SHARK ATTACK ON THE PACIFIC
WEATHER: Winds from the ENE clocking to the E @ 11 to 18 knots. Seas from the S @ 6-7 feet / 12 seconds.
In the last 24 hours, Clément and Christophe rowed under the hot sun and had a rather interesting encounter.
“A mahi mahi which apparently were following them since a few days was eaten by a shark at 5 meters away from la Cigogne. No more swimming for the boys!”
This comes a few days after the end of Shark Week in the USA and is the first time a shark attacking a fish has been witnessed by a crew during the Great Pacific Race. We are glad that the victim was a fish and not La Cigogne! As the duo approach the National Marine Sanctuary of Hawaii we expect they will start to see more and more wildlife which this part of the ocean is so well known for.
Another thing that CC4 Pacific should expect to see is clouds on the horizon associated with Mauna Kea (Hawaiian for ‘White Mountain’), the highest point of Hawaii. Standing 4,207 m above sea level this impressive dormant volcano is situated on the Big Island and is visible 125 NM away if the visibility is good. However, visibility isn’t always 100% and in less than perfect visibility cloud on the horizon can easily be misinterpreted it’s certainly possible that it will be another few days before they are able to clearly see land instead of the cloud surrounding it. We look forward to that day.
Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.