Weather: Uniting Nations Row will have a rather consistent 14 kt winds from the North moving to the North East with 6-8 ft. seas from the North North East. Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have light winds from the North North East with 6-7 ft seas from the North West.
Our support boat has had a busy weekend – busy in a good way. Since our last report, Present Moment has left Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour and was headed over to Uniting Nations Row. During this part of their route, they have spent some time bobbing up and down in sometimes non-existent wind. The weather change is now evidenced by reports of the crew performing their duties in clear blue skies while wearing shorts and T-shirts. This is in sharp contrast to the full-length waterproof gear sported during the first ten days of the race. They’ve even started fishing and despite one big one getting away (the size increasing with each successive telling of the story) they have landed a couple of decent sized fish to supplement their food reserves. All of our crews have enjoyed the break from the unrelenting weather experienced earlier in the race and this has allowed those towards the back of the fleet the chance to push west at a more aggressive angle than they have previously been able to.
Thoughts aboard some of the boats have turned (somewhat prematurely) towards the finish with Uniting Nations Row targeting a sub-50 day finish and Pacific Terrific hoping that they can get to Waikiki beach no later than day 60. They were buoyant to hear that the beautiful Waikiki Yacht Club which plays host to the end of the Great Pacific Race has a swimming pool as well as an outstanding bar and galley. But the support team were pained to point out that although all crews still in the event have done incredibly well, there was still a VERY long way to go.
Uniting Nations Row was the first stop for our support yacht. The four man crew has reported that they have “found a few following conditions patches so we’ve been making good progress.” Agreed. And it should all get easier for them from here as they will find more and more consistently following conditions.
The support yacht crew was very excited to see all four crew members on deck. Spirits were good on board. The crew reminded the support yacht of the reason for their bow number of 84. This is the hours each crew has to row per week. 12 hours / day x 7 days a week. They seem to have been keeping to this pattern and in these last 24 hours have logged an impressive 48 nm toward Hawaii. This is becoming their benchmark of an acceptable day at the oars. Keep it up, boys!
It was a bit of a long haul back to Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour for our support yacht so they tossed out their fishing line again. This time “we landed a small but nice tuna as consolation for the one that got away. Our special guest for tonight’s dinner.”
We have saved what may be the best bit of news for the last. Aboard Pacific Terrific the crew (and the support staff) had been pretty distraught about the loss (damage) of the phone which had been optimised for video shooting, editing and transmitting. But they have been able to resourcefully overcome this and have sent us a few videos of their time at sea to date. It’s clear that their sense of humour hasn’t been affected by their time at sea. We look forward to many more video clips from these tenacious ladies in the near future. This is the story of their first two weeks at sea.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1568 NM to finish, Rowed 717 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1881 NM to finish, Rowed 503 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1908 NM to finish, Rowed 479 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED