Race Day 8 – June 14th

Posted on June 15, 2018 in Battleborn, Boatylicious, Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Ripple Effect, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Team Uniting Nations Row will see winds from 16-19 kts from the North with seas at about 10 ft at 9 seconds.  Teams Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will see winds from 17-18 its. from the North West with seas at 8-10 ft. at 8-9 seconds.  Winds and seas will continue to decrease over the next 48 hours for all teams.

It’s time to talk Pizza … bums, that is. In an earlier report we mentioned that some of our teams had mentioned having sore bums. From initial reporting, they were simply sore. We can now report that full on “pizza bum” has occurred.

Many, if not all, of our rowers will experience some degree of Pizza Bum (also known as Gunwale Bum or Barnacle Butt) during their crossing.  It is a rash on the rump caused by spending too much time in damp or wet gear.  It is a painful, pimply condition that is only exacerbated by sliding back and forth while rowing.

Take our word for it – it’s no fun.

Back in the 2014 edition of the race, we received the report below from our team on board Battleborn, who finished 2nd in the race:

“Being onboard Patience has been a pleasure, it’s also broken down some boundaries that men would normally have between each other. Now for instance, as I sit here typing this blog, Dan (Kierath) is also shoe-horned into the cabin with me (Barry Hayes), shoved right up against me. He has his pants down and is rubbing his crotch down with a baby wipe…. It’s an important ritual to reduce salt sores, but I may need to be treated for post traumatic stress disorder when I get home.”

Getting Pizza Bum is no laughing matter.  Living in such close quarters, it is difficult to stay clean and dry.

Pizza Bum is not gender specific. While we have not received any graphic details from any of our ladies, our all-ladies team Boatylicious reported the following back in 2014:

“Our other big hygiene issue are looking after our poor bottoms, with a wide range of techniques and skills incorporated.  We’ve been wearing the full spectrum of options on deck from sheepskin and a smile, through silk sarongs, to knickers, to Lycra, up to full on foul weather gear in the battle for the boatylicious booties… Then once our shift is over, there’s a lot of air drying, tingly talcum powdering, Sudocreming, compeeding, and comparing!  All of the gentlemen who ever offered to ‘cox’ for us on this trip would be horrified at this stage, the modern sophisticated ladies you all know and love on land are rapidly disappearing into four grungy, stinky, knotted authentic ocean rowers.  Who knows whether these changes are reversible… You can take the girl out of the ocean, but can you take the ocean out of the girl?”

Until teams can dry out, and stay dry to cure their bums, ointments such as Sudocreme and/ or pain medicines have been utilized on board.  Each team is equipped with an extensive medical kit and training was provided prior to each boats departure. Given the lack of sleep and exhaustion that rowers experience, they do need to be careful that they assess potential medical situations correctly.

We hope our teams are staying dry and properly airing out their back sides!  We have received some reports thus far that the boys on Uniting Nations Row might have received a delivery from this unwanted pizza man.

Meanwhile, over on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour, we have finally received updates on our favorite mascot, Rocky the Falkland Island Penguin.  We know that Rocky has a BIG following.  You may recall that Rocky was strapped to the footplate during the roll test for the boat Bojangles while everyone was still in Monterey.  Mick Dawson managed to revive him after that experience, but we learned today from reports from our Support Yacht that “Rocky still hasn’t forgiven us for making him the only crew member to do an exterior capsize drill.  He also thought he would be flying business class to Hawaii.”  Mick continued with “He is not a happy bird” to which our Support Yacht replied “Poor Rocky is stuck along for the ride with two [Royal] Marines who know how to suffer well … “

There was a bit of drama on board Bojangles in the last 24 hours. We received a report from Mick that all was good but they “had a big knock down last night.  Snapped two oars and Sparky may have given birth!  Bojangles [their boat] as resilient as ever … as is Sparky.”  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour is not the only team to lose oars.  A couple of days ago we received a report from Uniting Nations Row that they were hit by a big wave and “an oar was popped out of the oar lock and lost”.  Fortunately all boats have spare oars on board so the rowing can continue.

During their rounds today, our support yacht also sailed by Danielle and when they approached “we saw two rowers on deck, with Caz inside.”  We believe that the girls are now doing shifts of 4 hours on and 2 hours off to make some headway west.

The crew members of Team Ripple Effect arrived into Santa Barbara harbor this morning.  All four girls were rested and feeling good upon reaching terra firma.  We are grateful to our support yacht Galen Diana and their amazing crew for bringing the girls safely to shore along with their boat Ripple Effect.

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1908 NM to finish, Rowed 274 NM
2 Cockleshell Endeavour Pacific/ Bojangles: ROWING – 2004 NM to finish, Rowed 184 NM
3 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 2029 NM to finish, Rowed 197 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED