Ocean Visitors

Posted on June 27, 2016 in General, Great Pacific Race 2016

Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Race Day 22

WEATHER: Crews can expect an increase in wind strength this week as the NE’lies return. Late Wednesday / Thursday, the swell pattern will switch from SW to NE. There may be a short period of chop as the swell changes direction – or not. Sometimes when the time period between waves is as long as it is in the Pacific, it’s possible to experience two wave trains from opposing directions without too much effect. Surf’s up! may be the call next weekend, as a following sea and following wind combine. 

Yesterday we talked about the flying-fish visitors our crews have started to enjoy. Today Moana Uli Rowing enjoyed seeing human visitors, when our support yacht Galen Diana stopped by.  We were very pleased to hear that all aboard were looking good. “They looked strong and motivated,” reported support yacht skipper Rod Mayer, “Greg especially. He was on the oars with a big smile.”  This is very welcome news for us.

The remaining crew on board Moana Uli Rowing asked after Tina Neill, who was picked up after a shoulder injury. They wanted to know if she was doing well with her recovery and they wished her the best. Tim Spiteri (skipper) said that it took a while to get into a new shift routine and figure out a sleep pattern that would work with only three crew. “Now that Greg is on the mend and back on the oars, things have improved and we are getting more rest,” he said.

Our support yacht also did some checking in regarding their various systems on board and all was functioning well. We really appreciate our support team doing these check ins while teams are at sea.

We also enjoy being able to share reports such as this:

“About a week ago it was calm and smooth seas as hundreds of dolphin swam past. That was an epic sight for us onboard Moana Uli!”

The Galen Diana reported the following weather conditions during their visit:

Sunny, 79 degrees, sea temp 69.3 degrees, scattered clouds, winds NE 17-19 kts.; sea surface medium chop, swell 2-3’. Fairly mild conditions.

Sounds idyllic from back on dry land!

We continue to be impressed at the 24 hour mileage numbers that our teams are logging.  In the 2014 edition of the race, we noticed that as teams get closer to Hawaii, they seem to go faster and faster and log some impressive numbers in 24 hours periods.  Team Ocean Hearts appears to be holding their ground in second place.  They have maintained the distance between first and second place and are currently 203 NM behind the powerful first place team of Uniting Nations.  Pat and Liz are pulling away a bit from Moana Uli Rowing, increasing the distance there from 83 NM to 91 NM.

We also need to keep an eye on what is happening between the Sons of the Pacific and our ladies on Fight the Kraken.  These two rowing boats are only 30 NM apart. Our next closest boats are Sons of the Pacific and Row Aloha which are currently separated by only 49 NM.   These may seem like a big distances, but it is quite close out there on the Pacific.  Pointing the boat a few degrees west or southwest could make a big difference as they head toward the island.

Keep a watching as anything might happen!

1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1057 NM to finish, Rowed 1221 NM
2 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1260 NM to finish, Rowed 1119 NM
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1351 NM to finish, Rowed 956 NM
4 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1477 NM to finish, Rowed 894 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1526 NM to finish, Rowed 827 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1556 NM to finish, Rowed 793 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED