Race to Alaska

Two months from now an intrepid group of men and women in sailboats, rowing boats and kayaks will set off on the 750 mile Race to Alaska which runs from Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, to Ketchikan, Alaska via a stop at Port Townsend, BC. The race is open to any boat that has no engine and the route is mostly up to the contestants, there are just two way points that must be past.

The rules are sparse; you can stop to provision or to fix your vessel as long as you don’t prearrange any assistance – self sufficiency is the name of the game.

The winner gets a prize of $10,000 and the runner-up gets a set of steak knives.

The water is cold, the grizzly bears fierce and the weather capricious. Venturesome barely covers it.

You can sign up for it here: http://r2ak.com/