Row Row Row … Day and Night

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

Sunday, July 24th, 2016 – Race Day 49

WEATHER: Good news! The trade winds should resume normal service in the early part of this week. In the meantime, the wind direction will back from ESE to E 18-24 knots, to ENE to NE before resetting with the trades. 

STORM WATCH: Darby continues to barely maintain her tropical storm strength as she passes between and over the Hawaiian Islands.  

It has been great having members from Uniting Nations, Team Ocean Hearts and Moana Uli Rowing all together here in Waikiki.  We celebrated the incredible achievement of these rowers today in a ceremony where they were each presented with hand written “spoons” to commemorate their rows across the Pacific.

The weather here on the island has been windy, rainy and stormy as the remnants of Darby continue to pass by the Hawaiian islands.   We actually welcome this weather here on terra firma, knowing that our three remaining teams don’t have to face these conditions.

Our current lead boat is Sons of the Pacific.  They continue to increase the distance between themselves and Row Aloha.  And they continue along almost the exact same route as Uniting Nations.  Louis and Erden reported in earlier today that all was good on board and that they are “heading straight to the finish now.”  They echoed our relief regarding the weather telling us that “Complications from Darby were trivial compared to what I had feared.  Hoping our pace will pick up again.”

Only a few nautical miles behind are Rick and Todd on Row Aloha.  With just over 200 NM to go to compete the race, they still have their sense of humor on board.  As they were leaving Monterey, we noticed that they were taking a pair of speakers with them – speakers that still needed to be installed on the boat.  We are curious to know if Todd and Rick have completed this task and if they will row across the finish line to the sounds of the Grateful Dead, their favorite band.

Boat chores aside, Todd and Rick have mentioned that things are a little bitter/sweet as they know the row will be over soon, and they are really enjoying their time on the row.  They have still been fishing and “hooked a mahi-mahi, but it spit out the lure when it jumped”.  Alas, another one that got away.

Our support yacht Galen Diana circled around to Row Aloha earlier today and sent us this report:

“We caught up with Rick and Todd today at 10:00. Todd was on the oars so we spoke to Rick on VHF radio. We asked what have they been up to since we saw them last while on sea anchor and Rick replied; “pretty much what we are doing right now… Row row row day and night.”

Rick said they have been staying on a steady rotation to keep their minimum 50 miles per day advancement towards Honolulu. They hope to be in by Friday afternoon in time for the fireworks show at the Waikiki Yacht Club.

They continue to have such an amazing attitude and mind set to complete the row and with as much enjoyment as possible. They have loved this experience in so many aspects with what they have faced and felt along the way. The only part they thoroughly hated was when they were to hold up at sea anchor and were confined inside their cabin prior to Hurricane Darby.  It is the same as for the other crews inside the hot humid cabin in need of fresh air. They would open a hatch briefly to ventilate between swells crashing over top.  However, they found a way to pass the time by going thru every compartment on the boat. They cleaned and organized.

They are stoked to be rowing again without crazy weather and their motivation is continuing to build every day closer to Honolulu.  We wished them good luck and that we would see them closer to the Islands.

We are off to hunt down Louis and Erden who are approximately 20 miles SW of Row Aloha.”

The girls on Fight the Kraken are still hard at it.  ”We’ve been rowing two up and doing 6-7 miles per shift, until yesterday when the brakes came on.”  The girls must have hit some sort of current, and all looks better now as they continue to make good mileage toward Hawaii.  We also suggested that they check out Sedna’s bum as there may be barnacles and other nasties growing down there, slowing them down.

They also told us that they have had more visitors.  We mentioned a few days ago that our rowing crews were only one of four races currently happening between the western coast of North America and Hawaii.  “Last night we had MILES, which we think was a race boat. This morning we had CASSIOPEIA. Both were too far away to hail.”

The countdown continues to the end of the Great Pacific Race.  Stay tuned!

PREDICTED ARRIVAL 07-24-16 @ 18:00 PST
UN Finished Finished
OH Finished Finished
MU Finished Finished
SOTP 28-Jul 30-Jul
ALOHA 28-Jul 31-Jul
FTK 01-Aug 02-Aug


1 Uniting Nations: FINISHED – 39 Days 9 Hours 56 Minutes
2 Team Ocean Hearts: FINISHED – 46 Days 17 Hours 47 Minutes
3 Moana Uli: ROWING – FINISHED – 48 Days 2 Hours 40 Minutes
4 Sons of the Pacific: ROWING – 230 NM to finish, Rowed 2188 NM
5 Row Aloha: ROWING – 241 NM to finish, Rowed 2193 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 319 NM to finish, Rowed 2099 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM