We’re thrilled to announce that team Uniting Nations has been confirmed by the Ocean Rowing Society (adjudicators for Guinness World Records) as Guinness World Record holders as the first and fastest four to row the Pacific (East to West, Mid-Pacific Route). Congratulations to the Craig, Casper, Junho and Andre for their incredible achievement. Officially Amazing!
Check it out on page 198 of the 2016 edition of Guinness World Records.
On July 21st 2014 Team Uniting Nations were the first crew to finish the Great Pacific Race taking line honors and the Guinness World Record for the first four man team to row the Pacific.
Team Uniting Nations Row have been on land now for about 24 hours and are gradually adjusting to life back on land. We had a chance to catch up with a couple of the crew this morning after their first restful night.
Junho Choi, the first and only Korean to row ANY ocean said that laying in a comfortable bed was what he was most looking forward to last night. However, after becoming so used to sleeping in such an uncomfortable spot for such a long time on board Danielle, Choi actually found his comfortable hotel bed to be a little … uncomfortable! We are sure he will get use to beds again very quickly.
But even better for Choi was the walk he had along Waikiki Beach this morning.
“I walked on the Waikiki Beach and I looked out at the ocean and I couldn’t see the other side – there was no limit to the water in front of me. But I crossed that ocean. The experience I had, just completely felt like a dream. It was a great experience and one that I had never imagined, but I did it. For five months, I have been thinking about crossing the finish line, and reaching the finish has made me very happy.”
For Andre Kiers, the two best things for him were the shower at this hotel and the Hawaiian coffee.
“I stood there under the shower and made it hot, then made it cold, then made it hot again.”
Why not! As for the coffee, Uniting Nations Row did not take any caffeine on board, so that first cup of Kona coffee was especially delicious for Andre this morning.
Today their boat Danielle will go through final scrutineering and boat clean up. The team is anxious to welcome the next team into Waikiki, which could be as soon as tomorrow.
The website for the Great Pacific Race has daily race updates where you can hear all about the guy’s progress and stories from the other teams participating in the race. If you click on their crew page then you can see all the news stories where they are mentioned.
Today our boat hit the waters of the Pacific for the first time and as the first boat to arrive at the race start. The crew immediately took the opportunity to go for a short row followed by a much longer paddle. Tomorrow they’ll learn all about all the equipment onboard and then take to the waters of the Pacific once again in training and preparation for the Great Pacific Race.
Our boat Danielle has started her journey to the start line. Yesterday she was driven to PA freight our shipping agents who will put her into a container and deliver her safely to the start of the Great Pacific Race in Monterey. This journey will take just around 45 days and we can’t wait to meet her.
She will be traveling aboard the Seoul Express and as a Korean living in Seoul, Junho has taken this as a sign of good fortune. The Seoul Express will be loaded up with ‘Danielle’ (and other cargo) by Thursday 27th March and start her journey to Oakland where ‘Danielle’ will be unloaded from her container and driven down to Monterey. You can follow her progress here.
Junho’s been busy completing his training courses for the Great Pacific Race. The most recent of these was the sea survival course which is normally done only by air crews. The course covers the basics of how to get into a liferaft and usage of a lifejacket as well as many other sea survival skills that we hope will never be needed.
We’re really happy to announce that Caspar Zafer has joined team Uniting Nations. Although originally from the UK where he used to row competitively he now lives in Los Angeles so getting to the start line will really easy for him. See more about the crew here.
Welcome to the new Team Uniting Nations website. We’re just getting started so please bear with us as we grow, expand and add more content to the site. If you have any questions about our epic challenge then please just ask. Please keep coming back and checking for updates. We hope to see you again soon.
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