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Thu Jan 22, 2015 11:17 am

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The 2015 Race is motivating an amazing amount of research & development in boat design, sailing rigs, human propulsion, and endurance adventure racing (including mental and physical training). It's also clear that a huge benefit of participating is befriending like-minded adventurers, builders, and athletes.

In the spirit of learning as much as we can as a community, as well as getting to know each other a bit before we meet on some desolate lee shore, let's start by sharing the web sites and other information sources related to the full-race participants. Let's limit it for now to full-race participants, including not only those who are registered or in the application process, but also those who are seriously planning to participate (e.g. doing R&D from which we all could learn). Perhaps a similar, separate thread could be created to promote collaboration with the Stage 1 (PT-Victoria) racers?

Once we have a good list going, this thread can become a central place to announce major updates from full-Race participants or share information about them that would otherwise be hard to find or easy to miss.

Thomas and I (Team Sea Runners) were holding our cards close to our chest last fall during our build, but now believe we have no competitors in the Race to Alaska, only collaborators. So, we'll start off with our public web sites (and keep updating them this winter/spring), and then list the sites of other full-Race participants we've met, found, or heard about thus far. Please consider adding your own contributions!

Team Sea Runners (Scott Veirs and Thomas Nielsen)
http://www.searunners.net
https://www.facebook.com/Sea-Runners-Race-to-Alaska-406166532870725
https://plus.google.com/+SearunnersNetR2AK

Team Wind Waker (Johann Curry, Kile Riley, +2)
https://www.facebook.com/R2AKTeamWindWaker

Team Turn Point Design (Brandon Davis +)
https://www.facebook.com/R2AK.TurnPointDesign

Team Scot (Scot Domergue +1?)
http://scotdomergueblog.wordpress.com/

Team Angus (Colin Angus and Steve Price)
https://www.facebook.com/angusrowboats
http://angusrowboats.com/blog/

Team ?? (Shane Perrin) -- stand-up paddle boarder
http://shaneperrin.blogspot.com/

Team Freedom (Korina Knudson)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/R2AK-Team-Freedom/

Team Discovery (Roger Mann)
https://www.facebook.com/R2AKTeamDiscovery
http://rogermann.org

Team Microship? (Nicolas Wainwright)
https://www.facebook.com/TeamMicroship
http://nomadness.com/blog/2014/12/datawake-gizmology.html
http://socialsailor.com/the-race-to-alaska-is-on/

Other teams or potential teams:
Team Uncruise (Dan Blanchard and family)
Team Real Thing (Todd Bryan +2?)
Team Latucca (Josh Lattuca)
Team Kohara (Matt Sornson and Aras Karaitis)
Team Defiant (Tyler Backman)
Team Canadian Currach Crew (Robert MacDonald +?)
Team Barefoot Wooden Boats (Quill Goldman, Jesse Bartlett, Mitch Burns)
Team Excellent Adventure (Bill Gifford and Ted Sweeney)
Team of two female rowers? (Jake mentioned at Seattle talk)
Team from France? (Jake mentioned at Seattle talk)
Team Sparkle? (Brian McGlinn)
Team from Great Britain??
80' Sloop???

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 2:07 am

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Hints of a proa entering the full-race! Good ideas from Joe and Dalton...

http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2015/ ... ing-alaska

"Joe Bersch is also on a team that is constructing a boat for the race. With the help of Paul Bieker, a regional boat designer, and builder, Russell Brown, his team is constructing a 24-foot Bieker Proa.

Bersch lives in Broadview and has a background in commercial fishing. He has been sailing most of his life, but is used to sailing on a pure sailboat like his friend’s 44-foot Rip Tide named Dark Star.

The Proa is being custom built for the race, and is a multi-hull boat, following a Southern Pacific style. As for propulsion, the boat has a custom-built pedal driven propeller, however Bersch says that their racing strategy is heavily reliant on the wind.

Bersch’s teammate, Dalton Bergan, is 34 and has trained with the Olympic sailing team. Bergan says that the rowers and paddlers might have a good start but that the sailing teams should prevail.

“It should be a real interesting race. I think the rowboats will get a head start because it might be calm for the first third of the race -- it should be pretty light air and then pick up toward the end right as the rowers are wearing out.”

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Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:15 am

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New solo entry is Team Real Alaska Alan Hartman in a 17' triyak but I can find neither web presence of Alan nor a triyak that is 17' long... It looks like the standard model is 4.4 m (14.5') and weighs 35 kg with a 300 kg capacity.

http://www.adventure-friend.com/en/products/1/23/17-Triyak.html

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Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:17 pm

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https://www.facebook.com/R2AKRealThing? ... le_browser

http://www.teamrealthing.com/

More links to teams.

Looks like a new Team as well. Team name: Team Serendipity.
It is at the bottom of the list for some reason on the r2ak site, strange how things get switched around, some teams get covered and others do not get coverage at all. I hope they get their turn at the top of the list. Interesting team story.



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Sat Feb 07, 2015 5:53 pm

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Don't worry, they'll get to be top of the list in a second. We have to let Mr Alaska ride for a few more days.



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Mon Feb 09, 2015 12:24 am

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Exciting bid from Team Seawolf on a 17' Rave foiling catamaran coming on the radar (at up to 30 knots?)... Cool kite power video on their Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/teamseawolfr2ak
http://www.windrider.com/blog/windrider ... ture-past/

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Thu Feb 12, 2015 6:58 pm

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Team SeaWolf is now officially in the race. Having a windrider rave I feel qualified to say yes, certainly 30 knots is the norm. The boat was designed as a 1.6 X wind speed boat but when you get up past 35 knots the boat is not real happy. It can be kept in the 20-25 knot range by reefing. Further notes, in winds less than 10 knots it will not foil but still makes a fairly decent trimaran. In no wind it is very hard to paddle but with a pedal drive it can make 2.5 kts. You have to be careful with adding weight. Like all boats it is a compromise and has some issues. It will be interesting to see how they do.



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Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:28 pm

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https://www.facebook.com/canoetoketchikan?fref=

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Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:02 am

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More info about the Soggy Beavers here --
http://www.canoetoketchikan.com/#!whoweare/c1gyf

And their 44' OC6 --
http://www.paddling.net/buyersguide/sho ... ype=Canoes

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Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:57 am

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Team Barefoot Wooden Boats is getting close to having a complete 5.8m oar-n-sail hull, and they already have rockin' t-shirts!

http://www.barefootwoodenboats.ca/
https://www.facebook.com/barefoot.woodenboats.14

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