Weather: Again today we will see slightly lighter conditions for Uniting Nations Row with 10-14 kt winds from the North West, becoming North / North West later. For Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour, winds will be a bit stronger at just under 20kt from the North / North West with 7 ft. seas for all crews.
Uniting Nations Row with its four-man crew continues to dominate the Great Pacific Race. “You are now on the open ocean where you will use the wind and waves in your favor. You are done fighting them. Use them to your advantage.” These were some sage words of wisdom shared with Mike, Robert, Evan and Jordan from our safety officer Erden Eruc. The crew had expressed a little frustration with the fact that they weren’t able to stay on what they wanted as their desired course. “Saving your energy to fight another day is part of the game” Erden also told them. They are doing great and continue to put distance between themselves and the rest of the fleet, ticking off the miles to go to get them to Hawaii.
With their comfortable lead, Uniting Nations Row has had a slight change in mindset and have become a bit competitive not only with the fleet but also between the crew. Here is part of the exchange between our support yacht and the UN crew.
UN: Mike and I (Robert) have a challenge. To see who can hit full rations 6000 calories per day first. He’s leading around 4.5k with me trailing a bit.
SY: I empathize, it is hard to put down that much food! I max out at about 3000 myself.
UN: Based on testing I (Robert) need 2000 calories just to lie in bed all day. So 3500 has been my training intake with surges up 1k. Never seen 6k go down yet. I’m pushing on the oars to I have no doubt I can burn more than I’m feeding myself. I know how to put down when I don’t want to, as in after getting sea sick, starting my calorie count over for the day. Weren’t fun days.
We are very glad that the food tides have turned for the crew on Uniting Nations Row and that they are consuming and burning as much as they can in the quest to go west. We are also standing by for the report as to who will reach that 6000 calorie a day intake!
This competitive nature has also popped up over on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour. “Could we grab a rough idea about boat positions. The elderly chap I’m rowing with is getting all competitive” was a note from Mick Dawson that was sent to the Race Office. We also found the following update from the CPE headquarters:
“We’re getting there. First 11 days challenging, wet through and cold throughout … oh and a [near] gale to contend with.
“Sparky was cleared off his seat 5 times by crashing waves … technically deserting his post … but I’ve let that slide … in interest of crew morale …
“We’re finally making west now so hopefully give these youngsters a race now!
“Sparky continues to be an absolute inspiration, he coped with the dreadful early conditions like an old salt. He did say he’s never going to the Coach House with me again though … (Note: This is their local pub where the two of the came up with the idea to row the Pacific together.) Humbling to see him rowing at night in near gale force winds and big seas and nailing it! Rocky (their penguin mascot) on the other hand still isn’t speaking to us since we left him on deck for capsize drills … thank everyone for their kind words and donations, both to our Crowdfunding and to our charities, Blind Veterans UK and The Royal Marines Charity.”
At the time they inquired, Isabel (Uniting Nations Row) was about 170 nm due West/ South West and Danielle (Pacific Terrific) was about 25 nm due East/ South East of Bojangles (Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour).
Meanwhile over of Pacific Terrific they have also changed their mode of operations just a bit. “Been a bit in eat, sleep, row, repeat rather than diagnose & repair mode the past days as we try to push west, but would be great to fix.” They are referring to their bilge pump which has once again quit on them. It could be debris clogging the impeller, it could be a fuse, it could be a dead switch or something else. We know that the girls are doing their research and trying to source a fix. Until then, it is manual pumping for them. “Having to hand bilge or use a bucket to empty [the footwell], currently having waves crashing over, filling up the boat every time we empty.” Frustrating.
Another issue they are having on board is dampness which doesn’t always cooperate with electronic equipment. “The good news is we have videos, but the bad is we also have issues with the phone we need to use to send them :/ Currently trying to dry out iPhone with silica gel sachets in a dry bag …” We are anxious to receive those videos so we hope the girls and their iPhone will dry out soon.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1793 NM to finish, Rowed 430 NM
2 Cockleshell Endeavour Pacific/ Bojangles: ROWING – 1962 NM to finish, Rowed 322 NM
3 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1988 NM to finish, Rowed 331 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED