Organizers have given a second Race to Alaska the green light. "After numerous debriefs with safety personnel, race staff, event sponsors and others, we have decided to move forward with a second Race to Alaska," said Jake Beattie, executive director of the Port Townsend-based Northwest Maritime Center, which put on the first Race to Alaska this June. "Besides, there may have been a full-blown revolt if we hadn’t run this again." The race will start on June 23 in Port Townsend, WA; details will be released on September 11 at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.
The first-ever R2AK Blazer Party will also be held at the Wooden Boat Festival. This event will be free for the racers and $25 for everyone else. Attendees can come and rub elbows with R2AK teams, see the second-place steak knives, and be the first to hear the details of next year’s event. In mock formality, racers will wear a jacket chosen off a rack of thrift-store R2AK-emblazoned jackets — those who completed both stages of the race get one with two arms.
The Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, a wooden boat-lover’s paradise, is a longstanding event run by NW Maritime Center. More than 300 boats are expected to be on display. The dates this year are September 11-13.