The Great Pacific Race is the World’s ultimate endurance challenge. Ocean row boats of two and four crew compete against others from around the world in an epic journey on the world’s largest ocean from Monterey, California to Waikiki, Hawaii. The shortest route between the start and finish is a little over 2,400 miles but winds, waves, current and less than perfect steering mean that each boat will actually cover closer to 3,000 miles. This epic journey is expected to take those racing between 30 and 80 days depending on the number of people in the crew, the quality of their preparation and the weather conditions they encounter on route. Each boat is only moved by the muscle of the crew pulling on the oars and carries no sails or engines.
The first race took place in 2014 and in 2016 the Great Pacific Race will start on June 4th at 6pm.
During the race the crews are not allowed to accept assistance and so must carry everything they might need for the duration of the challenge, however support vessels shadow the rowers providing assistance if necessary. With crews able to choose their own route it is unlikely that any of the crews will see each other after the first few hours at the oars.
Learn more about the rich history of ocean rowing.