Intova is proud to announce our sponsorship of the longest human and wind powered boat race in North America. No motors are allowed in this 750 mile race from Victoria, Canada to Ketchikan, Alaska. Intova cameras are perfect for this rugged race along some of the most remote sections of the Canadian coastline. Intova and the R2AK organizers will work together to capture this amazing race in all its glory.
About the Race
Last year 35 teams started, 15 finished.
THIS ISN’T FOR EVERYONE
We doubt Larry Ellison and his America’s Cup boats could even finish.
We invited him to change our minds.
750 miles of 50 degree water
The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.
It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.
It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning
…being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear.
There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on god’s green earth.
Intova HD2 Cameras On-board
The racers will each have a new HD2 camera onboard to capture all the adventure, action, weather, logs, and hopefully the finish! The HD2 is part of our new Marine Adventure camera series and has a light to capture the action as they sail on after dark.
R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity:
You, a boat, a starting gun, $10,000 if you finish first, A set of steak knives if you’re second, Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course. Self-supported race: no supply drops, no safety net. Any boat without an engine can enter.
Industrial Revolution President, Graeme Esrey is on board the Un-Cruise boat “Unscrewed” this year. Last year he won it aboard another boat.
The race has two stages:
Stage 1: Proving Grounds-
Port Townsend to Victoria BC (40 miles)
R2AK starts with an initial race across open water, two sets of shipping lanes, and an international border. The first stage is designed as a qualifier for the full race and as a stand-alone 40 mile sprint for people who just want to put their toe in.
If you want to be a part of R2AK but don’t have the time or inclination for the full race- join for a full day of all out racing across some of the biggest water in the course. Racers continuing on will clear Canadian customs in Victoria.
Stage one winners get to bask in the glory for a full day and a half.
Stage 2: Long haul North-
Victoria BC to Ketchikan (710 miles)
Racers start in Victoria at high noon on Sunday, June 26th and continue until they reach Ketchikan or are tapped out by the sweep boat.
Other than two waypoints at Seymour Narrows and Bella Bella, there is no official course. To quote the bard: You can go your own way.