PORT TOWNSEND — Seven teams have crossed the Race to Alaska finish line and three others appeared to be within reach of Ketchikan as racing continued Tuesday.
More than two dozen competitors remained on the water in the 750-mile race, which started June 3 at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend and began the second stage last Thursday from Victoria.
On Monday, Team Angry Beaver won the race and the $10,000 grand prize and Pear Shaped Racing won the second-place prize of a set of steak knives.
On Tuesday, race officials are still looking for the first in the 20-foot and under category.
Race officials pointed to Yankee Peddlers, a three-person crew from Olympia in a Santana vessel powered by a pedal drive and oars.
The crew includes Kai O’Connor, Noah Garrett and Aiden McGookin.
The Race to Alaska is non-motorized; boats are dependent upon wind and/or human propulsion.
Yankee Peddlers had reached the halfway point and was just off the coast of Calvert Island as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to tracker.r2ak.com.
The crew still had about 370 miles to go.
Angry Beaver’s official first-place time of four days, three hours and 56 minutes was the third fastest in the event’s five-year history.
They were followed Monday by Pear Shaped Racing, Shut Up and Drive and First Federal’s Sail Like a Girl, the all-woman crew that won last year.
This is the second consecutive year the event was won by a monohull.
Additional finishers from Monday were teams Educated Guess, Trickster and Narwhal.
Educated Guess raced the Mellennial Falcon, a 24-foot Melges with a bicycle drive.
The Bellingham-based crew included Evan Walker, Jake Newton, Max Fleischfresser and Peter Horton.
Trickster, a 28½-foot trimaran with pedal drives and paddles, was raced by crew members Greg Rohner, Rafe Beswick, Eric Egge and Scott Schoch of Olympia.
Narwhal is a 32-foot Farrier with two rowing stations and two pedal drives. Its Seattle-based crew included William Quigley, Joel Smith, Mark Dix and Li Sung.
Twenty-five boats remained out on the water Tuesday afternoon, including Team Givin’ the Horns, which scrambled in Bella Bella to build a new rudder with found materials, race organizers reported.
Givin’ the Horns was traveling at 6.3 knots and had about 313 miles remaining at press time Tuesday.
It is among a group of four boats with less than 320 miles left as the participants try to make it to Ketchikan in time for a racer party Friday.
Three teams — Dazed and Confused of Seattle, Ketchikan Yacht Club of Alaska and High Sea Drifters of San Rafael, Calif. — were within 50 miles Tuesday afternoon and appeared to be in position to reach the finish by nightfall.
The four teams that dropped out of the race included Alphawolf of Philadelphia, Perseverance of Sedro-Woolley, Hobie-1-Kenobie of Anacortes and Barbarossa of Seattle.
For more information, see https://r2ak.com/.
Jefferson County Managing Editor Brian McLean can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 6, or at [email protected].