Race to Alaska

These contestants can’t have motors, but sponsor EP Carry certainly does

PropEle Electric Boat Motors, the North Bend, Washington manufacturer of portable electric propulsion products, announced in May its electric motor brand, EP Carry, is a sponsor of the R2AK – Race to Alaska regatta. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered boat race…and it’s just wrapping up this week!

The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries. “Once gold was discovered in the Klondike region, the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune,” R2AK says. “It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind [$10,000]

Stage 1 of the race began June 3rd when participants set out from Port Townsend, Washington. Stage 2 started three days later, at noon on June 6th from Victoria, B.C. While a number of racers have already completed the course as of press time today, results and prize money are not yet official. As of 1:00 PM Thursday, ten racers had finished, with team Angry Beaver of the Skiff Sailing Foundation sitting in first place with a top speed of 7.4 knots. Click the link above for a very cool, live race tracker.

“We are proud to sponsor this year’s Race to Alaska,” said Joe Grez, founder, PropEle. “We have followed the race via the R2AK’s Race Tracker 24/7 since its inception and we’re firm believers in its mission of getting people out on the water to explore, enjoy and challenge themselves.”

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