Weather: Uniting Nations Row will have 14-17 kt winds from the East / East North East with 5-6 ft seas. Pacific Terrific will have 15-16 kt winds from the East / East North East with 6 ft seas. Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 12-14 kt winds from the East North East / East with 5 ft seas.
Our cover photo today is a reminder of what our boys from Uniting Nations Row looked like 50+ days ago when they were preparing for their row across the Pacific in the Great Pacific Race. The excitement in Waikiki has mounted to fever pitch as we expect this incredible quartet will row to the pontoons of the Waikiki Yacht Club sometime tomorrow around lunchtime. Mother Nature has shown them a lot of her might and fury and the crew of Uniting Nations Row has prevailed.
It also seems that the other woman in their life right now, their boat Isabel, is giving them a bit of trouble. The bilge pump on board has finally stopped working staging a final protest at being expected to ‘process’ any variety of matter. Therefore, anything from a dead flying fish to body hair could be blocking the inlet and causing the pump to stop working. After a quick investigation the team determined that it wasn’t easy or quick to fix and so with less than 50 nm to go, have decided that it’s not worth bothering about and they can resort to the “bucket method” if required to empty the bilge.
“We are enjoying the smell of stagnant water” Michael joking reported to us earlier today. We replied that “upon your arrival, to us you will smell as though you are wearing ‘Stagnant Water Cologne'”. So for those of you who will not be on-site to experience this, please feel free to add a flower lei for all of our benefit as they really do help with masking their “cologne” upon arrival. Just visit this link and place your order at the bottom of the page. Please note that orders must be placed before 8am HST for UN but we are taking orders for the other boats as well.
It seems that the crew have been carrying a stowaway during parts of the last day too. Michael reported:
“Last night we were an UBER boat and taxi’d a bird around all night. It sat on the stern solar panel which was fun until it started making an awful mess. Then it HAD to go! The chancer kept trying to return to its perch! If only we had an appropriate cooker, we could have feasted!”
“We didn’t see any lights [last night] but can now clearly see Molokai which is poking though the hazy cloud.”
We are also thrilled to report that young Michael will be having a threefold celebration tomorrow. Firstly for finishing the Ultimate Endurance Challenge and finishing in first place with his crew on Uniting Nations Row. Secondly for Michael will be for setting the record as the youngest male to row the Pacific at the age of 23 years, 1 month, 19 days (8450 days) thus beating the current record holder Nick Kempster from the Great Pacific Race 2014 – Team NOMAN – Age at start 24 years 7 days (8773 days old). And finally Michael has just found out that he has passed the selection to start training to become an Officer in the Royal Marines starting in September.
At the time of publishing, their finish time at Diamond Head buoy looks to be around 11 am tomorrow, plus or minus 2 hours. Keep an eye on this post on the website for updates and our Facebook page. We will also have a live stream of their crossing of the finish line and their arrival at the Waikiki Yacht Club. You won’t want to miss this one!
If following the Great Pacific Race has made you interested in learning more and you’re considering joining us on the start of the 2020 Great Pacific Race then now is the time to step forward. If you sign up before the end of tthe Great Pacific Race 2018 you get your race deposit for just £1 (down from £500 per seat) AND £2,000 off the race entry fee. Click here to enter now before the 2018 edition is over!
GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: ROWING – 48 NM to finish, Rowed 2260 NM
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 727 NM to finish, Rowed 1695 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1069 NM to finish, Rowed 1376 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED