The first ocean rowing trip across the Pacific was from East to West by John Fairfax and Sylvia Cook in 1971.  They took an island-hopping route from San Francisco to Hayman Island in Australia via a number of stop offs, allowing them to replenish their freshwater supplies and food reserves.  This mammoth journey took just under a year.

In 1976, Patrick Quesnel rowed single-handed from La Push, WA to Hawaii.  He was followed four years later by Peter Bird, also rowing by himself from California and arriving in Hawaii.  It is over this route that the Great Pacific Race is to run. Before the first Great Pacific Race the record for this route was held by Mick Bird, who rowed it single-handed in 1997 in a time of 64 days. It is now held by Team Uniting Nations 2014.

The Race Consultant, Roz Savage also rowed the route in 2008 before continuing on from Hawaii in 2009 and from Kiribati 2010 to complete a complete row across the Pacific. For a full list of all rows across the Pacific from east to west, check out the Race Organser’s website.

The Race

The Great Pacific Race 2014 was the first event of its kind on the Pacific Ocean.  Participating in that race was an all male team called Uniting Nations.  They completed the race from California to Hawaii in 43 days 5 hours 30 minutes and set a new Guinness World Record for the first and fastest four person team to ever complete the route. In June 2016 the Uniting Nations team 2016 will aim to break that record.

The most direct route between Monterey, California and Waikiki, Hawaii is a little over 2100 nautical miles (over 2400 statue miles).  However, all crews will be subject to the same ocean conditions which will push the boats off the optimal course.  This means the actual distance covered by each crew will be longer than the straight line between the start and finish points.