Weather: Pacific Terrific will have 16-17 kt winds from the East North East with 6 ft easterly seas. Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 15-17 kt winds from the East North East / East with 5 ft easterly seas.
Today Uniting Nations Row became the first boat in the 2018 edition of the Great Pacific Race to cross the finish line. Robert Behny, Evan Buckland, Jordan Godoy and Michael Prendergrast completed their Pacific journey in 49 days, 23 hours and 15 minutes. With this accomplishment, Michael has become the youngest male to row the Pacific at the age of 23 years, 1 month and 19 days (or 8450 days).
The team crossed the finish line between the Diamond Head lighthouse and the Diamond Head red marker buoy at 14:15 Hawaii time (HST). They were escorted from the finish line to the Waikiki Yacht Club by the Race Committee Boat as well as a spectator boat filled with family and friends.
The celebrations started shortly after the crew crossed the finish line.
It took the team about 1 1/2 hours to row from the finish line into the Ala Wai marina. As they turned the final corner to head toward the pontoon outside the Waikiki Yacht Club, a single bagpiper played to escort them in. It was an emotional moment for the numerous family, friends and supporters that lined the docks at the club.
We are THRILLED to report that Meghan Townes said “YES!”
After the celebrations on the pontoon, the crew headed to the yacht club where they had not one, but TWO full meals. The first consisted of hamburgers, and the second was their choice which seemed to focus on meat for Evan and Michael who selected a fillet and rib eye, Jordan tucked into some chicken wings and Robert indulging in a second hamburger. These boys arrived hungry!
There was also lots of ice cold water and other beverages to be had while they ate. Several people who were not able to attend their arrival sent leis and some sent orders for a pitcher of beer.
The message from the girls on Pacific Terrific read:
UN – huge congratulations on making it through pizza bum, giant waves, flying squid and the same view for 50 days. We’ll miss our little chats but so proud of you all! Hopefully see you in HI very soon … in the meantime we can only dream how good this beer must taste so enjoy!! Love the PT girls x
And from Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour:
Congratulations from Bo and the boys. Outstanding effort gents! Look forward to attending the worlds smallest race reunions in the future! Enjoy!
As the afternoon went on and the boys had filled their stomachs with lots of food, the stories started coming out. The experience of being on shore surrounded by people must have been a bit much for them at times as Evan told us:
“So there was a point where all of us had our various own hallucinations… during the night time, when you wake up in the night and you are like am I here or there – where are we? I think we all thought at some point we were in Monterey. This kinda feels like that.
I woke up one time and I had a dream that we were going out to dinner in Monterey and I woke up and the alarm was going off and I was convinced. I was all OK I’m going to head out of the hatch and we are all going to meet up and we are going to go to dinner. [LAUGHS] And then you open the hatch and you’re like “wait a minute” [MORE LAUGHTER] We’re not going to dinner!
Evan wasn’t the only one to talk about this type of experience on board. Michael shared this story:
Oh yeah, those hallucination days. – I was rowing away with Robert and I was all “oh, that’s our food over there Robert.That’s our food – my fish and chips.”And I was sure – I was absolutely sure, positive, that we were back in the London Bridge Pub [in Monterey].And we were waiting and the waitress was over there to bring our food over and Robert was “No!No!That’s not your food, its a bag.”That was during the really tough time – we were rowing two hours on and one hour off and we were trying to get out of the eddy.”
It’s an interesting adjustment to go from such a long and strenuous time at sea back to “normal” life. After each of the crew members would tell a story, they would pause with a pensive moment of reflective silence. It’s almost as if they are still out on the ocean, but they are not. This happened quite often while the boys were enjoying their first meal and beers. They would chat for a few moments and laugh about a various incident that happened on board, but then a moment of reflection.
Their journey has been one hell of a challenging. But they made it.
In the days to come we are sure that more stories will be told as they get readjust to life beyond their 24 foot ocean rowing boat. CONGRATULATIONS TEAM UNITING NATIONS ROW on this incredible accomplishment.
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GREAT PACIFIC RACE STANDINGS as of 19:00 (7 pm) PDT
1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: FINISHED – 49 Days, 23 Hours, 15 Minutes
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 664 NM to finish, Rowed 1758 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 1039 NM to finish, Rowed 1414 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED