Human power triumphs in qualifier for Race to Alaska:
Four small craft propelled entirely by human power took top honors in the first stage of the 2017 Race to Alaska, with three rowboats and a pedal powered craft finishing before all sailboats.
The third annual Race to Alaska (R2AK) is a 750-mile race open to all engineless vessels, and has no handicaps or classes. The first to cross the finish line in Ketchikan, AK wins a $ 10,000 prize. Second prize is a set of steak knives.
Vessels of all kinds crossed the starting line on June 8 in Port Townsend, WA at 5am in light winds. The 40-mile qualifying stage to Victoria, BC crosses the Strait of Juan De Fuca, a notoriously rough body of water that opens to the Pacific Ocean and separates …
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Twenty teams for America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta:
An extensive fleet of yachts measuring a minimum 24m in length – including an array of J Class yachts – will battle it out for the coveted Boat International America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta Trophy, currently held by Adela, which won in San Francisco in 2013.
Racing will take place over three days – June 13 to 15 – in collaboration with the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, with standout contenders to include the classic 43m Rebecca, 88m Maltese Falcon and 47m Hyperion.
The regatta will see some of the world’s most experienced sailors compete, including Olympic silver medalist Peter Holmberg, alongside Canadian double Olympic medal winner Ross MacDonald both aboard 42.6m…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Twenty teams for America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, Editor