Race Day 40 – July 16

Posted on July 17, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather: Uniting Nations Row will have 19-20 kt winds from the East North East with 8 ft seas.  Pacific Terrific will have 14-16 kt winds from the North East with 4-5 ft seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 12-14 kt winds from the North North East / North East with 4-5 ft seas.  


It has been an exciting and eventful weekend on the Pacific for our rowers.  Milestones have been reached and celebrations have been had across our fleet.

First up we do want to mentioned Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.  If you have been keeping an eye on the Yellow Brick tracker, you may have noticed that their speed has not been quite that of our other rowers.  Ultimately all is fine on board, but we can report that they were “Struggling with NNE winds and Sparky had knee problem.”  Therefore, Mick and Sparky have been taking things easy for a spell to give Sparky’s knee a rest from the motion of rowing and to wait for the wind to come from a different direction.  They are back at it and we expect to see their mileage numbers go up.

While resting briefly they were able to spend a moment writing us this update:

Rowing in fairly light generally NNE’ly winds now.  Weather’s warmer during the day but still surprisingly cold at night.  It remains relentlessly overcast and grey too.  Only three sunny days so far …

Sparky’s been complaining about my snoring!  Not the volume or the pitch … more that it’s coming from the deck when I’m meant to be rowing …

Our food from Expedition Foods is absolutely delicious.  Sparky’s fav[orite] dessert is mixed berries in custard.  Lumpy pink custard with large vivid red berries …

Coincidentally, very similar to the tattered remnants of Sparky’s arse at the moment.  My bottom’s fairing better … resembling more the strawberry porridge which as it happens is my breakfast favorite.

Thanks to all our supporters and sponsors for helping make this incredible voyage possible.  From our title sponsor Dragon Coin right through to the many private individuals who continue to contribute THANK YOU.  Hope we’re proving worthy of that support, we can assure you we’re doing our best!

The focus on food seems to be a theme between all our crews, as can be heard in this video message we received over the weekend from Robert Behny on Uniting Nations Row.

Transcription of video message:

Hey, this is the UN [Uniting Nations] update for July 14 and 15th.  So we have a number of phone on board that have stopped working so we have a quick little count is four iPhones, one   android phones and an iPad microphone so we unfortunately will not be able to send out any more videos or photos.  But we can definitely do voice updates and we will be doing those fairly frequently as we go along.

So a couple of quick updates for the weekend.  We could couple milestones that we wanted to let guys know that I we broke through the 600 miles to go marker which was really exciting.  We had a quick cheer on deck and we got rowing again but it was a fairly significant moment for us.

A couple of other items for the first time we consumed all the water we made in 24 hours.  So we create roughly 24 liters of water for the crew and we end up running about 3 AM so we have to turn the water maker back on and make some more water.  It’s about another six liters that we go through before daybreak.  So, pretty cool thing just tells us its getting warm and we’re consuming enough wanted to kind of keep up with it.

Another fun one is we have food bartering / open market economy going on now on the boat.   So we have things like two peanut butter cups are worth one expedition meal and also oatmeal and granola meals have higher exchange rates to other foods.  It’s pretty fun.  

So we’re just trying to enjoy ourselves out here as best we can.  It is getting much warmer and we’re looking forward to seeing Hawaii and then all our family and friends.

We do want to really appreciate all the support on Facebook and on all the social media channels.  We do get quick updates once in a while of what people are saying but not the entirety until we get back home.  Thanks so much for all the support and we will get more updates to everyone as we go.  And other than that we are charging forward and look forward to landfall on the 26th.  So for now that will be it. And have a great one.  Bye!   

The girls on Pacific Terrific have also been a bit obsessed with food and are even sharing their dreams about food with us.

PT-EH:  I had a dream you gave me delicious noodles last night!!! El.  No sunshine or delicious noodles yet today!

EH-PT:  Noodles?  And I have the MOST awesome noodle place to take you once you get to Waikiki!!

PT-EH:  Literally craving ALL of the food on the planet!

The girls must really like noodles as they have increased their mileage over the weekend and reached that amazing milestone of the nautical mile half way point.  They had a bit of a celebration on board.

“We have amaretto flavored tinned pineapple and condensed milk for half way”

And one additional milestone is that of Uniting Nations Row who have dipped under the 500 nm to go mark!  We expect them to make it to Waikiki sometime next week.  Exciting times indeed!

GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 486 NM to finish, Rowed 1819 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1103 NM to finish, Rowed 1307 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1308 NM to finish, Rowed 1117 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED