The unpowered boat race stretches 750 miles to Ketchikan.
As always, first place is $10,000. Second place is a set of steak knives.
Named after their local Seattle bar, this was Team Angry Beaver’s first time competing in the 750-mile boat race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.
Karl Kruger stroked 750 miles solo from Port Townsend up the Inside Passage into Ketchikan. The exhausted and soft-spoken 45-year-old glided to the dock, stepped off his 17-foot standup paddleboard and rung the finisher’s bell.
The only Alaska team in this year’s Race to Alaska has withdrawn. That means the Washington state-to-Ketchikan competition will involve mostly Pacific Northwest motorless boaters.
A souped-up paddle board, custom rowing craft and high performance, carbon fiber sailboats are just some of the eye-catching entries in the inaugural Race to Alaska.