Hello from Hartley Bay, BC, one of a series of ridiculously beautiful tiny communities along the coast that we've visited in order to poach data to do things like write blog posts!
The winners of the Race to Alaska are in, and have been for days now! Congrats to our friends on Team Angry Beaver, whose name demonstrates unequivocally that this race is not any other race. We talked to those guys at the beginning of the race a couple of times, and they were confident they would pull it out and be the first to get to the $10,000 that is literally nailed to a tree in Ketchikan. They did. We spoke to them on the first episode of the R2AK podcast, and we have lots more audio from them coming out in coming episodes!
If you're thinking to yourself, "Hey, someone won. The race must be over," then you don't understand the Race to Alaska. Sure, for the front runners this event is about the competition and aiming for the money, but for the vast majority of the field, this is about the journey. Racers have until the end of June to finish this thing, and some of them may well take that long. For them this is going to be a pilgrimage, and for us it's a lot of great stories. There are still folks out there in a Hawaiian outrigger (our friends Chris and Marty Fagan, who some of you reading probably know!), a tiny 16 foot Swampscott Dory, an absolutely beautiful heavy wooden boat built in 1903, a dad and son who affixed a paddlewheel to the back of a "Controversial Sailboat," a folksy old man in a tiny sailboat that the designer named after him, and a burley couple in a rowboat who are making remarkably consistent progress. In my opinion, as UltraPedestrian Ras says, business may be up front, but the party is in the back.
If you've been following the podcast, and have been operating under the assumption that the race is over, you might be wondering why we only have three out of fourteen episodes out, and whether we've been fired. Well, "you can't fire us, we quit!"... is what we'd say if they tried. But they haven't. They've smartly backloaded our podcast content so that you all will have something to listen to while you're watching the small boats meander their way north. Our content stream is just beginning, and starting tomorrow, June 13th, we'll be delivering a rapid fire stream of what we think will be a binge-worthy series of episodes highlighting various interesting aspects of the race, from unique challenges posed, to unique boats involved, to unique things that happened in the 2019 race. We've been busy squirreling away interviews and embarrassing facts about racers to build you 11 more stories about what this race is all about, and our whole team is working furiously to get them out to you!
So, the race is over, it's true, but stay tuned because the race is just beginning!
PS - if anyone is wondering, this race is a freaking amazing experience. It's a genuine epic adventure wrapped in a comedy show wrapped in a David Attenborough special. So good!