Weather Delays California Man’s Arrival to Big Island After Solo Row Across Pacific
With the lights of the Hilo breakwater in his sights Wednesday night, Carlo Facchino was oh so close to finishing his 70-plus-day, 2,400-mile solo row across the Pacific Ocean.
But he was stuck and didn’t know when he would make it to the Wailoa boat harbor.
At about 7:15 p.m., his land support and partner Betsy Everett reported to Big Island Now that Facchino was only about 3 to 4 miles offshore, but the foul weather was making it difficult to row.
It wasn’t the rain that stopped the California man; he has no issues rowing in rain. It was the wind, which was blowing him backward. According to the National Weather Service’s Hilo International Airport weather station, winds were blowing at 6 mph from the southwest.
The current wasn’t helping either.
Before the rain and wind moved in, Facchino was rowing at about 2 miles an hour. If conditions were ideal, he could probably have made it to Hilo in about 60 to 90 minutes. But once the weather socked him in, his forward movement decreased to just 0.3 miles an hour.
So he was in a holding pattern, feeling the storm out and considering his options. Everett wasn’t sure what Facchino would do if the weather cleared. He hadn’t decided if he would row to the shore or wait until the morning.
Everett called the circumstances surrounding the end of her partner’s trip “classic Carlo style. It’s always an adventure.”
Big Island Now will meet Facchino after he arrives, and tell the story about his epic journey.