Race Day 6 – June 12th

Posted on June 12, 2018 in Attack Poverty, Cockleshell Endeavour, General, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Ripple Effect, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  18 – 20 kts of wind from the NNW with big seas up to 10ft from the NW and cloudless skies.  An ideal day for getting on the oars. 


It’s been another busy day here at Race Headquarters with the retirement of Team Ripple Effect (see this statement).  All members of Team Ripple Effect have now safely been transferred to one of our support yachts, the Galen Diana, and will shortly be heading for shore.  As the team had done such a good job of pushing their way away from the shore it will take between 24 and 36 hours before they are able to step off the yacht and onto terra firma once again.

As word spread of the back to back race retirements, messages of support for our crews have come in from around the world.  We have heard from several Great Pacific Race alumnae including Barry Hayes from the 2014 Team Battleborn. He wrote:

The team at Indian Ocean Row 2018 (Team IOR18) were gutted to hear about the rescue of Mike and Brian of Team Attack Poverty and the retirement by Team Ripple Effect. We are relieved to hear that everyone is recovering and in relatively good spirits.

The difficulties the teams have experienced reminded us of our own experiences during the very first GPR in 2014. That initial week can be extremely tough. Certainly for me (Barry) it was the worst part by far … but you have to ride the storm (physically and metaphorically) to get to the good stuff.

So, for the remaining crews still out there that are perhaps wondering if it’s all worth it and thinking of coming home; rowing is so much about reacting to imperfect news … it’s spectacularly annoying! We all now know every rower adapts to this way of life fairly quickly, so hang in there. It WILL get better. I promise you this. And you will have a phenomenal journey and incredible stories to tell for the rest of your life! Hold fast teams.  The time to get back out on deck and pull on those oars is almost here! Cocktails in Hawaii await!

Barry and fellow Team Battleborn crew member Darren Taylor are now members of Team IOR18 and are just waiting for the right weather window to start their row from Perth, Australia to Mauritius.  We wish them the best of luck.

We also had some sage words of encouragement from one of our scrutineers and solo ocean rower Nicolas Carvajal. He wrote:

Once planning and preparations are complete prior to race start, the two most important factors determining success are perseverance and a proactive attitude. It is the cumulative result of small positive acts – eating often, drinking regularly, drying off after every shift – that place the crews in a position that when the going gets tough their bodies will have enough in the tank to follow them where there perseverance wants to push them.

Even though it seems not much rowing has happened for a few days, rest assured all crews are busy doing the little things that are critical for long term survival and successfully pushing through this rough patch in their journeys.  If this was easy, victory wouldn’t be so sweet.

After roughly four days of sitting tied to the para anchor, the crews of Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour and Pacific Terrific finally had conditions that they felt were suitable for rowing in.  Both crews hauled the para anchors in and took to the oars.  The girls on Pacific Terrific set to their oars at 05:30 this morning and it appears they have been at it all day.  They’ve made good progress and predominantly in the right direction.  They have finally rowed themselves “off the shelf” which means that they are in the truly deep waters of the Pacific.

We heard from the team on Uniting Nations Row today and they shared these words:

This is a hard environment to thrive in but other than nights, we’re figuring things out as a team. Any ideas on coping with no sight at night? Everything seems bigger and fast at night.

Perhaps a cloudless night would help – or maybe some carrots. Their night vision will come and they will experience the sky filled with stars the likes of which most of us can only dream about.

Although we have not received a confirmed report of this, we are confident that there would have been some celebrations happening over on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour today as crew member Mick Dawson celebrated his birthday.  Happy Birthday from all of the support team here at the Great Pacific Race.  We do hope they included their mascot poor Rocky the Penguin in their celebrations, as we have heard previously that Rocky was not fairing well with the rough conditions.

Great progress for our teams today and we anticipate another full day of rowing tomorrow as well.

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1956 NM to finish, Rowed 199 NM
2 Cockleshell Endeavour Pacific/ Bojangles: ROWING – 2026 NM to finish, Rowed 120 NM
3 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 2047 NM to finish, Rowed 147 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED