Race Day 70 – August 15

Posted on August 15, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018

Weather: Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 10-12 kt winds from the East North East with 5 ft easterly seas.  


Now there is one.  Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour is our final boat still rowing in the Great Pacific Race.  Perhaps slow but sure.  Determined and steadfast.  

For a number of reasons we don’t get as many, or as in-depth daily reports from our remaining duo as we might like.  With our focus now only on Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour, the difference in communication frequencies between boats is clear.  This isn’t a problem at all but can get nerve wracking if you’re following the race but not hearing any updates.  The truth is that there’s not information to relay to you so we’re going to decrease our frequency of race updates to roughly every two to three days on account of this.

The team had continued to row west as fast as they could but the ocean current that had been gently helping them vanished without warning around 3 days ago. Having rowed through the wilderness across a patch of ocean where there was virtually no current, the team now find that they are being re-engaged by the ocean current.   Over the next day or two this current should once again help to improve their progress.  Although this measly current is tiny (0.4 to 0.7 kt depending on the exact location) it is helping out the crew and after months of being beaten up the the Pacific, it’s only fair that it helps rather than hinders them.  More than anything it will help to lift spirits onboard.   This flake of ocean current may continue to help the team for some while yet or it may peter out, but for now it’s good news.

As you may know, half of the Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour team is blind and he (Steve Sparkes) is attempting to become the first blind person to row the Pacific.  Both Steve and Mick are former Royal Marines.

Mick Dawson and Steve Sparkes have chosen two charities they are supporting during the Great Pacific Race.  Their fundraising goal is to hit the £10k mark for their charities which are the Blind Veterans UK and The Royal Marines Charity.  As of this writing they are nearly there with 84% of their goal reached.  Every dollar, euro, or pound helps.  Just CLICK HERE to make a donation.  

It would mean so much to these courageous and incredible gentlemen if their fundraising target was to be achieved by the time they reach land, which should be sometime in the next two weeks.  They only have 425 miles to go until they reach the shores of Waikiki and have already rowed a remarkable 2084 nautical miles.

If following the Great Pacific Race this year has made you interested in learning more or 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 Mick and Sparkey finish then you get your race deposit for just £1 (down from £500 per seat) AND £2,000 off the race entry fee.  Click here to join the 10 other crews who have entered before the 2018 race 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 – FINISHED – 62 Days,  18 Hours, 36 Minutes
3 Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour / Bojangles: ROWING – 425 NM to finish, Rowed 2084 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED