The 2016 running of the Race to Alaska (R2AK) is underway!
The race starting horn blared at 6am on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Point Hudson. R2AK is the first of its kind, and North America’s longest human and wind-powered race. First place is $10,000 and second place is a set of steak knives.
The Race to Alaska (R2AK) was born in the spirit of tradition, exploration and the lawless self-reliance that defines the sea-faring journey through the Inside Passage. 750 miles. No motors. No support. All the way to Alaska. R2AK is like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, or being run down by a freighter, or being swallowed by a whirlpool. There are squalls, killer whales and tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles per hour.
Nearly 200 sailors representing 65 teams are taking part. Good luck and safe passage to ALL.
To join the fun and track the boats , go to www.r2ak.com.