R2AK Stage 2, Days 6 & 7

R2AK Stage 2, Days 6 & 7

by Angus Rowboats

The weekend brought steady progress for many boats. Two more boats crossed the finish line yesterday, bringing the total in Ketchikan to 5. That leaves 23 boats still out there including all under 20 foot boats.

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 5

R2AK Stage 2 Day 5

by Angus Rowboats

It was a nail biter of a day yesterday, with Team Broderna and Freeburd racing to the finish within shouting distance of each other.  After 700 miles of charging along the tumultuous and rugged west coast, the boats were within 5 minutes of each other.  The last stretch to Ketchikan was calm and it all came down to their pedal drives propelling their weighty multi-hulls to victory.

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 4

R2AK Stage 2 Day 4

by Angus Rowboats

Day 4 brought with it the winds that many boats have been wishing for, that and a little more.  By this morning the winds have reached gale force, blowing at 30-40 knots and most boats sought out shelter so they could hunker down.  Teams Nomadica (seen in the photo) and Heart of Gold made it through Seymour Narrows yesterday.

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 3

R2AK Stage 2 Day 3

by Angus Rowboats

The teams are still going strong and have been slogging for 70 hours now. Of the small boats, team Discovery (trimaran in the photo) is the only one who’s made it through Seymour Narrows so far, giving Roger Mann a sizable and potentially permanent lead. Teams Rush Away and Nomadica, are just passing Campbell River, which is about 35 miles behind Discovery. But they need to wait for slack tide at Seymour Narrows in order to go through, which is at 3 pm and then again at 10 pm.

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R2AK Stage 2, Day 2

R2AK Stage 2, Day 2

by Angus Rowboats

The small boats are still going strong, but the big sailboats have finally taken the lead, buoyed by the appearance of some winds and their ability to go non-stop. Of the boats under 20’, Team Discovery, a 19’ trimaran is in the lead, sailing alongside a handful of 20-30’ boats that are just west of Texada Island on the morning of day 3. Nomadica, a 17’ trimaran, is not far behind

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R2AK Stage 2 Day 1

R2AK Stage 2 Day 1

by Angus Rowboats

After an eventful first day of the R2AK with winds reaching 50 knots causing broken masts, broken booms, capsized boats, rescued boats, and hypothermia, 9 boats were out of the race. They call the Port Townsend to Victoria leg the qualifying leg, but this was a little over the top. Nonetheless, there are still 34 boats in the full race to Alaska, including 13 that are less than 20’ long.

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Expedition Rowboat Documentary Featured in Adventure Travel Film Festival

Expedition Rowboat Documentary Featured in Adventure Travel Film Festival

by Angus Rowboats

We’re happy to see that Julie and Colin's documentary Rowed Trip is featured in the 2017 Adventure Travel Film Festival. Rowed Trip documented Their seven-month rowing and cycling journey from the top of Scotland to Syria. On this journey they used two Expedition Rowboats and voyaged the canals and rivers throughout the UK and Europe.

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Digital Boat Plans for International Orders

Digital Boat Plans for International Orders

by Angus Rowboats 2 Comments

We’re always proud to hear back from customers who have constructed our boats in far corners of the planet, and we often hear about incredible voyages taking place on almost all continents (we’re still waiting for someone to build one in Antarctica!).

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Canadian Keynote Speakers: Julie and Colin Angus

Canadian Keynote Speakers: Julie and Colin Angus

by Angus Rowboats

Bestselling authors and National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Julie and Colin Angus specialize in giving keynote presentations that resonate, inspire and motivate. This husband and wife team who founded Angus Rowboats Ltd. are masters of achieving the impossible; from completing the first entirely human powered circumnavigation of Earth to rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean through two hurricanes.

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Navionics - The New Way to Navigate in Small Boats

Navionics - The New Way to Navigate in Small Boats

by Colin Angus

There is an array of electronic devices that can be used in small boats for navigation. Until recently, the handheld GPS has been our primary choice. While a plotter GPS is a great tool, it is typically not practical in small human powered boats due to its weight and electrical requirements.

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Rowboat Auto Pilot Installation in Sailing RowCruiser

Rowboat Auto Pilot Installation in Sailing RowCruiser

by Colin Angus 7 Comments

A rowboat auto pilot is something I had not previously considered, but during my solo voyage participating in the Race to Alaska the Raymarine ST1000 auto pilot helped significantly. With the sailing RowCruiser weighing only a little more than a Laser dinghy, incorporating a self-steering system posed several challenges. 

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R2AK - The Finish Line

R2AK - The Finish Line

by Julie Angus 8 Comments

13 days 1 hour and 59 minutes. That's how long it took Colin to row and sail from Victoria to Ketchikan in the RowCruiser. Today at 12:59 AKDT he rowed up to the finish line in Ketchikan.

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