The Race (including live maps)

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The Race

The Race to Alaska is a new nautical challenge for 2015: voyage under sail and human power from Port Townsend, WA, to Ketchikan, AK.  You can’t have any type of motor aboard and there are required stops in Victoria, Seymour Narrows, and Bella Bella, BC.

The race travels the full length of the BC Coast with many route choices, including the traditional "Inside Passage."
The race travels the full length of the BC Coast with many route choices, including the traditional “Inside Passage.”

While the total distance will depend on the (many) navigational choices one could make, the route is approximately 1200 kilometers long (~750 miles).  If you can maintain an average speed of 5 km/hr (2.7 knots), it will take you 10 days.

The qualifier (Port Townsend to Victoria) starts at 5 a.m. on June 4, 2015.  The full race begins at noon on Sunday June 7, 2015.  The first team to Ketchikan gets $10,000.  The 2nd gets a set of steak knives.

During the race you should be able to follow the action using either the official R2AK tracking page (aggregating locations from the SPOT transceivers carried by each boat) and by the Team Sea Runners tracking/message live map (displaying data sent via our inReach transceiver, thanks to our sponsor Delorme).

 

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