Ocean Arts & Crafts

Posted on June 28, 2016 in General, Great Pacific Race 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016 – Race Day

WEATHER: For the next 48 hours, northeasterlies are in store for all crews. Teams to the west can expect 15-20 knots. There’s a chance of 20-25 knot NNE’lies  for our teams nearer the 130 degree line of longitude – Sons of the Pacific and Fight the Kraken. 

Our ladies on board Fight the Kraken are getting rather crafty. But this is what you have to do when you are on a 24 foot rowing boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. You can’t just call AAA for a fix or a tow and the closest hardware store is hundreds of miles away. When there is a breakage on board or something stops working, our crews have no choice but to MacGyver a solution.

For our younger generation and for non-Americans following, who may not know the meaning of the word which is based on a 1980’s American TV show and character, we found this in the Urban Dictionary:

v. 1. To use ingenuity to fix or remedy a problem using only the tools available at hand. 2. To jury-rig

n. Someone who can regularly cobble together solutions to problems using only the tools available at hand.
Your CD playa broke, huh? Gimme that string, a pencil, and a sock, and I’ll MacGyver it.

When the water maker on board ‘Sedna’ stopped working properly, Vicki Otmani and Megan Biging needed to get creative and figure out a fix with the items on their boat. First up the ladies had to identify the issue.

FTK: We changed the 5 micro filter on our watermaker and the O ring shredded. Now it’s pissing water like a fire hydrant!

While reviewing their list of items on board from the scrutinizing process that happened back in Monterey before the start, our race office realized that the ladies have 2 filters in their water maker setup. They only need one. So using the O ring from the spare filter and re-routing the hose was always an option. What we did not expect, was the ingenuity of those Kraken girls!

Today FTK reported: “SUCCESS! success! sewed 2 halves of o ring back together, packed w vaseline and boom! only the occasional tear of joy leaks out ;) good ol needle n thread! ocean arts n crafts!”

Way to MacGyver a solution ladies!

1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 1005 NM to finish, Rowed 1275 NM
2 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1211 NM to finish, Rowed 1170 NM
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1307 NM to finish, Rowed 1001 NM
4 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1429 NM to finish, Rowed 942 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1482 NM to finish, Rowed 871 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1514 NM to finish, Rowed 842 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM