From a 73-foot trimaran to a custom rowing shell and everything in-between, the 2016 field of R2AK entrants has been finalized for the epic 750-mile race north through the Inside Passage.
At 6:00 a.m. on June 23rd, 65 teams will be on the start line just off the Northwest Maritime Center dock in Port Townsend Bay. Forty four of those teams will attempt the full race to Alaska, while the remaining 21 teams will race in the first stage to Victoria, BC. And if you haven’t checked out the mostly hilarious team bios lately, do yourself a favor and click on the links above to find out more about this year’s boats and racers.
Race Boss, Daniel Evans says, “R2AK is fielding a fleet of teams covering the sailing and rowing spectrum — from high-twitch, fast mulithulls to backyard boats to a stand up paddleboard. From home-built to pro-built and custom-built.”
Last year 35 teams started the full race and just 15 finished. How many will finish this year?
On the start line will be Team Tritium Racing, a 73 foot trimaran that is 60 feet wide and is so fast it sailed from Los Angeles to Hawaii in just over five days, barely missing the world record. They will be competing against 20 foot sloops built in the 1960’s, custom rowing shells from France, three all women teams, and some of the fastest racing boats the Pacific Northwest offers.
The route follows the Inside Passage, and R2AK celebrates its bold nature and history in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance it takes to succeed in such a journey.
Fans of the R2AK are invited to join the teams and the town of Port Townsend at the Race to Alaska Pre-Race Ruckus for food, good swill and music on June 22nd from 3:00–8:00 p.m. on and around the Northwest Maritime Center Campus. The public is also invited to gather on the beach at the Northwest Maritime Center for the start gun at 6:00 a.m. on June 23rd. Skinny dipping is applauded but not endorsed! VIP viewing passes are available.
More information, visit R2AK.com.