Weather: Uniting Nations Row will have 14-17 kt winds from the East with 4-6 ft seas. Pacific Terrific will have 14-16 kt winds from the East North East / East with 7 ft seas. Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 10-12 kt winds from the East North East / East with 4-5 ft seas.
This morning at around 9:29 we received notification from Uniting Nations Row that they could see land. LAND HO! We also received today’s featured image which shows Jordan Godoy pointing to land on the horizon. It’s always good to see their smiling faces, which have become slightly hairy faces and they are obviously enjoying the warmer weather as they enter into to the final hours of their epic journey.
The arm of current that the team had been fighting for most of yesterday and half of this morning is finally starting to lessen its grip on them. You may have noticed on the ZeroSixZero tracker that their speed has once again increased and that they have dipped below what may be considered the second-to-last milestone of under 100 nautical miles to the finish (the finish of course being the ultimate milestone!)
Robert Behny sent this message along with the video:
My video – yes it was for Land Ho. Pretty tired so the excitement can’t be seen. Any chance anyone can tell what island that is? Molokai or Big Island?
The answer to Robert’s question is Haleakala, Maui at 10,023ft which is theoretically visible at 122 miles from the summit (although at that range you’d only see the very tip)
Then, this afternoon we received another message from the crew, this time from Michael Prendergast.
Since we sighted land it seems to have gone missing … Not good! Suppose we will get there Thursday now after our typical luck. Utterly cannot wait to be there. It’s going to be brute strength and ignorance until the conditions start playing ball.
I’m longing for that first ice cold beer. It has been a dream. We have the tunes playing on my portable speaker just trying to eek out the miles. We aren’t suffering from a lack in motivation to be there … just suffering with about everything else.
I can’t believe we still have 2 days. This is totally never ending it seems. Who would have thought that Mother Nature would put every barrier in our way. The last 48 hours were easily the hardest and most frustrating that we have had.
Mentally it has been so tough as we were flying along at 3 kts and then slowed to below 1 kt due to extreme circumstances.
My old school motto was “Plus est en vous” – there is more in you (than you think) and this has truly rung true during this expedition. And that’s the game that really counts. Time for a little row. Isabel is a bit needy. Doesn’t like it when we stop giving her all of the attention.
These boys are certainly motivated and we know the end to their epic journey will come soon enough. It could be, as they say, just two more sleeps until we see their now hairy faces.
We have not heard much from our other teams today, but no news is good news. One brief contact we had came from Pacific Terrific when they heard the news of Uniting Nations Row dipping below the 100 nautical mile marker. “Yay! Bring it home boys!” along with “Give them all a well done hug from us when they reach Waikiki.”
We are here with open arms!
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GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 96 NM to finish, Rowed 2212 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 775 NM to finish, Rowed 1646 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1094 NM to finish, Rowed 1350 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED