This is a presentation about the Race to Alaska (R2AK) by race boss and co-founder Daniel Evans. For those unfamiliar with the Race to Alaska, here is some information about Daniel and about the race.
About Daniel Evans
It takes more than ten grand and a tree to nail it to pull off the Race to Alaska, and Daniel Evans is one of around three people on the planet who has the personal and professional experience to wrangle the exponential chaos potential of more than one hundred free thinking racers hurling themselves and their engineless watercraft against the wilds the inside passage. He’s in charge of all of the details, makes the hard calls on safety and keeps the R2AK on the rails until everyone either finishes or drops out. They call him the Race Boss because Supreme Leader was already taken.
Before becoming the Race Boss for the R2AK, Daniel’s tailor made resume started in his Alaskan upbringing, decades of teaching and trainer for Outward Bound and others, mountain climber, professional mariner, schooner captain, and even runs a volunteer tugboat crew for Port Townsend’s annual Wooden Boat Festival. As a cherry on top of his risky resume, he is also the father of a 5-year-old. Oh, and he’s trained at keeping people safe.
750 Miles of water along the Inside Passage – No Motors – No Support – From Port Townsend, WA to Ketchikan, Alaska. Yeah, it’s a race…On boats..Up the Inside Passage to Alaska.
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 boat race 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.
Entering its fourth year some say 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 earth.
Daniel’s talking about what he learned from taking a pretty bad and risky idea and turning it into a somewhat manageable madhouse. There will be moments of trial and triumph as Daniel celebrates and tells tall tales about the heroes this race creates. Some highlights will be the gaffers who have raced and other improbable craft. Think of it as good entertainment with a lesson in their somewhere.
If you don’t do the race – and why should you, it’s dangerous – come to this.