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I came across her in the Bahamas a few years ago, turned the corner into a little cove on my dinghy, and found this..

 

Very nice lines..... and a great build.

 

 

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some delamination on the deck and she is a survivor from a flip, hope to have her loaded by Monday, project 37

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Is anyone else having problems with the "see more" link on the bottom of the teams pages on the R2AK website? I've tried it in Chrome and Edge with no luck.

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Is anyone else having problems with the "see more" link on the bottom of the teams pages on the R2AK website? I've tried it in Chrome and Edge with no luck.

I think that is all they have posted. There are teams listed for the Proving Ground, but no bios posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team Heart of Gold is listed now, a new custom Bark SUP. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-heart-of-gold-2/

He is planning on 100 mile days, training 50 mile legs. Comparing his trip to standing on a milk run bus for 750 miles is great. His is a special kind of pain and cold, supplemented by green tablet food every hour. Cheeseburgers will taste cordon bleu by the time Shearwater Lodge comes in site.

This is a beautiful looking Bark board, Team Tacoma and the Sea. https://imgleak.com/media/1479404965331096611_416503046

https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-stage-one/team-tacomaandthesea/

 

Team Hodge is listed now for the Proving Ground. Someone was monkeying around last year and this sponsor flag ended up on his boat. The monkey did it.. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-stage-one/team-hodge/

In fact, there are quite a few new and veteran teams posted here, but no bios yet. https://r2ak.com/2017-stage-one-participants/

 

If you found your boat in the blackberry bramble in deepest, darkest Surrey, or underwater in Mission, I’ll remind you to get registration numbers updated, it’s free here. Licensing a pleasure craft - Transport Canada

It makes the CBS very happy to know you paid your taxes, who owns it and where that POS is from.

 

Hunting for that VHF DSC registration page? P.S. Do not register your boat as a Row Row…even though this is the R2AK. CPC-2-3-07 Annex A — MMSI Application Form: Ship Station With VHF/DSC Only, Unlicensed Radio - Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

CPC-2-3-07 Annex H — International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Codes - Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

 

 

I guess that Mathieu is coming back, as Randy’s link mentioned a team from France. That mean he will have his secret carbon monoque pocket rocket designed by…https://www.facebook.com/Sam-Manuard-Yacht-Design-559057710886079/

 

No mention of NZ in the article, so Team Spork may be sitting out.

 

Josh Collins on his SUP, is now planning on 2018, I read elsewhere, in a newer post by him. Maybe next race we can look forward to a clash of top watermen competing with the likes of Collins, Kruger, Mann and Angus.

 

 

Team Twodogs?? red boat, Apache. https://imgleak.com/media/1478425603569186706_372343027

Some other r2ak here. https://imgleak.com/tag/r2ak/

https://imgleak.com/tag/racetoalaska/

 

Team West Coast Wild Ones are looking for someone to take an outboard up to KTN.

https://www.facebook.com/West-Coast-Wild-Ones-1279891615412767/

 

Here is a new interactive nav app for the PNW to try. Cruising guides – Salish Sea Pilot

 

Unrelated Related News.

 

US regs for oar and sail power small boats. U - SafetyStandardforBackyardBoatBuilders.pdf

CDN standards. Construction Standards for Small Vessels (2010) - TP 1332 E - Transport Canada

 

US border video how to. Nuts and bolts of US customs – Salish Sea Pilot

 

Dodging ice floes ;) in Queen Charlotte Sound. NASA snapped first photos of a mysterious and worrisome crack in one of Vancouver Island’s largest glaciers | National Post

 

Is that an R2AK cotton monkey? Eew Urban Dictionary: cotton monkey

 

Be careful who you talk hockey with up here in coastal B.C. 59% of former NHLers studied prone to psychiatric disorders, research suggests - Toronto - CBC News

 

The Mother of all PNW Winters. Winter of discontent – Salish Sea Pilot

 

Sailfeed article on a controversial sailing site. Oh wait…http://www.sailfeed.com/2017/03/182-alan-block-sailing-anarchy/

 

R2AKamping. Guide to British Columbia Marine Parks on the wild Coast of BC

 

 

This is how First Nations deal with deer and how Guvmnet deals with deer so you know where and how to talk deer here in BC. Problem deer get GPS collars ahead of Oak Bay birth control plan - British Columbia - CBC News

Birth control plan for Oak Bay deer hits snag - British Columbia - CBC News

Major deer kill to provide school lunch meat and marksman training for Haida Gwaii - British Columbia - CBC News

 

Soggy Beaver sighting?? Sask. ranchers stunned as beaver herds 150 cattle - Saskatoon - CBC News

 

 

 

Bella Bella this week. Weather to warm slightly this summer as rains continue, then cold again Labour Day. Bella Bella, BC - 7 Day Forecast - Environment Canada

Race start to be windy and wet. http://farmersalmanac.com/long-range-weather-forecast/british-columbia/

 

 

Grizzly attacks man with suspected Cotton Monkey. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/07/18/grizzly-bear-attack-near-_n_7820698.html

 

Fly Alaskan. Literally. https://twitter.com/taybalkom/status/851585436476555265/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ketchikandailynews.com%2F

 

 

Race day tides. http://tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/5017.html?y=2017&m=6&d=8

 

You are going to need to fill up your music collection or get a Sirius subscription for the race.

Try here. http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=161057&page=6#entry5716711

Also try Sandalwood[Yvel&Tristan mix]

Cheers

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some delamination on the deck and she is a survivor from a flip, hope to have her loaded by Monday, project 37

 

Awesome boat, congrats!

 

Start a new thread for the race prep, I'm sure everyone wants to follow allong.

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Lots of teams listed now, top boats, with Big Broderna, Bad Kitty, Uncruise and Russel's 32.

 

Note the team rowing all the way, no sail, a veteran r2ak trimaraner going to a darker side... :o

https://r2ak.com/2017-full-race-participants/

https://www.facebook.com/racetoalaska/

 

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Horsefly. Information about horseflies.

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Norse, did you have a lot of flys last year? Curious how much the bugs were an issue for the small boats last year.

 

The worst was Grenville Channel, the Horsefly 300...they must be attracted to horse blood :D

 

Not too bad south in the Strait of Georgia.

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When we went around the island in 2013, the horseflies followed us. Everywhere we went, they said "Oh, they just started, they'll be gone in a couple of weeks". Fucking horrible things.

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horseflies, no problem , spray bottle with soap, shoot one a minute. if you smash them the blood will attract more, the soap will stop their wings. slippery deck

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Horseflies hate dragonflies. Paint your shirt with dragonflies, and they will stay away. I logged the mid coast of BC for many years, and watched the dragonflies catch and eat the little bastards. We built a template and used a rattle can to paint them. Stop on the dock in the sun beside someone wearing a white tshirt for a control. It works....

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Classic Hodge, what a trouble maker

 

 

Getting ready for this year......

 

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Welcome to SA, Rob !

I heard your monkey navigates and weather routes for you. How quickly they evolve... :D

He might be a handful in the Empress Hotel.

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Horseflies hate dragonflies. Paint your shirt with dragonflies, and they will stay away. I logged the mid coast of BC for many years, and watched the dragonflies catch and eat the little bastards. We built a template and used a rattle can to paint them. Stop on the dock in the sun beside someone wearing a white tshirt for a control. It works....

Thats a good one. I was reading about the trap for them for cattle farmers.

I killed 28 of them rowing out of Lowe Inlet, until the wind kept them at bay.

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Classic Hodge, what a trouble maker

 

 

Getting ready for this year......

 

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Welcome to SA, Rob !

I heard your monkey navigates and weather routes for you. How quickly they evolve... :D

He might be a handful in the Empress Hotel.

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that's why i tend to lock him in the cabin when i go somewhere nice.

look closely at the picture from Victoria....

 

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he's only lately been allowed to go to after race parties at the CYC clubhouse!

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A month and a day til the start and teams are busy training and getting the last details ready. There are still a few teams to be posted on the website, as 10 or so applications withdrew or were rejected.

 

Team Chum is having a silent auction to sell the boat after the race. Team Chum R2AK 2017 | Facebook

Team Kelp has an article in 48 North. https://48north.com/the-magazine/

Tesam PSR adds a Simrad tp. Team Pear Shaped Racing | Facebook

Team Hodge adding monkey proof details. Rob Hodge – Team Hodge – R2AK

Team North2Alaska is launched. An article in the PT Leader.  North2Alaska-R2AK2017 - Home | Facebook

http://www.ptleader.com/news/father-son-team-gets-ready-for-r-ak/article_463d9ef0-1409-11e7-8ed3-87355c7e2dcc.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share

Team BKM “Need some non-rain days…” a rain powered Pedal drive! Bitty Kitty Meow - R2AK 2017 - Home | Facebook

Team Campbell Sloop adds a tp and roll up sails to his Angus Mash tri. Cameron Campbell | Facebook

I knew he would end up a trimaraner when he bought one of these kind of bikes. J http://www.qvc.com/Smart-Trike-3-Wheeled-Self-Propelled-Ski-Scooter.product.T33705.html

 He is finishing up his build but is slowed down by cutting the end of his thumb off, picking it up out of the sawdust, and calling his wife for a ride before he passed out from the sight of the end of the bone. “You know those portable table saws really slow down when they have flesh stuck in them…” He is stoked for the race still and will be there whether the thumb stays on or not. You can leave cans of soup by his orange boat in PT.

 

 

How the boats Line Up

Big Tris and Cats-Line Honours and Steak Knifes

Uncruise-F-25C

Tres Burds-F25C

Big Bro-F31

SailPro-Crow34

Bad Kitty- 34ft cat

3 ½ Aus-F31

WTF-F28

SISTERS-F27

TRICERATOPS-F27

PT WATERCRAFT-G32

 

Mid Tris-Dark Horses for top 5

PSR-M23

PHOCOENA-TRICAT

 

Small Tris- Solo, wet, fast

DISCOVERY-Mann Mashup

GAR-TriRaid 560

CAMPSOUP-Angus tri mashup with coffincabin

NOMADICA-Windrider

 

Small Cats-wet, can flip and fast

BITTY-Nacra 17-solo

KETCHME-Nacra 20

 

Monohulls-fastest non-stop are potential Buyout winners

GLOBAL-Columbia 32

WILLPOWER-Sea27

AWAY-Exp27

WCWO-ODay27

KELP-Santana20

GRACE-Pink Crotchy26

SQUAM-Y6M

 

Under 20 Monos-challengers for fastest mono under 20, currently held by a Monty

CHUM-Siren17

ADV2-CLC Skerry14.5

RUSH-Monty17

 

Rowing- the first team to row all the way to KTN, a special kind of pain and exposure

N2A-Sharpie in aluminum

OARACLE-Merry Sea 2

KAIROS-Angus

 

SUP-first stand up board to make it to KTN on green pellets

HOG-Bark custom

FUELED-Ronin Exp

FUELED2-Ronin Exp

 

Kayaker- Mike’s Kayak time is on the line.

VIZ-Seaward19

 

Canoe-a first, if anyone can do it….

RODPRICE- Superior Exp Canoe

 

Fastest solo effort this year will be an interesting race between The Mann and hometown fav PT Watercraft in a G32 catamaran, with GAR and Bitty Kitty as dark horses.

There are more teams to sway the mix, but this is how it lines up, until the RaceBoss adds a surprise Open 60 or something to the list…

 

 

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Home - Rod Price Adventure

http://yukon1000.com/y/index.php

Yukon River Quest | Race to the Midnight Sun

 

French Tri entry

Le TRICAT 23.5 - Tricat

Adventure Racing in a Rowboat Steve Price

Who knew?

efficient-rowing.pdf

Love that nesting dinghy.

PT Watercraft

Downwind, whats that?

700 miles downwind to Alaska | Rollin' With Yahtzee

I put an r2ak photo here.

Listeners' Lens - British Columbia - CBC News

How Environment Canada works.

RMR: Seven Day Forecast - YouTube

 

Monkey Trouble

 

Water temperature.

2 dead after boat sinks in waters northwest of Tofino, B.C. - British Columbia - CBC News

Rick Mercer RCMSAR Primer.

RMR: Rick and the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue - YouTube

 

Just say something…

Just Say No to Plastic >> Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Its Ohey now…

Discovery of plastic-eating caterpillar could prove a boon in waste disposal - Technology & Science - CBC News

 

Don’t forget some hurtin and cold music…

 

Soggy Bottom Boys- I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - YouTube

Lost Frequencies - Are You With Me (Official Music Video) - YouTube

 

Cheers Everyone

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The multi 23 should be lots faster than several of the tris you rated higher...many variables make it a fascinating contest.

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2 hours ago, munt said:

The multi 23 should be lots faster than several of the tris you rated higher...many variables make it a fascinating contest.

I am tri-illerate so I stand corrected.

I also found out the metal sharpie will have sails and not just oars. The only reference was the PT Leader story and the SA edit function was gone already.

Two Team Whistler Wild Ones were out club racing with us the other week and we had some good wind. Becky had the 3 of us trimming while she drove to a respectable finish the first race, in spite of a huge high tide coming in, spoiling the lines on the pin and windward mark.

Lady luck is with that team.

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On 4/28/2017 at 11:06 PM, multihuler said:

the crane couldn't pick up the new tri till the 9th, I have 4 more days to come up with a replacement.

So no Antrim for you?  And no Lexi's Gift for R2AK?  Serious bummer.

First the was Hydroptere and then Zephyr... dude, you are like the world's worst tease, LOL.

Anyway, hope to see the name pop up sailing in sumtin'

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The last few weeks to get the kit in order, try out the boat, service your Landrover, train, yell sailing commands in your sleep, food up and fend off stress attacks.


Team N2AK have posted a pick with the sail plan on the aluminum sharpie. North2Alaska-R2AK2017 - Home | Facebook

Bad Kitty with a great cartoon. How to explain sailing to your guests. Displacement means your going to miss the concert tonight. Bad Kitty "The Boat" Race to Alaska - Home | Facebook

Volcano with a peal powered trailer. Team Take Me To The Volcano - Home | Facebook

Wild Ones have pics of the pedal drive and Becky on bow SUP paddle. West Coast Wild Ones - Home | Facebook

Adventourists have a couple articles about the race and if bears eat vegemite. Don't forget the cougars, we have the most in the world here. http://www.adventourists.com.au/orcas-tidepools-bears-pondering-perils-r2ak/

Kingsfold in the race to the race to AK. Kingsfold Travelogues

Sistership with a crew member article. Enfield Native Reinvents Herself on the Water
 
That's a fine butt for a woman over 50. Oh, wait...Sistership - Statue

Turnpoint with some fine foil porn. Turn Point Design - Race to Alaska R2AK | Facebook

Ex Adv with the drift, row, sail move on video. Also "dual" pro-pellers, on with a better pitch. Team Excellent Adventure - R2AK 2016 | Facebook

Chum looking to load up on all natural bunny pasta that Carrie loves. Look out, BunnyWhaler...Team Chum R2AK 2017 | Facebook

Bunny Whaler flying the SA flag. Team Bunny Whaler - R2AK 2016 | Facebook
http://sailinganarchy.com/2017/05/11/whale-of-a-story/

PearShaped with some wind weaponry. Team Pear Shaped Racing | Facebook

Water porn, on the SA Front Page! http://sailinganarchy.com/2017/05/12/poetry-in-motion/

Global with some odd looking shore support. Is that what old divers look like? Team Global - R2AK 2017 | Facebook

Hodge with the New Sperry Boom Tent! Rob Hodge – Team Hodge – R2AK

FueledOnStoke with some stoked graphics on the boards. R2AK Team- Fueled On Stoke - Home | Facebook

Roger Mann taking Kanuckistani lessons.

Russell has some good video on his Youtube site. Early Ostar.
Single Handed Transatlantic '68 - YouTube

2016 R2AK Video.
PT Watercraft; R2AK Start - YouTube

Colin Angus with some accolades. The 25 Most Adventurous Men of the Past 25 Years | Men's Journal

Bitty Kitty Meow. Well, I searched that name and everything from cat shelters to exotic dancers came up. So I googled pictures and Morgan's comes up, surrounded by ..... no, I meant cats.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=bitty+kitty+meow&sa=N&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwjlv_i82-7TAhVL3WMKHdiGBIM4ChCwBAgg&biw=1366&bih=659#imgrc=_


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Flush with sewage success, Victoria icon Mr. Floatie retires - British Columbia - CBC News

Winter surfing sailboat support.
https://www.mountainlifemedia.ca/2017/05/chris-burkard-leaving-comfort-zone-arctic-sky/

Bella Bella, current weather.
https://weather.gc.ca/city/pages/bc-94_metric_e.html

Where to go in Victoria with Ocean Rodeo gear on.
http://www.miss604.com/2016/04/where-to-eat-and-drink-in-victoria-bc.html

14 of 18 days rain forecast, today. The other 4 cloudy with chance of rain.
https://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Prince-Rupert-British-Columbia/forecasts/latest

Race tunes.
Everything that kills me, makes me feel alive...Lost Frequencies - Counting Stars (OneRepublic cover in the Live Lounge) - YouTube

This one is for Team Adventourists. Johnny Horton - When It's Spring Time In Alaska - YouTube

Cheers Everyone
 

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The Adventourists mystery boat is revealed. https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-adventourists/

The 3 will have a strong spirit on the bow in the name of Jay Berglund from Gizmo, on the Harmony 22 they bought.

Look out Team Kelp, this boat flies...http://sailboatdata.com/viewrecord.asp?class_id=274

 

It seems you put Vegemite behind your ears to ward off bears, or forks in your hair to deter head bites. Cougars like to drop in on ya too.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/grizzly-bear-eats-black-bear-in-banff-1.1414994

Aussy bears. Drop on your head. Drop Bear - Australian Museum

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Varan said:

Give it a rest. This race has merits of its own. How about commentary for some of the competitors?

Give what a rest, Varan? Norse has kept all of us up to date on the R2AK in a very thorough fashion for a very long time. Maybe you should contribute something useful and informative.

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1 hour ago, Russell Brown said:

Give what a rest, Varan? Norse has kept all of us up to date on the R2AK in a very thorough fashion for a very long time. Maybe you should contribute something useful and informative.

Whoops, sorry. I have nothing to contribute. Just wishing to hear from other competitors. 

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On 5/16/2017 at 4:42 AM, TeamChum said:

Thanks Norse, Carrie is really happy to be known as the bunny pasta girl LOL not really.

Just a tease not a mock. Best wishes, Carrie. She will be one of the stars of the race and everyone will want to meet her including me. Harbor Films and others will be interviewing her in PT and Vic. She already has my respect for entering this race and I will be watching your tracker and hope to be there to see you ring the bell in KTN. Not to worry, respectable Bunnies and kitties are entered already, all really nice guys.:)

I thought Varan might enter the race this year. Yes sir, some more race talk would be great. No hard feelings here.This is a different kind of race, a Facebook generation race perhaps. People are curious about the characters who race. I will post something by the weekend strictly on the boats. There may be some new teams posted. I hope the O30 team in n.van does the enter the full race, that would spice up the keelboat fleet. The ODay will get some respect if it wins unofficially by looking at the phrf finishes. Last year when I ran the numbers, the only real change was the Olson moved up the ranking.

Some Proving Ground team bios up, with a different copy writer it seems.Not the same well read, tongue and cheek style.

Cheers

 

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Thanks Norse, I have been pondering our chances of making it to the KTN this week. it is really going to be weather dependent for us,

Carrie is not a fan of heavy weather sailing, especially in a tiny boat, and anything over 15 knots starts to get a little sporty in a Siren 17 over 20 and its a bit out of control.

the boat seems to be good in 3-15 knots of wind, we have enough sail area to keep hull speed in that envelope, 15-18 is ok but a lot of work 18-22 is reef the shit out of it and hold on, or look for a safe place to hide. we can only hope the weather gods are nice to us.

I unfortunately have a hard deadline, as I have to be back to work July 4. And our only get home strategy is to sail the boat back. we had hoped to ship an outboard to KTN to help with the return but ran out of money and time, so sail it back it is. that gives us about 17 days to make the finish line before we have to run for home. and we get to do it all twice lucky us.

see you soon 19 days before we need to leave for PT.

 

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My friend Grace & I are very excited to be interning with the production team covering the R2AK from Bella Bella. We look forward to getting to know all the teams and conducting interviews from our little chase boat. See you in Port Townsend!

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4 hours ago, TeamChum said:

Thanks Norse, I have been pondering our chances of making it to the KTN this week. it is really going to be weather dependent for us,

Carrie is not a fan of heavy weather sailing, especially in a tiny boat, and anything over 15 knots starts to get a little sporty in a Siren 17 over 20 and its a bit out of control.

the boat seems to be good in 3-15 knots of wind, we have enough sail area to keep hull speed in that envelope, 15-18 is ok but a lot of work 18-22 is reef the shit out of it and hold on, or look for a safe place to hide. we can only hope the weather gods are nice to us.

I unfortunately have a hard deadline, as I have to be back to work July 4. And our only get home strategy is to sail the boat back. we had hoped to ship an outboard to KTN to help with the return but ran out of money and time, so sail it back it is. that gives us about 17 days to make the finish line before we have to run for home. and we get to do it all twice lucky us.

see you soon 19 days before we need to leave for PT.

 

I sympathize - it's not too different on our Nacra Inter 20 beach cat...!  Weather indeed will make a big difference, and it varies a lot by period (2015 started as a really strong blow-out, 2016 varied by day but was mostly mild).  

I've been looking at Jonestone Strait in particular (Fanny Island lighthouse), as that was the thoughest upwind sailing we did last year.  The afternoon winds there routinely clock 20-30kts (peaking around 6-10pm) due to land-warming effects, while 6am-1pm is typically <20kts, and often <10kts (unless you have a strong weather system moving through).  So timing there makes a huge difference -- you'll likely want to plan for an AM passage of that section.

Regarding return, have you considered sailing to Prince Rupert and then trailering the boat back?  (or leaving it there and returning later to pick it up with a trailer).  It's a 18h drive to Seattle, and a number of boats did that last year.

-- Team Ketch me if you can (Nacra Inter 20)

 

 

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3 hours ago, spring fever said:

My friend Grace & I are very excited to be interning with the production team covering the R2AK from Bella Bella. We look forward to getting to know all the teams and conducting interviews from our little chase boat. See you in Port Townsend!

Welcome Spring Fever (& Grace)!  Thanks for doing the internship - I remember the on-water interviews as we sailed past Bella Bella last year as one of the highlights of the race.  It was a great moment to share stories and take stock of the race so far! 

Looking forward to seeing you in Bella Bella (touch wood).  You'll recognize us as two sailors with wild eyes, haggard looks, cold hands and smallish looking twin hulls under us (and if you only see one person then either you're confusing us with Morgan from Team Bitty Kitty Meow, or one of us fell off...).

-- Team Ketch me if you can (Nacra Inter 20)

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Yes I agree Jonestone is going to be a challenge for us, although it blew 10 knots max today, and I have seen it flat calm for days that would be bad also. 

Like most of the coast it usually dies out in the evening and picks up after lunch so we may be sailing during the night and sleeping in the afternoons. 

For us it's the adventure as we have no hope of a win, so we are not going to push it to the point that Carrie never wants to sail again. 

 

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On 5/18/2017 at 6:40 AM, spring fever said:

My friend Grace & I are very excited to be interning with the production team covering the R2AK from Bella Bella. We look forward to getting to know all the teams and conducting interviews from our little chase boat. See you in Port Townsend!

Hi Grace welcome to SA and look forward to meet you. Curious to see your video work, too.

I found some Shearwater pics from last year.

There is lots of marine traffic there so you won't get bored. The lodge has some good food and sometimes live music.

Cheers

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10 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

Hi Grace welcome to SA and look forward to meet you. Curious to see your video work, too.

I found some Shearwater pics from last year.

There is lots of marine traffic there so you won't get bored. The lodge has some good food and sometimes live music.

Cheers

Thanks for sharing! We can't wait to head west and see everyone!

Grace & Morgan

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Predictions anyone? 

I've got Pure & Wild/Freeburd for the win and Big Broderna for 2nd.

Russell Brown first solo and Itty Bitty Kitty Meow second solo finisher.

What have you got?

Wish I was racing this year, but I'll be an enthusiastic tracker junkie nonetheless. 

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If it is the 2015 pattern with mid 20s upwind and heavy air in jonstone I would put it as a toss up between Broderna and Pure and Wild. Conditions stay under 30 in Jonstone and I would say it is Bad kitty, then Broderna for the knives. Unless BK breaks something. If there is a southerly in the south portion of the course I would put TPSR in for the knives. 

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TPSR here.  Just want to give a shout out to Norse Horse for keeping the R2AK excitement going here on SA.  As much as we'd like to help fuel the fires, we're finding, as many of our fellow competitors are, that there's simply never enough time to prepare for this sort of thing, no matter how far in advance you get started.

So here we are, less than 3 weeks away from the R2AK start, and still way too much to get done. Sure, the big things - sails, electronics, rigging, etc. - are pretty much complete, but the punch list is filled with details, and we've yet to figure out which freeze dried food we can tolerate and how many cup o'noodles per person, per day, will suffice.  We've been playing musical chairs with stowage - if it's Monday, gear bags are below deck; but last Thursday they were in the cockpit - and there's still considerable discussion about where, precisely, to stash the screacher and J-4.  Meanwhile, Canadian Customs has decided to make our lives interesting by holding our APC propellers hostage (we've already given up on ever seeing those white plastic acorn nut covers we ordered from China).  We're haven't picked up the phone to call Justin yet, but the clock is ticking.

Nonetheless, we did get a chance to make a practice run up to Seymour Narrows the week before last.  Details of that trip are posted on our blog (https://teampearshapedracing.wordpress.com/).  We try out best to post updates there and on our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/Team-Pear-Shaped-Racing-602588409906850), which is why we're not posting here as often.  While we've not be diligent about posting videos, that will change soon.  Hoping to be able to provide video snippets as often as possible, going up the course (mobile coverage permitting).  It won't be as cool as what Team Bunny Whaler did, last year, but we have high hopes to be at Sundance in the Fall. :)

And since some have been playing the pundit game, here's our Vegas book for R2AK 2017:

1.  Pure & Wild / Freeburd  |  Bad Kitty  |  Big Broderna (weather conditions will decide who gets the money)

2.  Team SailPro  |  Team 3 1/2 Aussies (we're giving SailPro the benefit of the doubt because, on paper at least, they have mad, scary skills - boat is a question mark, though)

3.  Team PT Watercraft (because it's Russell Brown, FFS!  We have no doubt he can go 6-7 days without sleeping.  Really!)

4.  Humility and a healthy sense of our own limitations don't allow us to place TPSR in this spot.  But TPSR Marketing overrode that decision, so...

But if you ask an entirely different question:  "Who will TPSR be rooting for on the 2017 R2AK?"

1.  Team Fueled by Stroke and Team Fueled by Stroke Part Deux

To us, these guys epitomize what the R2AK is all about - the true spirit of the race, if you will.  Truth be told, when the Canadian was risking his life and reputation on Team MOB Racing, last year, I was rooting enthusiastically for the SUP, along with hundreds (if not thousands) of other fans. Nothing will make us happier than to see these intrepid adventurers cross the finish line in Ketchikan. What they will have earned will be worth infinitely more than $10K or some pinche steak knives.

Anyway, will try to check back in before we leave for Port Townsend.  Thanks for the sustained interest from everyone!

MrPelicano 

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 I will go there, team PSR in the top 3, local boat lots of knowledge and tons of prep work. 

Dont forget Roger for solo, this guy knows what it takes to get there. 

The weather this spring has been nuts, could be 40 or 4 knots time will tell. 

Yesterday in the strait 2-3 and glass calm, tomorrow 30-40. Yesterday the SUP guys would have been golden, tomorrow it would be amazing if they even crossed the start line. 

Team Chum for the free outboard,  and first to meet  the sweeper boat 

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I read your blog and predictions, as well as gglg the Crowther.

I read that the Bucc is a 15 knot boat,a bit hobby horse upwind and has the most comfortable interior with 6'1''. Some composite hulls but mostly West. Hard to see Sailpro keep it fast enough and even row or pedal it fast enough.

Multi 23? I read it is a 20 knot boat and is good upwind with the bow design. I am impressed that it will beat the 31 to the finish line. Pedal drive means it is competitive in that department.

F27? respectably fast to get you to the concert but....

No comments on the F25 teams? A 25 knot boat? Some serious human power potential with the 3burds and the Commodore will be a threat if he wants it bad enough.

Tricolour Tricat?... will be in there like a horse fly on a windless day. They came a long way to race. I see they have hiking racks. I suppose that putting a hull under is bad news with that setup. I was reading Mr Farrier so I realize some designs are can do that for extended periods.

F31? Big Bro is a favourite and my pic for line honours.

Light air race? Bad Kitty for line honours.

First solo? Russell has the machine to smash that record, even in light air.

Steak knife solo? Roger, with a pack of fast boats on his tail, waiting for a break, including IttyBitty, Gar and Nomadica.

First under 20ft? Depends if the Nacra 20 is 20 foot on the deck, as it is listed as 20'3'' hull. http://www.sailboat-data.com/en/sailboat/131-nacra-f20-fcs

First mono? Everyone will expect the Seascape, so watch the Express 27 and the venerable C32 with it's upwind legs try to steal the show. The O27 may not take upwind offshore pounding very well.

Buyout? a fight between teams Global[C32] and Discovery[tri] unless a charitable or disgruntled team bites first.

 

The Rest?

A small multi or two will lead the rest of the fleet I expect.The 2 Angus tris against the Windrider? The boat to go non stop the most of course.

The Harmony 22 is fast and has the crew size, but will they try offshore or inside-outside?

Santana 20 is a fine boat but not likely to take a pounding upwind on the offshore routes.

Y6M solo expects to be passed by the crewed boats and solo multis until they break something, get attacked by animals or suffer from exposure.;)

Pinkie, Sharpie, Monty, Skerry,Siren class. I have to pick the Monty wins...but the youngest racer will have an epic win if she makes it over the finish line.

Canoe, kayak, rowboat and SUP class. No clear winner I dare pick, but you can carry a lot more green pellets on some of them.

This year will attract a lot more young race trackers who will be following the PT and Vic teams. Bunny Whaler told me about the little guy who slammed his soda, like the boys did at the finish line, a good story to ask them.

I expect the Race Boss will have saved some team announcements to shake up the steak knife crowd....

Cheers

 

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I agree the Monty is our competition, if it blows 20+ for the majority of the race they win. If it blows 15 and under their extra weight 2X us will be our advantage. If there is no wind and they row we are dead. It should be a lot of fun. 

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Hate to toot my own horn here, but it's been a struggle to get to the start on our shoestring budget this year. I'm doing a one-week only T-shirt fundraiser to help cover getting my wife to Victoria, and other last minute expenses. If anyone wants to buy one, it'd be much appreciated. 

https://www.bonfire.com/roberts-campaign-148/ is the link. 

 

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I think Ketch Me If You Can is running an Inter 20.  http://www.sailboat-data.com/en/sailboat/33-nacra-inter-20, Not exactly the FCS, but still fast if they can keep the weight down. It also shows as 20.0', so perhaps they could file off a millimeter off the bow and get it to 19.99' if they want that to shoot for the 1k. Assuming they can keep their gear to a minimum if you can seems like the fastest boat that has stated they are in the hunt for the buy back... 

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On 5/22/2017 at 1:38 PM, TheMorgan said:

I think Ketch Me If You Can is running an Inter 20.  http://www.sailboat-data.com/en/sailboat/33-nacra-inter-20, Not exactly the FCS, but still fast if they can keep the weight down. It also shows as 20.0', so perhaps they could file off a millimeter off the bow and get it to 19.99' if they want that to shoot for the 1k. Assuming they can keep their gear to a minimum if you can seems like the fastest boat that has stated they are in the hunt for the buy back... 

Team Ketch Me if You Can chiming in here, since it's fun to talk about ourselves...!

(1) Weight: there's a lot to bring...

True, we are very fast in light airs when and at light boat weight, particularly downwind. In the recent San Francisco Lightship Race (to 11nm out west from the Golden Gate Bridge), we put a lot of hurt on racing monos and F-31s -- catching a Class 40 racing monohull that had a 35min head start.

Alas R2AK fits none of those parameters.  Mostly upwind, a good chunk of medium/heavy airs, and the boat will be anything but light.  While we are a light crew for a Nacra Inter 20 (a bit shy of 350 lbs), we're going to be dragging a lot of added weight.  The wings/racks and pedal drive (+65lbs) effectively put us into a heavy crew range (400-425lbs).  We're wearing about 35lbs of gear across the two of us (including drysuit), carry about 55lbs of other gear (anchor, safety gear, spares, clothing), and will have about 60 lbs of food and water.  Basically a 3rd person's worth of weight is coming with us...   We're going to try to shave as much off between here and when we leave Victoria - some tough decisions on what to bring/leave behind coming up!

Thankfully for light airs we have our pedal drive.  It works quite nicely -- see this video (before any weight added though).

(2) Length

We're as curious as everyone - we haven't measured the boat.  Does she fit inside 20ft?  It's anybody's guess.  We're probably going to leave this one a mystery until the finish (touch wood)!

----- Team Ketch me if you Can

https://www.facebook.com/TeamKetch

 

 

 

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8 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

Nice piece on the R2AK on 'Sunday Morning' TV show. Mainstream publicity!

Yes. +1.  Real coverage!

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On local Oregon NPR outlet this morning:

Audacious, Adventurous Or Just Nutty? Racing To Alaska On Stand-up Paddleboards
http://ijpr.org/post/audacious-adventurous-or-just-nutty-racing-alaska-stand-paddleboards#stream/0

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Erdogan Kirac, left, and Luke Burritt of Bellingham are planning to compete in the Race to Alaska on twin boards including this one.
TOM BANSE / NW NEWS NETWORK

 

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TPSR here.  We're all packed up and ready for the delivery to Port Townsend, tomorrow morning. Forecast is benign so may have to motor some of the way, but will definitely enjoy the sunny weather we're having right now, here in Victoria.

Very much looking forward to meeting the other competitors, some of whom we know,  but many others we don't. Hope everyone has a safe journey and see you all at the Ruckus!

MrPelicano

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It was an excellent piece yesterday morning!  What a pleasant surprise!

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On 6/5/2017 at 7:29 AM, RandyM81 said:

Anyone going to livestream the start? 

I'm thinking of going over from the mainland to watch the start as last year was so cool. Any recommendations if I do get a chance to live stream? I guess facebook live and link to it here?

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3 hours ago, Foiling Optimist said:

Any recommendations if I do get a chance to live stream? I guess facebook live and link to it here?

I'd give YouTube a try, though I haven't used either one: https://www.youtube.com/my_live_events

With only two days until the start in PT, I'm surprised the R2AK "Daily Updates" page is still showing the 2016 event?
https://r2ak.com/race-daily-updates/

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Sad to report I am DNS for the race due to work. I have sulked a few days and am over it. Looking forward to cheering on the teams.

Non FB users only get a login with that link above.

What a snotty weather for the start. It looks much cooler for next week. Port Townsend NOAA Weather

I haven't found the Proving Ground race results this morning to compare, but this should be a fast leg.

It will be interesting to see the lightly loaded Diam 24 against the rest of the pack. Overall Winner: Diam 24 One Design | Sailing World

Also DNS is Team Campbell Sloop, he got a new job less than 2 weeks before the race. How do you focus on the race, wondering if the new boss will wait for you. His first build, the Angus custom tri had a problem with the rowing station and he was faced with the prospect of moving the rear bulkhead and mast base aft to get enough leg room to row. The record cold winter, wet and cold spring weather only left 2 months to work on the build.

Team Uncruise is DNS as well narrowing the field of top 5 teams.

I am guessing with the Nacra 20 team that they are a shade under 20, as noted above in another post. Good luck for the Buyout. It will be a close race against the C32. The Columbia 32 is less than 6 foot wide, narrower than an Etchell. Poor weather will be more of a battle for the Nacra to overcome.

Cheers

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3 minutes ago, Norse Horse said:

Who knew it was going to be a 40 mile rowing race, with Colin Angus fighting to catch Mathieu.

They got very lucky with light wind this morning.  That's expected to change by noon to a 24 knot westerly!

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Colin is pushing hard, looks to be a great close finish, with Oaracle and Take me to the Volcano very near.

I see the Olson 30 is ahead of the Seascape 27, but may get the coming wind first.

http://tracker.r2ak.com/

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It looks like the F25c Team Freeburd is the first sailboat in, followed by Russell in the G32, go Russell! Bad Kitty and PSR appear to be next, no, it's Bad Kitty beating them ...

Finish line camera here, you can zoom your browser2x to get a better look.

http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/about/news/rbcm-channel/web-cam

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Blowing pretty good right now. If Team Discovery actually pulled up off Dallas Rd I hope he's out of the surf. Not a nice beach there. Looks like lots of the fleet is getting flushed past Discovery Island. Hope the teams still out in the strait fare ok. Chum/Hodge/Noddy's Noggins in a Siren 17/Ooze Goose/Scamp could be seeing some serious conditions, to say nothing of the others.

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From the tracker it looks like none of the boats still out there can make headway west to reach the entrance to Victoria. Hein Bank is reporting 27 knots gustig to 34. I imagine the waves are pretty gnarly and with a 1-2 knot flood at Trial Island (max flood is around 4PM), it is going to be a long day for these guys. Forecast is for the wind to moderate over the next couple hours so hopefully conditions allow most of them to get in before dark if they don't quit.

 

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Away Team (express 27) just can't make any ground out there.. Bless them for trying, it's gotta be fucking slog where they're at.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Norse Horse said:

It looks like the F25c Team Freeburd is the first sailboat in, followed by Russell in the G32, go Russell! Bad Kitty and PSR appear to be next, no, it's Bad Kitty beating them ...

Finish line camera here, you can zoom your browser2x to get a better look.

http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/about/news/rbcm-channel/web-cam

Freeburd a (Melvin 28)was first sail followed by TPSR , the G32 and BK.

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