You may have already heard about this race, but if you haven't here's a short run down. This race isn't for everyone.
It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning
…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.
There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.
R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity:
You, a boat, a starting gun
$10,000 if you finish first,
A set of steak knives if you’re second,
Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course.
Self-supported race: no supply drops, no safety net.
Any boat without an engine can enter.
The race has two stages: Stage 1: Proving Grounds-
Port Townsend to Victoria BC (40 miles)
R2AK starts with an initial race across open water, two sets of shipping lanes, and an international border. The first stage is designed as a qualifier for the full race and as a stand-alone 40 mile sprint for people who just want to put their toe in.
If you want to be a part of R2AK but don’t have the time or inclination for the full race- join for a full day of all out racing across some of the biggest water in the course. Racers continuing on will clear Canadian customs in Victoria.
Stage one winners get to bask in the glory for a full day and a half.
Stage 2: Long haul North- Victoria BC to Ketchikan (710 miles)
Racers start in Victoria at high noon on Sunday, June 11th and continue until they reach Ketchikan or are tapped out by the sweep boat.
Other than two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella, there is no official course. To quote the bard: You can go your own way.
If that sounds like your brand of whiskey, sign on to attempt its second year.
Learn more about the teams, events, and sponsors >>
This year there will be a new, high performance, race equipped carbon mast Corsair 970 competing. You can read more about Team Wright Yacht’s crew and the story behind the Race to Alaska (R2AK) in the January issue of Northwest Yachting.
Video from Corsair F-27 trimaran Triceratops in the 2017 Race to Alaska (R2AK), continuing on after the race to Petersburg, and returning to Port Townsend via the Inside Passage.
Teams FreeBurd and Big Broderna dive deep into their hard fought race that ended in the closest R2AK finish yet - Just 6 minutes apart after 750 miles.
R2AK Shipwrecked 2017
Multihulls Rock in R2AK!
Are you in the market for a pre-owned trimaran?
New trimarans aren’t always the answer for some. But for others...get ready for the 2018 R2AK and pick-up a pre-owned boat, put in some, sweat, equity and you’ll be ready to go. Because Corsair trimarans hold their value so well you will find there are many quality Corsair trimarans ready to go.
When searching for your next trimaran check in with 180 Marine, you’ll find we are incredibly knowledgeable about these unique boats, having sailed them for 20+ years. Our network of professionals will help you find what you’re looking for.
Used Corsair trimarans for sale >>