Presented by Carlo Facchino
The Great Pacific Race is a bi-annual, self supported rowing race where crews attempt to row from Monterey, CA to Honolulu, Hawaii. Team Uniting Nations, a crew of four rowers from four different nations came together this past June to achieve a common goal: To break the World Record for the fastest Pacific Ocean crossing. Along the 2,600 plus mile journey the crew faced 30 foot waves, multiple storms, out-rowed three hurricanes and managed to survive living on a 24 foot boat for 39 days.
Carlo Facchino was born and raised in San Jose, CA. He was introduced to the sport of rowing as a freshman at the University of California Davis. A four year varsity oarsman, Carlo was voted the Most Valuable Oarsmen his senior year. Post college, Carlo began his coaching career at U.C. Davis where he coached for 2 years. From 2003 to 2008 Carlo coached at Santa Clara University and was the Women’s Head Crew Coach from 2005 to 2008. In 2015 he joined the Santa Cruz Rowing Club and got to his first taste of ocean rowing. As part of Team Uniting Nations, Carlo and his three crew mates set the Guiness Book of World Records for the fastest Pacific Ocean crossing from Monterey, CA to Honolulu, Hawaii. Completing the journey in 39 days, 9 hours and 56 minutes.
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