Day 66 Race Report

Posted on August 14, 2014 in Battleborn, CC4 Pacific, Crews, General, Great Pacific Race 2014


WEATHER:  Winds from the E @ 12 to 17 knots. Seas from the WSW @ 6 feet / 14 seconds.

We have a report from CC4 that they have started to see planes in the sky above them. This will be a tremendous boost to the duo as yet another sign that they are approaching land but is also serves as a cruel reminder that there are much faster ways to travel to Hawaii. With family members due to arrive in Hawaii soon we expect that CC4 will start waving at each and every plane that they see overhead on the off chance their families are aboard.

The guys have also reported that they have smelt land for the first time, (which is a pleasant change from the smell of dead flying fish.)  As the team continue their progress west this smell will no doubt continue to increase in strength until they row into Waikiki to touch land and smell it at close quarters.

Meanwhile back on land…

It has been a little more than three weeks since the first boat crossed the finish line of the Great Pacific Race. In the days immediately following the arrivals of each team, we watch as they get their land legs once again, get accustom to a normal sleeping pattern and start to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, like hot and cold running water.

We checked in with Team Battleborn to see how they have been adjusting to life back in the “real world” after experiencing the biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet.  This event can change their lives.  Forever.

Barry Hayes lets us know that re-introduction for him is going simply OK. Even though Hayes was physically fit before the race, his body went though some changes while rowing constantly for 45 days.

“…back in the gym on the first day home and struggled on everything, gave up after 30 mins and tried to go for a run, ran about 50 metres before my body was just like “No…no…stop that, idiot”, but each day I’ve kept at it and I’m slowly winning the ‘fight’. My body let me do a few miles running today and tomorrow is my first day back at run club which will be interesting, (normally a 5 mile trail run that includes hill sprints and some other horrible things).”

Going back to a 9-to-5 job has also had it’s challenges for Hayes.

“Went back to work last Thursday, got very little done, mostly just spent time fielding questions about the row…there are 4,500 people in my office alone so a week on I’m still seeing people that haven’t seen me since the row so I’m still fielding questions…think my boss is starting to get annoyed about the fact that every time I go away from my desk I go missing for an hour only for him to find me jabbering away to someone else!”

But the biggest challenge for Hayes, after being on the open ocean for 45 days, has been adjusting back to “regular” attire.

“It’s pretty frustrating squeezing my feet into leather shoes and I tried wearing a tie on day one which I have now given up because it feels weird. Living in nothing but shorts for a month does that to you!”

Weight loss during the row has happened for most of our rowers. After having a diet of freeze dried food for a month and a half, the hamburgers at the yacht club have been devoured quickly. The food consumption didn’t stop there for Hayes.

“If I’m honest, I appear to be eating my own body weight in food every day, I’ve put on 23lbs since I got off the boat, last night I consumed a 16inch pizza and half a crate of beer before deciding that I needed chips, many many chips, and most other days have been pretty similar…I’m getting used to people staring at me aghast when I eat in public from the amount I am stuffing in my cakehole…I was always a big eater but now I even am amazing myself.”

The adventurous spirit has not changed and we are starting to get reports of what the next adventure might be for our Pacific rowers.  Interest increases in the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race as we are hearing more and more tales from our crews from the inaugural edition of the race.

Before signing off, Hayes mentioned …

“Every time I find myself alone I seem to gaze into space daydreaming about being at sea or chilling out in Waikiki or California. Almost seems like it wasn’t real!”

You can make this daydream a reality by signing up today for the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race.

Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.

Uniting Nations: FINISHED
Battleborn: FINISHED
Fat Chance: FINISHED
Pacific Warriors: FINISHED
Boatylicious: FINISHED
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 376 NM to finish, Rowed 2108 NM

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