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The Great Pacific Race – Connecting Two National Marine Sanctuaries Across 2,500 miles of ocean!

On June 7th 2014, a small fleet of specially-designed row boats from around the world set out on an epic journey, using sheer will, muscle, and determination to row from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii. The ocean row boats are ruggedly designed and built, and are able to withstand rough weather and pounding waves. All boats in the Great Pacific Race are designed to self-right if they capsize. Each boat has a water tight cabin at each end with the rowing cockpit in the middle. Generally one cabin is used for storage and the other as the accommodation, where the crew can rest when they are not rowing.


The Great Pacific Race is the “biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet”. The shortest route between Monterey and Honolulu is about 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 between 45 and 90 days depending on the number of people in the crew, the quality of their preparation and sea conditions. During the race the crews are not allowed to accept assistance and so must carry everything they might need.

Get daily race reports and other interesting information at http://greatpacificrace.com/. You can follow the boats online at http://greatpacificrace.com/race/tracker//

If you think you missed your chance to have this adventure of a lifetime, don’t worry, race organizers are already planning for the next race in 2016!
URL: http://montereybay.noaa.gov/new/2014/140721greatrace.html    Reviewed: July 23, 2014
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