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    At their present speeds Mau would get to Ketchikan well before the Beavers. But they will meet up about 40 miles from Ketchikan, off Duke Island. At that point the winds MAY drop for Mau, and the Beavs would put all 6 into an all out sprint. They will be in view of each other; this will be fun to watch! About 3:00pm CT the world will halt for the real race! (Don't know what the currents will be doing at that point....)

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    I think the beavers will have to stop and sleep. They still have about 39 NMi to go-----10 hours.

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    No way! They are like twenty somethings Navy Seals during BUD training, with Graham Henry beating on a drum and liberal with the Ibuprofen!

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    1 knot ENE at Phare de Lucy Is and Mau not far away doing 7.4 knots...

    4 knots/ 6.7 knots now, that works for me now. It must be pretty slack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KMacDonald View Post
    I think the beavers will have to stop and sleep. They still have about 39 NMi to go-----10 hours.
    They have 5-6 hours to go. No way they are stopping at this point unless they have to. If 5 of them collapse in their seats from exhaustion the 6th will just keep paddling.

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    Well, looks like my much vaunted duel between the Beavers and Mau is probably going to be a fizzle. The Beavers are on a straight shot to Ketchikan, doing ~4.5 knots, and Mau has to tack and probably look for more wind to the west around the island group, rather than go up the island's lee. The Beavers only have ~27 miles to go; should get there in about 5.5 hours....with the winds Mau is going to cook along on a broad reach, but probably not fast enough...

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    I think your right Steve. The winds just didn't happen in Maus favor. Further south there could be a duel between Grin and Discovery.

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    Blackfish is going twice as fast as Grin and Discovery, both of whom are at the same speed. They are indeed well paired off--but looks to me like Discovery and Blackfish are going to smoke Grin? Grin may get into trouble with counter currents in that long narrower channel? But Discovery is solo and Grin a two man team....All fun to watch!

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    Blackfish should easily beat Grin and Discovery. But then it also depends on how long each team stops for rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePrice View Post
    But Discovery is solo and Grin a two man team....All fun to watch!
    Grin's a one man two women crew of co-captains. I'm impressed how well they've done with an open keelboat.

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    With Grin's two person-on and one sleeping, if that is their system (though doesn't appear to be), they should be able to blast on through while solo Discovery has to stop...? Though rolling around in the bottom of the open boat doesn't seem like a good way to get rest!

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    SB is about 20 NMi out but will get a little help from the current.

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    Soggies are about 12 miles from food and sleep, doing 4.2 knots. Paddling with HEART, because they are probably about out of everything else!

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    Love the overhead drone shot of the Soggies under paddle and sail on the R2Ak site now; looks like the center guy is sleeping under cover.

    Yet while the wind has moderated everywhere, it still is relatively howling at the westerly end of Hardwicke Island in the Strait- what makes that place such a wind tunnel for strong westerlies? It's like a very large speed bump, if not a wall.
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    That is the worst place in Johnstone Strait. Not only does the wind funnel between the mountains to the N and S but also the islands in mid-channel mean the currents run at their fastest, although I haven't personally seen more than 4 knots current there. Fortunately the islands do offer protection/anchorage for small boats, as racers have found

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    SB about 40 minutes from finishing at current speed.

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    SB doing 5 knots must be using a back eddy close to shore.....Or maybe it is the sight of the finishing line and the thought of a beer.

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    I think they just landed. WTG!

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    Bravo Soggy Beavers, and they have their beers already:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Race-...506046?fref=ts

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    Congratulations SB.

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    Maybe Blackfish are going to cruise along slowly and keep an eye on Discovery???

    Good of them if that is the plan......

    Edit:

    Maybe not, Roger is now resting on W end of Porcher Island, and Blackfish are moving at 3.1 knots going NNW.....
    Last edited by Rob Zabukovec; 06-18-2015 at 09:35 PM.

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    Kinda got three groupings left:

    1) Teams Grin, Discovery and Blackfish
    2) Teams Excellent Adventure and Mike's Kayak
    3) Teams Puffin, Sea Runners, John and Boatyard Boys

    with Barefoot Wooden Boats between groups 2 and 3

    Of course, Team Mau is on the home stretch.

    We're into day 12. What a test of endurance and stamina!

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    Currently raining in Sechelt, Comox, and Campbell River. Rain forecast tomorrow (Friday) for Port Hardy and Price Rupert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalekidd View Post
    ......We're into day 12. What a test of endurance and stamina!
    And not just the racers....Spare a thought for the tracker junkies.........

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    How far out are Roger and Blackfish?
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    Mau has landed! Congrats!! another beach cat - WOW!!!


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    Well Done Mau......Bravo

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    The wind and waves seem to favor Team Adventure today while the tidal current gives favors to no'one. Looks like another drag race to the finish.

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    I'm betting on a triple dead heat for 7th place............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Zabukovec View Post
    I'm betting on a triple dead heat for 7th place............
    8 boats are already in :

    Elsie Piddock
    MOB
    Por Favor
    FreeBurd
    Kohara
    UnCruise
    Soggy Beavers
    Mau
    Last edited by dalekidd; 06-19-2015 at 11:30 PM.

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    You'd think Blackfish would have the advantage. She hasn't reported for over 3 hours so she could be in the lead.

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    Some of you are probably aware of Tim Anderson's 2001 trip along most of the R2AK route in his "hasty outrigger canoe" (regular canoe with added akas, ama, and sail), but if interested, here is the link. I just re-read after many years, interesting. He spent about 37 days on the water, 7 days resting on land, averaged 20 miles per day. http://www.mit.edu/people/robot/alaska/text0001.html -- Wade

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    Quote Originally Posted by wtarzia View Post
    Some of you are probably aware of Tim Anderson's 2001 trip along most of the R2AK route in his "hasty outrigger canoe" (regular canoe with added akas, ama, and sail), but if interested, here is the link. I just re-read after many years, interesting. He spent about 37 days on the water, 7 days resting on land, averaged 20 miles per day. http://www.mit.edu/people/robot/alaska/text0001.html -- Wade
    Thanks for the link.

    Interesting that Discovery, Blackfish, and Grin all took different routes from Bella Bella. They are running neck and neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dalekidd View Post
    8 boats are already in :

    Elsie Piddock
    Por Favor
    MOB
    FreeBurd
    UnCruise
    Kohara
    Soggy Beavers
    Mau
    I really do need some sleep........This race is tough.

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    I've read a lot of seemingly contradictory views of the weather this year in the Passage. Some say conditions are highly unusual, some say they're typical, and everything in between. Is there history kept of this stuff? Something to consult?
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