Endurance Limits USA and the seven other teams participating in the 2016 Great Pacific Race dropped oar at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time this past Saturday and rowed off into the sunset on their 2,400-mile race to Hawaii.
Race start time had been pushed back to early evening to provide a more favorable departure from Monterey Bay, according to Lia Ditton, Safety Officer for the Great Pacific Race. As the air warms throughout morning, onshore breezes make rowing more difficult for the slower-moving ocean rowboats. The later start allowed all eight teams to get into deeper water and on their way smoothly. For a full recap of the ideal race conditions and play-by-play of race start, check out New Ocean Wave’s blog.
Last Thursday evening, all eight teams (who represent 11 different countries!) gathered along with visiting loved ones and host families to break bread at Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club and toast to a safe, speedy race.
Erin and Ryan hope to cover an average of 53 miles per day if they’re to beat the 45-day Pacific pairs rowing world record. As the crow flies, it’s 2,400 miles from Monterey to Waikiki, but weather and waves make for an estimated 3,000-mile route. Two days into the race, they have 2,028 nautical miles to go.