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Roger Mann has field tested his new expedition SUP for the 2017 race. He looks ready!

Is that a mast brace, Roger? No sail setup shown, must be top secret at this time.

https://www.facebook.com/rogermannorg/photos/pb.744349722284956.-2207520000.1483072117./1203227809730476/?type=3&theater

 

The secret R2AK YC party appears to fall around the same date as a local boat show. It must be a flashmob of the vice commodores descending on the grounds.

 

A Port Townsend small boat gathering and event. 2016 Pocket Yacht Palooza!

 

 

I was reading about another local race that allows oars or paddles.Paddles Welcome in Northern Century Race - Northwest Yachting

Northern Century Race-sail paddle oar

 

 

A French RAID type race, with a famous, singlehanded, one design, the Figaro. There is a mark 3 model now, longer and much more expensive than the simple and beautiful 1st Class Figaro Solo. La Solitaire - Le Figaro Solo French Race

 

 

Some Teams we'd like to see;

 

Team Solo Figaro-there are 2 boats in Vancouver and 1 in Toronto

 

Team Thomas Coville- needs a crazy challenge after a stupendous rtw

 

Team Franken-J- Turbo a J24 to a tri

 

Team Really Mad Dog- http://hydroptere.com/en/the-sailing-boats/l-hydroptere-en/

 

Team Seascape 27- new in Vancouver this spring??

 

Team Fred Again- Full Core Fury Quarter Ton Classic

 

Team All the Tri's and Cats, that aren't at VanIsle360 2017.

 

Team Justin Trudeau-the first R2AK OC-1 canoe

 

 

RAID Boats

Maraudeur CI | François Vivier, architecte naval

 

Stir-Ven 19 cabin | François Vivier, architecte naval

 

Trailerable Trimaran Radikal 26ft Full Carbon with folding system

 

Visionboats - 28 fods Trimaran

 

Trinado tri wTornado floats

 

scotdomergueblog | Creating and Using the Sailing-Rowing-Cruising Boat

 

Report on Nine Small Folding Trimarans

 

Corsaire 5.5 Famous Fr sloop

 

 

Some R2AK Rides listed.

 

Shockwave 38 still listed. Zoom. 38 Crowther Offshore racing catamaran

 

Beach cat attack. Hobie Cat Miracle 20 for sale in Portland Oregon VERY NICE!

 

Not much for fast mono's listed. Team Ain't Dental Surgury. 2001 Colgate 26

 

Nice RAID tri design for a home builder. Tremolino

 

Always a Cal 20 around and ocean tested. Cal 20 Sailboat for Sale

 

Project. Needs donor boat parts.Newfoundland Gunboat Catamaran

 

Stealth boat. One-of-a-Kind Canoe (Clipper)

 

Team Trojan's Rib Grabner inflatable canoe

 

Go Dutch with someone on this.Sailboat 1976 Van der stadt 23'

 

Sailing rig on a kayak. Bow, stern and middle all fit inside a hatchback. 3-piece Kevlar Take-Apart Travel Kayak (we have two)

 

The older Venture to turbo. 21' venture sailboat and trailer 1969

 

 

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Happy 2017 R2AK

 

A new team announced, from Whistler,B.C. 2017 Teams - Full Race Participants | Race to Alaska

I haven't met them before.PM me if you read this.

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They have an O'Day 27 to race. Good luck and you will have a great time in June!

 

Whistler has an active sailing community and several lakes to choose.

WhistlerSailing.com |

Whistler Sailing Association | Facebook

Alta Lake Sailing Club | Whistorical

 

R2AK Rides for You.

 

Cheap favourite. San Juan 24ft sail boat

Easier to row. Venture 17ft Sailboat

Free Stage One ride Opti style sailboat project

 

Cal-culate this price 27 ft cal jensen

Name your price. Boat Auction

 

Rowing bargain?Christmas special - price reduced

Hobie project Hobie 18 Catamaran with Trailer or for Parts

What a deal, 500 bucks, grab it! 1978 Santana 20 (PROJECT BOAT)

 

Mystery boat RACEING SAILBOAT PROJECT

Klepperitus.klepper project

Dory score.Spira Intl. Nova Scotian Dory

Folboat way back machine.Old Folbot

 

I have some older sculling oars and frames for teams looking for cheep gear.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

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$300 1973 Sunfish and and a little CM might do it!

They are going to let you take a Sunfish this year ? That will be impressive and cold.

That will be the smallest boat yet, for the whole race, depending on how you count the tri Mathieu raced. What a great challenge. Paddle it like an SUP.

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Made a lot of progress on the boat, over the past couple of months - structural reinforcements, rig upgrades, interior ergonometric stuff, etc. Photos and updates can be found here:

 

TPSR Blog: https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/

TPSR FB: https://www.facebook.com/Team-Pear-Shaped-Racing-602588409906850

 

We'd like to thank the folks at Blackline Marine for all the professional, innovative work they've performed on the Pear. We understood, from the start, the Multi 23 was not designed or spec'd for extended offshore sailing, and we'd have to invest time and money into ruggedizing everything. We're pretty confident, now, the crew will be the weakest link in this program.

 

Necessity also provided the incentive for the Canadian to develop some pretty serious composite fabrication skills, though I'm not sure his family was thrilled about him using the oven to cure carbon epoxy bits.

 

Still a fair amount to do, including fitting the pedal-drive system, adding the solar panels and charging equipment, then painting and fairing the hulls. The rudder casing is also in the process of being ruggedized.

 

We're planning to splash the boat in early March, then get out and sail the lower end of the course through April and May. We debated whether or not to do some racing - e.g., Southern Strait, Swiftsure, etc. - but we've done those races before and we're more interested in validating our strategy and optimizing the boat specifically for R2AK.

 

Feel free to ping us on FB if you have any specific questions or just want to abuse us. :)

 

H'wood

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MrP- looks like fun.

 

I highly recommend doing an overnight race or two before R2AK. Last year we learned a lot and gained a lot of confidence doing Southern Straits plus deliveries. Training and test sails aren't the same. We made important changes to our approach based on the lead up races that we did in preparation for R2AK.

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Would have been a long pedal.

with all the dismastings on M32's lately what did you do to beef up your rig. Thx.

 

waited until BBS to drop it!

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2015 was won with a $80,000 trimaran, 2016 it took a $175,000 catamaran.

The race in 2017 will be all about a $10,000 boat!

R2akteamgoldenoldies

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Would have been a long pedal.

with all the dismastings on M32's lately what did you do to beef up your rig. Thx.

waited until BBS to drop it!
^ This.

 

But seriously we sailed 3 up instead of 5 so loads were significantly less. We also didn't crank things on like we did at BBS or one-design events.

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2015 was won with a $80,000 trimaran, 2016 it took a $175,000 catamaran.

The race in 2017 will be all about a $10,000 boat!

R2akteamgoldenoldies

Looks good, Stephen!

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2015 was won with a $80,000 trimaran, 2016 it took a $175,000 catamaran.

The race in 2017 will be all about a $10,000 boat!

R2akteamgoldenoldies

Really nice looking tri. Details?

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Jim Gardiner built Gougeon inspired epoxy/wood trimaran. He was working for the Gougeons at the time and it is tortured ply hull for the most part. Might have good potential for the R2AK. I'd rather a go on the tri rather than the M32. Good luck Stephen!

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Jim Gardiner built Gougeon inspired epoxy/wood trimaran. He was working for the Gougeons at the time and it is tortured ply hull for the most part. Might have good potential for the R2AK. I'd rather a go on the tri rather than the M32. Good luck Stephen!

Has a Dick Newick look to it, seems pretty well suited to the trip to me. I'll cheer 'em on.

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MrP- looks like fun.

 

I highly recommend doing an overnight race or two before R2AK. Last year we learned a lot and gained a lot of confidence doing Southern Straits plus deliveries. Training and test sails aren't the same. We made important changes to our approach based on the lead up races that we did in preparation for R2AK.

 

Thanks very much, Randy. We do have extended overnights planned for April / May. The logistics of racing out of West Vancouver aren't optimal for us, and we'll be covering the relevant parts of that course in our training sails, as well as points further north. And, truth be told, the roughest conditions I've ever experienced were on the 2005 Straits Race, where we saw steady 40+ knots, gusting to 60 (and ended up bailing out in Secret Cove, with half-a-dozen other boats). Would prefer not getting caught up in anything like that on a practice race, even if it would be an extreme test of the boat. If we're going to sacrifice the rig and sails, we want it to be on the R2AK proper.

 

I read your account of the Straits Race, last year, and I think you faced bigger challenges preparing the M32 than we are, with the M23. We're fortunate to have some semblance of a protected sleeping / galley space, and have been thinking about some kind of small dodger arrangement at the front of the cockpit. I've been lobbying for a comfy beanbag, to steer from, but the Canadian isn't amused.

 

Cheers!

 

H'wood

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Bump

 

 

R2AK News Feb

Two new teams are officially listed on the r2ak website. https://www.facebook.com/racetoalaska/

Sure to be a tracker favourite, Team Chum, a father-daughter doublehanded, with the youngest competitor to date, at 16. Good Luck Carrie, it will be a great adventure. Life will seem a little different after. It will be long days interspersed with moments of terror. Look at that serious sprit! Dad, your bowman! Team Chum R2AK 2017 | Facebook

https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-chum/

Leitch and McBride Sails in Victoria generously donated new sails and equipment. Uplifting donations from none other than Roger Mann and the trimaraner, Morgan Tedrow, from Team M.O.B., one of the sailors who helped get Team Alula to Ketchikan. Morgan also donated to Team Hang On, in 2016. https://www.gofundme.com/2kwwsh8

 

Team 3 ½ Aussies, looks like 2 sets of brothers, on an F31. Enough boat to place well. Half an Aussy, the rest Kanuckistani?? Good luck, eh?

https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-3-12-aussies/

 

Team Sistership is back for 2017, after raising 8k for the NWMC women’s sailing programs. Well done.

http://www.thelog.com/sailing/team-sistership-will-continue-its-legacy-with-the-race-to-alaska/

 

New Applicant?

Team WTF, as in Whatthefuca….an F27. Team Fly, you have a match race….

R2AK Team WTF (@TeamWhatTheFuca) | Twitter

 

Cheap R2AK Rides for you

A little early for the rush of spring listings at inflated prices, so here is something for everyone.

Best bet Budget-a share of ex-team GoldenOldies ride REDUCED R2AK racing trimaran 34x26

Next Best, 24 ft hulls and lots of sail. 24' Catamaran project Outside Victoria, Victoria

Smaller Cat and budget Fire Cracker Catamaran; Racing Style

Budget Windrider, others have raced this design and finished Windrider Tri w/ tall rig

Etchell, points well, one bunk only, successful race vet choice Etchells 30 Racer & Daysailer

Because an Etchell is just not painfull enough.. 27 ft Soling Olympic class racing sailboat

Venerable Thunderbird, 1000 bucks. Match your time against the 2016 team 26' 'Thunderbird' sailboat

Ohey, there are always some SJ24’S to have a great,great adventure, and likely another team to match race. San Juan 24 sailboat

Concrete ballast and age is no rawson to overlook this. Rawson 26 Sailboat

O’DAY 27 Killer http://www.usedvictoria.com/classified-ad/Fast--Fun_28893607

Highly modified Tremolino tri, uses Hobie hulls for amas https://bellingham.craigslist.org/boa/5969207517.html

Go Green and be the first Hobie 16 to AK 16' HOBIE CAT

Or add a couple feet Hobie Cat 18'

First i550 to AK? Add some cabin, cheaper than buying a Seascape https://vancouver.craigslist.ca/van/boa/5996235425.html

Open boat adventure waiting Windmill Class sailboat

Paddle this like an SUP or even row it. The next level of exposure to endure. More exciting name than Sunfish…14 ft Phantom Sailboat w/ trailer

First Mirror Dinghy to AK? 2 previous tries. This one is in showroom condition. It’s in a showroom.

Mirror Boat For Sale Victoria City, Victoria

Already one racing leg one. 19' Weekender Wooden Sail boat with trailer

Project Dory, potential here. 19.5ft sailing / rowing dory 2-3person, project

Gaff rig 16ft w/cabin 2k https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/boa/5995528664.html

Team Pride Comox with cuddy https://victoria.craigslist.ca/boa/5968296247.html

Phil Bolger Dovekie 21ft 1500cdn https://nanaimo.craigslist.ca/boa/5953713295.html

Tomcat rowing cat, scare those SUP teams in Port Townsend. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/6007979440.html

Wavewalk 700 cat SUP https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bod/6001589335.html

Kayak and ama w-sail Kayak Motor-Scooter with Outrigger Sidecar; Gets 40mpg

 

The Dirtbag Collection

J24-200 BUCKS J 24 hull and remaining parts North Saanich & Sidney , Victoria

Turd stained venerable cruiser 22' Sailboat w/ Lake Union Moorage

” Requires a variety of finishing, refinishing, and building” https://abbotsford.craigslist.ca/boa/5941090887.html

 

Distractions

Tracker junkies have the EC 2017 to follow, Sat. March 4

WaterTribe Everglades Challenge

WaterTribe Rosters

http://www.watertribe.com/Events/ChallengeGMapper.aspx

 

Follow Keep Turning Left in the Shetlands KTL 8 part 13 – Shetland – Lerwick, Whalsay, Vidlin Voe « Keep Turning Left

Follow the poetic and well-read Webb Chiles, on his tracker. He sails a Moore 24 around the globe on his 7th trip. gannet - YBlog - YB Tracking

self-portrait in the present sea journal

 

Make your own furler for your r2ak ride Joel's Navigator Site: How to build a roller furler for under $40

Be green, get some comfort for the race. Big comfy cushions, perfect for Pet Beds or Floor Cushions

R2AK Team Mastgates product I bought. http://www.mastgates.com/home.html

Lake Superior solo sailor adventures http://www.marlinbree.com/events.htm

Oarlocks from Angus Boats Concept2 Gated Sculling Oarlock - Angus Rowboats

North Sails, youth and Capetown. BE 20 sailboat http://mycapetown.co.za/bolstering-boat-building-in-cape-town/

Trailer-Sailer-BE20 Sports TS - YouTube

Laser dinghy adventure Longest distance sailed in a Laser dinghy: Robert Suhay breaks Guinness World Records' record (VIDEO)

Boatbuilding in the cold. http://www.sailfeed.com/2017/02/cold-weather-bonding/

What parka to wear…Bella Bella June Weather 2016 - AccuWeather Forecast for British Columbia Canada

Average Weather In June For Bella Bella, British Columbia, Canada - WeatherSpark

https://www.ventusky.com/?p=52.14;-127.75;8&l=wind

 

 

Great Big Story.

Any chicken can do a circumnavigaton, even do the r2ak…eggxactly…a quail could do it

 

 

Cheers

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Thanks for keeping this thread going, Norse.

I just spent a very enjoyable 50 minutes watching this film about the 1980 OSTAR: http://www.nfb.ca/film/singlehanders/

The OSTAR had more in common with the R2AK than any other race, at least in the early years. 1980 was the tail end of the time in history when a small budget could still place well in a race like this.

The OSTAR was a big thing in my family from the '68 race onwards and I got to see a bit of the '76 and '84 racers finishing in Newport. There is another film about the OSTAR called "American Challenge". I'm not sure that it ever made it to you tube, but I'd love to see it again.

One great thing about these films is that they both have footage of Newick designed trimarans, the most beautiful sailboats ever created in my opinion.

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Thanks Russell

I'll watch that tonight

 

 

 

Webb Chiles has done six circumnavigations not seven, I was not able to correct in that post.

 

 

I wrote a review of the Ocean Rodeo drysuit I used last race.

Ocean Rodeo Drysuit Review

This company is one of the sponsors of the R2AK and offered race teams a reduced rate on the gear. I used one and I thought a review was in order.

The suits are available in a range of sizes and features to suit many uses. I used the b.o.s.s. model, which has features like a soft neck seal and inflation tube. Having used regular neck seals for many years and replacing seals at 50 bucks a pop, I was ready for something more comfortable for the race. The suit is a serious piece of kit. It has generous padding on the knees and the butt to reduce the cold water heat loss and provide some wear protection. The knee pads offer some excellent shin protection. The side pockets on the pants is a full 7 inches wide and large enough for a tablet in a case and sandwiches. A 2 inch reflective stripe is sewn at the sea boot level. The suit features an integral sock sewn into the pants, instead of ankle seals. I have used goretex socks before and they are great. The cuffs on the pant bottom are robust and you can wear a sea boot, as a foot high slot is provided for that. You must wear a neoprene sock, a shoe or booties all the time with this breathable sock setup. I caught a nail head on a dock while putting it on and had to rely on a duct tape patch. The pant cut was generous for layering underneath. I didn’t find them too baggy for sailing. There is an integral suspender system to take the weight of the garment off of the hips and this allows you to add warm layers. You will notice the weight of this kit when you pick it up. All those pads, built in jacket and pockets add up. With the suspenders set, there is no feeling of droop in the pants as you move about. You forget the weight. The flap and seal for access to relieve oneself never leaked in 5 weeks, even after 3 days of rain. A couple racers commented the hole was too high to get willy out. The crotch is free of seams for comfort and harness use.

The jacket is a really good foul weather top in its own right. The ergonomics were excellent on the sleeves and hood. The cuffs stay tight. You can remove the dry-suits top inner over your head very easy and still have the jacket on, open or closed, as you see in the advert. This is wonderful for reducing moisture in the wicking layers and improving overall comfort levels while sailing or switching to rowing for a while.

Sizing for me is tough. I am a large in the arms and shoulders and at 5’10’’ a borderline tall. After some discussion they steered me to the large. This fit well everywhere except for some extra length in the height. The other choice I had was a wider and shorter. Give them your inseam and other measurements when you order so they can offer advice, based on your use and weight. Fortunately for me, there is a kite store in Squamish that carries the brand. The dry-suits are also available at MEC, to test fit. A more man friendly size chart is my Ocean Rodeo suggestion, even some app thing to type in the buyers inseam, etc.

This model was available only in safety orange top and black pant and inner suit. It is a generous fit for adding warm clothes to, if you need that feature. They have some weight with all the features and reinforcings, but carry it well and are clearly built to last. This weight is not a problem sitting in a sailboat and for deck work, but may not be for you dinghy sailing, where you move a lot. The fabrics, pockets and pads also combine to hold a noticeable weight of water when damp. Don’t try sleep in one in your sleeping bag or it will act as a giant moisture wick. A real soggy beaver. I did sleep in mine when the anchorage was poor. An acrylic blanket works great. I slept comfortable and dry.

Fear not, they have a light version and a detuned B.O.S.S. version, the Soul, at a good price point. Older drysuits like my team member had were a much tighter fit to the body. He could not get enough warm clothes on underneath it. He had to wear a rain jacket on top of it with a pile layer between. This got damp in on day and there was no opportunity to dry it in the wet boat. Except if you wore it in your sleeping bag. His rudder neck seal was getting old and tight. He had to cut it back almost 3/8’s to get it comfortable enough to wear 16 hours. It leaked several times at the zipper and elsewhere, the company repairing it once and replacing it once, for free. I would suggest you teat any used gear you buy first. Neck seals are 50 bucks and wrist seals 30 bucks here. They die every 3 years or so, depending on how many times you use it, get suntan lotion or stuff on it, or tear it with a sharp fingernail.

All the pocket layout, sizes and locations were tried and true. There is an inner sleeve for a smartphone in a case. The zips are trustworthy. The collar height was perfect. The hood comes off. The lower corner tab of the hood stuffs into a slot, with another Velcro tab in it, to keep the hood in place in high winds. This is a nice feature. It fits snug if you need it to and the visor works for me. Every detail you look at, you see the extra work that has gone into the design. Zippers that are still usable with neoprene gloves on. Layer warmer, or gauntlet style gloves, with more wrist insulation and you can still cinch the cuff down. I layered thick wool socks, winter weight long johns, wicking ski pants, winter weight turtleneck, sweater and pile jacket underneath at one point, with a Mustang Floater jacket on overtop, for warmth. I could have added a vest underneath or thicker pants, to max it out.

The only negatives are just minor and are reduced with the choice of models. The fit guide online was man-confusing. The large was long in the leg for me, but the extra leg length is found in the lighter, lower, breathable sock fabric. This just bunches a bit above my neoprene booties and is not really noticeable there, as the outer pant leg covers it and the hem of the leg is pulled tight with a Velcro strap. This strap came off a couple times. It needs a little cave for the sharp end to tuck in, rather than more Velcro. The hood ends have a detail to tuck them in that would work.

I did have to rip the hood off quickly once in panic. It has no quick release, you must be familiar with the adjustments. I found that the zipper opened on the hood, when I did not have the tab secure, the only annoyance I had. I suggest the bottom flap of the hood, that velcros into the slot, be altered to have a tab you can pull and rip open to pop the hood, on the zipper closed side.

You may want to experiment with the hood when you try it, to see how it fits your noggin with a hat on. Without the hood, the collar was excellent. The idea of dry feet will appeal to you, too. My team mates feet were so bad by the halfway of the race, he had to quit. His continually damp feet would turn your stomach. My discomfort was limited to an itchy innsy belly button and badly shrivelled hands.

The suit shows little or no wear after weeks of long days on the 20 foot boat. No seams or stitching came apart. The black pants don’t show staining. I didn’t rip anything. I lived in my suit. I expect to get many years from it if I take care of the special zips and keep the inside clean of salt and perspiration.

 

Please add your own review or comments SVP

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Thanks Russell

I'll watch that tonight

 

 

 

Webb Chiles has done six circumnavigations not seven, I was not able to correct in that post.

 

 

I wrote a review of the Ocean Rodeo drysuit I used last race.

Ocean Rodeo Drysuit Review

This company is one of the sponsors of the R2AK and offered race teams a reduced rate on the gear. I used one and I thought a review was in order.

The suits are available in a range of sizes and features to suit many uses. I used the b.o.s.s. model, which has features like a soft neck seal and inflation tube. Having used regular neck seals for many years and replacing seals at 50 bucks a pop, I was ready for something more comfortable for the race. The suit is a serious piece of kit. It has generous padding on the knees and the butt to reduce the cold water heat loss and provide some wear protection. The knee pads offer some excellent shin protection. The side pockets on the pants is a full 7 inches wide and large enough for a tablet in a case and sandwiches. A 2 inch reflective stripe is sewn at the sea boot level. The suit features an integral sock sewn into the pants, instead of ankle seals. I have used goretex socks before and they are great. The cuffs on the pant bottom are robust and you can wear a sea boot, as a foot high slot is provided for that. You must wear a neoprene sock, a shoe or booties all the time with this breathable sock setup. I caught a nail head on a dock while putting it on and had to rely on a duct tape patch. The pant cut was generous for layering underneath. I didn’t find them too baggy for sailing. There is an integral suspender system to take the weight of the garment off of the hips and this allows you to add warm layers. You will notice the weight of this kit when you pick it up. All those pads, built in jacket and pockets add up. With the suspenders set, there is no feeling of droop in the pants as you move about. You forget the weight. The flap and seal for access to relieve oneself never leaked in 5 weeks, even after 3 days of rain. A couple racers commented the hole was too high to get willy out. The crotch is free of seams for comfort and harness use.

The jacket is a really good foul weather top in its own right. The ergonomics were excellent on the sleeves and hood. The cuffs stay tight. You can remove the dry-suits top inner over your head very easy and still have the jacket on, open or closed, as you see in the advert. This is wonderful for reducing moisture in the wicking layers and improving overall comfort levels while sailing or switching to rowing for a while.

Sizing for me is tough. I am a large in the arms and shoulders and at 5’10’’ a borderline tall. After some discussion they steered me to the large. This fit well everywhere except for some extra length in the height. The other choice I had was a wider and shorter. Give them your inseam and other measurements when you order so they can offer advice, based on your use and weight. Fortunately for me, there is a kite store in Squamish that carries the brand. The dry-suits are also available at MEC, to test fit. A more man friendly size chart is my Ocean Rodeo suggestion, even some app thing to type in the buyers inseam, etc.

This model was available only in safety orange top and black pant and inner suit. It is a generous fit for adding warm clothes to, if you need that feature. They have some weight with all the features and reinforcings, but carry it well and are clearly built to last. This weight is not a problem sitting in a sailboat and for deck work, but may not be for you dinghy sailing, where you move a lot. The fabrics, pockets and pads also combine to hold a noticeable weight of water when damp. Don’t try sleep in one in your sleeping bag or it will act as a giant moisture wick. A real soggy beaver. I did sleep in mine when the anchorage was poor. An acrylic blanket works great. I slept comfortable and dry.

Fear not, they have a light version and a detuned B.O.S.S. version, the Soul, at a good price point. Older drysuits like my team member had were a much tighter fit to the body. He could not get enough warm clothes on underneath it. He had to wear a rain jacket on top of it with a pile layer between. This got damp in on day and there was no opportunity to dry it in the wet boat. Except if you wore it in your sleeping bag. His rudder neck seal was getting old and tight. He had to cut it back almost 3/8’s to get it comfortable enough to wear 16 hours. It leaked several times at the zipper and elsewhere, the company repairing it once and replacing it once, for free. I would suggest you teat any used gear you buy first. Neck seals are 50 bucks and wrist seals 30 bucks here. They die every 3 years or so, depending on how many times you use it, get suntan lotion or stuff on it, or tear it with a sharp fingernail.

All the pocket layout, sizes and locations were tried and true. There is an inner sleeve for a smartphone in a case. The zips are trustworthy. The collar height was perfect. The hood comes off. The lower corner tab of the hood stuffs into a slot, with another Velcro tab in it, to keep the hood in place in high winds. This is a nice feature. It fits snug if you need it to and the visor works for me. Every detail you look at, you see the extra work that has gone into the design. Zippers that are still usable with neoprene gloves on. Layer warmer, or gauntlet style gloves, with more wrist insulation and you can still cinch the cuff down. I layered thick wool socks, winter weight long johns, wicking ski pants, winter weight turtleneck, sweater and pile jacket underneath at one point, with a Mustang Floater jacket on overtop, for warmth. I could have added a vest underneath or thicker pants, to max it out.

The only negatives are just minor and are reduced with the choice of models. The fit guide online was man-confusing. The large was long in the leg for me, but the extra leg length is found in the lighter, lower, breathable sock fabric. This just bunches a bit above my neoprene booties and is not really noticeable there, as the outer pant leg covers it and the hem of the leg is pulled tight with a Velcro strap. This strap came off a couple times. It needs a little cave for the sharp end to tuck in, rather than more Velcro. The hood ends have a detail to tuck them in that would work.

I did have to rip the hood off quickly once in panic. It has no quick release, you must be familiar with the adjustments. I found that the zipper opened on the hood, when I did not have the tab secure, the only annoyance I had. I suggest the bottom flap of the hood, that velcros into the slot, be altered to have a tab you can pull and rip open to pop the hood, on the zipper closed side.

You may want to experiment with the hood when you try it, to see how it fits your noggin with a hat on. Without the hood, the collar was excellent. The idea of dry feet will appeal to you, too. My team mates feet were so bad by the halfway of the race, he had to quit. His continually damp feet would turn your stomach. My discomfort was limited to an itchy innsy belly button and badly shrivelled hands.

The suit shows little or no wear after weeks of long days on the 20 foot boat. No seams or stitching came apart. The black pants don’t show staining. I didn’t rip anything. I lived in my suit. I expect to get many years from it if I take care of the special zips and keep the inside clean of salt and perspiration.

 

Please add your own review or comments SVP

 

 

Hi Norse,

I was looking to read your review of the Ocean Rodeo drysuit and the link is not active. I'd like to read it.

Do you know what kind of discount they are offering for racers?

Thanks.

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Caution to the wind; my crew rarely took off their suits,including sleeping in them,this of course reduced

their circulation. They woke up very cold. R2akteamgoldenoldies ps, I don't know why they didn't just turn the heater on

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Caution to the wind; my crew rarely took off their suits,including sleeping in them,this of course reduced

their circulation. They woke up very cold. R2akteamgoldenoldies ps, I don't know why they didn't just turn the heater on

You had a heater on that thing?

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Caution to the wind; my crew rarely took off their suits,including sleeping in them,this of course reduced

their circulation. They woke up very cold. R2akteamgoldenoldies ps, I don't know why they didn't just turn the heater on

SOL company has a survival bag which is one huge step up from emergency blankets.

http://www.surviveoutdoorslonger.com/shelters/survive-outdoors-longer-emergency-bivvy.html

 

It will last about 5 nights before falling apart. It is warm. It is a good thing to sleep in on a trampoline/deck while wearing a dry suit.

It had been tested during UF 1200 in 2016. I would highly recommend one(or two for duration of the race) and I wouldn't go on a trip in an open boat without one.

It even has its own bag to staff it in.

 

I wish I had one during UF 2010.

 

I haven't tried their more advanced version, it might be even better

http://www.surviveoutdoorslonger.com/shelters/survive-outdoors-longer-thermal-bivvy.html

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Please add your own review or comments SVP

 

 

Hi Norse,

I was looking to read your review of the Ocean Rodeo drysuit and the link is not active. I'd like to read it.

Do you know what kind of discount they are offering for racers?

Thanks.

 

I checked my invoice and it was 30% off the listed price to the racers last year. That was delivered, as we have a kite shop carrying that brand in town.

MEC has some models stocked to try on and Fisheries Supply carries them.

 

These are the best neoprene boots I have used. Our sponsor Vahalla Pure carries them.

http://www.keenfootwear.com/en-ca/product/shoes/men/gorgeous

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R2AK Newz Mar 13

 

The only new team listed lately is a solo kayaker, using no sail for auxiliary power. That is a step up from the lone successful kayaker to finish, Mike. 2017 Teams - Full Race Participants | Race to Alaska

Mke has a great trip report from 2015 here. http://www.kayaker.net/php/journal.php?id=150604

 

No news from Roger Mann, maybe he is not happy with his new catamaran SUP performance. It must be a bit harder than a mono SUP in swells and cresting waves. Mono’s can grab a wave and ride it. I expect he is up to something. He has his tri with a new sail, as a fall back. Roger Mann's Adventures. R2AK 2017 Team Discovery | Facebook

 

The first SUP to cross the Atlantic. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/stand-up-paddle-board-atlantic-chris-bertish/

 

Designs have really changed since they became popular. More SUP links.

Expedition: Going Greenland

Cayo SUP review, fishing specific stand up paddle board. – Saltyshores.com

Squid Designs by Tinho Dornellas in Merritt Island, FL » Racing SUP

New design _ FS13 SUP? - Bateau2 - Builder Forums

 

R2AK FB listed a team application boat on its site. The ruckus is that the sharpie is welded metal construction. Mr. Swain has a team after his own heart to follow now. . Race To Alaska by Northwest Maritime Center A high school project and team, I hope you all make the cut. Even the first race leg is a serious challenge for a small craft.

 

Team Excellent Adventure is racing in leg one this year to Victoria. Enjoy the partying at both ends and have a challenging crossing for small boats. It looks like Ben is joining him. https://www.facebook.com/billandtedr2ak/

 

Team Fly wrote a 2016 race report. https://www.facebook.com/r2akteamfly/?ref=py_c

 

Team Chum, wow, you have a few sponsors now. Out sailing already! Team Chum R2AK 2017 | Facebook

 

Team Pear Shaped- wow nice sails and gear! Team Pear Shaped Racing | Facebook

 

No news from Mathieu in France, I wonder if he will still race a new Liteboat this year?

 

I joined the Northwest Maritime Center finally. So many volunteers and good programs to support, including the R2AK. Come down to the pre-race and join the Ruckus.

 

 

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TPSR chiming in again. Thanks very much to Norse Horse, for including us in his periodic updates.

 

After a winter of intensive activity, involving carbon, epoxy, sandpaper, and make-shift vacuum bagging paraphenalia, Nice Pear is back in the water. Still have a few things to do, but looking much closer to the tunnel exit than the entrance, with no trains approaching. All the structural reinforcements are designed to shift the points of failure firmly onto the crew, which, to be honest, does induce a certain amount of trepidation, every time we reach for another adult beverage.

 

Remaining items on the punch list include:

  • Install pedal drive system, from ProPed
  • Complete installation of bow nets
  • Take delivery of the new J4 from UK Sails PNW (while praying we never have to use it)
  • Install the GoalZero solar charging systems and panels

After that, it's practice, practice, practice until the big day, which, as is always the case in such circumstances, will arrive way too soon.

 

I'll be heading up to Victoria, at the end of the month, to join forces with the Canadian, which should go a long way towards calming his anxiety and paranoia.

 

Best regards,

 

H'wood

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you blokes are racing a multi 23, no? Be sure and triple check the integrity/installation of all the bulkheads, especially the one in the aft end of the main hull where the "stupid" floor hatch is located. I found that that one hadn't been properly glassed-in on my m-23. Almost sunk that time, all 3 bows pointing at the moon when we finally got to the dock. Not to mention the several other catastrophic failures which plagued my existence on that particular vessel. The only thing that made up for those construction fails was broad reaching at high speed, then that extra rocker and those sweet, sweet bows were money!

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you blokes are racing a multi 23, no? Be sure and triple check the integrity/installation of all the bulkheads, especially the one in the aft end of the main hull where the "stupid" floor hatch is located. I found that that one hadn't been properly glassed-in on my m-23. Almost sunk that time, all 3 bows pointing at the moon when we finally got to the dock. Not to mention the several other catastrophic failures which plagued my existence on that particular vessel. The only thing that made up for those construction fails was broad reaching at high speed, then that extra rocker and those sweet, sweet bows were money!

 

Thanks for the heads-up, Munt. Boat structure has been gone over with the proverbial fine-tooth comb, including by people who know more than we do. Pretty confident at this point. Optimistically speaking, the boat floated for 7 years before we got our hands on it, so factory layup probably wasn't done on a Monday morning. Not at liberty to disclose how much carbon reinforcement has been done, but enough for my credit card company to call and ask what the hell was going on with the massive flow of money into Canada.

 

We're counting on those sweet, sweet bows to keep us safe, as well as the three reef points in the new UK main, and the new "we probably shouldn't be out in these conditions" J-4.

 

As we've noted on our blog, there's no question VPLP's design brief for the M23 didn't include the R2AK. As one veteran multihull designer, who posts regularly on SA and whose initials are not "RP", noted, the M23 is wholly inappropriate for what we're planning to do. Presumably he felt the same way about the Hobie 16 that entered last year, as well as the M32, which won the race. The Canadian has put it well: the most appropriate boat for a jaunt to Ketchikan is 1,000 ft. long, with dinner at eight, Ukrainian dancers, and a cigar bar.

 

H'wood

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SNIP.....

 

The Canadian has put it well: the most appropriate boat for a jaunt to Ketchikan is 1,000 ft. long, with dinner at eight, Ukrainian dancers, and a cigar bar.

 

H'wood

Brilliant!

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Officially Spring Now

The latest teams to be added to the full race are;

Team Gar, a Triraid 560, fropm Virginia, USA. Boat previously owned by Roger Mann. Solo effort. No Waffle Houses up here, its TimHortonLand https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-gar/

Team What De Fuca, the F28 tri. Training in Mexico… Nice. The race bio is here. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-what-the-fuca/

The First British Descent of the R2AK begins with Team SailPro, 4 Poles from the Isle of Wight. They bought a Crowther 34 Buccaneer, sight unseen. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-sailpro/

The Proving Ground, leg one, has 2 time full race vet and title holder Team Excellent Adventure, with Ben on board and his son in law. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-stage-one/team-excellent-adventure/

Leg one also has 2 more teams, in brand new to N.A. tri’s, are they Gabart foilers?? Teams PRPR1 and PRPR2, with a Comox hometown listing. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-stage-one/team-prpr1/

Here are some links regarding the new multis on the block. There is also a link with a review of the Multi 23 tri if you are following Team Pear Shaped Racing.

Diam 24 and Multi 23 – Speed Demons – The Trimaran Journal

» diam 24 | Sailing Anarchy

diam24onedesign | régatez autrement

 

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Some web sites mention things to stave off sleep, like dancing around, moving your face and eye muscles, singing aloud or playing loud music.

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Took delivery of the J-4 today. Put it up, took a look, nodded with sage appreciation, and promptly put it back in the bag. Can't say enough good things about Stuart and the gang at UK Sails Northwest, and really happy we decided to work with them, and they with us. Lost track of the amount of time we spent going over the design brief for what would ordinarily be a pretty straightforward order. TPSR has limited funds and, being a small boat, can't carry a large inventory. So we needed to figure out the best combination of sails and shapes, for the purpose at hand and available dollars. We'll find out soon enough how it all works.

 

On a related note, really jazzed to see the two Diam 24s signed up for the Proving Ground leg. Had a chance to sail a D24 in Newport, Rhode Island, last Fall, and was totally impressed (see the TPSR blog for extended impressions). Came away from that experience with two conclusions:

  1. The Diam 24 really ought to be the "next big thing" in North American one-design racing. The factory concept, on display in the Tour de France a la Voile, is proven and throughly compelling. The boat is strict one design, turn-key, affordable, easy to transport, and an utter blast to sail. Yes, it's physically demanding, in breeze - as a Melges 24 is to a J/70, for example - and the closing speeds will take getting used to, for sailors transitioning from monohulls. But once you sail one you'll wonder why everyone isn't doing so.
  2. The Diam 24 really is unsuitable for the Race to Alaska. After actually sailing the boat, I texted the Canadian and told him how relieved I was we chose the Multi 23. As I note in my blog post (and Munt will relate to this), the D24 is meant to sail with the leeward hull piercing the water, not floating on top of it. This, coupled with the minimal dihedral, makes the boat stiff and quick, but also very, very wet, and much easier to pitchpole than the more forgiving M23 design. There's also no question whatsoever of getting out of the elements on the D24, something the Canadian has addressed (masterfully, IMHO) on the M23. Having said this, I can't help but admire the toughness of Team Mad Dog Racing (2016) and Team Freeburd (2015), for braving the elements in boats just as wet and wild as the Diam 24.

Anyway, hope everyone has a chance to get a look at the Diam 24 and, perhaps, take one for a sail. If the class can gain traction in North America, it's certainly something TPSR will take a look at, post R2AK. Assuming we survive and remain on speaking terms. :blink:

 

Finally, welcome to all the new teams who've signed up for the big show. See you all at the Ruckus!

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I've never been aboard but my impression of the Diam is that it's more of a "lake" boat. Looks fun as hell but pitchpoling in the cold peepee is not my cup of tea.

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I didn't realize how far some teams went offshore.^^^^

 

 

I heard a funny story about R2akteamgoldenoldies, the track closest to Rose Spit is theirs. Hopefully Cakewalk comes along to confirm but apparently the crew was as scared of gybing without him on deck as they were of waking him up so they rode the same gybe all night until he came back on deck to ask them why they were heading the wrong way.

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I didn't realize how far some teams went offshore.^^^^

 

 

I heard a funny story about R2akteamgoldenoldies, the track closest to Rose Spit is theirs. Hopefully Cakewalk comes along to confirm but apparently the crew was as scared of gybing without him on deck as they were of waking him up so they rode the same gybe all night until he came back on deck to ask them why they were heading the wrong way.

 

That is funny they were scared to gybe my old boat. Would love to hear or read about that story.

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I assume this was near the straights, I went down below to sleep in the windward berth (dumb) and the helmsman kept flying off the wave tops, I put my head up and told him to slow down and he couldn't, we like 3 other boats were stuck behind the tide, one boat tacked back in forth for 6 hours waiting for the tide to change (f31). the f27 parked behind a small island leaving around midnight, we found a lagoon that was so calm we slept till the sun came up, i was pissed to find one of the crew also got up to relieve himself but went back to sleep. Glad to hear they feared me. Cakewalk r2akteamgoldenoldies on facebook. also in classifieds and Biggest baddest catamaran on Sailing Anarchy forum, multihulls.

I gotta ask, why so few sailors have the balls to sail a boat of this caliber? it is incredible! am I special? or just @#$%^ crazy?

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I've never been aboard but my impression of the Diam is that it's more of a "lake" boat. Looks fun as hell but pitchpoling in the cold peepee is not my cup of tea.

 

Not really. The Tour de France a la Voile doesn't include any lake sailing. It's all coastal distance and around the cans off the beach. As you know, the Atlantic and Med coasts of France can be pretty rough, and the boats seem to handle the conditions fine. Needless to say, everyone wears a drysuit, but that's to be expected on a small, sporty multihull.

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Thanks to SA for the FP coverage of the race. There are a lot of volunteers in PT who support the race and the NWMC. They received an appreciation from the city for the effort. Come to the Ruckus and see for yourself. It is a real sailing town if people get up in the wee hours to watch the starting gun at 6 am.[5 am this year]

 

 

Welcome New Teams!

 

Lookout Team Chum, some high school guys are officially doing the entire race! The North2alaska team are entered and they have an Alaskan commercial veteran, too! An aluminum boat they built themselves. Good on ya. Remember, it will be an epic trip, fast food will taste great by the time you have rowed/sailed to Campbell River and the age of majority is lower here. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-north2alaska/

 

A what? A Crotch Island Pinkie? Is that what Trump calls it? Is that legal anymore? Is that some Puritan code for sexual lines? Can it be a prudish vessel with that name? Older girl but does it really show?? https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-grace-b/

Team Bunny Whaler is back for the Proving Ground this year. See you at The Ruckus, race and Victoria Harbour! Team Bunny Whaler - R2AK 2016 | Facebook

 

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Any chance of a Hinterholler Shark 24' being competitive in this?

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I assume this was near the straights, I went down below to sleep in the windward berth (dumb) and the helmsman kept flying off the wave tops, I put my head up and told him to slow down and he couldn't, we like 3 other boats were stuck behind the tide, one boat tacked back in forth for 6 hours waiting for the tide to change (f31). the f27 parked behind a small island leaving around midnight, we found a lagoon that was so calm we slept till the sun came up, i was pissed to find one of the crew also got up to relieve himself but went back to sleep. Glad to hear they feared me. Cakewalk r2akteamgoldenoldies on facebook. also in classifieds and Biggest baddest catamaran on Sailing Anarchy forum, multihulls.

I gotta ask, why so few sailors have the balls to sail a boat of this caliber? it is incredible! am I special? or just @#$%^ crazy?

Thanks for the props of "Nice Pair!" She really is a incredible boat to sail and play on. If you are "special" or bat sht "crazy," then what does that make me who had her in my possession for so many years? :lol:

 

Thanks for the write up on that little story.

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That depends on what you mean by competitive

 

I looked through it more, such a large variety of craft enter, I suppose it is all up in the air

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I assume this was near the straights, I went down below to sleep in the windward berth (dumb) and the helmsman kept flying off the wave tops, I put my head up and told him to slow down and he couldn't, we like 3 other boats were stuck behind the tide, one boat tacked back in forth for 6 hours waiting for the tide to change (f31). the f27 parked behind a small island leaving around midnight, we found a lagoon that was so calm we slept till the sun came up, i was pissed to find one of the crew also got up to relieve himself but went back to sleep. Glad to hear they feared me. Cakewalk r2akteamgoldenoldies on facebook. also in classifieds and Biggest baddest catamaran on Sailing Anarchy forum, multihulls.

I gotta ask, why so few sailors have the balls to sail a boat of this caliber? it is incredible! am I special? or just @#$%^ crazy?

 

Thanks for the props of "Nice Pair!" She really is a incredible boat to sail and play on. If you are "special" or bat sht "crazy," then what does that make me who had her in my possession for so many years? :lol:

 

Thanks for the write up on that little story.

that makes you the head of the lucky dog club, very few mortals can fathom the thrill of single handing such a beast.

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Any chance of a Hinterholler Shark 24' being competitive in this?

It does depend on what you mean by competitive.

A Shark has crossed the Atlantic, so it is capable of offshore.

Would you have a shot at the 10,000 dollar Buyout?

Depends.

If a faster boat with a value in excess of 15,000 or something has a bad experience, breaks something major or seduced by lack of sleep, hate for the boat, divorce, crew rage, the owner may opt. This could be an old F27 or a racer mono.

 

If a cheaperthan10grand boat is aiming for the Buyout, then small cats and tris and the Columbia 32 are what you are competing against.

There is enough potential to beat these boats with a Shark with some favourable conditions offshore downwind, timing, better luck and no breakage.

The crew competitiveness would decide. Would you row all night across Dixon Entrance to the finish? Would you continue sailing in gale conditions? Would you run Seymour Narrows at night on a 12 foot tide?{nope}

The rest of us do it for the epic challenge, adventure and personal fufillment, or we are just dirtbags. Race a Shark if you want to, just put your best effort in it and make it across the finish line and you win.

A top 5 finish will require a boat like Cakewalk has and the skills to drive a multi. Or a carbon mono rocket that does 6 knots in no wind, with 4 pedalling, 2 trapezing and apparent wind. Or a top tier crew of Buchanan family on your boat. A Hobie 33 or better.

 

The link shows the overall times to finish, with the boat types. https://r2ak.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016-R2AK-Final-Standings.pdf

 

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R2AK makes Cruising World.

Jenny with an article here. Cruising World: Amazon.com: Magazines

thx to

Team Global - R2AK 2017 | Facebook

 

 

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You can. He is HERE. MULTIPLICITY 2017: Colin Angus, the First to Circumnavigate the Globe by Human Propulsion - Mountain Life

Which is 'ERE. World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Has a cool 10,000 prize for a film made in 72 hours. Olympus 72hr Filmmaker Showdown Registration at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival :: World Ski & Snowboard Festival

 

The Olympus 72 Hour Filmmaker Showdown - YouTube

 

like this...

Whistler, Canada - YouTube

 

 

Last week for registration but strangely only one team posted on the website. Others noted that too.

"With only 10 days untill the application deadline there are only 16 teams officially posted on the R2AK website for the full race?
We are hoping for a last minuite flood of small boat teams. Or its going to be us racing driftwood 1f641.png:( after the handfull of fast multyhulls disapear into the distance. Could it be that the world has run out of crazy people, just dumb enought to do this?" Team Chum R2AK 2017 | Facebook

 

Roger Mann is taking his tri for 2017. Roger Mann's Adventures. R2AK 2017 Team Discovery | Facebook

 

 

Boat Listings

OK some Real Ones

 

Carbon Rocket, right here in SA classy's » Show Ad - 40ft to 49ft - USA - Honolulu - Hawaii - 43' Bruce Farr Cookson Fractional Sloop | Sailing Anarchy

 

ex r2ak » Show Ad - Multi-Hulls - USA - Seattle - Wa - 28' Custom Tetzlaff/Melvin 8.5 meter Racing Trimaran | Sailing Anarchy

ex r2ak » Show Ad - Multi-Hulls - United States - reno - nv - FAMOUS 38x24 trailerable Offshore racing catamaran NICE PAIR $52k | Sailing Anarchy

 

Hobie 33 Hobie 33 "HOOK" For Sale

F31 Farrier 31' folding trimaran with trailer

 

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fold it up take it home. 30 ft folding schooner | sailboats | Windsor Region | Kijiji

they mean small. Small Keel Boat | sailboats | Peterborough | Kijiji

Might want to solo this. Mini America's Cup - Dimension 12 - One Person Sailboat | sailboats | Brockville | Kijiji

Free! Yes! Free 21' Sailboat & Trailer

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seattle dirtbag boats - craigslist

 

 

Unrelated Related News

 

March Hell Month. 'Gloomiest' March in Vancouver since record-keeping began - British Columbia - CBC News

 

"Dirtbag (noun): English portmanteau of “dirt” from the Old Norse “drit” meaning “excrement;” and “bag” from the Ancient Greek “bastagma” meaning “load” – lit. therefore: “load of excrement.”"

http://www.mountainlifemedia.ca/2017/03/dirtbag-sea-sky/

 

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I am entering my G-32. Still have about 20,000 details to attend to, but if I can get it all done, I'll be there.

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I am entering my G-32. Still have about 20,000 details to attend to, but if I can get it all done, I'll be there.

Gougeon 32 like this?

 

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I am entering my G-32. Still have about 20,000 details to attend to, but if I can get it all done, I'll be there.

 

Gougeon 32 like this?

 

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Russel

Any truth to the rumour you're doing it alone?

Wayne

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Norse, My G-32 has better looking windows, but it is "one of those".

 

Wayne, I'm not sure if I'm going solo or not. I want to, but I should check out the competition first. Are you doing the around Vancouver island race this year?

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Norse, My G-32 has better looking windows, but it is "one of those".

 

Wayne, I'm not sure if I'm going solo or not. I want to, but I should check out the competition first. Are you doing the around Vancouver island race this year?

Dang. Serious respect.

 

How do you plan to set up a rowing station, or pedal drive?

 

Good luck with her. Hope you make the race.

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Norse, My G-32 has better looking windows, but it is "one of those".

 

Wayne, I'm not sure if I'm going solo or not. I want to, but I should check out the competition first. Are you doing the around Vancouver island race this year?

Russell

Your G32 has better looking EVERYTHING. Impressive rebuild. No Van Isle 360 for me. We'll be seeing you in PT for the start of the R2AK.

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Any chance of a Hinterholler Shark 24' being competitive in this?

If you mean first to finish, no. If you mean able to finish, which is a win in most people's book, then yes. In fact, it would be a pretty good choice I think.

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Any chance of a Hinterholler Shark 24' being competitive in this?

If you mean first to finish, no. If you mean able to finish, which is a win in most people's book, then yes. In fact, it would be a pretty good choice I think.

 

 

and as an added bonus you would get instant fame from the Shark cult if you succeed

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Norse, My G-32 has better looking windows, but it is "one of those".

 

Wayne, I'm not sure if I'm going solo or not. I want to, but I should check out the competition first. Are you doing the around Vancouver island race this year?

Pics, pics!

I love that reverse sheer accented by the stripe.

Very nice.

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Mine doesn't have a stripe anymore. I have done a hell of a lot of work on my boat. If you want to see a bit of it, check out my blog: Gougeon32@blogspot.com

The blog doesn't show the new rig finished as I haven't had time to update. If you click 'older posts' you will see a bit of the boat sailing.

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Mine doesn't have a stripe anymore. I have done a hell of a lot of work on my boat. If you want to see a bit of it, check out my blog: Gougeon32@blogspot.com

The blog doesn't show the new rig finished as I haven't had time to update. If you click 'older posts' you will see a bit of the boat sailing.

 

FIFY - https://gougeon32.blogspot.com/

 

BTW - looking thru your blog - I must say that I admire your attention to detail, and your fabrication skills as well! Nicely done!

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Mine doesn't have a stripe anymore. I have done a hell of a lot of work on my boat. If you want to see a bit of it, check out my blog: Gougeon32@blogspot.com

The blog doesn't show the new rig finished as I haven't had time to update. If you click 'older posts' you will see a bit of the boat sailing.

Very interesting boat you have and I would die for a shop that big. Sigh...

 

The self righting system in the video, I haven't seen that before..you can lower the mast underway for low bridges.

600 ibs water ballast per side.

Furling boom.

Chi Mac veteran.

Easily trailerable.

I like the one with the dark cabin top and white hull in the video.

There are several window configurations but they all seem to work with the design anyway.

I am looking forward to seeing it on the docks.

 

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/g-32-catamaran-promo/

http://www.gougeon.com/prosetepoxy/G-32/welcome.html

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Jan's design and brainchild! Meade in the video helping to make it happen! Gotta love the G32 and our local homegrown heroes from the Great Lakes. These two are true legends for us!

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Jan's design and brainchild! Meade in the video helping to make it happen! Gotta love the G32 and our local homegrown heroes from the Great Lakes. These two are true legends for us!

 

For me too!

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Teaser: we just finished registering for R2AK 2017 full-race, as Team "Ketch me if u can".

 

We'll update here once our profile is live on the R2AK site, but in short we're a 2-person team on a Nacra Inter 20 beach cat. We both did R2AK 2016 on a F-31 as part of Team "It Ain't Brain Surgery: It's BINBA".

 

Looking forward to seeing how we do vs. TSPR's Multi 23 and the F-31 team. My guess is we'll do quite well in light/medium airs, but all bets are off in heavy and once we start needing sleep! (read: day 2) Will be an interesting race for sure. The last two beach cats to complete the race were in 2015: Team Freeburd (4th place, 9 days 7 hours) on an ARC 22, and Team Mau (8th place, 11 days 18 hours) on a 18.5ft Nacra 570. We also greatly enjoyed meeting last year's Team Shadowfax, attempting the course solo on a Hobie 16 (got about half-way to Ketchikan) -- impressive!

 

Looking forward to seeing MrPelicano, Russell Brown (hope you get your G-32 prepped in time) and others here in Port Townsend. Hats off to Norse Horse for keeping this thread very much alive and interesting.

 

Team Ketch me if u can

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Teaser: we just finished registering for R2AK 2017 full-race, as Team "Ketch me if u can".

 

We'll update here once our profile is live on the R2AK site, but in short we're a 2-person team on a Nacra Inter 20 beach cat. We both did R2AK 2016 on a F-31 as part of Team "It Ain't Brain Surgery: It's BINBA".

 

Looking forward to seeing how we do vs. TSPR's Multi 23 and the F-31 team. My guess is we'll do quite well in light/medium airs, but all bets are off in heavy and once we start needing sleep! (read: day 2) Will be an interesting race for sure. The last two beach cats to complete the race were in 2015: Team Freeburd (4th place, 9 days 7 hours) on an ARC 22, and Team Mau (8th place, 11 days 18 hours) on a 18.5ft Nacra 570. We also greatly enjoyed meeting last year's Team Shadowfax, attempting the course solo on a Hobie 16 (got about half-way to Ketchikan) -- impressive!

 

Looking forward to seeing MrPelicano, Russell Brown (hope you get your G-32 prepped in time) and others here in Port Townsend. Hats off to Norse Horse for keeping this thread very much alive and interesting.

 

Team Ketch me if u can

I'll have cold beer ready when you get to KTN.

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So, 16 teams entered to go all the way this year.

That's it?

That's a real die-off in interest.

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Don't hold your breath, the race boss doesn't publish all the racers for a couple of weeks after the deadline; in 11 hours

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I suspect there will be a few more entrants. Dan Blanchard had video on R2ak Facebook page about pulling the unscrewed from storage. I asked him about it but didn't get a confirmation in return, but he certainly liked the idea that I had cold beers waiting for him at the KYC.

 

It's a damn hard race. Fucking expensive. Tiring.

When I finished I was all piss and vinegar to go again.. but man- after relaxing all summer with the excuse of "Hey, I just got back from R2AK!" I found that I pissed the whole damn season away. The house wasn't painted, the cars weren't fixed, the boat was laid up...

Granted, I'm a very lazy fellow.

Still. I'm sitting this year out. I'm refilling the bank account. Gonna use my new main and jib. Finish painting that damn house.

 

The race will be there next year.. or not.. It's certainly not the last.

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There are some teams out there but there has been no hints on line. Tonight is it for signing up, 50 bucks gets you in.

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R2AK News

 

Women and under 40’s are alive and well in the sport of sailing, in the R2AK. This article highlights that fact. The race is not intimidating to younger racers and women are attracted to it. Thanks to Team Chum for that link. Team Chum R2AK 2017 | Facebook

Youngsters dominate the race to Alaska (R2AK) - Check 'em out here –

https://www.facebook.com/sistershipR2AK/

 

Weather continues to suck here, with Fraser Valley tulips more than 3 weeks behind blooming. The fresh snowline continues to creep down the mountains here every rain north of Vancouver.

17.3 knots! Team Pear Shaped Racing | Facebook

Are you under 20 foot for the 1000 dollar prize? The Santana is not, a Cal 20 appears to be…I measured mine and….I’m not, at 20’7 ½’’. SmallCraftAdvisor.com • Clarification of "Under 20ft" for r2ak

I did a new website since the ancient Shaw Cable one was terminated. It has a couple new pics, the race report from last year, but not as big as the last site. The header pic is approaching Seymour Narrows on a benign 3 foot tide, with a small overflow on the rock by the lighthouse. We stayed river right and found the largest whirlpool of the day…Home - r2ak2017teamsquamishy6m

My little sister has been asking me since last year to do the return trip, so I relented. I told her she has to sleep in the sail locker[vee berth]. She is stoked and I am hoping it will empower her to continue with her own sailing adventures. If you are sailing back from Ketchikan, we will be looking for cruising buddies.

The Jim Young boat mod thread is here, with links to water ballast articles and boats. My Dirtbag Boatyard, a small, cluttered shop with a meagre 15 amps to share with a heater and lights, and a tarped boat in the driveway. Weather has stalled my outdoor progress. I am currently re fairing the bottom, which hasn’t been done since it was built.

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=178821

 

Colin Angus will be racing the proving ground this year. My teammate from last year is building his own RowerCruiser tri and has applied for the full race as Team Campbell Sloop. Here are some rigging details of the boat model if you like Rowcruisers. Sailing RowCruiser Rigging Gallery | Flickr

 

 

Last Minute, Spur of the Moment, Budget Boat Sales

 

The fastest of the lot, can sleep in the hull, but very exposed, listed for some time. Catamaran project, Best Offer Outside Victoria, Victoria

This one starred in CA’s Mocking Ads in CL, an original Boeing built piece of history. 34 foot wooden sloop Central Saanich, Victoria

Team Libido. Pocket Rocket Chic Magnet | sailboats | City of Toronto | Kijiji

Sharpie! Sharpie Day Sailer | sailboats | Kelowna | Kijiji

Comes with mermaid in relief. 26' Junk Rigged Kenner Privateer Sailboat | sailboats | Victoria | Kijiji

Tanzer 23 for 650. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/6084696763.html

Ron Holland half ton 3800 bucks. https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/6087142688.html

Become a cult hero. https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/6085298837.html

Team Bucky. Hell, it has a cubby…https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/boa/6056181980.html

Race a fattie. Sailboat Decked Canoe / Kayak

Poor mans Etchell. !976 Seacrown Sail Boat

Moore room to hike out. MOORE 30 Sailboat

About the same money as that new pickup you want….2007 Flying Tiger 10meter

Choose your weapoon. seattle dirtbag boats - craigslist

 

Today is the deadline to sign up for the race. All you need is a sled or a shitbox, a buddy or 2, or not, and 50 bucks to apply. Beer helps with the decision and aids in the application form work. You can tell your spouse later, when you are vetted, but can still bail, if all hell breaks loose. It’s not as crazy as building a baseball diamond in your cornfield, but she supported her partners dream, too.

How to Lie - Truth About Deception

How To Tell Your Spouse You Just Bought A Boat At An Auction.. | Classic Boats / Woody Boater

How to Convince Your Significant Other to Buy a Boat: 8 Steps

Fishermen are practiced in deception already!

Excuses to buy a new boat | Salt Water Sportsman

 

“R2AK was created to reduce the constructs to a bare minimum, trusting in the self-reliance, seamanship, and honor of our participants rather than relying on enforcement of an artificial body of rules. The spirit of this race lives in the camaraderie of the racers and the unwavering impartiality of the elements” https://r2ak.com/official-rules/

 

Are you qualified? Let me quote.

“There are truly no required qualifications for this race”

https://r2ak.com/qualifications/

 

https://r2ak.com/r2ak-2017-application/

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According to this story there were 37 teams entered to go the distance as of last Monday:

 

https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/application-deadine-saturday-for-junes-long-distance-race-to-alaska/

 

I wouldn't be surprised to see 45 teams make today's cutoff.

 

Sadly Team MAD Dog Racing won't be one of them. Hopefully we'll be there next year.

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r2akteamgoldenoldies is in, now "Lexie's Gift" a non profit formed to continue Lexie's desire to help our community, one kind gesture at a time.

 

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Teaser: we just finished registering for R2AK 2017 full-race, as Team "Ketch me if u can".

 

We'll update here once our profile is live on the R2AK site, but in short we're a 2-person team on a Nacra Inter 20 beach cat. We both did R2AK 2016 on a F-31 as part of Team "It Ain't Brain Surgery: It's BINBA".

 

Looking forward to seeing how we do vs. TSPR's Multi 23 and the F-31 team. My guess is we'll do quite well in light/medium airs, but all bets are off in heavy and once we start needing sleep! (read: day 2) Will be an interesting race for sure. The last two beach cats to complete the race were in 2015: Team Freeburd (4th place, 9 days 7 hours) on an ARC 22, and Team Mau (8th place, 11 days 18 hours) on a 18.5ft Nacra 570. We also greatly enjoyed meeting last year's Team Shadowfax, attempting the course solo on a Hobie 16 (got about half-way to Ketchikan) -- impressive!

 

Looking forward to seeing MrPelicano, Russell Brown (hope you get your G-32 prepped in time) and others here in Port Townsend. Hats off to Norse Horse for keeping this thread very much alive and interesting.

 

Team Ketch me if u can

I was impressed with Shadowfax too, when he went upwind in 5 to 6 foot wind waves in Queen Charlotte Sound.

That is a wet way to get to Alaska!

 

Cheers

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