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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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.