Great Pacific Race Underway
Rowing from Monterey to Honolulu
Row, row, row your boat, gently across the Pacific. That may or may not be a helpful mantra for the rugged oarsmen and women who are competing in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, a 2,400-mile travail from Monterey, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii. As the race website states, this is “the biggest baddest human endurance challenge on the planet.” Participants must cover the distance using nothing but arm strength and determination.
Although 13 teams were slated to compete, only seven set off yesterday due to the late arrival of some teams’ vessels. Indeed, Monday’s start already came on the heels of a 48-hour delay due to 40-knot offshore winds during the weekend.
The crews that did set off included foursomes, pairs, and intrepid soloists—some hoping to nab a Guinness World Record should they successfully manage to cover the distance. Finishers are expected to arrive in Honolulu sometime between 30 and 90 days from now.
As the Monterey Herald reports, the race is the brainchild of a 33-year-old Briton named Chris Martin, who is hoping to break even after scrounging up $668,000 to put on the event.