Race Day 61 – August 6

Posted on August 7, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific

Weather: Pacific Terrific will have 15-16 kt winds from the East with 7 ft easterly seas.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 15 kt winds from the East North-East with 5-6 ft easterly seas.  

In the wee hours of this morning, at 3:58 PDT to be exact, the race committee received an exciting message from the crew on board Pacific Terrific.

“We can’t see land as it is dark (obviously) however … there is a glow on the horizon in the direction of Hawaii that looks like it might be light pollution.  From Maui maybe?!!  So fingers crossed when the sun comes up we might be able to see some land!”

Later this morning, this time around 10:10 PDT, we received the following:

“Good morning!  And it is especially good because … we think we can see the faint outline of LAND!!!  We’ll hold a moment on the official declaration till we are a million percent sure our 61 day sea brains aren’t playing tricks on us!!  But don’t think they are!!”

Then at 12:10 PDT “Def def def land ho!!! Mountains of Maui are with us!!!!”   And by 19:00 PDT they “also sighted Molokai this afternoon!!  Just one island we are still looking for …”

“It is so bizarre – I feel like its just a dream that we have this much left and that any moment will get woken for 2:30 am shift with 1800 nm to go.  How can this be real!”  “We are taking it all in.  3 more meals, 2 more nights, 7 more shifts.  Feelings are bittersweet”

Bittersweet indeed.  Now that they have dipped below the 100 nm to go mark, you may have noticed that the tracker is updating every 30 minutes instead of every 2 hours.  We anticipate that Pacific Terrific will arrive sometime on the morning of Wednesday, August 8.  Exact time is still to be determined so keep an eye on our website’s latest arrival post and Facebook page for updates.

And this evening the wildlife encounters with Megan, Cazz and Eleanor continue as they spotted “something big, black and whaley.  What could it be?  With a big rounded dorsal fin. Very black likely 15-20 ft though we only saw a partial breach.”

After a little bit of digging online we have started to narrow the search.  Some whales such as the famous humpback whales of Maui are currently out of the area and visiting their feeding grounds in Alaska at the moment.  The reported length removes the chance of it being most of the porpoises or dolphins and the rounded dorsal fin means it can’t have been an orca.  We’d hazard a guess that it might be one of the 150-200 or so remaining Hawai’ian False Killer Whales or a short finned pilot whale.

If you’re an amateur (or professional) cetologist, let us know what you think they might have seen and we will send the replies to the crew.

Meanwhile over on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour we have receive a brief update from their shore crew.  Both Mick and Sparky are doing ok and the report was that Sparky was “moaning” at Mick which between these two former Royals means that all is well.  If you have ever had the opportunity to spend time with the two of them together, you’ll know they bicker in jest like an old married couple.  It’s quite endearing actually.  Mick was in his usual good spirits and they have started talking about what they are going to eat when they hit land.

If you would like to buy team Pacific Terrific or Team Cockleshell Endeavour a lei to present to them on arrival in Waikiki? (or a pitcher of beer) then now you can.  We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to anyone who can’t be in Hawaii to welcome the crew back to land.  It gives anyone the chance to make their presence felt in Hawaii and show your rower that you’re thinking of them. Buy a lei now by CLICKING HERE

1 Uniting Nations Row/ Isabel: FINISHED – 49 Days, 23 Hours, 15 Minutes
2 Pacific Terrific/ Danielle: ROWING – 88 NM to finish, Rowed 2341 NM
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 691 NM to finish, Rowed 1804 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED