Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Race Day 18
WEATHER: There is a band of strong winds, which has been lurking above 28 degrees North all week. This band seems to expand, contract or shift each day. We could almost call this Kraken weather, as the poor girls on Fight the Kraken seem to be endlessly caught in this band. They really have been fighting the Kraken weather-wise! According to the forecast, our other crews should expect 15-20 knot trade winds for the next 24 hours, with easterly winds on Friday and Saturday. Music to our rower’s ears!
Today we have two special shout outs to make.
The first is to our great support yacht Galen Diana. The crew on board made a very special delivery today to the girls on Fight the Kraken – a replacement EPIRB. You may recall that about a week ago we reported that there were some issues with some water getting into the girls’ EPIRB, which necessitated Vicki taking the unit apart. Today they received a new one.
In case you might be wondering how a special delivery such as this is made at sea, we received a great report from our support team.
“The EPIRB transfer went well. We attached one end of a 75’ polypropylene(floating) line to a MOB pole. Then we attached the other end of the floating line to a water tight bag with EPIRB inside, hooked up to a float/buoy. We came up to Sedna’s port stern and ran along side about 20 feet or so. Once we were 1-2 boat lengths in front of them we deployed the MOB pole and fed out the line. We crossed their bow at a safe distance and brought the line across the bow of the boat then released it. The girls were prepared to retrieve the line off their bow. They were also made aware not to tangle in the rudder and bring all the line including the MOB pole into the boat.
Once the girls retrieved the EPIRB, they resealed the bag and deployed the MOB pole first then fed out the line. When they were a safe distance from the line, we pulled up along side the line and hooked it with our boat hook.
Both delivery and retrieval completed w/o error the first attempt and all done under sail power… no engines!”
All of that may sound easy enough, but add in these conditions:
“The conditions were 30-35 kts of wind, swells 8-12’ at 5-8 secs. Beautiful weather otherwise. Some glare from the sun otherwise good visibility.”
Today’s cover photo was sent to us straight from the Pacific, from our team on the support yacht.
Our second shout is for Megan Biging. We would like to acknowledge that it’s Megan’s birthday tomorrow. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEGAN! Since Megan (and Vicki) already received an early birthday gift, we thought we would send them some great words of encouragement from their friends and family:
Marilyn Jo Mullins: They’re not that far behind when you figure statistics. As soon as they get a little further south and cut the corner west with the trade winds they will catch up! They’re strong rowers but have a heavy boat compared to others and got stuck in the storm at first which put them behind. I have no doubt they’ll come on strong! Release the Kraken!!!
Denise Alire: Vicki & Meg! I’m right there with you gals! Pushing you when you think you can’t, pulling when you think you won’t! I surround you both in the sprit of the gentle ocean, the strength of all the goddesses and the warmth of the love of all your friends and family!! (Happy birthday Meg!) Lil’D
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1257 NM to finish, Rowed 1013 NM
2 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1482 NM to finish, Rowed 893 NM
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1519 NM to finish, Rowed 777 NM
4 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1654 NM to finish, Rowed 707 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1678 NM to finish, Rowed 666 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1730 NM to finish, Rowed 595 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM