Race Day 79 – August 24

Posted on August 25, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018

Weather: Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour are expected to have 20 kt winds from the East with 12 ft easterly seas.   


Top of the report is that Hurricane LANE was downgraded to a Tropical Storm last night and may just be remembered as the Category 5 Hurricane which almost reached Waikiki, but didn’t.  This is all good news.  In the end, the island of Oahu saw winds at about 50 mph and power outages in a few areas.  Although today is still a bit breezy with scattered rain, life is already starting to return to normal with the shut stores opening and boarded windows being unboarded.

For our rowers it was time spent predominantly in the cabin, the two men squashed together.  We received short texts from them on a regular basis during the course of the storm.  These messages really tell their story in the best way:

On the weather conditions they faced.
“Had worse, but this will do … Bo’s still doing her stuff. [Referring to their boat Bojangles]. On the conditions 28 knots now but 30 plus gusts here. Big sea but not too angry now. Lots of rain. Tough night but happy to be safely on the other side of it.  Really looking forward to arrival.”

On hauling in the parachute anchor and starting to make forward progress.
“Just went to drogue mate.  With you in a jiff.” [Anticipating the short amount of time period before their arrival]

On how much gas they have to make hot meals and cups of tea.
“2 possibly 3 teas left … We hope 4 but would have to sacrifice temperature for quantity and that’s not happening!”

At Race Headquarters, we are very relieved to have this particular hurricane behind us, and are focusing on what will truly be a triumphant arrival on the shores of Waikiki when Mick and Sparky finally reach land.  The team’s current arrival time looks like it will be sometime early next week with the exact date and time still to be determined.

If you would like to buy the team lei to present to them on arrival in Waikiki? (or a pitcher of beer) then now you can.  We are thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity to anyone who can’t be in Hawaii to welcome the crew back to land.  It gives anyone the chance to make their presence felt in Hawaii and show your rower that you’re thinking of them. Buy a lei now by CLICKING HERE

While we and their primary sponsor Dragon Coin 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.  We already have 19 teams from around the world who have committed to take part in this incredible event.  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 19 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 –  133 NM to finish, Rowed 2388 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED