Race Day 82 – August 27

Posted on August 28, 2018 in Cockleshell Endeavour, General, Great Pacific Race 2018

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


Today is Race Day 82.  We can be as certain as we can be that the final boat in the 2018 edition of the Great Pacific Race will cross the finish line sometime in the morning light on Tuesday, August 28th.  This is significant for many reasons but mainly because of the number: 82.

The race number of Bojangles, the sturdy craft that has carried our two former Royal Marines across the Pacific during this journey, is number 82.  The significance behind this bow number is that it was in 1982 that both Mick Dawson and Stephen Sparkes served as Royal Marines during the Falklands war.  At the time the two didn’t really know each other but the year and event certainly stuck with them both.  It is therefore somehow fitting that for the record books, the crossing time for Mick and Sparky will be 82 days.

Arriving during daylight has been an important factor for both Mick and Sparky.  We must admit that it is also a bit more fun to see their expressions and greet them in the light of day.  We are very pleased that they will enjoy one more sleep out on the Pacific and will row across that finish line sometime tomorrow morning.

Here in Waikiki the weather also seems to be brightening up for the arrival of Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour.  The overcast skies that were brought as part of the low pressure system surrounding Hurricane Lane have begun to clear and patches of blue skies have (finally) been seen again.  As the sun is setting here on the islands, those of us gathered from around the globe to greet these two incredible men gaze out toward the iconic silhouette of Diamond Head where in the fading light we can see the flashing red beacon from the Diamond Head Buoy where tomorrow we will greet Mick and Sparky as they cross the finish line of the Great Pacific Race.

Just one more sleep.

Stay tuned for live updates as we cover all the action and excitement surrounding their finish and arrival at the Waikiki Yacht Club.

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 24 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 per seat (down from £500 per seat) AND £2,000 off the crews race entry fee.  Click here to join the 24 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 –  21 NM to finish, Rowed 2505 NM
Team Attack Poverty/ Anne:  RETIRED
Team Ripple Effect/ Ripple Effect: RETIRED