Like a Mechanical Bull Ride

Posted on June 14, 2016 in Fight the Kraken, General, Great Pacific Race 2016, Moana Uli, Ocean Hearts, Row Aloha, Sons of the Pacific, Uniting Nations

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Race Day 10

WEATHER: The good news is that the winds for all teams will drop from 20 kts, to 15 kts to 10 kts in the next 24 hours if the wind hasn’t dropped for them already. The less good news is that the wave pattern is set to change from NW to SW and run SW until Sunday, as the ripple effect of a weather system in the South Pacific. This means that the waves will be coming at the boats on their starboard side.  However, the wave period – time in seconds between two wave crests or troughs – in the Pacific is the greatest of all the oceans. Hopefully this means that the change in wave pattern will have little or no bearing on our rower’s experiences. As rowers get further south, they should begin to find the NE’ly trade winds. Come on everyone. Get south! 

As was mentioned in earlier reports, Tina Neill-Sanderson of Moana Uli Rowing, sustained an injury while rowing when she was hit off her seat by a wave whilst rowing. Tina has been picked up by our support yacht Galen Diana and is currently en route back to California where she will receive additional medical assessment and treatment for her injury.

We received this report from the Galen Diana shortly after Tina’s transfer was complete:

Tina is safely aboard Galen Diana comfortable in fresh dry clothes, a new arm sling, hydrating and talking about her experience. She is settling in well and looking forward to seeing her husband in San Diego probably Friday. Until then she is in good hands. We are making way to San Diego. We are just over 400 nm away, so 2 1/2 to 3 day run.  We are beating into wind and swells but at a comfortable speed to keep things calm below deck for Tina.

Her remaining team members, Skipper Tim Spiteri, Brian Conville and Greg Vlasek, have now started rowing once again on their way to Hawaii. You will notice their boat moving again via the YB Race tracker. We look forward to hearing about their rowing pattern and shifts as they adjust to the change in their crew.

Ten days in, we are finally receiving signs that our lead boat might just have found those elusive winds that will help nudge all our teams to Hawaii. Uniting Nations skipper Cyril Derremaux reported “All good on UN. Saw first flying fish!” Flying fish are usually seen in the trade wind latitudes.  A little further back in the fleet from Sons of the Pacific, we heard from Louis Bird who reported in “just to let you know that everything is fine on ‘Yves’.  I can’t wait to hit the trades… do you reckon we are far away?” Louis and Erden still have a little way to go but they are making great progress.

For Team Ocean Hearts and Row Aloha, the waves are still giving them a few issues. “We’re getting some sideways waves, so we’ve been getting a little wet” reported Liz Dycus of Team Ocean Hearts. She then chuckled when Safety Officer Lia Ditton suggested that Liz and Pat rest whenever they needed to, and Liz replied, “we’ve got a really good system going now.” We’re not sure what that system is, but it seems to be working well for Pat and Liz as they are in the lead of all of our pairs teams.  Row Aloha mentioned that “last night was challenging.  We made some steering repairs this morning.  We are getting some new routing data so our course changes may reflect that.  All is well. ” Their course looks good and strong to us, and we look forward to seeing where the orange boat on the YB Race tracker will head next.

Last, but certainly not least, was a report we received from Vicki Otmani and Megan Biging from Fight the Kraken. The ladies are “doing well albeit in for a bumpy night.” Then they gave us some words of wisdom for anyone thinking about perhaps taking on the challenge of rowing the Pacific in the 2018 edition of the Great Pacific Race.

How to train for the Great Pacific Race, by Fight The Kraken:

  1. Find a mechanical bull,
  2. Ride bull 12hrs a day while a friend throws a bucket of ice water on you every 15 sec,
  3. When not on bull you must sit in a sauna,
  4. If you can do this for 10 days straight you are ready for the GPR!

Let us know if you’re willing to give that a try! And stay tuned.

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1653 NM to finish, Rowed 605 NM
2 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1846 NM to finish, Rowed 388 NM
3 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1856 NM to finish, Rowed 464 NM
4 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1901 NM to finish, Rowed 380 NM
5 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1919 NM to finish, Rowed 344 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1928 NM to finish, Rowed 321 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM