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Posts Tagged ‘race2alaska’

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Year one of the Race2Alaska had Tripp and Chris Burd on a hate mission onboard a 22 foot/year-old racing cat with a fresh coat of paint and a 38′ mast. No shelter but an endless supply of the adrenaline-filled moments the Burds seemed to feed on. They finished, set a world record for open boats and got a sweet Waterlust documentary courtesy of the good folks at Sperry.

Last year Tripp Burd returned as a part of another team who dreamt big, broke their boat, then rallied only to bow out after Victoria. Sometimes all the right pieces fall apart leaving Tripp with unfinished business, and family members who didn’t look busy enough. Voila-2017.

Refuting cultural assumptions established by Lynyrd and friends, these Burds actually can change. Lesson learned from the unsheltered year one, Team FreeBurd chartered the fastest remaining boat from the previous race from some guy rumored to be able to pick winners – Mama Tried, a physics bending three-wheeler handed to the league of mortals by multihull legend Pete Melvin. Mama Tried rallied north in 2016 respectable time as Team Pure and Wild.

And after 4 days and change of extremely tough sailing, pedaling, paddling, and drifting,  a threesome of the nicest, fastest, and prettiest boys in sailing have finally won it – and Team Freeburd/Pure & Wild beat Big Broderna by just 6 minutes after 750 miles!  Amazing.

Shitty photo of (left to right) Big Bro’s Sean Huston, Nels Strandberg, Marshall Lebron, Lars Strandberg and Pure & Wild’s Tripp Burd, Trevor Burd, Chris Burd from the event Facebook page, but the videos – including live finish vids – are where it’s at.  And the thread just keeps on trucking…

Special thanks to Morgan, Jake, and Grace Glenn for making covering this thing easy.

 

June 15th, 2017 by admin

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Screw the Monster Garage – how about one of the fastest cats of her time in your living room?  We like!

The current owners of Nice Pair took the 40′ Crowther Super Shockwave (made famous by Bruce Geffen’s multiple Mackinac wins) on the Race2Alaska, and now they’re looking for a smaller, faster ride.  Can you help them make their sleigh fly? From the thread:

Class C Catamaran, under 400 lb. all carbon.  25 feet long, 14 feet beam tall rig.

Who has foils to make her fly?  Thanks, Stephen Marcoe.  R2AK Team Golden Oldies.

The record-setting Pair is for sale, BTW…

December 18th, 2016 by admin

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11325277_695396017272392_1718483185_nUPDATE: Our apologies for mistakenly calling the winner earlier this morning and for mistakenly calling her a Corsair when she is a Farrier.  Story updated, and photo of a Crowther 38 from Instagram, via the thread.

In a blistering display of seamanship and PNW racing, Al Hughes, Graeme Esarey, and Matt Steverson aboard the Farrier F25c Elsie Piddock are absolutely crushing the Race2Alaska, with a huge lead on the fleet as they move into water toward the Ketchikan finish and a cool $10k in prize money. We would tell you more if we could, but the fledgling R2AK organization is…let’s charitably say ‘a little behind’ on sharing the news about, well, everything, though their tracker seems to work just fine.

We’ll go easy on them though, because the R2AK organizers have created a very cool concept and they deserve kudos for what’s already a resounding success in its inaugural year, and we’re stoked to see a more polished version next time.  The fleet continues to race toward the finish as we speak; the best updates are probably over here in the thread.

There’s also a truly awesome postmortem report from the withdrawn Team Pure & Wild team right over here that’s worth your time.

 

June 10th, 2015 by admin

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