Race Day 20 – June 26

Posted on June 26, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 15-17 kt winds from the North East with 7 ft. seas.  Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 10-12 kt winds from the North North East with 5 ft seas

Today has been another personal best mileage for our boys on Uniting Nations Row today.  They had a remarkable 56 nm rowed since our last report.  If you’ve been keeping an eye on the estimated arrival dates via the Yellow Brick tracker, you may have noticed that over the last few days that at their current speed, they are just a month away from their predicted arrival in Hawaii.  Their speed should remain about the same, if not increase a bit and it is possible they could shave a few more days off that current predicted arrival date.

The moon is waxing gibbous and the full moon approaching on Friday.  With that, our crews should be in for some amazing nights out there on the Pacific.  According to the forecast the skies will be clearer for Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour and for Pacific Terrific.  We hope they will utilize their new-found videography skills to get some night shots for us with a big, full moon lighting their night sky.

We hope that you all have enjoyed yesterday’s video as much as we have. We especially liked the fact that Cazz, Megan and Eleanor were keeping a watchful eye over our support yacht and providing nice commentary.  We also very much appreciated the humor in the video posted to their site by their home support team.

In watching the videos, we are also able to do a little checking to be sure that everyone is being safe.  The very watchful eye of our Race Director Chris Martin noticed that something might be missing from our video stars.

“Lovely video but I need to highlight that in most of these we can’t see your lifelines. If you’re not connected to the boat then you risk being swept overboard, especially during change-overs.”

The diligent skipper Megan replied:

“We have climbing harnesses and have been attached 100% of the time.  They are under our jackets with the line under our leg to the main safety line so not to get caught on the oars so can’t see them but promise we are always attached!!!  Even in flat seas like today we have been attached all the time.”

We are glad that the ladies listened so well to our briefings and are being as careful.  Safety is always job number one.

We mentioned that on these calmer days with flatter seas that crews have been taking the opportunity to do some housekeeping.  The team decided to take this a step further with this report:

“Went for a swim and cleaned the bottom of the boat today and we gained at least half a knot if not more.  It’s like magic!!”

This is the first report of a crew willingly going into the water.  Cleaning the bottom of the boat does have its advantages.  Since ocean rowing boats are not extremely fast moving, algae, barnacles and other ocean life such as barnacles and zebra mussels will start to attach below the waterline on the hull.  Over time this will slow a boats progress so occasional cleanings are necessary.

Our last report of the day also came from our chatty girls on Pacific Terrific. “Checking in – all good, well now that Cazz has freed her head from the wall she velcro’s it to. It’s not even the first time.” We are not sure, but we think this may be some new twist on ocean bed head.

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1512 NM to finish, Rowed 774 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1850 NM to finish, Rowed 536 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1883 NM to finish, Rowed 504 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED