The Race to Alaska is a trip. Waterlust’s Patrick Rynne is there and said, “Basically there is a super rad community of sailors from all walks of life here. The event organizers are awesome and the entire town is out in full force supporting the athletes. The big question in the boat park is which design/approach will win? There most certainly won’t be wind the entire race, so having alternative man-powered propulsion is key.
Most are going with oars, mirage drives, or pedal powered propellers. Lots of innovation! Cats, mono’s, proas! Some seem very safe, some less safe. The first leg (the qualifying race) starts tomorrow at 5am to Victoria! They spend a couple days there and then start the main race up the coast to Ketchikan, Alaska. Forecast is for breeze tomorrow, should be sick!”
More here from our friends at 48 North have reports here.