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New race to Alaska

Nov 4, 2014

The Race to Alaska, also known as the R2AK, is a new adventure race up the inside passage to Alaska. Competitors can row, sail or paddle from Port Townsend, Wash., to a finish in Ketchikan, Alaska, a distance of 750 nm. No engines are permitted under any circumstances.

The race is scheduled to start June 4, 2015. While there are no absolute qualifications for participation, race applicants should be knowledgeable in navigation, first aid, trip planning and logistics, be able to repair their vessel, and be fit enough to row, paddle or sail for long periods of time.

Participant vessels will be accessed for participation based on their design and construction, inherent buoyancy, stability, and safety equipment.

For those seeking a more modest challenge, the first stage of the race is a 40 nm qualifier from Port Townsend to Victoria, B.C., across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The second stage — to Ketchikan — starts a day later.

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