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Race To Alaska

June 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm6:00 pm

Race to Alaska is back for year seven with 39 teams registered to depart from the Northwest Maritime Center on June 5. No motors or support allowed—the Race to Alaska (R2AK) is about the physical endurance, saltwater know-how, and the bulldog tenacity that it takes to navigate the 750 cold water miles from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.

First place wins $10K; second place, a set of actual steak knives. Teams embark on Stage 1, “The Proving Ground,” from Port Townsend on June 5 at 5:00 AM; they have 36 hours to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and make it to Victoria, BC. June 8 at high noon marks the start of Stage 2, “To the Bitter End,” the 710-mile trek from Victoria to Alaska.

“For some, Race to Alaska is about getting the cash,” said Race Boss Jesse Wigel. “But for the majority, whether they end up with a broken boat on a beach or basking in the afterglow in Ketchikan – it’s all about what happens between the start and the end.”

During the pause between the race legs, R2AK racers may take full advantage of everything Victoria has to offer – from resupplying their food stores, upgrading their vessels, or getting a few last sit-down meals.

The public is invited to come to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority Causeway Docks (in front of the Empress Hotel) between June 5 and 6 to greet the arriving racers. Also open to the public is an open-boat event from Noon-6pm on June 7, where anyone can come down and meet the racers and see their boat. All are encouraged to line the stone wall above the Causeway Docks on Government Street to watch the exciting le mans start of R2AK at High Noon on June 8.

Follow the teams’ progress on our 24-hour tracker, social media streams, and daily content from our media team on R2AK.com.

The Race to Alaska is a project of the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to engage and educate people of all generations in traditional and contemporary maritime life, in a spirit of adventure and discovery.