Closing the Gap

Posted on June 24, 2016 in General, Great Pacific Race 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Race Day 19

WEATHER: All rowers are set to have a reprieve from the weather this weekend. The wind is forecast to ease from 15-20 to 10-15 knots and the further west, the more easterly the wind direction. Wave height should halve at the same time and so this will be a good opportunity for crews to dry out their clothes and maybe even go for a swim! 

We have to hand it to the ladies out there in the Great Pacific Race. In the last 24 hours, Team Ocean Hearts have logged 60 NM and Fight The Kraken have logged 49! Way to go, ladies! Team Uniting Nations did beat the Kraken girls with 50 NM in the last 24 hours, but remember that team Uniting Nations have double the crew, and are also in much calmer conditions. We did hear from the ladies that they were “at the latitude of the given waypoint for completing the turn to Oahu, but are about 200 miles east!” Soon the ladies will also be able to make that righthand turn to the islands.

Team Ocean Hearts are not only holding onto second place, but they continue to pull away from Moana Uli Rowing. On Wednesday, the distance between Team Ocean Hearts and Moana Uli Rowing was 34 NM. Today, Pat and Liz have managed to increase their distance from Moana Uli to 56 NM. They are sneaking up on the lead boat as well. Wednesday showed 225 nautical miles between the first and second place boats. Today that distance had decreased to 216 NM. Will Team Ocean Hearts have enough time to catch the lead boat?

One fan in particular of Team Ocean Hearts summed it up for us perfectly with this post:

Margo Dean: You have inspired me beyond words. I’m searching for a challenge. Every day I watch your progress and am thrilled with your accomplishments. Go Team!!!

The clock is also ticking, as Team Uniting Nations have nearly reached the imaginary halfway point of 1,200 NM to the finish line. One could also calculate the halfway point as the point when the NM rowed equals the NM to the finish, which is not that far off for Uniting Nations either.

Over on Sons of the Pacific, we received a report for Erden that “Without walking, running or actual leg work, my leg muscles are starting to lose tone. They are turning into fluffy, flaky masses of flesh.” We could tell Erden to head out and run a few laps, but that is rather difficult on a 24 foot rowing boat. The seats on Yves are not fixed which does allow for some leg movement when rowing, but not quite enough to maintain muscle mass of the calves. Upon arriving after a long distance row such as this, it is quite common for our crews to have some trouble standing at first, having spent so little time standing in their rowing boats.

We are at the point in the race where milestones such a reaching waypoints and halfway points will happen. Although these may seem like little things, they can be very motivating and inspiring moments for our racers. Words of encouragement for all of our teams are always welcome.

Stay tuned. We do have a race on our hands!

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1206 NM to finish, Rowed 1064 NM
2 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1422 NM to finish, Rowed 955 NM
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1478 NM to finish, Rowed 819 NM
4 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1616 NM to finish, Rowed 748 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1645 NM to finish, Rowed 703 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1681 NM to finish, Rowed 649 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM