Race Day 33 – July 9

Posted on July 9, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have light 8-9 kt winds from the North East  / East North East with 4 ft seas.  Pacific Terrific will have 13-20 kt winds from the North North East / North East with 4-6 ft seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 16-20 kt winds from the North North East / North East with 4-8 ft seas.


The weekend brought many changes and new experiences for our rowers.  We start today with a further update on the weather and the remnants of Fabio that passed between our fleet.  A post from Mitch Matthews to the GPR Facebook page summed it up quite well: “So happy Fabio kept his hair in a bun.  Cheers brave rowers!”  

Our crew on the Support Yacht Present Moment gave us a “from the water” report on the conditions. 

“The winds which were a sustained 20-25 knots gusting to 30 knots eased within 24 hours of Fabio’s passing SW of us;  seas settled with lower wave height and longer period [between waves].  The skies cleared to be replace with star-lit nights and sunny cool days with 15-10 knots.  We now know NE trade winds.  Bojangles [Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour] and Danielle [Pacific Terrific] are finally free to run for HI.  They had a rough gauntlet to run past coastal winds to reach the trades.  This season it was a peculiar wind pattern.”

When we last checked in on our girls on Pacific Terrific, they had turned on their AIS and tucked themselves in to ride out the weather.  Here was my unofficial check in with them on Saturday: 

EH – PT: Did the velcro hair holder hold up last night and keep you stuck to the walls?

PT – EH:  Why didn’t we think of that!  Luckily with 3 in the stern cabin we were sardined enough there was no chance of us moving in even the biggest waves.  All good here, we drifted overnight to wait it out so it was just 3 uncomfortable little piglets squished in the stern cabin.  Back rowing and Erden [GPR Safety Officer] just messaged to say welcome to the trades!

The next message that was sent to Pacific Terrific from our Support Yacht was that while they were playing squished piglets, they managed to gain 18 nm over night.  Word of this accomplishment spread to the front of our fleet, and the boys on Uniting Nations Row replied with “18 nm overnight and not rowing sound like the dream!”  

With the clearing skies and the calmer seas, we were thrilled to receive several videos from our girls.  We have put them together for your to watch here:

Meanwhile, back at the front of the fleet, our boys on Uniting Nations Row had a request to “Please send some of the sun to the western front!”  That sun finally came today and the boys took advantage of the slightly warmer weather by finally getting into the great Pacific for a dip. 

“We have all just been in for a swim – the first wash in 33 days!!” was the report from Robert Behny.  “We gave her [Isabel] a once over and her bottom is squeaky clean.”  It is possible that Uniting Nations Row will be even faster now that all their bums have had a good scrubbing.

Last but not least, we also have an updated from Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.  

“We made the trade winds yesterday!  First consecutive two days of sunshine today since the start.  It’s a sleigh ride to Hawaii now all being well.  Lots of blisters, sores, aches and pains but everyone is smiling … even Rocky!”

One last update on our girls.  They have hit the 1,000 nm mark!  Here was the exchange when they realized this milestone.

PT – EH:  EEEEE How exciting!  We just clicked down to 1399 nm to diamond head in last 15 min!  Cocktails and dinner here we come!! Also for the record we have actually rowed 2234 nm so far!!! Just only 1,000 in the proper direction lol.

PT – EH: Also just realized massive captain obvious moment that we’ve done 1,000 nm and went under 1,400 at the same time!!! Derrr!  Brain officially off.  All I know how to do now is rowing!!! HEEELP!  

Everyone is in good spirits and is making good progress, in the correct direction, to Hawaii.  Lots more to report on tomorrow so stay tuned!

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 844 NM to finish, Rowed 1458 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1396 NM to finish, Rowed 1004 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1506 NM to finish, Rowed 912 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED