Race Day 29 – July 5

Posted on July 6, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 15-18 kt winds from the North East with 6 ft. seas.  Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 15-18 kt winds from the North East / East North East with 6 ft seas.

Our crews have been rather quiet lately which tells us they are focusing on rowing, rowing, rowing.  This is quite obvious with our lead boat of Uniting Nations Row who have consistently logged around 50+ nautical miles each and every day that passes.  They have also rowed clear ahead of what little remains of FABIO and are in a steady stream of easterly winds which are helping to push them right to Hawaii.

Further back in our fleet, the girls on Pacific Terrific will feel the worst of the remains of FABIO but the conditions won’t be any worse than what they have seen before.  With their experience and time rowing, we are confident they will ride out the next 24 hours with smiles on their faces and an excellent play list blaring for entertainment.  We know that the girls have maintained their senses of humor as they have been sending US jokes – usually it is the other way around.  Megan must be craving cheese as her jokes have definitely had a theme.  Here was the latest:

“Someone threw a lump of cheddar at me the other day … I said that’s not very mature.”

If you have a good joke you would like to have us send to one of the crews, just post a comment to our facebook page.  A little humor on the ocean goes a long way.

We also have our Support Yacht Present Moment who is currently in the area near Pacific Terrific.  Present Moment will also see the conditions left behind by FABIO and here at Race Headquarters, we do think of our Support Yacht and crew as a fourth boat out there to also keep an eye on.  Part of their preparations for the stormy weather was to once again toss out the fishing lines.  Even though their freezer still had remnants from their last fishing experience, they managed to reel in a large and a small skipjack tuna.  Sounds like a great way to ride out a storm.

One update we did receive was regarding how Pacific Terrific and Present Moment celebrated the American July 4th holiday.  Present Moment was in the vicinity of Pacific Terrific around sunset on the 4th.  The girls had prepared a special play list for the support yacht which started with “I Need a Hero” for when Present Moment approached.  In response, Jay, on board Present Moment, pulled out his flugelhorn and serenaded the girls with “God save the Queen” which reportedly got a few laughs.  Sounds like it was a very fun visit overall.

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 1042 NM to finish, Rowed 1256 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1568 NM to finish, Rowed 832 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1644 NM to finish, Rowed 765 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED