R2AK in a J/88?
Scott Grealish has provided his J/88 BLUE FLASH to his son Sean and friends to do the epic “green” race from Port Townsend (Seattle), WA to Ketchikan, Alaska- the epic 750nm Race 2 Alaska that starts on June 15th, 2018. Sails, oars, and pedal power are all permitted to propel your boat. The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.
It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind. $10,000 if you finish first, a set of steak knives if you’re second. Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course. R2AK is a self-supported race with no supply drops and no safety net. Any boat without an engine can enter. Check out their pics.
Here is Scott’s commentary on their mission:
“My son Sean is leading an all youth team (William-Patrick Blouin-Comeau, Maisie Bryant, Grant Gridley, Jack Holbrook) on our J/88 BLUE FLASH in the crazy race to Alaska. I think they are the first J/Boat to do R2AK. Read on, it’s quite good.