Race Day 21- June 27

Posted on June 27, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 16-17 kt winds from the North East with 6 ft. seas.  Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 13-14 kt winds from the North North East with 5 ft seas.

Has it become Groundhog Day Uniting Nations Row?  For the second day in a row, they have logged a personal best 56 nm daily mileage.  All of our teams are rowing in the “right direction” meaning that the miles they have rowed are much closer to being absolutely towards Hawaii than they have been previously. We are thrilled to see all of our boats point toward the islands for the first time.

As crews continue to make progress, they received some guidance from our Safety Officer Erden Eruç, who was also a participant in the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race with the team Sons of the Pacific with Louis Bird (son of Peter Bird).  Erden, who has the second most ocean rowing days at sea of anyone, just 3 days behind legendary Peter Bird, had these words of direction and encouragement for our crews today:

GRIB files show that you will receive 10-15 knot NNE winds over the next 24 hours. Turn your course over ground due SW for another 60nm to gain more NE winds.  Once you reach 130W, you should beeline for just north of Cape Halawa at the east end of Molokai east end about 21d 18’N 156d 41’ W. … careful not to drop south of that rhumb line given the NE trades.  Rising back up to a latitude to clear Molokai will be too difficult otherwise.  From there, your next battle will be to stay on the rhumb line from there to just south of Koko Head at 21d 15’ N 157d 42’ W.  Wind / current will deflect your boat which you will control.  Then follow the rhumb line from Koko Head to Diamond Head buoy.  Winds will dry down from the hills on your boat making for a choppy finish but you will be celebrating all the way to the finish at the buoy then onward to Waikiki Yacht Club where leis will be laid.  Visualize success;  it will steel you to shoulder the immensity of the daunting task you have chosen for yourselves.

We are three weeks in at day 21 and the “recent” estimate for Uniting Nations Row on the Yellow Brick tracker puts them in Hawaii at a sold 45 days.  Could it be that we will have a team reach the number of days midpoint before the end of the week?  As we had predicted, the teams have picked up speed and the halfway point for Evan, Michael, Jordan and Robert could be any time now.

We know that our girls on Pacific Terrific can be a bit chatty as we saw in the videos they sent to us.  Recently they were not just talking amongst themselves as they had a visitor that wasn’t our support yacht.  Here is the report between Pacific Terrific and Present Moment:

PT – PM:  DEMETER LEADER, a 652’x104’ cargo ship stopped to investigate Danielle as potential rescue vessel.  At 14:15 captain hailed: “Just making sure you weren’t in distress … “  The orange accents on the rowboat must have made appear as a rescue vessel.

PM – PT:  Heard the cargo ship Demeter Leader hailing you to make sure you were not in distress.  With orange accents on your boat, you will get more of such inquires. 

PT – PM:  Yes!! It came past, did a 3 point turn, came back past, asked if we needed any help!  Very nice of it!  Then radioed back about 10 minutes later for a chat to find out what we were doing and where we were going!

PM – PT:  You will raise eyebrows among commercial mariners used to standing on massive steel structures.  Some are more curious than others, but always willing to help.

We wish we had a few more details of that exchange as we are sure it was quite amusing for the large cargo ship to chat to a 24 foot ocean rowing boat in the middle of the Pacific.  In turn, the girls are looking for a few details as well as we learned from their supporter page.

“We rowed through hundreds of what looked like little red lobsters/crabs/something along those lines. Just floating below the surface of the water. Maybe about 10cm long and had pinchers… anyone know what they would be?”

We suspect that these may be the pelagic red crabs many of which washed up on the shores of Monterey before the 2016 race.  The good news for Pacific Terrific is that their presence is an indicator of warmer waters and are usually seen in the waters off the Baja peninsula.  They should certainly keep their eyes peeled though as these clouds of crustaceans are feasted on by baleen whales.  Maybe by this time tomorrow the ladies will have more visitors.

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1456 NM to finish, Rowed 833 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1820 NM to finish, Rowed 567 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1858 NM to finish, Rowed 532 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED