NOMAN in California
3 Jun 2014
It’s been a while since our last update and a fair amount has happened since. We’ve been out in sunny California for a about a week and half now and are now around 6 days away from attempting the craziest challenge of our lives so far. For the last couple of days we have gone out for a short paddle in Monterey Bay which has made the whole thing seem a lot more real. Yesterday we watched as Isabel’s sister boat Danielle left on a 24 hour row with her team, Uniting Nations, and it doesn’t take long before the tiny boat is lost from sight to pacific swell.
Isabel arrived on Friday after a lot of work and failed attempts on getting her down from Oakland. Nick and Mark have worked tirelessly on this aspect of preparation, driving hundreds of miles in the process. A big thank you must go to their host Don for his time and local knowledge which ultimately played a big part in us getting her down.
The four of us are working well together on day-to-day preparations. Relationships can be strained as minds and bodies get tired but this is something we will have to get used to. Ultimately this is only because of how much each of us care about the project and at the end of a long day we will all have a beer together and laugh about what has happened that day.
The other teams have been fantastic and there is a real sense of everybody urging each other to the startline. People always told me then hardest part of a project like this was getting to the startline and it would be devastating to see a single boat fall short of that goal now. Teams are always willing to help out and lend a hand. Thank you to Elsa Hammond for agreeing to lend us a trailer in our time of need, to the CC4 boys for lending us all their tools and to Battleborn for allowing us to store our food overnight in their frankly ridiculously big car.
We have a nervous wait on a couple of important deliveries next week but we are slowly moving towards next Saturday’s scheduled start time. We have been told to expect the worst in the first week of the row where we will battle against the offshore winds and currents for the first 300 miles or so before hitting the more favourable trade winds further south. By this point we will be well out of sight of land and any other boat. It’s going to be a strange feeling.
NOMAN Great Pacific Race crew member