Race Day 41 – July 17

Posted on July 18, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather: Uniting Nations Row will have 18-20 kt winds from the East / East North East with 7-8 ft seas.  Pacific Terrific will have 13-15 kt winds from the North East with 4 ft seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 10-14 kt winds from the North East / East North East with 3-4 ft seas.  

We can officially say that our first boat will row into Waikiki Yacht Club next week. The exact day is still TBD, but our estimate puts their arrival between Tuesday – Thursday.  Still a bit of an open window but the crew are narrowing the size of it as they zero in on their arrival time.

The countdown has also begun onboard. The other day we received this report from Robert Behny on Uniting Nations Row.

“UN – Race Control;  Last night was typical night now.  But we’re into day 9 that’s all that counts.

Race Control – UN:  What’s a typical night?  And is that a nine day countdown?

UN – Race Control:   Hah!  That was intended for my family (Robert).  Must have hit your name on the iPad before sending.  But a typical night is for the most part uneventful.  My night starts at 9 for the 9-11 shift.  I’m usually over dressed in full foul weather gear which gets some comments thrown my way.  I dress for the end of the shifts or what may happen not the present conditions.  Things change quickly out here.  I’m definitely the risk adverse person on board, so I may sweat a few but I also am prepared when the sky opens up and pours down.  Different mentalities.  Other than that nights lasts until 9am for me as that’s the first day 1 shift for me.  We have stayed on Pacific time thus far.  The 3-5 am is a very groggy shift but you can get good mileage if the stars align.”

The ladies on Pacific Terrific have also been enjoying opening a few cards and messages from friends and family.

Meanwhile, over on Pacific Terrific (PT), our  Safety Officer Erden Eruc has been offering up some inspirational words to the ladies.

“PT – Erden:  Here is what I told PT over VHF when we met today:  Is everyone able to hear this? (Caz was on the radio, El rowing bow positions Meghan stroke).

Caz:  No, why?

Erden:  Turn up the volume, I want each of you to hear what I’m about to say.  When you reach Waikiki you will have achieved something that no one will be able to take away from you.  Ever since Monterey, whether on the hard or on the water, you have been exemplary in your can-do attitude and team cohesion.  You have taken each challenge in stride, getting through each hard day in style and beginning to following day with renewed hope.  You handled yourselves well putting your best foot forward beginning with the prologue event, then in the tough coastal gauntlet you had to clear to get here.  You have displayed the best character traits of true ocean rowers and for that you have our utmost respect.

Caz:  Thanks for that.  You made El teary eyed

Erden:  Sorry – I was making that up as I went, but I meant it.  You learned a lot in the prologue and put that to good use out here.  Imagine launching without having practiced any of para anchoring or facing real waves … you were ready and I am glad.”

Stay tuned, excitement is building in anticipation of the first arrival of the 2018 edition of the Great Pacific Race.

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 421 NM to finish, Rowed 1884 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 1059 NM to finish, Rowed 1352 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1284 NM to finish, Rowed 1142 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED