Thank You Galen Diana!

Posted on July 27, 2016 in General

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 – Race Day 51

WEATHER:  Conditions east of Hawaii are very favorable for our three remaining teams. The wind is expected to be ESE then E then ENE 15-20 knots, over the next 24-48 hours. The following seas should help Sons of the Pacific, Row Aloha and Fight the Kraken, with waves around to 2-3 meters.

Today our Support Yacht Galen Diana made her final visit before heading in to the Waikiki Yacht Club.  The Galen Diana and her crew have been on the water since the start of the race, with one exception when they had to divert to San Diego to transfer Tina Neill to shore after her injury on board Moana Uli Rowing.  We are extremely grateful to our on-water support team for not only keeping a watchful eye on our crews, but also for giving us a little inside look to what these teams have been going through at sea. They have sent us amazing images from their journey.  We look forward to welcoming them ashore in the coming days.

Don’t worry, we are still offering support to our three teams out there rowing hard to get to Hawaii.  From a safety perspective, once our teams are inside a distance of 250 NM from shore, they are within range of helicopter rescue.  We are not anticipating the need for any rescures at this time, but are ready just in case.

For their final visit at sea, the Galen Diana stopped by Row Aloha.  Here is their report:

We caught up with Row Aloha last evening ready to take some sunset shots. Unfortunately the cloud cover and rain made it uneventful. We decided to stay with Row Aloha for the night just as we did with Sons of the Pacific the night before. It was a quiet night.

Overall there were relatively calm conditions in that the wind was ESE at no more than 19 knots. Swells were down to 2-4’. The ocean surface was mildly choppy and the moon shined bright, lighting up our way.

We spent some time on the VHF radio before dark catching up with Todd and Rick on mostly weather, other crew positions and miscellaneous topics. Todd said they had cleaned the bottom of their boat today and that their mahi-mahi entourage had dwindled down to just a few fish rather than a small school.

Rick, an avid San Francisco Giants fan, wanted to know if anyone on board Galen Diana had any news on his baseball team. Sadly we have been out of the loop for the last month as well and had nothing to give Rick.

Race Control got on this right away and sent the following report:

SF Giants played Cincinnati Reds yesterday @ AT&T Park.  Jay Bruce’s 2 homers, however, propelled Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Giants. Giants took 5-4 lead in 5th inning on Angel Pagan’s 2-run homer against Anthony DeSclafani. Reds answered in 6th against Jake Peavy w’ a Joey Votto leadoff double followed by Bruce’s 2-run homer to right field.

The report from the support yacht continued with:

We signed off for the night as Todd finished his shift and Rick slid into his seat and started to pull. At dawn we could tell it was going to be a spectacular beginning to a new day. Rick was on the oars and was joined by Todd within the hour for their shift change. We spoke to Rick on VHF and he thanked us for spending the night with them and that we would all catch up at the finish line.

The Galen Diana is now headed to port destination Waikiki / Ala Moana Yacht Harbor with an ETA of July 27 around 14:00-15:00.

The battle between Sons of the Pacific and Row Aloha continues.  As of this writing, the two teams are separated by only 15 NM.  Sons of the Pacific are still following along the same path as Uniting Nations.  For each of these teams, their approach to the Molokai Channel could be key to who wins the race.  Being the first Classic Pair to cross the finish line is at stake.  Team Row Aloha may have the advantage of local knowledge as Todd Bliss lives here on Oah’u.  But Erden Eruc on Sons of the Pacific has the second most days at sea of any ocean rower (second only to his rowing partner’s father, Peter Bird) so ocean rowing experience is certainly on their side.

It is still too early to call which of these teams will cross the line first.  They are both nearing the 100 NM to the finish mark, at which time the countdown really starts to their finish.  Stay tuned as anything could happen.

Which of these boats do YOU think will cross the finish line first?  Let us know in the comments section of our Facebook page.

PREDICTED ARRIVAL 07-25-16 @ 21:00 PST
CREW VMG RECENT VMG START
UN Finished Finished
OH Finished Finished
MU Finished Finished
SOTP 29-Jul 29-Jul
ALOHA 29-Jul 30-Jul
FTK 31-Jul 02-Aug

 

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 4:00 pm PDT
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 – 131 NM to finish, Rowed 2287 NM
5 Row Aloha: ROWING – 144 NM to finish, Rowed 2292 NM
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 236 NM to finish, Rowed 2184 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM