Monday, June 27, 2016

R2AK - Part 1

I was thrilled to be in Port Townsend before and during the start of this year's R2AK, the 750 mile race up the Inside Passage to Alaska. The race rules are simple: no motors, any kind of boat without an engine, no support, no supply drops, no safety net.  
Other than two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella there is no set course.  The first boat into Ketchikan gets $10,000.  Second place gets a set of steak knives.  Cathartic elation for all who survive the journey!  
Boats entering this year's race ranged from mega and mini trimarans, catamarans large and small, some home-made experimental craft, mono-hulls both large and small, rowboats, kayaks, canoes, and even a SUP and a robot.
To quote the R2AK website:
"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."
Here are a few images that I captured as the competitors started to gather:

1 comment:

  1. That looks like a real watch. Ha. Very good camera work. Your PNW trips and photos are motivating me to go visit the area next year.