An Ode To the Great Pacific Race

Posted on July 31, 2016 in Fight the Kraken, Great Pacific Race 2016

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 – Race Day 55

KRAKEN WEATHER: The forecast is for wind from the E, 15-20 knots, waves from the NE and current from the SE for the next 24 hours. 

We have been overwhelmed by the welcome the Great Pacific Race rowers and Race Committee have received in Waikiki.  Our home here on the island has been at the Waikiki Yacht Club which has been an absolutely outstanding venue for our race office as well as for our arrivals.

We have been in Hawaii for a month now and have certainly grown accustom to island life.  One treat we have had every Friday afternoon at the club is a group of local ukulele players who gather to practice for the afternoon.  Sometimes we just enjoy their music and sometimes we even join in and sing a few songs with them.

Much to our amazement, under the guidance of Aloha Cathy Cole, they wrote a song specifically for the Great Pacific Race.  Today we will share those lyrics with you.

A Tribute to The Great Pacific Race
By Cathy Cole, Honolulu, HI
July 2016

We rigged our boats and charted course for a voyage across the sea.
We embarked from Monterey that day, bound for Waikiki.
Rowing to the horizon…..soon the shore left not a trace.
The adventure of a lifetime…..The Great Pacific Race.

The ocean offered challenge, but there was beauty in that blue.
It was always in transition, changing all day through.
We looked in awe at daybreak, as the sun broke thru to light…
the promise of a bright new day, after rowing through the night.

We were never, ever lonely for the dolphins swam beside.
And camping on the cabin, long staying birds would ride.
The flying fish reminded us, as from wave to wave they flew
That all of us are intertwined… on this journey too.

They numbed the pain of callouses, blisters, aches and more
First a challenge…then a joy
It made our spirits soar

We ended up in Paradise…finally made it to this place
We conquered it and loved the thrill of the Great Pacific Race.

We hope to have a recording of the song very soon and will be sure to share it on our Facebook Page.

Meanwhile out on the Pacific …

Vicki and Megan on their boat Sedna continue to Fight the Kraken. The mighty Pacific really has chosen to show these girls every trick it has as they make their way across this ocean.  With less that 60 NM to go as of this writing, the Kraken girls are now fighting a current that is nudging them to the north. Westsouthwest is their desired direction as they near the Moloka’i Channel. The home stretch is past Koko Head to the finish line just off Diamond Head.

The Diamond Head lighthouse is a significant landmark on O’ahu.  The tower was built 147 feet above sea level and its light can be seen from as far away as 18 miles, with an intensity of 60,000 candlepower.  The girls are currently predicted to come in early Monday morning and we hope they will be guided by this amazing beacon.

Although these girls are the final boat to arrive here in Hawaii, one could argue that they have had the toughest experience.  They have spent the longest time in the worst conditions.  They have survived out there longer than any of our other rowers in the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race.  And they have done it all with an amazing sense of strength, determination and humor!

One thing we are all looking forward to is raising a toast to Vicki and Megan once they have completed their journey.  The Hawaiian beverage of choice is the Mai Tai.  If you are unfamiliar with how to make one, here’s how, and you still have just a little bit of time find a tiki mug so you too can raise a glass to honor these remarkable women.

The Mai Tai is an alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur, and lime juice, associated with Polynesian-style settings. “Maita’i” is the Tahitian word for “good”; but the drink is spelled as two words, sometimes hyphenated or capitalized. Wikipedia:

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz White rum, 1/2 oz Fresh lime juice, 1/2 oz Orange curaçao, 1/2 oz Orgeat syrup, 3/4 oz Dark rum (perhaps Kraken Dark Rum!)

Preparation: Shake all ingredients except the dark rum together in a mixer with ice. Strain into glass and float the dark rum onto the top. Garnish and serve with straw.

Served: On the rocks; poured over ice.
Standard garnish: Lime peel, Pineapple spear

NOTE:  If you are in the Media, Pennsylvania area, there will be a gathering at:

The Sterling Pig
609 West State Street
Media, PA

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page for updates on their arrival, and join in the local celebration to watch their arrival in Pennsylvania.  Please remember that finish and arrival times are posted in local Hawaii time, which is 6 hours behind Eastern time.  Of course we will be celebrating here in Waikiki as well.

PREDICTED ARRIVAL 07-30-16 @ 21:00 PST
CREW VMG RECENT VMG START
UN Finished Finished
OH Finished Finished
MU Finished Finished
SOTP Finished Finished
ALOHA Finished Finished
FTK 02-Aug 01-Aug

 

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 2:00 am 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: FINISHED – 54 Days 0 Hours 42 Minutes
5 Row Aloha: FINISHED – 54 Days 22 Hours 17 Minutes
6 Fight the Kraken: ROWING – 71 NM to finish, Rowed 2352 NM
Endurance Limits: RETIRED – Rowed 241 NM
Endurance Limits USA: RETIRED – Rowed 207 NM