Weather: Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 12 kt winds from the North East with 6 ft easterly seas.
What an incredible, and TERRIFIC day! The latest arrival in the Great Pacific Race has occurred with the all female crew of Pacific Terrific crossing the finish line on Wednesday, August 8th at 09:36 HST. This calculates to a total race time of 62 days, 18 hours and 36 minutues.
The crew of Megan, Cazz and Eleanor slightly surprised the race committee on the morning of their arrival. Their speed had been fairly consistent until they reached Koko Head and then their speed suddenly dropped off. But with just 3 nm to go their speed rapidly increased in a final sprint to the end, causing the race committee, friends and family to rush to the escort boats to witness the last few miles of rowing.
After crossing the finish line of the race, crews still have about a 4 nm row before they reach the Waikiki Yacht Club where they step onto land once again. With the escort boats on hand, the girls had a special on-water delivery from family eager to provide some (only available on land) treats to energise the ladies for the final hour or so at sea.
“Ohhh – it was the resupply of dreams” recalls Megan of that first bit of fresh food on their boat after almost 63 days at sea. “Orange juice for Cazz, and a banana. Custard filled donuts, chocolate milk and some Island lager for me (Megan), with a good ole Aussie Tim Tam bonus for El!” We are not quite sure what an Aussie Tim Tam is, and when we asked for further details received, it’s “the best chocolate biscuits – like an Aussie version of Penguin biscuits in the U.K, though that may not help explain much.” Apologies to our American readers as yours truly, (also American) has absolutely no idea what they are talking about, but it must be good and we know that El was happy with her finish line treat.
This terrific trio has truly captured hearts around the world. They have embodied what it means to row an ocean. They have always had a good sense of humor and we constantly found them laughing and having a good time whenever a support yacht visited or we received a call or update from them. This held true for their entire crossing, surviving on the Pacific for nearly nine weeks on a 24 foot long and 6 foot wide living space.
When asked what tunes were playing as they rowed the final stretch from Diamond Head along the city front of Waikiki to the harbor at the Waikiki Yacht Club, the answer was “what else would be blasting over the speakers but Moana.”
Flares were ignited as they rounded the corner in the harbor and rowed the final stretch to the arrival pontoon at the Waikiki Yacht Club. Once they set foot on land, they were adorned with 25 leis ordered from family, friends and fans around the globe in addition to floral headpieces (haku) and other leis from those who were on site to greet them. They were presented with the Terrific Trio Trophy which has been named after the Pacific Terrific crew as they are the first trio to row the Pacific and are also the youngest female team of three to row any ocean.
Before sitting down to their late breakfast, the ladies had a quick weigh in. Between the three of them, they lost a total of 95.9 pounds during their crossing. They were then seated on fluffy soft pillows at a table full of platters of food. Platters contained cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and hummus, piles of fresh fruit and a massive supply of pastries. They also had some special-request treats like pepperoni slices and Baby Bell cheese.
The girls also were supplied with plenty of beverages. Not only did they have the champagne upon arrival and as much ice cold water that they could drink, but again family, friends, fans and supporters had pre-purchased countless pitchers of beer to keep their thirst quenched.
It was a remarkable day on the shores of Waikiki and we are all very happy to have Megan, Cazz and Eleanor back on shore after their incredible journey. One boat remains in the Great Pacific Race which is our dynamic duo of former Royal Marines, Mick and Sparky. Their arrival is still a few weeks out, but stay tuned.
Tomorrow we will catch up more with the girls as they unpack Danielle and share more tales of their incredible crossing of the Pacific. Terrific job, Ladies!
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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 – FINISHED – 62 Days, 18 Hours, 36 Minutes
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 662 NM to finish, Rowed 1836 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne: RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED