Race to Alaska

Discussion in 'General Paddling Discussions' started by M2G, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. pryaker

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    Just had my second r2ak sighting off my front porch just north of Powell River. Last week it was the catamaran Kohara rocketing north at almost 10 knots as the sky darkened and the wind howled. Today as I took a shower looking over the calm seas it was John placidly sailing along paddling occasionally with a canoe paddle. When I hailed him and asked if he was heading to Alaska he said "that's what I'm trying to do" then he asked if anyone had finished yet.

    Wow, what a strong will. I'd have given up after a couple days of last weeks northerly gales and he still is pushing on. Hats off to all the participants!
     
  2. M2G

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    This morning brought the excitingly close finish for 2nd place, MOB edging out Por Favor, who had held 2nd place for over 100 miles. With that done and gone, things seem a little quiet out on the race course. Well...not if your name is Mike Higgins.

    Mike currently has the fastest moving boat in this race, north of Seymour Narrows!

    Currently, and for the last half hour, faster than Team Discovery, faster than the Soggy Beavers, faster than any one of the 3 boats racing for 4th place.


    Go Mike.
     
  3. M2G

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  4. Astoriadave

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    The Beaver Soggies hit Bella Bella at 0 dark 30 this morning briefly after paddling all night and hit the trail, now some 20 miles plus out of town. Pulling for the beavers. These guys must be sleeping in rotation or something.
     
  5. M2G

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    An incredible display of youthful will and impressive skill. Small Craft Advisory reported yesterday or the day before that they were resting on the trampoline or in place if need be, much like we were talking about before this stage kicked off. Also, they seem to get a lot of mileage out of powering down completely for a handful of hours.


    And here's the update from 48 Degrees North, which describes Mike as being inspirational.

    https://www.48north.com/r2ak_reports.php
     
  6. M2G

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    It looks like the winds have come up along Johnstone Strait again, and are holding Mike and those around him in place. Farther back, Coastal Express appears to have bailed from their attempt at the Narrows. There are a lot of miles ahead for all of these paddling, rowing and sailing teams. I hope they all can beat the sweeps!

    Cheers.
     
  7. VanIslePaddler

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    Next race to watch... the next three....

    The race for 4,5,6



    Quite the tight pack here... Could be fun to watch.



    The race between Por Favor and Mob Mentality was great to watch. In the end they were bloody close.






    And than the Beavers... trucking along behind them...
     
  8. M2G

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    A thousand or so words, followed by a couple of photos, worth 1,000 words....

    http://r2ak.com/daily-updates-2/june-15/




    (Mike and those around him continue waiting for better conditions and the Beavers are sleeping.)
     
  9. Peter-CKM

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    This was sent out by Kate, Mike's girlfriend, this morning. It is a message she received:

    "Ted here from R2AK Team Excellent Adventure. We're holed up on the same island as Mike, and a buddy we made here just gave us a lift to go see him in the bay he's camped out in. We had a good chat and he wanted you to know he's "happy, healthy, and reading a book." The bay he's in is calm and beautiful. We're a few miles down the island at a private dock. We are all holed up until the winds quiet down enough to let us take advantage of the strong ebb currents. Forecast is spotty."
     
  10. M2G

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    Great that they were able to get over there to visit with him!

    Mike's actually mentioned in this newly published video, but it's not him. A case of mistaken identity.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b289fi97cYk

    The best video I've seen thus far in showing what conditions were on stage 1.......so long ago. :wink:
     
  11. M2G

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    Race SPOT tracker: http://tracker.r2ak.com
    Race Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Race-To- ... 6290506046
    Race homepage: http://r2ak.com
    Race Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/RacetoAlaska (not very active at this time)
    "R2AK" Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/hashtag/r2ak (not so active either)
    Idle banter: http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread. ... 15-part-II
    (Yeah, part two. The old thread got too big(?) and they deleted it!! :shock: )

    Right on Team Freeburg! First catamaran to finish, and first boat to finish with no place to hide from the elements! None.

    Cheers.
     
  12. Astoriadave

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    Soggy Beavers are in the ditch. Bet they go all night, ans take a break just short of Rupert. Looks like they will be sixth, at this rate?
     
  13. M2G

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    1: Elsie Piddock - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    2: MOB Mentality - Trimaran with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    3: Por Favor - Mono-hull with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    4: Freeburg - Beach catamaran - 2 crew
    5: Kohara - Catamaran with two cabins - 3 crew
    6:...............


    Mike hopped on the ebb tide and is moving forward, still facing some pretty strong winds. John got through the Narrows yesterday.
     
  14. M2G

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    1: Elsie Piddock - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    2: MOB Mentality - Trimaran with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    3: Por Favor - Mono-hull with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    4: Freeburg - Beach catamaran - 2 crew
    5: Kohara - Catamaran with two cabins - 3 crew
    6: Un-Cruise - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    7: ................

    The Soggy Beavers are in 7th, roughly 25 NM shy of the finish, with the faster boat (in winds) of Team Mau likely too far back to contest their current standing. We haven't seen much from the Beavers since they left Victoria but I'm sure their finish will be well recorded, as being the first human powered (mostly) team to complete the race.

    Finish area camera (must be refreshed every couple of minutes):
    http://webcamketchikan.com/alaska-sized-view-cam-6/

    Cheers.
     
  16. M2G

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    12 days ago, 6 guys from Vancouver Island, BC started PADDLING from Victoria, in a race to Alaska. They hit conditions a bit worse than most expected.

    At what was reported to be 1624 local, they became the first human powered team finish the 2015 Race to Alaska!

    http://webcamketchikan.com/alaska-sized-view-cam-6/

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Race-To- ... 6290506046

    1: Elsie Piddock - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    2: MOB Mentality - Trimaran with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    3: Por Favor - Mono-hull with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    4: Freeburg - Beach catamaran - 2 crew
    5: Kohara - Catamaran with two cabins - 3 crew
    6: Un-Cruise - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    7: Soggy Beavers - Outrigger Canoe - 6 crew


    Cheers.
     
  17. VanIslePaddler

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    Here is the Beavers arriving on the WebCam. You can see the tip of the canoe at the end of the dock.

    Since it updates slowly you only have a small chance of catching them in the frame.
     
  18. M2G

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    Team Mau, on the small beach cat, into the finish area for 8th place. Congrats!

    The best images I've seen thus far of the Soggy Beavers at the finish, is thanks to "Live in Ketchikan".

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set ... 321&type=3

    High quality video of the boys paddling those last few hundred meters into Ketchikan, reportedly captured by the "Race Boss" and posted to the R2AK FB page: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=70 ... 6290506046 :|

    In the photos linked to, there were two production quality video setups shown in use, so I'd imagine something better will turn up in the hands of R2AK.

    1: Elsie Piddock - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    2: MOB Mentality - Trimaran with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    3: Por Favor - Mono-hull with cabin and cabin heater - 3 crew
    4: Freeburg - Beach catamaran - 2 crew
    5: Kohara - Catamaran with two cabins - 3 crew
    6: Un-Cruise - Trimaran with cabin - 3 crew
    7: Soggy Beavers - Outrigger Canoe - 6 crew
    8: Mau - Beach catamaran - 2 crew

    Will Roger Mann (Team Discovery), likely the first solo finisher, be able to land in the top ten, or will he be edged out by the other two teams in the running for 9th & 10th?

    ...and go Team Mike's Kayak!

    Cheers.
     
  19. Astoriadave

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    Thanks, Ron. Great shots. They are smiling, but beat.
     
  20. Astoriadave

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