Race Day 53 – July 29

Posted on July 30, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather: Pacific Terrific will have 16-18 kt winds from the East with 5-6 ft easterly seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 17-18 kt winds from the East North East with 5-7 ft easterly/north-easterly seas.  


Today we bring you a bumper edition weekend update.  

Uniting Nations Row have completed the post-row scrutineering process.  This involves a full clean up of the boat, which can be a fragrant and challenging project for any crew after the long crossing.  We caught up with Michael and Robert as they were cleaning out the bow cabin which you can watch HERE.  Be thankful you were not on-site as the “day after cologne” on the boat is pungent.  

With a Thursday arrival, Friday was a long day for our 2018 Champions.  After cleaning the boat all day, they had a presentation at the Waikiki Yacht Club that evening just after a fireworks display from the deck of the club.  If you missed that ceremony, you can watch a replay HERE.  

We also want to take this opportunity to thank the family, friends and supporters who either purchased a lei for one of the crew members or a pitcher of beer for their celebration.  Each lei and pitcher carried a note from the sender.  If you would like to buy a lei for any of the remaining teams then you can do that now by clicking HERE. 

Now the crew of Robert, Evan, Jordan and Michael have scattered across the island and at the time of writing at least one of them has made his way to the airport for his journey home.  But the memories from this experience will undoubtedly last a lifetime.  Ultimately only time will tell how they take what they learned from rowing across the Pacific into their lives.  As many former rowers commented when they sent over their notes of congratulations, they are now members of a very exclusive club of Great Pacific Ocean Rowers.

Meanwhile, back on the Pacific we still have our two crews of Pacific Terrific and Cockleshell Pacific Endeavor.  They have both done very well over the weekend, and both of course took the time to congratulate the victors.  In the end, each of our teams will be a victor.

The girls on Pacific Terrific had, we have to say, a terrific weekend.  At the time of our last written report, they had 664 nm to go and in today’s standings they have 490 nm to go.  This means they have managed to row 174 nm closer to the finish line in just three days.  This is impressive!  Equally impressive is that they rowed a total of 178 miles during that time, going from 1758 nm rowed to 1936 nm rowed.  So of all their miles rowed, the majority of them were all in the “correct” direction.  They are well on their way, especially if they keep up this pace.

Mick and Sparky are still at it.  Their numbers are not quite as high as the girls, but that’s OK.  They have dipped below the 1,000 mile mark so a big congrats for that milestone.  Knowing Mick and Sparky, we have a feeling they may not have even noticed and just carried on when their GPS ticked down to only three digits to go.  They are still being fairly quiet out there on the Pacific and we do maintain the adage that no news is good news.  They check in daily, which is a requirement of the race so we do hear from them.  With the experience that Mick has from his previous rows we know that hitting between 25-30 nm in a 24 hour period is average for him and for Bojangles.  We just hope that their tea supply holds out while they enjoy their crossing.  And that Rocky (their stuffed penguin mascot) is still with them upon their arrival.

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 the 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: FINISHED – 49 Days, 23 Hours, 15 Minutes
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 490 NM to finish, Rowed 1936 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 941 NM to finish, Rowed 1523 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED