Well, I've officially committed to the big race that everyone is talking about. The NW Maritime Center in Port Townsend is launching its inaugural race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska. The rules are simple – no motor allowed, and there are two waypoints boaters have to pass through on their way north – Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella. And the winner gets $10,000.
The race has created a lot of buzz, and a lot of people are wondering what is the ideal design of boat to win the race. Will it be a performance sailing vessel, a human powered vessel or some sort of combination of the two? Winds are variable and calms frequent, adding more question marks to the discussion.
I will be doing the race with Steve Price from Oklahoma, and we will be using a modified racing version of the RowCruiser. We’ll be posting pictures of the boat as we design/develop it through the winter.
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