The first boat reached the R2AK finish line today. Mad Dog Racing, a 32’ catamaran crossed the finish line just after 7 am this morning, completing the 720-mile race in just under 4 days. Amazing. The second place finisher hasn’t even reached Ketchikan yet. Mad Dog definitely deserves the $10,000 prize.
Colin is still doing well and maintaining a 30 mile lead over the nearest small boat. He went through Seymour Narrows at just after 1 am this morning when the tide was slack. He said the conditions were rough with waves and wind and it was a struggle to make any progress, but he kept at it until 5 am when he finally reached a sheltered spot he could pull into and rest. He continued on in the Johnstone Strait in the early afternoon and is still going. The sun has already set as I write this and I don’t know how much longer he’s planning on going for.
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At Angus Rowboats, our passion for adventure naturally draws us to the mystique of the Northwest Passage – one of the world's most captivating and perilous waterways. Historically, this elusive passage promised a shorter shipping route, spurring early navigators to fervently chart and struggle through its icy intricacies.
The summer of 2023 saw three audacious teams, including one using our very own RowCruiser boats, aiming to be the first to traverse NW Passage solely by human power within a single season. As the season concludes, we've chronicled these attempts, and catalogued past human-powered endeavors to navigate the Northwest Passage.