Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Race Day 11
WEATHER: Tonight through until midnight Friday, all rowers should see the wind really die off. Over this period, the wind will clock with light NW’lies giving way to even lighter W’lies to N’lies. The breeze is forecast to fill in on Saturday from the NE.
Our report is rather brief today as crews start settling into a steady rhythm of rowing, sleeping and eating. All is good out on the Pacific. Tina Neill from Moana Uli Rowing is enjoying her trip home on our support yacht Galen Diana as they make their way to shore. We will have more news regarding Tina on Friday after they reach land. We do thank everyone for all the well wishes for both Tina and Erin’s recoveries. Since Tina’s departure from the rowing boat ‘Isabel’ yesterday the trio of Tim Spiteri, Brian Conville and Greg Vlasek have taken to the oars once for the first time in a few days. The enforced rest must have done them some good as they shot off. Tim told us this morning “We’re rowing with two guys on the oars for as long as we can. And when we can’t do that anymore then we’ll work out what to do next.”
The sun is coming out now that the seas have calmed a bit for our rowers. “Last night was tiring” reported Erden Eruc from Sons of the Pacific. “We are feeling it now. Got some sun in the last two hours of the day which lifted our spirits.” The final comment from Erden was that his rowing partner Louis Bird is apparent “knackered, but I’m not done with him yes! ;-)” Hang in there Louis! We are all cheering for both of you!
Spirits are also being lifted over on Row Aloha, but of a slightly different sort. They jokingly reported during our twice daily check in with the crew that they were “popping another cork of bubbly. All is well.” The team’s progress certainly is good as they steadily progress towards Hawaii and its brilliant to see that their sense of humor hasn’t been dented by 11 days at sea.
And then there are the girls over on Fight the Kraken. Today they sent in the following Q&A.
Q) What has 4 thumbs and isn’t wearing foul weather gear?
TEAM FTK!!! In the immortal words of Ice-Cube: today is a good day :)
When our Race Office received this joke, they replied to the ladies …
Q: Knock, knock—-Who’s there?
I’m fine, Hawaii you?
Looking forward to seeing everyone down in Hawaii soon.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1605 NM to finish, Rowed 656 NM
2 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1811 NM to finish, Rowed 444 NM
3 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1823 NM to finish, Rowed 510 NM
4 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1888 NM to finish, Rowed 411 NM
5 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1899 NM to finish, Rowed 393 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1921 NM to finish, Rowed 341 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM