Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Race Day 8
WEATHER: Crews in the north of our fleet have already seen a drop in the wind from 18 to 10 kts. Crews further south will remain within the edge of the high pressure system and experience steady 15kt winds. The waves will take longer to abate, as the seas – now less organised by the wind – become ‘sloppy’. There will be a slight shift from NNW to NW in wind direction tomorrow, before the wind builds again through late Monday and into Tuesday.
Team Ocean Hearts continue to impress. Liz, who is 58 and Pat, who will be celebrating her 62nd birthday at sea on June 28, are the current leaders of the pairs. They reported in: “Last night was unbelievable, really rough stuff, never known anything like it.”
Early in the day when we chatted with Pat, reports were that all on-board was good. They were having an issue with their battery 2 being flat, until they realized that the solar panels were only charging battery 1. In order to make use of both batteries, they first needed to recharge battery 2 and bring it up to the same voltage. The re-charging has been slow going for them and so they are conserving its charge by using their manual hand pumping water desalination unit to save power – this is no mean feat while also rowing.
Then at around 20:15 we received a report that Pat had lost an oar! “It popped out of the oarlock at crew change” Liz reported. “Last night we had to put the sea anchor out. It was getting pretty knarly. We were afraid one of us would get washed overboard. We would row, then the waves would spin us around. We were caught in a vicious cycle.” Race rules mandate that all our teams carry a full set of spare oars and our support yachts stand ready to supply more if all of these are broken.
We were relieved to hear that the battery issue reported earlier in the day had been sorted and that both batteries were fully charged. Hats off to the ladies for their dogged progress, and their electrical aptitude!
We have had a few injuries on board a couple of the boats. It has been reported that Tina on Moana Uli Rowing was on the oars when she was “smacked” by a wave. She hurt her shoulder and elbow and is having some mobility issues. Showing true team spirit, the boys on board have gifted the bow cabin to Tina so she can rest and recuperate while Tim, Brian and Greg are stacked up in the aft cabin.
Over on Endurance Limits USA there has been an injury as well. At around 1030 Saturday morning while both Ryan and Erin were on deck, their boat was capsized by a wave. Fortunately both cabin doors were shut and ‘Mugatu’ self righted. Ryan was rowing and Erin was in the process of making breakfast. During the roll, Erin injured her wrist. They are currently on sea anchor and Erin has taken cover in the cabin while wrapped in a blanket getting some rest.
As these teams recover, their YB Race trackers may show their boats pointing in funny directions or going really slowly. Please know that this just means the teams are on sea anchor.
The three remaining crew on board Endurance Limits have now been transferred to the support yacht Nomad and are safely en route to Santa Barbara. This team has now officially retired.
The final update we have today comes from Row Aloha. We chatted with Todd who reported “We snapped an oar last night, ripped our drogue but we will try and suture it up. We have another smaller drogue we can use.” He went on to tell us “We’re just riding the waves right now. We actually wish they were a little bigger, but those creeper waves that catch you sideways and soak you through – we’ve had enough of those!”
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1762 NM to finish, Rowed 488 NM
2 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1845 NM to finish, Rowed 374 NM
3 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1921 NM to finish, Rowed 356 NM
4 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1945 NM to finish, Rowed 290 NM
5 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1953 NM to finish, Rowed 253 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1961 NM to finish, Rowed 270 NM
7 Endurance Limits USA: ROWING – 1967 NM to finish, Rowed 243 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED