Race Day 22 – June 28

Posted on June 30, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 17 kt winds from the North East with 6 ft. seas.  Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 15 kt winds from the North North East with 5 ft seas.


Today it is a case of lady’s first as we check in with Pacific Terrific.  The support yacht Present Moment made it over to visit with Cazz, Megan and Eleanor and are credited with sending us today’s cover photo.  If you look closely, you will see that they spotted a rare form of sea life on board Danielle earlier today – in the form of a giant squid perched on Eleanor’s head.  It’s not unknown for ocean rowers to be struck by ocean wildlife (most commonly flying fish) and squid strike isn’t unheard of although a monster like it is a rare occurrence.

While back in Monterey during the Prologue Race to the Great Pacific Race, the girls won the prize for the most creative item pulled from the sea – in the form of a rather fresh loaf of bread.  Their prize was some lovely headgear and we were thrilled to see that at least one of these hats is making the journey across the Pacific with the team.  

The report from the Present Moment was they found the trio in good spirits, with smiles that were inspiring.  Any sea sickness that they had been having seems to have vanished, and even their bums are in good condition.  No pizza (bum) delivery for these girls.  So “nothing serious to report” which is good news.

About 45 nm ENE of Danielle was Bojangles, the ocean home for our two former Royal Marines, which was where our Support Yacht headed next.

Our report from Bojangles is that Sparky has a new name.  He is now known as “Sparky the Oar Slayer” after a couple of occasions where the number of functioning oars onboard has been reduced.  Sparky was on deck rowing when Present Moment came by for a visit.  Erden Eruç regaled us with his report of his exchange with Sparky.

“We told him to ‘keep an eye out for those incoming waves’.  Sparky said ‘he was looking with both keys but still could not see them!’

They still have the parts of the broken oars and will attempt to repair them when the weather will permit.  They still have a bit of a buffer with many spare oars on hand so repairs may not be needed, but they do have an epoxy repair kit on board with which they may be able to effect a short term repair.  

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1405 NM to finish, Rowed 886 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1789 NM to finish, Rowed 599 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1828 NM to finish, Rowed 565 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED