Race To Alaska. Paddle, Row Sail the Inside Passage
Just saw this on Canoeroots Magazine's Facebook page. Looks pretty cool. Paddle, row, sail June 4, 2015 from Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan. I sure hope somebody enters a Grumman Sport Boat in this event.
From the website:
"About the Race
750 miles of 50 degree water
The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune. It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize.
It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.
There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.
R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity: You, a boat, a starting gun,
$10,000 if you finish first,
A set of steak knives if you’re second,
Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course.
Self-supported race: no supply drops, no safety net.
Any boat without an engine can enter.
Some video clip links/embedding, hope it works here.
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Hmmm, do we know someone who has recently done much of that route??? A lot of physical and mental toughness needed. BeaV would my pick to win!