R2AK Day 8 - At the halfway mark

R2AK Day 8 - At the halfway mark

by Julie Angus

Colin has reached the halfway point to Ketchikan. He’s now anchored in a cove on Denny Island just a few miles south of the check in point at Bella Bella.

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R2AK Day 7 - Goodbye Vancouver Island

R2AK Day 7 - Goodbye Vancouver Island

by Julie Angus 1 Comment

Well sadly Colin is out of cell phone reception and I didn’t hear from him today. Thank goodness for the tracker.  Between that and monitoring weather conditions, I feel like I could have almost been there on the boat with him. Minus the hard work, big waves, and sleep deprivation that is.

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R2AK Day 6 - Sailing through Johnstone Strait

R2AK Day 6 - Sailing through Johnstone Strait

by Julie Angus 3 Comments

Colin had some great winds through the Johnstone Strait this morning. The low pressure system brought winds from the south instead of headwinds, which allowed him to travel at speeds of 7 knots at times.

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R2AK Day 5 - Into the Johnstone Strait

R2AK Day 5 - Into the Johnstone Strait

by Julie Angus 2 Comments

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.

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R2AK Day 4 - More Rowing

R2AK Day 4 - More Rowing

by Julie Angus 3 Comments

The winds were light today and Colin rowed for most of the day.  It’s been a tough day because of all the rowing, hot weather and he was running low on water.  Usually Colin goes through 6 litres of water a day, but today he had to ration his water until he refilled in Campbell River.

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R2AK Day 3 - Finally Some Wind

R2AK Day 3 - Finally Some Wind

by Julie Angus

Finally, the wind has come.  It wasn’t much and not always from the right direction but it provided a much needed break from rowing for Colin.  Early this morning Colin headed east towards the Sunshine Coast.  There he hugged the coastline and sped north.

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R2AK Day 2 – Still Rowing

R2AK Day 2 – Still Rowing

by Julie Angus 3 Comments

Rowing is the theme of the second day of R2AK for Colin.  The wind has been light and he’s been rowing all day; more than 12 hours of rowing.  This morning he was travelling on the west side of Salt Spring island, which is relatively sheltered.  He hoped that winds would be better in the more open waters and midday he moved east in order to cut through Porlier Pass to reach the more open waters between the Gulf Islands and Vancouver.

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Day 1 R2AK report

Day 1 R2AK report

by Julie Angus

The R2AK race to Ketchikan Alaska started yesterday from Victoria’s Inner Harbour.  At noon the bell rang and more than a hundred salty sailors, rowers and one paddle boarder ran down to their vessels and started the 720 mile journey.

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Race to Alaska: The Roster is Almost Complete

Race to Alaska: The Roster is Almost Complete

by Colin Angus 3 Comments

It’s just under four weeks until the start of Race to Alaska, and we’re pretty excited here at Angus Rowboats.  At this point there are almost 40 boats entered in R2AK, ranging from the million-dollar TransPac champion, Tritium, to a stand up paddleboard.

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Strategies for Race to Alaska

Strategies for Race to Alaska

by Colin Angus

Circling Vancouver Island in an Expedition Rowboat[/caption] It’s less than three months until the start of Race to Alaska.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be ramping up the training, and fine tuning the selection of gear and food I’ll be bringing on the voyage.  Gear packing for a race is a delicate balance – it’s essential to have equipment to deal with all emergency situations and potential equipment failures, while trying to keep weight as low as possible.

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Plans/Manual for Sailing RowCruiser Now Available

Plans/Manual for Sailing RowCruiser Now Available

by Colin Angus

We’d hoped to have the plans available for the sailing RowCruiser months ago, but it’s been a long process.  The sailing rig is very detail oriented, and the manual required countless diagrams and corresponding text to clarify the process. Needless to say, we’re excited to finally have it all finished so others can start building their own.

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A Speed Comparison of Kayaks, Rowboats, Canoes, SUPS and Pedal boats

A Speed Comparison of Kayaks, Rowboats, Canoes, SUPS and Pedal boats

by Colin Angus 4 Comments

I’m often asked what is the fastest type of human powered boat.  How do surf skis, SUPs (stand up paddleboards), etc. hold up against one another?   I’ve decided to take the time to rank and compare the various modes of human powered aquatic propulsion.  Direct comparisons between craft are hard to come by, and relative performance can vary significantly depending on weather/water conditions.  

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