Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

Posted on June 16, 2016 in General, Great Pacific Race 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Race Day 12

WEATHER: The wind really has died off as forecast. Our teams should see 5 knots of wind if any wind at all. And better still, these conditions now look set to remain until early Sunday rather than Saturday. Rowers may experience zephyrs – light breezes, which whisper over the waters’ surface – from the SE or SW depending on their position. The downside is that without much wind, and with the rowers getting into lower, more tropical latitudes, cabin temperatures may soar. Staying hydrated while rowing will be key.

Things have really settled down here at the Great Pacific Race, including the wind and the weather as reported above.  Teams are in their routines, but there is one team in particular whose routine we want to call out in today’s report.  Team Uniting Nations are living up to their name as being a team united on getting to Hawaii as quickly as possible.

While many crews call in to ask weather-related questions or to tell us a funny joke, the crew onboard Uniting Nations Row tend to call to find out how they are doing relative to last year’s World Record Setting row by the 2014 crew of the same name.  We decided to do a little research and let you know, even though it is still relatively early days. Here’s how they are doing compared to the 2014 row:

We took a look at their relative speed today vs 2014 and here is what we discovered:

Day 5, 2014 = 1,964 NM to the finish; vs. Day 5, 2016 =  1,900 NM to the finish > that’s 64 NM closer

Day10, 2014 = 1,769 NM to the finish; vs Day 10, 2016 = 1,653 NM to the finish > that’s 116 NM closer

Day11, 2014 = 1,724 NM to the finish; vs Day 11, 2016 = 1,607 NM to the finish > that’s 117 NM closer

In 2014, Team Uniting Nations finished the row in 43 days, 5 hours and 30 minutes. Post in the comments when you think the 2016 team might finish the race and you could win a GPR cap if you guess it closest!

Meanwhile, other teams seem to be enjoying some sunny days. “What an AMAZING night! We saw the Milky Way, satellites, shooting stars, and a moment that rivaled any sunset. Team Fight the Kraken is LOVING LIFE!” Later on today Vicki also wrote: “another sunny day so morale is high!”  The ladies on Team Ocean Hearts checked in saying “all good this morning. Enjoying the sun” and Erden Eruc on Sons of the Pacific reported “Hot and sunny. Millpond here with 3-5kt variable wind, Ensign hardly lifting.”

We hope they are all staying hydrated, and wearing their sunscreen!

Stay tuned!

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1552 NM to finish, Rowed 710 NM
2 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1779 NM to finish, Rowed 494 NM
3 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1790 NM to finish, Rowed 550 NM
4 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1870 NM to finish, Rowed 441 NM
5 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1874 NM to finish, Rowed 435 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1903 NM to finish, Rowed 362 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED, Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED, Rowed 207 NM