Race Day 80 – August 25

Posted on August 26, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, Great Pacific Race 2018

Weather: Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour are expected to have 18 kt winds from the East with 8 ft easterly seas.   


Mick Dawson and Stephen Sparkes are back at the oars!  This is fantastic news.  They have also rowed through the 100 nm to go mark on their epic journey across the Pacific.  This means that the tracker will now provide updates every 30 minutes to help all of us to follow along during these final hours of their journey.

We will also post updates to our app and to social media with updates as Mick and Sparky get closer and closer to the finish line.  One reminder is that the finish line of the race is between the Diamond Head Buoy and the Diamond Head Lighthouse.  Once the team finishes, they will have an additional row to the Waikiki Yacht Club where they will be met by family, friends and supporters.  This take about 1.5 to 2 hours so if you are planning on being at the Waikiki Yacht Club to help greet them when they reach land, remember to add in that time to your planning.  Also, all times listed will be in local Hawaii (HDT) time.

With the aftermath of Lane came some good news for our former Royal Marines.  They found some strong current that has been helping to move them closer to the finish line.  As of this writing, they are still feeling some of the effects of this current, but it will start pushing them more and more north if they don’t head just a little to the south to get out of it sometime today.  They are on the edge of the current stream so it is unlikely we will see a repeat of what happened to Uniting Nations Row as they approached the Hawaiian Islands.

The one call we have yet to hear is that of Land Ho.  With the visibility being quite low due to the after effects of Hurricane LANE, we are not too surprised by this.  We are also waiting to hear if Sparky is able to tell they are closer to land by a change in the smell in the air.

Needless to say, the excitement continues to mount as the approach of Mick and Sparky gets closer and closer.  We are confident this will be a grand arrival on the shore of Waikiki.  Stay tuned for updates as we anticipate their arrival and the conclusion of the 2018 edition of the Great Pacific Race.

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 20 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 –  98 NM to finish, Rowed 2424 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED