Weather: Winds will be similar for all our crews for the next 24 hours at 18-22 kts, with seas from 9-11 ft at about 9 seconds.
All has been relatively quiet here on the western front at Race Headquarters today. Teams have been rowing and making some good headway. We will start with our ladies on Pacific Terrific. They kept to their word, and at sun rise this morning at about 05:30 they hauled in their para anchor and took to the oars. They were able to keep at it all day but reported in late afternoon that the winds and waves had picked up again, and so they put out the para anchor for the night.
Unfortunately, the girls are in a persistent wind pattern. According to our Safety Officer Erden Eruç, this wind pattern eases to the west of the girls. He reported to them “The longer you linger there, the more likely you will remain in it. That westing is critical!” Our determined ladies of Cazz, Eleanor and Megan replied with “We understand the winds are picking up overnight but easing tomorrow and through the rest of the week, so will crack on with much more westward gain asap. Keeping chins up :)”
Over on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour we heard some of the same story but with a little twist. Our support yacht visited Mick and Sparky late this afternoon and provided the following report. Both crew members are in good spirits. Mick reported that when they left Monterey, they had about 1,600 tea bags. With all the time they had spent on para anchor and to keep warm during these cold and blustery days, Mick believes that they must be down to about 1,200. Upon hearing this news, the crew of the support yacht inquired “How much water can you boil?” Mick replied “Oh heaps, mate. We are prepared to boil water, then to row … in that order.” They then asked about how Mick’s crewmate was coping with the potential tea shortage and were told “Sparky’s a champ – dealing well with the ordeal.”
Uniting Nations Row have sent us the first video during their time at sea. This year as part of the services and equipment provided to each of the crews in the Great Pacific Race all teams have been given a full video capable satellite setup. This allows crews to not only shoot and edit video whilst at sea but then to send it back to us on land! It’s early days for the teams using this technology and is something which is truly groundbreaking and utterly unique. No other ocean rowing event supplies each team with these specialised systems.
While we don’t have any direct news to write about today from the rowers of team Uniting Nations Row we do have VIDEO! With the weather cooperating a bit more today, crew member Michael Prendergast was able to send us this short clip of life onboard the ocean rowing boat Isabel.
We look forward to receiving more videos from our crews as they continue to make their way across the Pacific to Hawaii.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1935 NM to finish, Rowed 232 NM
2 Cockleshell Endeavour Pacific/ Bojangles: ROWING – 2015 NM to finish, Rowed 150 NM
3 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 2039 NM to finish, Rowed 168 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED