Race Day 74 – August 19

Posted on August 20, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, General, Great Pacific Race 2018

Weather: Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 16-17 kt winds from the East with 7 ft easterly seas.  


Teamwork is one of the key skills that each of our crews must possess if they are to succeed in the ultimate endurance challenge.  Of course an individual cannot possess the skill of teamwork, as it is an ability that the all members of the team must generate, work and build together.  It needs all members to commit fully to the other members of the crew.  To put their fellow teammates before themselves.  The crew of Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour are both former Royal Marines and so it goes without saying that both Mick and Sparky have this dedication to each other already deeply woven into their DNA.  One of the most visible demonstrations of this devotion to their teamwork is in the support of a teammate to the detriment of yourself.  By supporting each other the team becomes immeasurably stronger and far more able to resist external pressures.

For a while now Sparky has been suffering, firstly with a painful knee and more recently with a painful shoulder.  This has more recently prevented him from fulfilling his full rowing duties.  However, this hasn’t stopped the team.  Mick had taken to the oars with renewed vigour and energy whilst Sparky rested and recuperated from his injuries.  Of course as race organisers we were, indeed, we remain concerned about Sparky’s injuries, although not deteriorating it was clear that his road to recovery would be slow and painful whilst bouncing around on their ocean row boat.  We offered the team the chance to either withdraw from the race by stepping onto the support yacht or to for Sparky to step onto the support yacht to be more comfortable and receive medical attention and for Mick to continue to row their boat Bojangles to Hawaii.  It is a measure of both men’s dedication to the team that their reply was typically light-hearted but firm in their insistence that they were going to finish the race.

It may seem like this only demonstrates teamwork and devotion from Mick to take to the oars and row their boat and his comrade as far towards Hawaii as required before either finishing the race or Sparky’s recovery.  What may be less obvious is the teamwork demonstrated by Sparky to refuse an offer of comfort, while coping with severe pain for an undetermined period of time to keep the team’s goal alive.

This teamwork has paid off.  After recovering for at least two weeks Sparky has started to get back onto the oars again.  Although not yet rowing his full compliment of hours, over the last few days he has started to ease himself gently back onto the oars.  It may be slow progress but it is so good to hear that this unbreakable teamwork will see this crew overcome one of the greatest pressures that they can be put under.

Without question this duo are one hell of a team.  They are so committed to each other, and their goal of reaching Hawaii, that they will do literally anything to achieve it.

Less than 250nm now separates this team from the greatness of finishing the ultimate endurance challenge, setting a Guinness World Record (for Sparky to become the first blind person to row the Pacific), touching land again after nearly three months at sea and most importantly the end of their demonstration of what a world class team looks like.  Unbreakable and exceptional.

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 Sparky 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 – 249 NM to finish, Rowed 2265 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED