Last night was the Launch Dinner for participates, support crews, host families and family, friends and supporters of the crews in the Great Pacific Race. The dinner was hosted at spiritual home of ocean rowing on the West Coast of the USA – the Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club.
The evening started with a moment of reflection in memory of Anne Sullivan. May 31st marked the five year anniversary of her tragic death in the Southwest Inn fire in Houston. It was only her 11th day on the job as a volunteer firefighter. Team Attack Poverty’s boat is called Anne in her honor.
Following a superb carbo-loading pasta dinner, some unique prizes were awarded to the crews in recognition of special moments during the Prologue Race, held the previous day.
Some of the funnier moments were with our female teams. Team Ripple Effect enthusiastically hauled in a crab pot during their Man Overboard drill. Perhaps they were looking for something fresh for lunch!
And Team Pacific Terrific received the prize for most creative item found floating in Monterey Bay which was a full loaf of bread.
Today, crews continue to make some final fixes to their boats whilst they also get a proper introduction to their video capable satellite antenna thanks to Ed Wildgoose from MailaSail. Crews were also spending time getting boats packed up and spending time with family who have come in to see them off.
The next update regarding the race start will be on Saturday morning.