Race To Alaska

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    Apr 11, 2015 9:28 PM GMT
    Apparently, it's on. June 4.

    Port Townsend to Ketchikan. No motors. No support. Two checkpoints. No other rules. Four more days to enter, but some people have been building custom boats and training for the last year.

    Most teams are going with some sort of multi-hull, but a few keelboats are entered, and few rowboats, and one dude who seriously claims he's going to do it on a SUP. Wish I could go... watch.

    R2AK - Are you ready? from Pink House on Vimeo.



    First prize is $10,000
    Second prize is a set of steak knives
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    Jun 05, 2015 9:35 PM GMT
    And they're off! Also, they're racing now.
    There are some really weird and wonderful boats in this race, and many different theories on the best way to do it.

    R2AK start in PT from Jessica Plumb on Vimeo.

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    Jun 05, 2015 11:25 PM GMT
    Ahem. Just bumping the real thread over the robo-poster.
    As if anybody cares.


    BTW, I'm wondering about the plans of the guys in the rowing shell... no outside assistance allowed. Do they really have enough food for the voyage stashed on board? Are they really, really good fishermen?

    Well, enough of this. It's almost five o'clock. I'm going sailing.
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    Jun 06, 2015 2:49 AM GMT
    sigh. I wish I was sailing. From my window I can see dozens of boats plying the waters on this (otherwise) perfect day.


    Sigh....
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    Jun 06, 2015 5:41 AM GMT
    It was pretty sweet tonight. Even if I did have to pull all the strings myself while tacking with my knees. The wind was a bit squirrely, but for a while we could reach the long way down the river.
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    Jun 06, 2015 5:47 AM GMT
    Early R2AK money was on Team Pure and Wild. (Not sure which one is Pure and which one is Wild) sailing/paddling a custom-built proa. An outrigger that can sail with either end forward. They don't tack... they just rotate the whole rig and the boat starts going in the other direction. Kind of like kite-surfing.
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    Unfortunately, they seem to have had structural difficulties on the first (easy) leg. Don't know how they'll do, but I'd really like to go sailing on that boat one day.
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    Jun 06, 2015 6:36 AM GMT
    Twenty five teams finished the first leg. Ten appear to have dropped out.

    You can follow the race on the official site. NYT-tards don't have a clue. All of the boats have SPOT trackers. Good grief. A couple of boats are still out on the straits at this hour. And others in various ports that are not the destination. Presumably dropouts on their way home?

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    The multi-hulls would seem to have the advantage, as long as conditions stay perfect. But sailing the Salish Sea is all about currents and shifty winds. If the wind craps out, the rowers will suddenly gain the advantage. Except that they will have to stop every day and wait for tides/currents to change in their favor.
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    Jun 06, 2015 8:00 PM GMT
    Apparently these guys thought it was supposed to be a drag race...

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    https://www.flickr.com/photos/angusadventures/18479384041/in/album-72157653630525278/

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    Edit: Well, they must be doing something right, because they are way out ahead of the pack on leg two. Which so far favors the paddlers. But things will switch up when the afternoon wind builds.

    What a great race!
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    Jul 09, 2015 3:32 PM GMT
    Sorry for coming late to the thread but I just saw it. We passed some of these guys on my BC Ferry trip from Pt. Hardy to Prince Rupert on 6-13, and they were doing fine. We had a marine biologist on board who was filming their progress and he and I chatted about it from time to time. There'll be a documentary coming, so watch for it.
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    Jul 19, 2015 4:09 AM GMT
    I followed this on my phone during cherry harvest (ain't technology great?) As expected, the guys with local race experience in the small multihulls prevailed. Heavy weather destroyed a lot of the experimental boats. But the six young guys in drag in the war canoe finished and put on a surprisingly strong show. As did one old guy in a stock hobie adventure kayak.

    What a great race!
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    Oct 10, 2015 1:08 AM GMT
    And the 2016 race is on!

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    May 14, 2016 5:02 AM GMT
    Well it doesn't look as if Larry accepted the challenge. But this year's entries include everything from a 73-foot racing trimaran to a 19-foot Stand-Up Paddleboard.

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    The second iteration of this weird and wonderful race starts in a few weeks. Time to pick your favorites!

    https://r2ak.com/full-race-participants2016/#toggle-id-17
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    Jun 29, 2016 6:54 AM GMT
    Wow. This year's race is going a LOT faster. It seems that the light catamaran with pedal-drive auxiliary power is the winning ticket. Sailor boys and bicycle studs rule. Half a dozen boats have already squirted out through Johnstone Pass. The leaders are 100 miles out ahead and have a straight shot to the finish.

    The pros with the scary big cat dropped out early.

    The dude in the kayak, and even the guy on the SUP are still plugging away though.

    I hope the organizers can come up with some way to keep the weird and wacky diversity going in this race.

    Http://www.r2ak.com