Race day 77 – August 22

Posted on August 23, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018

Weather: Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour will have 20kt winds from the East North East with 9 ft easterly seas.  


Today Hurricane LANE continues on it’s way past the Hawaiian archipelago and is starting to make its turn north running up the western side of the islands.  Its currently moving at a rather pedestrian pace (7 mph) which might be a reasonable jogging pace for some but is unusually slow for a system of this size.  This does unfortunately mean that Mick and Sparky remain on their parachute anchor outside the radius of the worst of the storm but nevertheless and will need to stay there for at least another day.

What must make it so incredibly gutting for the team at present is that currently the wind speeds that they are experiencing are around 20kt, quite normal and certainly not what you’d expect when the word “hurricane” is mentioned.  However, tomorrow the wind speeds will gradually increase and then on Friday the wind speed peaks at around 30-35kt gusting 40kt.  If the team were to slide one degree (around 56 nm at their current latitude) west the peak wind speeds would be 5kt to 10kt higher so it’s important that they wait for LANE’s peak wind speeds to pass before continuing their journey.  This is likely to be at the end of the day on Friday but forecasts frequently change hurricane speed and and so we pay very close attention to it.

Of course it’s not just the wind which will increase in ferocity.  The waves that are generated by a slow moving storm like this are significant. We’ve warned Mick and Sparky to expect the wave height to be around 16ft although there will be individual waves which will be higher. Also there will be numerous rain and thunderstorms giving Bojangles (and her crew if they decide to venture out of deck) a freshwater rinse off.

The good news is that all this weather is pushing (or trying to push) Bojangles in the same direction, West.  So as soon as Mick and Sparky do release their parachute anchor and take to the oars, there is every chance for them to make a few days of exceptional mileage.  We continue to keep a very close eye on the team and the forecast.  We also have to be cautious as Hurricane LANE is forecast to strongly impact all of the Hawaiian Islands and that includes Oahu where the Race Headquarters are currently located.

Meanwhile Sparky gave a great interview to ITV.  Click here to watch the interview.

While we await their arrival, you can show your support for Mick Dawson and Steve Sparkes by making a donation to their fundraising page where they are raising funds for both the Blind Veterans UK and The Royal Marines Charity.  Just CLICK HERE to make a donation.  

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 –  156 NM to finish, Rowed 2387 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED