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    https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-grace-b/

    We have some wood in the race. Good luck Grace B, I know who is going to get a lot of looks when I go tracker junkie this year.

    The descriptions for R2AK teams are worth reading, I stole the last line of Grace B's for this title.

    "Welcome to the R2AK Team Grace B, thank you for finally giving Wooden Boat Magazine a reason to care."
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    Well now I know what Ernie Baird has been up to since he sold the business. He and his crew did some beautiful work on my old boat Savona back in the day. Lovely boat they have. I'll be rooting for them for sure, among all the go fast boats.

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    Deadline for applications is 15 April. Looks like the interest is way down from the first two years unless there is a rush of applicants between now and then.
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    I think you will see a flurry of entrants in the next couple of weeks. I'm terribly excited that Ernie Baird will be racing. Gracie B ain't the fastest thing, but she's easy on the eyes.

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    If this were Japan, Ernie would be a National Cultural Treasure, as well as a nice guy.

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    I've actually raced against Grace B., on Lake Union. I was in a Blanchard Jr. Knockabout. They were quick, but didn't point terribly high.

    That is one of the most beautiful boats in existence, in my humble opinion.

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    Grace B is looking for a crew person for the return trip from Ketchikan to Port Townsend. Requires sailing experience. Please contact me at erniebaird@gmail.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-grace-b/

    We have some wood in the race. Good luck Grace B, I know who is going to get a lot of looks when I go tracker junkie this year.

    The descriptions for R2AK teams are worth reading, I stole the last line of Grace B's for this title.

    "Welcome to the R2AK Team Grace B, thank you for finally giving Wooden Boat Magazine a reason to care."
    well at least there is a photo of the Grace B on the R2AK site (pretty boat) ... Switters, you've copy and pasted the most informative verbage from 5+ paragraphs ostensibly about the boat and team... did they hire a frustrated stand up comic to do the write ups about each team?

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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    https://r2ak.com/2017-teams-full-race/team-grace-b/

    We have some wood in the race. Good luck Grace B, I know who is going to get a lot of looks when I go tracker junkie this year.

    The descriptions for R2AK teams are worth reading, I stole the last line of Grace B's for this title.

    "Welcome to the R2AK Team Grace B, thank you for finally giving Wooden Boat Magazine a reason to care."
    I tracked R2AK 2015 very closely but missed it totally last year. Help me out here. Can you furnish the link for the tracker? and perhaps web cam links? I was watching both for race #1 but lost track of the links. Thanks

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    Will this link be up this year? http://tracker.r2ak.com/

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    Tracker is up, go Torrent. Team Torrent is a veteran named Josh Collins who has already done some amazing distances on a paddleboard to raise awareness and money for PTSD. Tracker junkie mode ON.

    https://www.crowdrise.com/veteranvoyage360
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    Unlike previous years, good to see the sail boats struggling out there, with the rowboats of Liteboat and Angus far outstripping most!

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    I just noticed that Roger "the Man" Mann is sponsored by Gas Monkey this year. Have not noticed any other sponsors but I have not looked in for a few weeks. Angus and Roger are certainly two to watch. Had to look up liteboat, impressive.
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    Near as I can tell Liteboat is a crew of two, while Colin is solo. Lite winds are making for troubles for most sailboats; may get nastier as day wears on.

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    I had a brush with greatness this morning. I helped Roger Mann launch his boat.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by switters View Post
    a reason to care."
    and a thread that on the subject that won't be deleted by mcmullet

    thanks switters
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    Here's my race prediction ... Take me to the Volcano wins Day 1 in a very close finish.
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    You only say that because he lives in Ballard.
    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Here's my race prediction ... Take me to the Volcano wins Day 1 in a very close finish.

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    Correct. He's my neighbor.
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Awesome finish coming up here! Liteboat and Angus--solo rower against a double.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePrice View Post
    Awesome finish coming up here! Liteboat and Angus--solo rower against a double.
    Is Liteboat a double? I know the picture shows two up, but the description is for one.
    Well, Mr. Botard, do you still deny all rhinocerotic evidence?

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    The Liteboat is a double. Oaracle is a double. Take me to the Volcano (pedal only) and Angus Rowboats (sail and oar) are singles.
    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Three stand-up paddle boarders are in sixth-seventh-eighth place.

    Finally, an R2AK worth watching.
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    Liteboat rowing into the finish - http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/about/new...hannel/web-cam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    The Liteboat is a double. Oaracle is a double. Take me to the Volcano (pedal only) and Angus Rowboats (sail and oar) are singles.
    Got it. Thanks.
    Well, Mr. Botard, do you still deny all rhinocerotic evidence?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    The Liteboat is a double. Oaracle is a double. Take me to the Volcano (pedal only) and Angus Rowboats (sail and oar) are singles.

    Last year Colin was sail and oar, in a RowCruiser hull. This year he is rowing only in one of his Expedition rowboats, with no sail.

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    So, as has been already said, this was a great year for human powered. Finally!

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevePrice View Post
    Last year Colin was sail and oar, in a RowCruiser hull. This year he is rowing only in one of his Expedition rowboats, with no sail.
    I stand corrected. His performance was really impressive.
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    Interesting weather development underway. WNW@ 35 knots at Race Rocks. West 3 knots at Hein Bank. Giant lineup of sailboats in between. You'd think the weather would be hitting everybody pretty soon.
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    Yeadon is right, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeadon View Post
    Interesting weather development underway. WNW@ 35 knots at Race Rocks. West 3 knots at Hein Bank. Giant lineup of sailboats in between. You'd think the weather would be hitting everybody pretty soon.
    Looks like it has... A number of boats heading for the Chathams/Discovery Island.

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    By the way, another wooden boat connection, Elena Losey and Kristen Pedersen are, respectively, the former livery manager at the Center for Wooden Boats and ther current programs manager at CWB. Nice folks, fine sailors!

    (looks like they're headed for Discovery Island as quick as their little waterline will take them. Good choice!)
    Last edited by johnw; 06-08-2017 at 04:38 PM.

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    Looks like it has become a real mess out there for the sail boats. ~30 knot winds from WNW. Looks like on the flood, too. Also, Discovery is not yet "in". He is holed up at James Bay, right at the entrance to Victoria. Looks like wind may have blown him to shore, and maybe so strong he can't launch. Looks like winds may drop late afternoon and through the night, so they will be straggling in well under the wire.


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    Which boat are they on, John?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvv View Post
    Which boat are they on, John?
    Team Kelp. Looks like they're headed away from Discovery Island, don't know what their plan is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James McMullen View Post
    Yeadon is right, of course.

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