Race Day 16 – June 22

Posted on June 22, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 15-18 kt winds from the North North East with 7 ft. seas from the North.  Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 16-17 kt winds from the North North West with 6-8 ft seas from the same direction.


Today we have a bit of news about each of our teams.  We continue to be impressed by the progress the crew on Uniting Nations Row have made recently.  In the last 24 hours they have rowed an extra 42 nm closer to Hawai’i.  Keep it up, boys!

As many of you do at all hours of the day and night, I was checking the yellow brick tracker around 03:00 PDT last night.  I was a bit shocked to see that the crew on Uniting Nations Row had a speed of 8.1 knots.  Was this some sort of mistake?  When questioning this speed, our safety officer Erden Eruç (one of the few people I knew would be awake at this very early hour) mentioned “Seen 16 knots over a white cap exploding under my rowboat on Indian [Ocean], launching me forward like a dart.  Just held my breath and rode the thunderous roar… So 8.1 is possible.”  When next I checked, the speed on Uniting Nations Row had gone back to 1.8 kts.  Sounds like they had quite the ride last night.

The girls on Pacific Terrific had the logged the second highest 24 hour mileage with 20 nm.  Their rowing shifts are still in three hour increments as doubles and an hour solo as they establish their rhythm on board.  They have securely moved into the second spot in our fleet and they continue to put space between themselves and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.

This has made us wonder a bit as to what might be happening over on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.  Our support yacht caught up with them earlier today and has perhaps discovered what our Royal Marines have been up to – and that is drinking tea.  “We started out with 1400 bags of tea” reported Sparky.  “Now down to 500.  We are British, cannot row without tea so we will have to row faster.”  They were reportedly in good spirits and they asked about where others were.  Our support yacht let them know that the forecast is for lighter winds tomorrow so hopefully they will have better conditions to row and not drink so much tea.

I think our support yacht summed up today rather well when reporting in to Uniting Nations Row.

Danielle (Pacific Terrific) seems to have found their paces, are making good SW progress. Bojangles best kept secret … about to run ahead at any time, just taking time enjoying their tea.

But perhaps the most exciting news of the day was a message we received from Pacific Terrific where Eleanor has been battling against sea sickness since the start of the race.  She seems to have finally adjusted to the motion of the ocean and today reported the following:

“I just ate my first hot meal pack! Only took 17 days. El :-)”

We are wondering what that meal might have been – any guesses?

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1689 NM to finish, Rowed 574 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1927 NM to finish, Rowed 433 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1942 NM to finish, Rowed 410 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED