Are We There Yet?

Posted on June 29, 2016 in General, Great Pacific Race 2016

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Race Day 25

WEATHER: The forecast for the next 24 hours is similar to that of yesterday, with crews seeing 20-25 knots of wind with occasional gusts of 26-28. By now the swell direction should have established itself from the NE and so hopefully this means less of a bumpy ride for our rowers. Much further south, in the Central Pacific, a particularly deep low pressure system has begun to form off the coast of Mexico. The projected track of this low is NW towards the Hawaiian islands, so this is something to watch over the next 7 days, but 7 days is a long time in the world of weather. It is highly likely that the low will peter out once it hits the cooler water of the North Pacific.

While the sea state last night may have been confused as the SW swell pattern met the NE swell pattern, there is no confusion about our teams’ determination to get to Hawaii. We have been overwhelmed by the words of encouragement that have been posted for the various teams. We noticed that members from the 2014 edition of the race from the first place team of Uniting Nations are following along closely and sending words of support to the team rowing under the same name.

Caspar Zafer from Uniting Nations Row 2014 posted: “Brilliant row everybody. In the tropics now….. The fun part.” And Caspar would know!

Our lead boats appear to be holding their ground regarding their positions. Even with the very impressive 24 hour mileages logged of 67, 65 and 62 respectively by our first, second and third placed teams, the distances between Uniting Nations, Team Ocean Hearts and Moana Uli Rowing have remained about the same. This tells us that they are not only rowing fast, but they are rowing in the right direction toward the finish line.

The biggest change in separation during the last 24 hours was between the front of the fleet and the back of the fleet. The front three boats have put an additional 24 miles between them and the last three boats. But the competition between Row Aloha, Sons of the Pacific and Fight the Kraken is something to watch. These boats are CLOSE and anything could happen, especially once they cross that imaginary halfway mark. As we have seen with the front boats, the closer they get to Hawaii, the more miles they log in the 24 hour periods and the faster they row. There are only 41 NM between Row Aloha and Sons of the Pacific. And there are only 28 NM between Sons of the Pacific and Fight the Kraken. With teams logging days of 60+ NM, it is easy to see how anything might happen.

Today Sons of the Pacific received a visit from our support yacht Galen Diana. We were thrilled to receive a few photos and the following report:

We met up with SOTP today before noon. They were very happy to see us. Louis had lots to say. They said they have adjusted well over the last several days but are looking forward to the finish line. They were excited to be close to the mid way point and to have warmer weather ahead on the horizon. Louis had big smiles and told us how motivating it is to just have us out there and swing by for a check in. We stayed for a while for pictures and to update them on race talk and crew whereabouts.

Then we were off to team Ocean Hearts and bid Sons of the Pacific farewell until our next visit somewhere beyond the halfway mark. They thanked and blessed us and said they will look forward to our next visit.

When Sons of the Pacific were asked if they had one word to describe their adventure so far, Erden Eruc said “Challenging.” Louis still had to think about it. We will let you know what one word he comes up with.

Stay tuned!

1 Uniting Nations: ROWING – 877 NM to finish, Rowed 1404a NM
2 Team Ocean Hearts: ROWING – 1077 NM to finish, Rowed 1308 NM
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – 1190 NM to finish, Rowed 1120 NM
4 Row Aloha: ROWING – 1351 NM to finish, Rowed 1023 NM
5 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 1392 NM to finish, Rowed 964 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 1420 NM to finish, Rowed 941 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM