started to sign up and are taking these courses in preparation for their adventure.  Have YOU expressed your interest for 2016?

Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.
Uniting Nations: FINISHED
Battleborn: FINISHED
NOMAN: FINISHED
Fat Chance: FINISHED
Pacific Warriors: FINISHED
Boatylicious: ROWING – FINISHED
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 542 NM to finish, Rowed 1937 NM

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