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. While Rod Price Adventure is hunkered down just at the entrance and a couple other teams are preparing the wait out the storm in Campbell River.
Looking at the tracker this morning, we can see that although the majority of boats are waiting out the storm, there are some exceptions including the SUP Heart of Gold. Karl is powering along at 3.7 knots in what must be pretty miserable conditions. As the R2AK race folks said in their daily podcast: This guy is made up of something else.
Also exciting to watch is the race for overall first place. It’s a super tight race with Big Broderna and Pure & Wild/Freeburd racing neck in neck. These boats are moving at crazy speeds, clocked at 17.2 knots by the race boat yesterday. They’re quickly approaching Ketchikan will be arriving within a few hours, so stay tuned to the race tracker.
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In 1987, a pilot by the name of Robert Plath invented a new kind of suitcase - the Rollaboard. It had two wheels and a rigid stowaway handle. While a pretty basic concept, it was revolutionary compared to what already existed (suitcases four wheels and leash that always fell over), and now almost every suitcase is designed in his style.
We feel that the Wheelbarrow Dinghy is to the world of boats that the Rollaboard is to suitcases...