Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Race Day 24
WEATHER: With another big high pressure system stationary to the NW of our rowers, the breeze is funneling down the west coast of the United States. High pressure winds flow clockwise in the northern hemisphere, so crews are already experiencing an increase in wind strength today. They are likely to see a sustained 20 knots until Sunday, with a chance of short-lived 20-25 knots as a band of stronger wind moves over the fleet. Unfortunately it will be a wet and bumpy ride over the next 24 hours, as the swell changes direction from SW to NW with the inevitable chaos as the two patterns meet. Hang in there everyone!
First up we would like to say an enormous HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Pat Hines on Ocean Hearts! Liz reported in, “We celebrated Pat’s birthday with chocolate cupcakes. I had a hard time hiding them from her and they were only a little mushed.” Pat said, “this is the best birthday she’s had other than the first one celebrated when her kids were born,” before adding, “Forget your age and live your life!” Pat is 62 today.
We intercepted Aloha just before sunset yesterday evening approx 20:00. The wind was blowing over 20kts and the swells were starting to build. Todd and Rick looked motivated, determined – a bit fatigued, but they said they were working hard and feel good. They looked good. A little salty but healthy and happy and looking forward to a cold beer or more upon arrival in Honolulu! All their electrical systems are functioning well. Radio check etc…
Meanwhile up at the front of the fleet, Uniting Nations are “rowing like mad men to break the record!” Cyril Derreumaux in particular is really excited to get to Hawaii and have some ice-cream. He has mentioned ice-cream in both of his last calls, so we will definitely have some ice-cream ready for UNs arrival! Since crossing the halfway mark, the team has found life onboard mentally easier. They continue to charge ahead and push themselves to reach their goal. Go Uniting Nations!
Moana Uli Rowing in third place, today reached the imaginary halfway point with only 1200 nautical miles to reach Hawaii. To top it off, skipper Tim Spiteri said it was a “solid warm day.” Tim sounded excited and estimates that they have “approximately 24 days til Hawaii!”
The countdown has begun!
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT today
1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 944 NM to finish, Rowed 1336 NM
2 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1142 NM to finish, Rowed 1239 NM
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1252 NM to finish, Rowed 1057 NM
4 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1389 NM to finish, Rowed 982 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1438 NM to finish, Rowed 916 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1464 NM to finish, Rowed 894 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED