Record Time in Great Pacific Race

Latitude 35 has won the Great Pacific Race and destroyed the old record time in the process. Duncan Roy (UK), Angus Collins (UK), Jordan Shuttleworth (UK), and Jason Caldwell (U.S.) rowed the 4,400km from San Francisco to Hawaii in 30 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes.

A satellite image shows Latitude 35 finishing a comfortable distance ahead of its competitors. Photo: Greatpacificrace.com

 

From the beginning, the team was very clear that it was aiming for a world record. Ultimately, the foursome smashed it, cutting an impressive nine days from the previous best time, set in 2016.

Over the 30 days, the team had to battle 10m waves and 75kph winds. In their boat, American Spirit, they rowed 24 hours a day on a two-hours on, two-hours off, schedule.

Photo: @TeamLatitude35

 

When the race started on May 31, all teams struggled against onshore winds. Latitude 35 was able to push through and eke out an early lead. Then they caught favourable trade winds that pushed them toward Hawaii and allowed them to extend their lead.

Being the only male crew may have helped them win the race, but it was the wealth of rowing experience that helped them smash the record. Roy and Caldwell have both rowed across the Atlantic twice, and Collins has rowed across the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.

Photo: @TeamLatitude35

 

Collins is the youngest man to have rowed the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific, and the only man to hold world records rowing all three oceans.

Collins’ sister, Bella Collins, is also competing in the Great Pacific Race. She is part of the crew Ocean Sheroes. With just 650km to go, they are on track to finish the race in second place and to break the record for a female crew.

Rebecca McPhee is a freelance writer for ExplorersWeb.

Rebecca has been writing about open water sports, adventure travel, and marine science for three years. Prior to that, Rebecca worked as an Editorial Assistant at Taylor and Francis, and a Wildlife Officer for ORCA.

Based in the UK Rebecca is a science teacher and volunteers for a number of marine charities. She enjoys open water swimming, hiking, diving, and traveling.

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West Hansen
11 months ago

How is it a “world” record if it is on a specific course: San Francisco to Hawaii? Wouldn’t this be a “course” record? Can I set a world record for running from my house to the end of my block faster than anyone else that has attempted the same course?

West Hansen
11 months ago
Reply to  West Hansen

Thank you, Rebecca, for listening. A sign of a great journalist.

Ash Routen
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11 months ago
Reply to  West Hansen

I’ve had this conversation with a few folks West, as I’m sure you have. I tend to agree that for something to constitute a world record it has to be replicable anywhere (within reason of course) in the world e.g. fastest mile run.

West Hansen
11 months ago
Reply to  Ash Routen

Thanks, Ash. It really came to my attention with people claiming “world” records for paddling the length of the Mississippi River, then when the runner ran 26.2 miles under three hours – but not under normal “marathon” parameters. You’re absolutely right: for something to include the descriptor “world” it must not be relegated to a specific course and must be able to be replicated anywhere.

Last edited 11 months ago by West Hansen