Dang, 360 miles in 2 weeks. All within easy bail out, no major open water crossings and no international borders. Almost sounds do-able for a Walkabout row cruiser .

https://nwmaritime.org/wa360/

No steak knives though, first prize is a perennial belt.

FEW DETAILS MATTER

  • Gun goes off June 7, 2021 on the Port Townsend waterfront.
  • Unlike R2AK, you can keep your engine aboard, but if you use it, you’re out.
  • Like the R2AK, human powering is legit.
  • First boat to finish for each class wins.
  • Two weeks. That’s how long teams have to call themselves a finisher.
  • If the support isn’t preplanned, and generally available to any and all racers, it’s okay.
  • Stopping along the way is totally fine, just avoid towns and stay COVID real.


THE ROUTE


Start by running south into Puget Sound til you can go no further, turn around and do the same to Point Roberts, then come back home. You’ll hopefully wave to towns in this order:
Port Townsend - Port Ludlow - Olympia - Tacoma - Seattle - Oak Harbor - Anacortes - Bellingham - Point Roberts - Port Townsend
We don’t care how often you stop or where it’s at, but if you do stop, you gotta comply with whatever local regs currently in place to deal with whatever COVID hellscape we find ourselves in at the moment. Your politics are your own, but this race will be following the sum total of the guidance being offered by the communities we’ll be traveling through. Do differently, and you’re likely to find yourself exiled from town and this race.

CLASSES

Honor in winning is honor in life: We don’t rate boats, don’t even know how. There'll be three classes of prize:

  • Go Fast. The fastest of the fast, racing sleds and catamarans with a sail to cupholder ratio that exceeds 1:1.
  • Go Hard. Others might call this “Cruising Class.” We’re not those people. Racing a cruiser is inherently slower, which is harder.
  • Human Powered. Kayaks, rowboats, SUPs, and other muscle-laden heroes who for whatever reason forgo the wind.

Which class are you? You tell us. If you’re a paddle boarder and you want to go up against the big sleds...fine. If you’re a TP52 with a navigation system from NASA with a flux capacitor core and try to enter as a paddleboard in the human-powered class? We’re not gonna buy it. We don’t know PHRF, but we’re badass at poker. Play it straight and earn a story you’re proud to tell.