Race Day 9 – June 15th

Posted on June 16, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Our lead boat of Uniting Nations Row will see winds at 14-15 kts from the North North West.  Seas will be at 8 ft. every 8 seconds.  For Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour and Pacific Terrific, winds will be 16-18 kts from the North West with seas at 9 ft every 8-9 seconds.


Today we start at the front of our fleet with an update on Uniting Nations Row.  The crew has been having a bit of a rough time with the unwanted pizza (bum) delivery and we have also received reports of some blistered hands and fingers that have become a bit of a nuisance for crew on our lead boat.  The crew has given the crew member most afflicted some time off the oars.   The remaining three team members have been manning the oars to allow for the fourth onboard some time for healing to happen.  Of course they’re not alone in having a team of three who can row on the oars.  The girls on Pacific Terrific have been doing this since day one.

Uniting Nations Row has made tremendous progress today having rowed 22 nautical miles and have done over 300 nm overall.  And being the determined crew that they are, they are constantly doing the math trying to figure out how many days it will be until they reach Hawaii.  These first couple of weeks are slow going, and we expect speeds to pick up once teams hit the trade winds.  These winds help carry them right to the islands of Hawaii and we will see daily mileages of 40, 50 or even 60 nm or more.  But teams are not quite there yet.  Our Safety Officer shared this bit of advise with the crew.  “Don’t feel demoralized if pace appears slower than targeted.  Second half of your passage will be faster than the first.  Every stroke counts.” as well as “You guys looked content.  Carry on with the good effort.”

We also saw a report that the crew on board Uniting Nations Row was not having hot meals.  When we asked them about this (it was actually a bit more of a scolding), they said “We do have the occasional hot meal but its faster to not [boil the water].  Tastes about the same”.

We don’t have much of an update from our second boat Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.  Mick Dawson did report in that “We’re learning to suffer if we didn’t already know…” When asked about their course and making westward progress instead of South, Mick replied “Don’t wanna miss the right turn.”  This made us wonder if he was perhaps looking for a sign or turn signal.  Yes, Mick, please keep a sharp lookout for that right turn then!

Finally our ladies on board Pacific Terrific.  They are doing their absolute best to go west and try and try as they might, they do seem to keep heading a bit south.  Never fear – this is still OK so long as they continue to do exactly what they have done today which is to make some westward progress.  They have been trying to maintain a course at about 210 deg, but with the winds this has been a bit of a challenge.  We understand that they have been recently rowing “two up” (with two rowers at the oars at all times) meaning shifts of four hours on and two hours off.  A brutal and unsustainable schedule but necessary to ensure they get west.  We are confident that they will start to peel away from their southerly course and turn more southwest soon.

We know that the girls are giving it everything they’ve got and we can’t ask for more.  Plenty of words of encouragement have been sent their way and we are happy to send more to keep them going.  We are all big fans of them being at the oars and the weather over the coming days should be cooperating with that effort for them as well.  Upon hearing this news they replied “Wonderful, we are trying to head west as we can which isn’t much but doing our best.  We are big fans of these lighter winds.”

Ever since the girls departure and hearing them blast ‘Down Under’ we have been wondering what they might be listening to for motivation on the boat.  “So far its everything from Whitney’s ‘Dance with Somebody’ to Dolly’s ‘9-to-5’”.  We have been told that Cazz is a big Taylor Swift and Katy Perry fan and wonder why those artists were not mentioned.  Is it possible the other members of the crew have already said enough is enough to those artists? or was someone pulling our leg?  After making some inquiries we heard “Don’t you worry, Katy Perry has made an appearance. It’s Friday Night disco on Danielle tonight. We’ve donned our best foulies, the tunes are pumping.”  Well ladies … Party on … due south!

We also heard a story about how the host family where the girls stayed in Monterey had slipped notes of encouragement into their daily food bags.  We wondered if they had come across any as of yet, but they have not.  They have promised to share once they come across them so stay tuned!

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1886 NM to finish, Rowed 309 NM
2 Cockleshell Endeavour Pacific/ Bojangles: ROWING – 1991 NM to finish, Rowed 215 NM
3 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 2024 NM to finish, Rowed 227 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED