Race Day 55 – July 31

Posted on July 31, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific, Uniting Nations 2018

Weather: Pacific Terrific will have 19-20 kt winds from the East North-East with 8-9 ft easterly seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 17-18 kt winds from the North East with 5 ft easterly/north-easterly seas.  


Today we finally received an update from Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.  Mick and Sparky continue to make steady progress on their journey clocking 40+ miles in every 24 hour period.  We also received an update on Sparky.  “Sparky is suffering from a shoulder injury, and were aren’t completely sure but we think they have both gone a little crazy” was the opening statement from the report from their shore team via their Facebook page.  The report from Mick went on to state:

“Sparky is steadily recovering from what appears to be a compression fracture in his back.  Another setback we could have done without but spirits are high on board as Hawaii looms.”

Our medical consultant is maintaining a close eye on Sparkey’s condition which could be one of a few different things.  At present he is stable and although uncomfortable is in good spirits.  We stand by, ready to jump in and assist if required but know that the guys will want to do everything they can to get to Hawaii without assistance.

Their report continues “On a more alarming note, [I] woke up the other night staring at a birds arse … an albatross was standing on the aft hatch above my head.  I went outside to get a photo of our squatter, only to discover Rocky there too.  Seems the little scamp’s joined avian Tinder!

Judging by the huge mess across the back of the boat the next morning they hit it off!”

For those of you who may not be aware, Rocky is the mascot onboard Bojangles and is a stuffed Penguin toy.  We also know that Sparky is quite fond of the little bird, judging from the interactions we witnessed while in Monterey before the start of the race.  We have to wonder if perhaps Sparky’s injury might have been caused by a fit of jealousy over Rocky’s new relationship.  Only those on board will truly know what exactly is going on onboard that boat at the moment.  We just hope the quantity of tea bags continues to hold out as otherwise true insanity may set in for these two Brits.

As for our girls, they continue to have their various relationships with sea life.  We asked if they had any recent attacks which they told us no “but the mahi mahi look incredible – surfing  steep waves in groups of up to 20!”  This sounds like quite the sight to behold.

The girls have also created some new games they are playing with the sea life.  

“We were playing flying fish racket ball with our hands and limbs last night”.  We did not hear who the winner of that game might have been but we don’t think it was the fishes.  They are also playing a new game called “sweaty piglets”.  “Serious big time prize up for grabs for the winner – a shower and one of those lava flow cocktails (or three)”, was the report we received from Megan.  However, exactly what it is or how you play it has yet to be divulged.

Similar to the boys on Uniting Nations Row, the girls on Pacific Terrific are struggling a bit in these last few days of their journey.  “Big swell, steep cross waves, very choppy, lots of water hitting the deck – the ocean is determined to make us work hard for these last miles” was what we heard today from the crew.  Despite these tough conditions they still managed to finish the period 46 nm closer to Hawaii than they were 24 hours earlier.  We anticipate their arrival for sometime mid- to late next week, with the exact date still to be determined so stay tuned.

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 – 400 NM to finish, Rowed 2026 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 869 NM to finish, Rowed 1606 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED