Race Day 15 – June 21

Posted on June 21, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 15-16 kt winds mostly from the North or North North East with 8-10 ft. seas also from the North.  Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have slightly stronger winds from the North North West with slightly smaller seas.


Yesterday we had a story in pictures.  Today we will have a story in numbers.

First up is that (as of our 19:00 standings) WE HAVE A TIE!  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour and Pacific Terrific have exactly the same miles to go between them and Hawaii.  As you will see when looking at the standings report below, Mick and Sparky have rowed a shorter course which is more direct towards Hawaii as they have rowed 377 nm.  Meanwhile Cazz, Megan and Eleanor have rowed 399 nm and yet are both at the same distance to the finish.  Will we see a change in our leader board with Pacific Terrific continuing their charge?  Time will tell.

For those of you following along on the tracker via the website, you may have noticed that there is a difference in the estimated arrival dates when you toggle between the VMG from the start and the recent VMG.  For those of you trying to plan on when to book those flights to Hawaii to greet your favorite team, here is a hint on when to call your travel agent. [HINT it’s not yet]  Using Uniting Nations Row as our example, you will see that their VMG Start listed an arrival date of 12 Sept. and the Recent VMG shows 4 August.  As boats head further west and south they will speed up (they historically do and the trade winds help with this) and these two dates get closer and closer together.  And eventually become the same as the crews arrive in Hawaii.

A few other numbers for today are that Uniting Nations Row put in an impressive 35 nm since our last report and the girls on Pacific Terrific had a 25 nm day! Personal best mileages. Bravo.

Earlier today we received a copy of an exchange between our support yacht Present Moment from the crew on Pacific Terrific which gives a little insight to this impressive day from our three girls:

PM – PT:  You can continue to double up on the oars whenever you are bored in the cabin during the daytime for fresh air and added speed.

PT – PM:  Thx.  We’re rowing 3 on 3 off 24/7 (2 hours in pair, 1 solo) so between that & butt care and eating not time to get bored!  Finding our rhythm so definitely hope to pick up more speed and hit Hawaii long before you are gone!!

PM – PT:  Absolutely.  The second half of your crossing in the trades will be significantly faster than the first.  Don’t be surprised with daily mileage of 45+ nm.

PT – PM:  WOOHOO.  We can’t wait for it!

No reports on what type of music they were playing but it must be motivational as the girls have really impressed us today.

And we hope you noticed that the word EAST finally showed up in our weather briefing above.  It’s just a first mention but a good sign for our four man crew on Uniting Nations Row who will be given a little extra shove more towards Hawaii by the more following wind and waves.

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1731 NM to finish, Rowed 505 NM
2= Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1947 NM to finish, Rowed 377 NM
2= Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1947 NM to finish, Rowed 399 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED