Unlocking the New R2AK Puzzle

One Change, So Many Options From the March issue or 48° North, photos courtesy of Drew Malcolm When Race to Alaska (R2AK) teams hoist their sails outside of Victoria Harbour on June 11, 2020, some of them will be faced with…

Righting Moment Augmentation in Modern Sailing Yachts

In the last year, two major events in the Pacific Northwest crowned champions that sailed vessels utilizing a system of enhanced or assisted ballast—Team Angry Beaver won Race to Alaska aboard a canting-keel Schock 40; and…

R2AK makes one big rule change for 2020

With awards being given out, beer flowing and lots of laughter going around the Race to Alaska's annual Blazer Party during the Wooden Boat Festival, there was also a big announcement to be made about the future of the race.…

R2AK UPDATES: – Two teams left! Drawing to a close.

Tuesday, June 25th, 0830: Then there were two.  Team ‘Backwards AF’ finished yesterday leaving Team Sloveig and Team Wee Free Men on final approach.  Both teams were up early this morning headed for Ketchikan.  Sloveig…

Race to Alaska Official Program 2019

The 2019 5th annual Race to Alaska is upon us and likely every team racing will come across some form of dilemma. Teams don’t get engines, pre-planned support or planned rest stops. What they get is various forms of hardship…

Team Sail Like a Girl continues to inspire

Team Race Like a Girl, which is competing again in this year's Race to Alaska. Photo by Wendy Hinman Team Sail Like a Girl has evolved into something of a movement, initially tugging at our heartstrings as an underdog story…

As Race to Alaska 2019 looms, team bios trickle in

Since its first running in 2015, the Race to Alaska (R2AK) has grown into a noticeable summertime spectacle for boaters and landlubbers alike in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. With an ever-diverse array of teams and…

How the Inside Passage was won

The R2AK is one way to get to Alaska, but this trek is no pleasure cruise. The rules for the Race to Alaska are simple: 750 miles to Ketchikan, navigating past two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella. No motor. No…

R2AK 2018: Race recap for Team Wild Card

RACE RECAP, June 27: The Race to Alaska is over for Team Wild Card and many others, and I have to say, the experience was truly incredible. Actually, it's hard to even put it into words. I'm sitting at the nav desk on…

The R2AK horizon is here for Team Wild Card

I strolled down the dock with disbelieving eyes. It was the start of the inaugural R2AK and a mere 12 hours before the race the participants were adjusting, fixing, repairing or building things. Big substantive things.…