Race Day 64 – August 9

Posted on August 11, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018, Pacific Terrific

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

Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour is still rowing and continues to make progress toward the finish line of the Great Pacific Race.  We anticipate that sometime before the end of the month they will cross the finish line.  As reported earlier today “They have battled tough conditions, injury and a slightly strange love affair with their boat’s mascot (a soft penguin toy called Rocky), to make it this far, and now with under 600 nautical miles to go they are on the homeward stretch.”  As a reminder, Steve Sparkes will become the first blind person to row the Pacific.

We are making some inquiries regarding the Tim Tam / Penguin biscuits that were mentioned during the Pacific Terrific arrival.  We are wondering if Mick may have had some Penguin biscuits too on board Bojangles recently.  No official word back on that just yet but we will keep everyone posted.

It was a real pleasure to welcome the ladies of Pacific Terrific back to land and hear all their stories about the challenges they faced over the last 2 months at sea:

Megan Hoskin said “I’ve been in dangerous situations before when mountaineering, so that part of the experience wasn’t totally new for me.  It did reaffirm for me the skills and behaviour required to succeed in a challenge of this scale.  If you’re having a bad day, it’s vital to laugh to lift the mood.  Conscious positivity. Everything is temporary, and our pragmatic approach saw us thrive.  I don’t think that this adventure can ever be surpassed.”

Eleanor Carey - Ocean Rower - Great Pacific Race

Eleanor Carey said, “I find it difficult to distil the journey into words, if I had to choose one word it would be “immense”.  You have to live in the moment and each moment contains polar opposites of emotion. It is simple and, in a sense, easy in one respect that all you have to do is row, but it’s also tough emotionally being separated from friends and family and being beaten up with by weather.  It’s rare to have so much time to be with yourself for so long and think.  I knew who I was before but now it’s even more concrete.

Cazz Lander - Ocean Rower - Great Pacific Race

Cazz Lander said “I’m actually really sad to stop, I loved every day on the ocean. There was something special about being that far from land.  We overcame challenges and had incredible experiences that anyone who hasn’t rowed the Pacific, won’t be able to understand.  Everything was better than I thought it would be.  I thrived.  It’s the best thing I’ve ever done, and I want to do it again.

The Waikiki Yacht Club Board of Directors send this note from Commodore Todd Rasmussen: “The board and members of the Waikiki Yacht Club offer a warm welcome to the 2018 participants of the Great Pacific Race. We are honored to be able to extend our aloha to the rowers in the Great Pacific Race for the third time since 2014. Their trans-Pacific Ocean crossing is a feat of athleticism, endurance and will.  Our club was founded in 1944 to re-establish yacht racing in Honolulu after World War II. Now we are pleased to support a wide variety of sailing, boating, rowing and paddling events and training for youth as well as adults.”

We thank the Waikiki Yacht Club for once again providing an incredible venue for our teams arrivals as well as the most friendly and welcoming members who have assisted with everything from boat escorts to the finish line and providing spectator boats for family and friends, to the amazing kitchen staff for preparing the incredibly important and quickly devoured arrival meals, to the bartenders who keep us hydrated!  We are very grateful to all that you have done and continue to do for the Great Pacific Race arrivals.

If following the Great Pacific Race this year has made you interested in learning more (then click here).  If you’re considering joining us on the start of the 2020 Great Pacific Race then now is the ideal 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!

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 – 572 NM to finish, Rowed 1927 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED