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. While the SUP, kayaker and canoeist are tied for third, some 15 miles behind the first boat. Team Kairos in the Angus RowCruiser is also doing great, having made it to Nanaimo last night.
The overall lead boat is Pure & Wild/Freeburd, a 28’ trimaran, followed closely by Bad Kitty and Big Broderma, two 30+ foot multihulls. They all crossed through Seymour Narrows on day 2 and have a considerable lead on the next boat, which sailed through the narrow passage this morning
At least one other boat is out of the race, the skipper suffering from hypothermia due to blustery conditions throughout the night. Completing the R2AK is not for the faint of heart and the most important thing is knowing when you’ve had enough. Besides you can always come back another year.
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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.