Day 69 Race Report

Posted on August 17, 2014 in Boatylicious, CC4 Pacific, Crews, Fat Chance, General, Great Pacific Race 2014


WEATHER: Wind 12-16kt ENE, Moderate short period 6-9ft swells from the East.

Today is day 68 of the Great Pacific Race and our final remaining team (CC4 Pacific) is 254 NM from the shores of Waikiki.  As we anticipate their arrival, they too are hoping that today will be the final Sunday they spend on the mighty Pacific. They have reported in that the last 24 hours were rather uneventful, and they continue to row hard toward the finish line.  We are all listening closely for the call of “Terre en vue” or “Land Ho” from our French cousins, Christophe and Clement.

If you have been thinking about rowing the Pacific, 2016 will be your next opportunity. Entries into the race are now being accepted. You can sign up with your own crew and boat or you can sign up to join a crew.

If you are putting together your own campaign, now is the time to seriously consider buying a boat. An ocean row boat is the one item of equipment that each crew clearly can not do without. Ocean row boats are ruggedly designed and built from glass fibre, carbon fibre and other composite materials to withstand the worst of the weather that the ocean can throw at them.  They are also designed to self right if they capsize (a feature with is tested in Monterey).  Each boat has a water tight cabin at each end.  Generally one is used for storage and the other is used as the accommodation, where the crew can rest.

Under the deck of the boat are a number of individual watertight lockers used for storing ballast water, food and other pieces of equipment.  All electrical items on the boat are powered by batteries.  These are charged by solar panels placed on top of the cabins.  Standard electrical items include a GPS unit, lights, VHF radio, a watermaker (a small desalination device that turns sea water into drinking water) and a satellite phone.  Other electrical items often include a laptop or palm computer and MP3 player.

The race rules restrict the use of boats to those within certain design parameters and define the different classes of ocean row boat. To learn more you can download a copy of the race rules from the Great Pacific Race page. Three of the boats that competed in the inaugural edition of the Great Pacific Race are up for sale. These three boats are currently in Hawaii and could be shipped directly to the mainland USA. Purchasing one of these boats before they leave Hawaii could provide you with a savings, rather than having to pay for shipping for a European based boat.

The three boats currently available from the 2014 edition of the Great Pacific Race are as follows:

Roosevelt – Fat Chance Row – $79,000

  • Name of boat: Roosevelt (Formerly Locura)
  • Number of crew: Two
  • Material: Carbon fibre with foam core hull and cabin; internal frames carbon / e glass
  • Design: Rannoch R20
  • Year built: 2013
  • Built by: Rannoch Adventures / Demon Yachts
  • Previous passages:
2013:Overall winner of Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge – Atlantic crossing east->west (44d)
2014: Great Pacific Race Pacific crossing east->west (45d)

Black Oyster – Team Boatylicious – $50,000

  • Name of boat: Black Oyster
  • Number of crew: Built as a pair (two rowing positions). But it has also rowed with four crew members around GB and across the Pacific. So extremely versatile
  • Material: Fibreglass hull and cabins with a plywood deck.
  • Design: Phil Morrison
  • Year built: 2009
  • Built by: Jamie Fabrizio
  • Previous passages: 2 Atlantic crossings, 1 Pacific crossing and a circumnavigation of GB.
Atlantic 2009 – 67 days as a pair. Atlantic 2012 – 82 days as a solo. GB circumnavigation – New World Record 26 days as a four. Pacific – Great Pacific Race 2014 in 50 days as a four. The boat has never capsized other than during inversion testing.

La Cignone – CC4 Pacific – $30,000

  • Name of boat: La Cignone (The Stork)
  • Number of crew: Two
  • Material: Marine Plywood coated in fibreglass.
  • Design: Phil Morrison
  • Year built: 2001
  • Previous passages: 4 Atlantic crossings, 1 Pacific crossing

For more information about boats, where you can purchase these boats as well as a complete list of equipment included with each boat, please visit the boat page on the New Ocean Wave website.  Additional boats may also be listed.

In addition to having a boat, you also have to have a crew.  Each of these ocean rowing boats are for either a pair or a team of four.  Our staff can assist with matching up potential crew to create either pairs or teams of four for the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race.  We don’t want to force ocean rowing crews together, but we do want to help out by getting people in the same situation in contact with each other.  If you are on the look out for potential ocean rowing crewmates we can add your name to our crew list. Just email with your details and we will start the process for you.

There is also the option of a Pay-Per-Seat which offers individuals the chance to join a crew on proven, fast, four-person boats such as Team Uniting Nations from the 2014 edition of the Great Pacific Race. This Pay-Per-Seat option is a unique opportunity that removes many of the challenges associated with preparing for an ocean row. The packages have been put together by experts in the sport who will take you through how to use all the equipment and guide you as you become more familiar with the boat. All the mandatory required equipment are provided. Individuals will be responsible for taking the mandatory courses, spend time in the boat training and add provide all food for the journey.  This really is the easiest and cheapest way to row an ocean and gives you much more free time to hunt down corporate sponsorship and setup fundraising events as well as removing the questions raised when trying to select the best items of equipment.  Please get in touch if you want to know more.

 Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.

Uniting Nations: FINISHED
Battleborn: FINISHED
Fat Chance: FINISHED
Pacific Warriors: FINISHED
Boatylicious: FINISHED
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 254 NM to finish, Rowed 2235 NM

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