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Celebrating the first Great Pacific RaceUPDATED 9:24 PM HST Jul 22, 2014Video Transcript
Finally after 43 straight days of rowing -- the first boat finishes in the Great Pacific Race. KITV4s Paul Drewes was there as the winning crew came ashore. Paul? Team Uniting Nations battled nasty weather, broken equipment and twelve hours of rowing every day...but they tell me their biggest challenge for this grueling endurance race -- came from a clash of their own personalities. It was all smiles though for the crew as their long journey came to an end. Two months ago, they had never met one another, but they've just spend the past 43 days rowing 2400 miles from Monteray California to Hawaii in a very small boat.. The 4-man crew spent months training physically for this journey across the Pacific, but say they were not as prepared for the mental toll this endurance race would take. caspar@13:00-13:12 "YOU GOT SO MUCH TIME ON YOUR HANDS CAUSE YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY ROWING 12 HOURS A DAY. ONE HOUR ON ONE HOUR OFF. YOU SLEEP FOR 50 MINUTES, THEN YOU GET READY TO ROW. YOU HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO THINK YOU REALLY GO THROUGH EVERYTHING. IT CAN GET REALLY DARK, IT CAN GET REALLY HAPPY." Along with rowing through swells up to 40ft, each crew member also had to pump water through a desalinator for an hour and a half each day. Toward the end of their journey, even that hand pump broke, so did a rowing seat, but they still managed to make it to the finish line ahead of the 6 other boats still in the competition. On that difficult journey, crew members say while they had harsh words for at one another, the difficulties also drew them together. They are now friends who have completed more than just an ocean voyage but also a journey of self- discovery. Paula, back to you.