Friday, June 8th, 2018 – Race Day 2
Current wind conditions are about 20-25 knots predominantly from the West / Northwest. Gusts maybe higher. The sea state is between 7-10 feet at intervals increasing from every 8 seconds to every 6 seconds depending on the crew’s position in the fleet.
Weather will be stronger for the three boats that are a little further south.
We are 48 hours into the ultimate endurance challenge and our crews for the most part continue to do well. By now they have finished whatever fresh food they may have taken with them (remember that there is no refrigerator onboard an ocean rowing boat) and they will be settling down into their rowing schedule. For most teams this means two hours on (rowing) / two hours off (resting) then repeating. On our pairs teams the rowers spend two hours rowing by themselves, then switch over while on our teams of four the crew rotates two by two.
Over on Pacific Terrific, they are utilizing the power of three. The three crew members on board planned on rotating on three hour shifts. At the start of the three hour shift two rowers are on the oars, then after an hour one goes inside to rest and the other rows by themselves for an hour, then in the third hour the third crew will come out to start their shift giving company to the previously solo rower for the final hour of the shift. If you get a bit confused then get a salt shaker, a pepper grinder and a sauce bottle to play it out. This sounds like a great system in that each crew member gets to row with the others, as well as having some time alone. This also allows for a nice three hour break off the oars in the down time.
If you have been keeping an eye on the trackers, you may have noticed that the three teams that have taken a route more to the south have recently started to decrease their speed. We’ve received reports that these boats have decided to deploy their para-anchors. As we know from reports from Team Attack Poverty, the winds have been increasing over the course of the day.
At 10:00 they texted “Winds reading over 25 its – in the wrong direction.” By deploying the para-anchor, crews are able to effectively “stop” their boat in the water. A bit later they sent over “Two days in! We are currently taking a beating from these waves. I’d guess 8-10’ breaking on our starboard beam. Rough going.” And another message a few hours “Just got passed by the support yacht. All is well, but these seas are nasty. A lot of chop and a lot of breaking waves. Yet Anne, she persists … “
For the two teams that are a bit further north and west, Team Uniting Nations and Team Ripple Effect, they will actually have a slightly easier time over the course of the weekend regarding the weather. However they are just passing a different danger zone, which is the southern edge of the large double shipping channel just outside of Monterey Bay which is about 15 miles wide. Part of the prologue race that each crew participated in during their time in Monterey was to drill and practice the procedures of what to do when another vessel is passing nearby to ensure they are aware of your position. We received a report from Team Attack Poverty at 0200 that they had been passed (within 2 nm) by the “Cap Paisley, a 610’ container ship!”
We have received some reports in from our support yachts who are keeping a watchful eye on crews as they embark on this journey. At 11:00 our support yacht was making the rounds by Danielle / Pacific Terrific. Spirits were high and they joked that due to the winds they were rowing with port side oars only. Later this evening they had also decided to deploy their para anchor. By 16:30 the support yacht made it to Bojangles and the crew of Cockleshell Endeavour. Mick and Sparky had deployed their para-anchor and were “having a bite to eat”.
Earlier in the day they had reported “All good. Tough but good. Head wind out then strong north westerlies to fight since bit chilly and soaking wet all the time. All good though. Steve’s (Sparky) smashing it. Rocky (their on-board mascot – a stuffed Farallon Islands Penguin) not so much.” We should note that poor Rocky is zip tied onto their antenna and doesn’t have the luxury of heading into the cabins.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Team Ripple Effect: ROWING – 2035 NM to finish, Rowed 63 NM
2 Uniting Nations Row: ROWING – 2038 NM to finish, Rowed 54 NM
3 Team Attack Poverty: ROWING – 2047 NM to finish, Rowed 64 NM
4 Pacific Terrific: ROWING – 2053 NM to finish, Rowed 73 NM
5 Cockleshell Endeavour Pacific: ROWING – 2055 NM to finish, Rowed 59 NM