Thursday, June 9, 2016 – Race Day 5
WEATHER: Crews should see the wind abate this evening and remain in the low 20’s until after dawn. The breeze is expected to pick up again tomorrow and peak at 30-32 knots, but this localised band of wind should move off to the west within 24 hours. We would like to emphasise that while it may feel like storm conditions out there for our rowers, these are gradient winds caused by the edge of the vast high-pressure system currently in the North Pacific, compressing against the western coast of the United States. All rowers should experience a massive drop in wind strength by Saturday morning. The further south the team, the lighter the winds they will experience. Our advice is run with the wind and get south.
Earlier today Matt Knight, crew member of Endurance Limits was met in Morro Bay by Race Director Chris Martin and taken to hospital for a full check up. As reported yesterday, Matt was transferred from the rowing boat ‘Ohana’ onto the GRP Support Boat ‘Nomad’ after a severe case of seasickness.
Matt reported the following upon arrival on land:
I’m devastated to have been taken off the boat but it was for my best long term interest of my health. The GPR team and crew of the support yacht have done a great job over the last 24 hours and I have been given a level of care that I’ve only ever received from family. It’s like being looked after by my mum, dad and brother (although I don’t have a brother). I wish all the crews still in the race all the best of luck and hope they all get to Hawaii.
Please know that Matt has reported to us that his phone has been broken, so he is struggling to receive or send messages and calls.
Unfortunately, the remaining team members of Endurance Limits have now diverted towards land due to on-going steering issues.
Over on Uniting Nations – another of our teams of four, we have received a report that it’s “really hard work out here, much harder than we thought.” They informed us that everyone is working together and focused, but definitely exhausted. Similar to Endurance Limits, they also had some seasickness on board in the early days, but none as severely as Matt’s case. All are currently well and they are focused on staying consistent with their eating and sleeping.
Team Ocean Hearts reported in that they are “flying” at over two knots with the high winds and stormy seas. They report that they are “doing great and feeling great” and we applaud the efforts of Liz and Pat on board Roosevelt! Keep up the great work ladies!
Fight the Kraken made an impressive move on our leader board today. Vicki and Megan rowed a fantastic 41 NM over the last 24 hours, moving them from 8th place overall up to the 6th place spot. We are still in the very early days. Endurance Limits USA are now an equal distance of 1998 to the finish line in Waikiki. Teams have to remember not only to row fast, but row smart.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1900 NM to finish, Rowed 285 NM
2 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1916 NM to finish, Rowed 251 NM
3 Endurance Limits: ROWING – 1967 NM to finish, Rowed 213 NM
4 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1970 NM to finish, Rowed 215 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1988 NM to finish, Rowed 177 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1997 NM to finish, Rowed 172 NM
7 Endurance Limits USA: ROWING – 1998 NM to finish, Rowed 130 NM
8 Row Aloha: ROWING – 2005 NM to finish, Rowed 135 NM