Weather: Uniting Nations Row will have 14-19 kt winds from the East North East to North East and 9-10 ft. seas. Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 10-16 kt winds from the North East with 7-8 ft seas.
Happy Independence Day to our American family, friends and followers.
We start today’s report with some good weather news. Hurricane FABIO is degrading faster than expected and is taking a route slightly more towards the mid-line between Uniting Nations Row and Pacific Terrific. This is good news indeed. Even if the remnants of FABIO were to run right over the top of a crew they would still only be facing winds in the 25-30kt range which they have all experienced already but distance between the crews and the centre will only serve to reduce the peak wind speeds they experience.
Today we also have an update from our Royal Marines on board Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour. They have been our quietest team during this race. Here is the update from Mick:
The situation with the broken oars is quite serious, it’s slowed our pace and we only have one spare which is a different size so not ideal! We’re cannibalising 2 broken oars to make 1 usable spare if need be. I have turned down setting on Sparky the Oar Slayer’s pacemaker to protect remaining two good oars!
In fairness, Sparky has offered himself as a human splint to fix the back-up oar and we’re currently carrying out trials with epoxy to see how well it bonds with human skin … Sparky’s been stuck securely to the forward cabin for the last six hours so looking good!
Hmmm Rocky [Rocky is the crew’s Falkland Penguin mascot]… the plot thickens … Sparky’s not sure but the last thing he remembers before attacking Bo with his nose the other night is an icy feathered grip around his right big toe … and the distinct smell of herring … seems the Rockmeister may be holding grudge for the exterior capsize drill before we left Monterey.
Time for more rowing now, but one last thing though. Sparky is incredible out here. Not only is he a novice ocean rower in what’s been really tough conditions, but he’s a blind novice rower! Nothing has phased him – he’s an absolute inspiration.
We are very glad to know that they still have a sense of humor on board Bojangles. And like Mick, we are equally impressed and inspired by Sparky. Mick and Sparky’s charities are the Blind Veterans UK and the Royal Marines Charity. If you are also inspired, please click the link to learn more about Blind Veterans UK and the Royal Marines Charity and make a donation.
We did receive a brief update from Pacific Terrific. They shared with us that they are celebrating the US Independence Day by…”ROWING! We know how to party. Rowing in shorts and t-shirts is much more enjoyable. And we have our playlist ready for the next Support Yacht Visit.”
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1091 NM to finish, Rowed 1205 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1608 NM to finish, Rowed 791 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1675 NM to finish, Rowed 733 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED