Race Day 35 – July 11

Posted on July 12, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather:  Uniting Nations Row will have 15-19 kt winds from the North East  / East North East with 8-9 ft seas.  Pacific Terrific will have 12-18 kt winds from the North East with 5-7 ft seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 11-16 kt winds from the North East with 4-6 ft seas.  

Each of our teams had members of the crew who were disappointed to learn of England’s defeat today in the World Cup semi-finals.  On the bright side, Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 78 more tea bags to enjoy during their Pacific crossing. (read yesterday’s blog to find out why.)

Preparations are starting ahead of our likely first team’s arrival – Uniting Nations Row.  Family and friends are setting out in the coming days to head over to Hawaii to await the arrival of Evan, Michael, Jordan and Robert.  If you are planning on being at the Waikiki Yacht Club to welcome in our crews, please email us at media@greatpacificrace.com or to ellen.hoke@gmail.com to let us know which team you are supporting as well as when you plan on being in Hawaii.

To calculate when teams might arrive, go to the YB tracker and click on the leaderboard (on the left hadn’t side of the screen).  It is here that you will see the estimated arrival time based on either their speed since the start or based on their speed in the last 24 hours (recent – selected by using the dropdown menu at the top of the leaderboard).  We suggest looking at the results for ‘Recent’.  It should be noted that crews tend to speed up a bit in the last 500 nm or so.  So based on all of this information, and knowing that our team of Uniting Nations Row were aiming to arrive in 45 days, we tend to agree with that estimate – plus or minus three days.  Still a big window, but if one can hold out until they reach about the 600 nm to the finish mark before making travel plans, then the above mentioned window should narrow as they get closer to the islands.

Things have been rather status quo on the Pacific today.  Seas were still a bit confused for Pacific Terrific and for Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour which accounts for their slightly low 24 hour mileage.  Seas should have already calmed and we anticipate seeing slightly higher numbers over the coming days.

In closing today, we take a moment to pay tribute and to remember Colin Quincey who passed away recently after a short battle with cancer.  It was 41 years ago when Quincey was the first to row the Tasman from New Zealand to Australia and then his son Shaun later completed the row in the other direction.  Colin Quincey passed away on Monday night.

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 749 NM to finish, Rowed 1554 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1317 NM to finish, Rowed 1086 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1439 NM to finish, Rowed 980 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED