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    Default Race To Alaska 2020

    This race is just too great to miss! Greg Ashby is doing the entre race, 70/48, and Shad Lemke is having another run at it. Maybe all Montana cowboys this time?

    https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-rac...seas-drifters/

    I can't tell since I don't do Facebook.

    Several singlehandeders, including my personal favorite: https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-rac...zzle-dazzle-2/

    and the indomitable Roger the Mann: https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-rac...rending-story/

    Also, our own Carol Klammer, she of the gorgeous 2020 SHTP poster, will be participating:

    https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-rac...eat-offenders/

    Here's another singlehander: https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-rac...erseverance-3/

    and here: https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-race/team-oceanus/

    also Teams Pestou and Pika, Team Row Goddamnit, no info yet

    and, last but not least: https://r2ak.com/2020-teams-full-race/team-zen-dog/

    Lots of singlehanded sailors/rowers up there. Port Townsend is a wonderful place. I'm sorry I cancelled my room at the Swan Hotel :-(
    Last edited by Philpott; 03-06-2020 at 09:39 AM.

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    Went up to Port Orchard this weekend to check out the boat and meet the crew, all seem sound. And I learned something new. We were baffled by a short pole on deck with one end having the regular spring pin and the other a block and hook. Turns out it is a reaching strut. Ugh, as if one pole wasn't enough to rastle with while jibing. Anyhoo, I am super excited about the race, the scenery, and the camaraderie!

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    Forgot to mention, we are looking for a 5th crew member, that is if Corona Virus doesn't effect the race. Let me know if you are interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cklammer View Post
    We were baffled by a short pole on deck with one end having the regular spring pin and the other a block and hook. Turns out it is a reaching strut. Ugh, as if one pole wasn't enough to rastle with while jibing.
    Hi Carol,
    A "reaching strut" is a useful spar for increasing the angle the afterguy makes with the spinnaker pole, especially when reaching with the pole on or near the headstay. The inboard end of the reaching strut afixes to the side of the mast. The reaching strut is tied to the windward upper shroud with a sail tie. The afterguy slips into the outer end of the reaching strut with the jaw facing up. An additional benefit of the reaching strut is reducing compression on the mast from the inboard end of the spinnaker pole.

    A reaching strut is not needed when running with the spinny pole squared. The reaching strut is often stowed on the cabin top with a sail tie lashing it to a handrail. Hope this helps.

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    Thank you sleddog. Very helpful indeed! I was apprehensive about the strut at first, especially since we also have an asymmetrical for reaching, but for when the winds are really shifty, it would be nice to stick with one spin that is more versatile.

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    To the R2AK faithful united in isolation,

    The echo in the pasta aisle is new, as are the nods and waves which have taken the place of handshakes and bearhugs. Port Townsend, home to the R2AK’s race start and SEVENTY48’s epic finish line, is usually a huggy place. Illness epicenters have a way of changing that, and it has. COVID is real in every direction of our reality, in our wallet, our food, our friends. It dangles on the edge of our thoughts, sits at the back of our tongues and rings in our ears. My ears ring because the media refuse to talk about anything else. But it’s affecting our race, too.

    The presence of COVID-19 began as a distant cry and has grown into this thundering beast clearing our streets and emptying workplaces, but look, I’m going to lead with the punchline: Race to Alaska and SEVENTY48 are happening until they are not. If fact, I won't cancel a race unless there is a directive levied against the activity from some body of governance that has the chops to levy it or, its termination serves to lessen the exposure to COVID.

    In defense of our race, and the value of it running as planned, I offer the following ripostes:

    “Find a better way to experience extreme social distancing.”

    “It’s a needed family break from what has turned into a six-month summer vacation for our kids.”

    “The races are custom-designed entertainment for the masses of forced and self-isolated victims worldwide.”

    This is the low hanging fruit, my friend. The real reasons?

    First, ask yourself: Why do you race? Why do you watch racers? What attracts you to adventure? These races reflect many elements of the human condition and the human heart. Some are easy to tick off: meeting challenges head-on, the losing of oneself in a greater landscape, the power afforded to a person for having just done it. Overcoming even those goals is not to be taken lightly, but I feel my answer to these questions is more full-throated, not presented as an opposition, but an alternative to what our society is facing.

    I want to fire that starting gun into the unpredictable skies of June because to not try is to lose already, and to cross the start line is to win. We’ll keep the “it’s a boat race” charade for the tourists, but this is a race of one racer at a time taking this moment to say, “I’m better than I was five minutes ago, and I just need to make it another five minutes.” Half-million-dollar boats jockey at the starting line with dories dragged from under grandparents’ lake house porches. And. We. Don’t. Care. This is a race of celebration, where I get to be part of a team without having to sit in their cockpit and eat their food. I get to cry at the triumph and tragedy of people I hardly know. Why would I? Because WE are racing to Alaska. And that ‘we’ is unity, across borders, fiber optics, and satellites. That we is us, and I yearn to stand shoulder to shoulder with champions of human nature; with people courageous and passionate and loving and present. Feet firmly on the earth, eyes looking forward. Arms interlocked—and yes, that can be metaphoric—because when we are on the water together, we represent one thing: the desire for all of us to be better than we were five minutes ago.

    In a time when it feels like we, as a civilization, are going nowhere, I want that start gun to remind us that we can be stronger together, in every sense. And even if I have to high five you standing six feet apart, it will thunder with love and admiration, and never with fear. We are all far too beautiful of creatures to expect otherwise. Come race day, it may look like a different day than what we have experienced in the five years of running these races. However, these races are steeped in the traditions of audacity, why would we expect anything else? I’ll see you in June.

    More sincerely than usual,
    Daniel Evans, Race Boss

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