Day 72 Race Report

Posted on August 21, 2014 in CC4 Pacific, Crews, Elsa Hammond, General

THE FRENCH MUPPET SHOW

WEATHER: Winds from the E @ 10 to 15 knots. Seas from the ESE @ 5 feet / 10 seconds.

As our French cousins keep an eye on the horizon for clouds to indicate the volcanic profile of the “sandwich islands” (aka Hawaii), we hear that their thoughts are focused only on crossing the finish line. At the time of writing, they have 152 NM until they reach the goal. At the moment we guess that they will arrive on Sunday August 24th, but as always this is subject to change. Updates will be posted to our website as Christophe and Clemente near the shores of Waikiki.

At times it can be rather lonely out there on the might Pacific. In order to cope with this loneliness, rumor has it that Christophe and Clemente have created the “Cigogne Muppet Show.” We are not exactly sure what this is, or what they are using to create the “Muppets.” As we learn more, we will certainly keep you posted! Perhaps they will provide us with a special show upon their arrival.

During their crossing, Christophe and Clemente have been raising money for Surfrider.org. This is an organization whose mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. The organization has three concepts:

Protection and Enjoyment: Surfrider doesn’t want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. They’re surfers. They’re beach goers. They’re watermen… They enjoy the coasts. They’re a user group.

Oceans, Waves and Beaches: Think coastlines. They’re engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines.

Powerful Activist Network: This network speaks to how they go about their mission of protecting and enjoying the oceans, waves and beaches. They are a grassroots organization and are local in many coastal regions.

Surfider is made up of moms, surfers, kids and teens … and a some ocean rowers. It is great to see our French team engaged in protecting what they love – oceans, waves and beaches.  You can join Surfrider here.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

It has been a few weeks for Elsa Hammond / Elsa Hammond’s Pacific Solo Row since she has reached the shores of San Diego. She recently posted a blog which summed up her arrival back on land after being at sea for almost two months. It has been a while she Hammond has written a blog as on land there are so many more distractions and stimuli than there are when you are alone on an ocean rowing boat.

“… even just sitting down at the computer to write I feel distracted by email, social media and the internet all jostling for attention. When I was rowing all of this was limited, and suddenly I have to make an effort to focus again.”

Hammond admits that it was a difficult decision to accept the tow back to San Diego. But as many of us learn, hindsight can turn out to be 20/20 vision.

“The difficult decision to ask for a tow has proved to be a good one. Shortly after I arrived in San Diego, news of Hurricanes Julio and Iselle started coming in. Julio sped right over where I’d been headed towards, and Iselle crossed the path that I would have been on had I not changed course to head for Mexico. Watching the 140 mph winds swirl over the ocean on the news, I felt very lucky to be safe and sound on land, with Darien snug in a quiet marina (thankfully everyone else in the Great Pacific Race is also safe).”

The moment of stepping ashore is a big one. We have seen the teams stumble and wobble like drunken sailors when they arrive after their long journeys at sea, attempting to get their land legs under them once again. Hammond reports in on this experience.

“Lots of people have asked me what it was like stepping onto dry land again after two months in an ocean rowing boat. I actually had the strange experience of getting used to the completely different motion of the yacht for three days before I made land, meaning that the experience was probably a bit less dramatic than it might have been. There was some wobbling, and my legs are still weaker than they were, but I think my body was just enjoying being somewhere that wasn’t moving for a while.”

What’s next for Elsa and Steve? They are enjoying a little more time in California, traveling to Yosemite and a few other California sites before heading back to England.

 Official Great Pacific Race Results found here.

Uniting Nations: FINISHED
Battleborn: FINISHED
NOMAN: FINISHED
Fat Chance: FINISHED
Pacific Warriors: FINISHED
Boatylicious: FINISHED
CC4 Pacific: ROWING – 152 NM to finish, Rowed 2339 NM

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