Third R2AK’s the Charm for Burds

Team Pure & Wild/Freeburd at the start of Stage 2 in Victoria, BC. The team’s trimaran, Mama Tried, is a Pete Melvin custom-designed 8.5M.

© David Tasker

Just six minutes separated the first two finishers in the third Race to Alaska. Both trimarans arrived in Ketchikan on Thursday, June 15. Team Pure & Wild/Freeburd — Tripp, Trevor and Chris Burd — sailed and pedaled the 750-mile course in 4 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes, winning the $10,000 in cold, hard cash. Team Big Bröderna — Sean Huston, Nels Strandberg, Mars Le Baron and Lars Strandberg — arrived six minutes later on their F-31 to claim the second-place prize of a "pretty good" set of steak knives.

Pedal power is not just for Kiwis, as demonstrated by Big Bröderna in Victoria.

© Katrina Zoë Norbom

When Tripp Burd, captain of the winning team, was asked how it felt to finally take first in R2AK after three years of competing he said, “We finished in half the time as year one with twice as much work.”

The weather this year has been extremely erratic, with breeze ranging from flat calm into the high 40 knots. Many entries remain strung out along the course. See http://tracker.r2ak.com to check their positions.

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