Great Pacific Race 2016 review

The Great Pacific Race 2016 was the second edition of the event.



  • Team Ocean Hearts
  • Team Sons of the Pacific
  • Team Row Aloha
  • Team Fight the Kraken
  • Team Endurance Limits USA


  • Team Uniting Nations
  • Team Moana Uli
  • Team Endurance Limits

and the crews achieved the following nine Guinness World Records.

Guinness World Records for crew in the Great Pacific Race 2016

  • Team Uniting Nations – Fastest row – Mid-Pacific E-W – (Classic Four) – 39 days 12 hours 20 minutes.
  • Greg Vlasek (Team Moana Uli) – Oldest man to row the Mid-Pacific E-W – 60 years 158 days.
  • Team Sons of the Pacific – Fastest Classic Pair to row the Mid-Pacific E-W – 54 days 3 hours 45 minutes.
  • Team Fight the Kraken – Fastest Classic Pair (all female) to row the Mid-Pacific E-W – 57 days 16 hours 9 minutes.
  • Team Ocean Hearts – Oldest team of two to row any ocean (combined age) – 120 years 258 days.
  • Fiann Paul (Team Uniting Nations) – Most Ocean Rowing speed records held simultaneously.

Tracking of Great Pacific Race 2016

Race Results 2016

Overall position

Team Name


Position in class

Race Time

(days, hours, minutes)

1st Uniting Nations Classic Four 1st 39 Days 9 Hours 56 Minutes
2nd Team Ocean Hearts Open Pair 1st 46 Days 17 Hours 47 Minutes
3rd Moana Uli Classic Four /
Finished out of class
DSQ from class** Tina Neill removed due to shoulder injury on day 10.
Remaining team members completed race with three crew.
48 Days 2 Hours 40 Minutes
4th Sons of the Pacific Classic Pair 1st 54 Days 0 Hours 42 Minutes
5th Row Aloha Classic Pair 2nd 54 Days 22 Hours 17 Minutes
6th Fight the Kraken Classic Pair 3rd 57 Days 13 Hours 30 Minutes
Crews who retired
DNF Endurance Limits Open Four N/A 7 days / 241NM – incomplete
Row suspended due to broken wrist incurred during capsize
Endurance Limits USA Open Pair N/A 7 days / 207NM – incomplete

* All Guinness World Records are provisional until they have been adjudicated by the Ocean Rowing Society

** Read the statement about Moana Uli’s protest and disqualification from class here.

Day by day race updates from the Great Pacific Race 2016


News Archives: Great Pacific Race 2016

  • Notable Quotables

    Thursday, August 4th, 2016 – Notable Quotables
    As things wind down for the 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race, we would like to share…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Fight the Kraken talk food

    After their arrival into Waikiki yesterday the ladies of Fight the Kraken sat down to breakfast and most of what they could talk about…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Fight the Kraken Set New World Record!

    Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Race Day 57

    They say that the darkest hours are those before dawn and this was particularly true this morning…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • The Final Countdown

    Sunday, July 31, 2016 – Race Day 56

    KRAKEN WEATHER: For the next 12 hours, our girls on Fight the Kraken can expect 15-20 knots from…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • An Ode To the Great Pacific Race

    Saturday, July 30th, 2016 – Race Day 55

    KRAKEN WEATHER: The forecast is for wind from the E, 15-20 knots, waves from the NE and current from the…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Row Aloha say Aloha to Hawaii

    Friday, July 29th, 2016 – Race Day 54
    WEATHER: For the next 72 hours, the wind and waves are forecast to ease for our Kraken…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Row Aloha Arrival

    Row Aloha have finished the Great Pacific Race in a time of 54 days 22 hours 17 minutes

    More news will be posted soon.

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Sons of the Pacific Arrive!

    Thursday, July 28th, 2016 – Race Day 53
    WEATHER: The tradewinds are back in flow with a consistent 15-20 knots ENE forecast for the next 24…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Sons of the Pacific Arrival

    Sons of the Pacific have finished the Great Pacific Race in a time of 54 days 42 minutes.

    Further details to follow soon

    Posted 1 year ago

  • One More Sleep

    Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 – Race Day 52
    WEATHER: All crews have a stable 15-20kt out of the East with 2-3m seas. Good solid mile making…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Thank You Galen Diana!

    Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 – Race Day 51
    WEATHER: Conditions east of Hawaii are very favorable for our three remaining teams. The wind is expected…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • All Is Quiet On the Pacific Front

    Monday, July 25th, 2016 – Race Day 50
    WEATHER: Crews have been enjoying 10-15kt out of the ESE today which will gradually back to the…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Row Row Row … Day and Night

    Sunday, July 24th, 2016 – Race Day 49
    WEATHER: Good news! The trade winds should resume normal service in the early part of this week….

    Posted 1 year ago

  • North or South?

    Saturday, July 23nd, 2016 – Race Day 48
    WEATHER: With the boats being so close together they are all experiencing very similar weather at present…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Then there were three …

    Friday, July 22nd, 2016 – Race Day 47
    WEATHER: Both Row Aloha, Moana Uli and Fight the Kraken have this week endured strong winds and…

    Posted 1 year ago


    Wednesday, July 21st, 2016 – Race Day 46
    WEATHER: Four to five metre seas and winds in the high 20’s will see our easterly 3…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Team Ocean Hearts arrival

    Ocean Hearts have arrived!

    Their official finish time is 46 days 17 hours 47 minutes.

    More stories from their arrival in tonight’s news post.

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Road Block at 150W

    Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 – Race Day 46
    WEATHER: As Darby approaches, the wind will strengthen for every team. The forecast calls for 20-25 knots…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Darby Divides the Fleet

    Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 – Race Day 45
    WEATHER: 15-20 knots ENE is forecast for the next 48 hours. As Darby approaches, the wind will…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • On the Road Again …

    Monday, July 18th, 2016 – Race Day 44

    WEATHER: In a matter of hours, the tradewinds should become re-established with the wind direction backing from…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Mother Nature at her Worst … and Best

    Sunday, July 17th, 2016 – Race Day 43

    WEATHER: CELIA has now passed all our crews and the crews are now coping with the unfavorable…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • The First Big Blow

    Saturday, July 16th, 2016 – Race Day 42

    WEATHER: The eye of the remnant low left behind by Celia has now passed NW of Row…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • What are you wearing?!

    Friday, July 15th, 2016 – Race Day 41

    WEATHER: Teams closest to Hawaii can expect winds between 15-20kt from the ENE clocking NE with wave height 8-15ft from…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Uniting Nations arrive

    The first team to cross the finish line of the Great Pacific Race is Team Uniting Nations. Their provisional race time is 39 days…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Poached Eggs and Spam

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 – Race Day 39

    WEATHER: For the next 24 hours, crews can expect 15-20 E’ly winds. As the remnant low left…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Gary the Gull … and Eddy

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 – Race Day 38

    WEATHER: Crews have been reporting in 5-10 knot winds from variable directions today. The wind direction for…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Music To Our Ears

    Monday, July 11th, 2016 – Race Day 37

    WEATHER: For those teams nearer Hawaii winds have been 10-15 kt from the East. The three pairs…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Losing Things at Sea

    Sunday, July 10th, 2016 – Race Day 36

    WEATHER: For the next 24 hours, crews to the west may see anything from 08-17 knots of wind from…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Behind the Scenes

    Saturday, July 9th, 2016 – Race Day 35

    WEATHER: Despite the spread between the front and the back of the fleet winds have been virtually…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Everyone is under 1,000 NM to go!

    Friday, July 8th, 2016 – Race Day 34

    WEATHER: The forecast across the fleet is for 15-20 ENE winds for the next 48 hours. While the winds…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Catching up with UN

    Thursday, July 7th, 2016 – Race Day 33

    WEATHER: For the next 48 hours, crews will see 15-20 knots of wind from the NE, clocking to…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Hurricane Blas Downgrades

    Tuesday, July 6, 2016 – Race Day 32

    WEATHER: As the remains of Tropical-Storm Agatha – now post-tropical and not a storm at all -…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Boat Bum Scrub Time

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – Race Day 31

    WEATHER: The front three teams are now in a different band of weather to the second three…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • July 4th, Independence Day

    Monday, July 4, 2016 – Race Day 30
    WEATHER: From west to east, crews should see between 20-25 knots and 15-20 knots ENE respectively. The wind…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Storm Watch: Tropical Storm Blas

    Sunday, July 3, 2016 – Race Day 29
    WEATHER: The ENE wind is expected to drop from 20 to 15 knots overnight; then down to 10 knots…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Pizza Bum & Tropical Storm Agatha

    Saturday, July 2, 2016 – Race Day 28

    WEATHER: The wind looks to be consistently 20 knots, with a NE swell through the weekend. On Monday…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Storm Warning

    Friday, July 1, 2016 – Race Day 27

    Yesterday we started talking about the arrivals in Hawaii. It has been great to hear from so…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Fight the Kraken arrival

    Fight the Kraken have arrived with a provisional race time of 57 days 13 hours and 30 minute.

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Friends & Family

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 – Race Day 26
    WEATHER: At last, the three crews in the second half of the fleet should experience a reprieve…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Are We There Yet?

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – Race Day 25

    WEATHER: The forecast for the next 24 hours is similar to that of yesterday, with crews seeing 20-25 knots…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • A Pacific Birthday

    Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Race Day 24
    WEATHER: With another big high pressure system stationary to the NW of our rowers, the breeze is…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Ocean Arts & Crafts

    Monday, June 27, 2016 – Race Day

    WEATHER: For the next 48 hours, northeasterlies are in store for all crews. Teams to the west can…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Ocean Visitors

    Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Race Day 22
    WEATHER: Crews can expect an increase in wind strength this week as the NE’lies return. Late Wednesday / Thursday, the swell pattern…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Flying-fish Zone

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 – Race Day 21
    WEATHER: All rowers are forecast to have a pleasant 10 kt wind from the ENE for the next…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Uniting Nations — Halfway There!

    Wednesday, June 24, 2016 – Race Day 20

    WEATHER: The wind should be consistent through the weekend, with 10-15 knot trade winds flowing ENE for most…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Closing the Gap

    Thursday, June 23, 2016 – Race Day 19

    WEATHER: All rowers are set to have a reprieve from the weather this weekend. The wind is…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • USPS — At Sea

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Race Day 18
    WEATHER: There is a band of strong winds, which has been lurking above 28 degrees North all…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Not just dots on a screen

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – Race Day 17
    WEATHER: Over the next 48 hours the swell will virtually double in size for all crews, from…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Salon at Sea

    Monday, June 20, 2016 – Race Day 16

    WEATHER: In the trade wind belt between 29 degrees North and 27 North, the wind is set to…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Father’s Day

    Sunday, June 19, 2016 – Race Day 15

    WEATHER: In the next 36 hours we may see the fleet concertina as front runner Uniting Nations remain…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Two Weeks Closer to Hawaii

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 – Race Day 14

    WEATHER: Three hundred and ninety-two nautical miles now lies between race front runner Uniting Nations and the girls…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Hot! Hot! Hot!

    Friday, June 17, 2016 – Race Day 13

    WEATHER: Most of our rowers are in the centre of the high pressure system, which shifted south…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

    Thursday, June 16, 2016 – Race Day 12

    WEATHER: The wind really has died off as forecast. Our teams should see 5 knots of wind…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Knock Knock …

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – Race Day 11

    WEATHER: Tonight through until midnight Friday, all rowers should see the wind really die off. Over this…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Like a Mechanical Bull Ride

    Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – Race Day 10
    WEATHER: The good news is that the winds for all teams will drop from 20 kts, to…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Back to Terra Firma

    Monday, June 13, 2016 – Race Day 9

    WEATHER: Point Conception (just above Santa Barbara) is known as the Cape Horn of the Pacific and the…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Rock n’ Roll

    Sunday, June 12, 2016 – Race Day 8
    WEATHER: Crews in the north of our fleet have already seen a drop in the wind from 18 to…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • One Week In

    Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Race Day 7

    WEATHER: The high pressure system, which has caused the strong winds experienced by the rowers over the past…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Change in the Leader Board

    Thursday, June 9, 2016 – Race Day 5

    WEATHER: Crews should see the wind abate this evening and remain in the low 20’s until after dawn….

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Under the Weather

    Tuesday, June 8 – Race Day 4

    WEATHER: The wind should be a consistent NW’ly flow tomorrow. The forecast is for NNW winds on Friday,…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Wind & Whales

    Tuesday, June 7 – Race Day 3

    WEATHER: Winds 18 knots, building to 20-25 knots into tomorrow. Seas WNW clocking to NNW. While conditions strengthen,…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Off The Shelf

    Monday, June 6 – Race Day 2
    WEATHER Forecast for Wednesday through the weekend:
    High-pressure systems cycle clockwise in the northern hemisphere and this is the…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • … And they are off!

    The afternoon weather conditions on June 4th were ideal for the start of the 2016 Great Pacific Race. “The idea of starting the race…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • The Great Pacific Race 2016 gets underway

    Eight crews, with representatives from 11 different countries set off on Saturday evening and began their long journey across the Pacific Ocean towards Hawaii….

    Posted 1 year ago

  • The Day of the Start


    Final preparations are being made before this afternoons start of the Great Pacific Race. The boats will gather at 1630 (4:30 pm)…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Great Pacific Prologue Race

    Tuesday, May 31st was the most exciting day thus far as we prepare for the start of the Great Pacific Race. Crews were up very…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Race Start — 9 Days

    Over the last few days, the crews participating in this summer’s Great Pacific Race have been busily getting things organized, launching their boats and…

    Posted 1 year ago

  • Race Start — 11 Days

    The level activity in the Great Pacific Race boat park continues to increase as we tick off another day on the countdown clock ahead of…

    Posted 2 years ago

  • Do you know the way to Monterey?

    As the start of the Great Pacific Race 2016 approaches the teams prepare for their journey to Monterey with their boats. With 9 countries…

    Posted 2 years ago