R2AK Explained

Photo Credit: R2AK

Race to Alaska

Stage 1 Race start: June 13, 2022, Port Townsend, Washington
Stage 2 Race start: June 16, 2022, Victoria, BC
FINISH Race end: TBD, 2022, Ketchikan, Alaska

Would you like to get involved without joining the actual race? Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce is selling $5 raffle tickets for people who want to guess the time and day that the first R2AK boat will arrive in Ketchikan. There will be a random draw of all entrants for two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines.


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.

But it isn’t for everyone.

It’s YOU alone 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 earth.

In 2019, 45 teams were accepted and 25 finished. COVID-19 put the event on pause for 2020 and 2021. And now, it’s back! For more information, visit: www.r2ak.com.

About the Author

Hi I’m Nadra Angerman — born in Ketchikan and raised Wrangell. I studied, worked and lived in the Lower 48 for twenty-five years before returning to Alaska. I write about natural resources, economic development and the entrepreneurial spirit. My husband, daughter and I are co-owners of Chinook Shores Lodge, The Inn at Knudson Cove and Pier 25 Boathouse.

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