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Race 2 Alaska

June 2-15, 2019



Crew with us in the Race to Alaska in 2019.

We are currently accepting applications to crew with us in the Race to Alaska. Crew will have the option to be dropped off in either Ketchikan AK, or Prince Rupert BC at the end of the race, or help bring the boat back.

Also Included:

Successful applicants will get to participate in a training weekend around the Sunshine Coast May 3-5, 2019 and/or help deliver the boat to Port Townsend. Specific time and location TBA.

We may only have 2 spots left, contact us.

R2AK Information


The Race to Alaska is a 750 mile race that starts in Port Townsend Washington and finishes in Ketchikan Alaska.

It’s the longest, toughest, wind or human-powered race in North America, and has attained a global following of over 11 million. First place is $10,000 US and second place is steak knives. Any winnings will split evenly amongst the crew.

For more details on the race visit


Crew Application

This is the adventure of a lifetime, and an opportunity to see the entire coast of BC.

If you are a team player, with a positive outlook and willing to push yourself to the brink of exhaustion just for the glory, we look forward to hearing from you.

Successful applicants will have the following attributes:

  • Desire to subject themselves to heat, cold, salt spray, wet sleeping bag, blisters, whale breath, cramped quarters, ultimate glory.

  • Sailing experience.

  • Endurance

  • MacGyver-like-Ingenuity.

  • Excellent sense of humour.

  • Understanding of the Moitessier maneuver.

Application Process:

  1. Write paragraph or two highlighting your adventure experience, your commitment, what you bring to the team, and why you are driven to take on this challenge. Include your contact info and e-mail in to

  2. Successful applicants will be contacted for an interview and will need to fill out Health/Medical, and Liability release forms.

  3. Make sure your Passport is up to date.

  4. Start Training.

  5. Purchase travel insurance.

Costs will be split evenly between crew and vary depending on the final number of crew. Anticipated Cost: $600-700

Announcing Our R2AK Team Leaders

Tom McPherson:Team Captain

xander Oldaker:

Watch Captain

Xander started his outdoor career as a teenager working as a canoe tripper in Ontario for a few seasons. At 18 he moved to BC where he has worked as a wilderness guide for over 30 years, working primarily on the ocean as a kayak guide, and sailboat skipper. He has led kayaking and trekking adventures on Ellesmere Island, Baffin Island, The Bahamas, Mexico and Patagonia. On his personal time he has kayaked much of BC’s Coast including the west coast of Vancouver Island and Port Hardy to Ketchikan. Working off and on over the years doing off shore yacht deliveries he has logged over 50 000 nautical miles as skipper. His own personal sailing adventures have taken him to Hawaii, Alaska, Mexico, Central America, The Caribbean, Eastern Canada, Greenland, Iceland and Norway. Over the last 15 years he has Captained Wilderness Yacht trips ranging from Victoria to Juneau.

Mat Janeway:

Watch Captain

Mat is an avid sailor and wilderness guide, he’s been exploring BC’s waters his whole life and hold and has logged over 600 days commercial seatime. He currently has a 60ton Master Limited License, a SailCanada Basic Cruising Instructor qualification, and considerable knowledge of the plants, animals, and complex relationships of this coastline. He also enjoys expeditions in small boats, solo or with friends, and has climbed many mountains.


Mike Ford

As the son of a well known whale biologist, Mike grew up on boats chasing after whales up and down the coast of BC. It didn't take long for him to discover sailing, and he spent his teens racing dinghies and keelboats, as well as teaching sailing through the Nanaimo Yacht Club where he was the head sailing coach for 5 years. Mike has also been climbing and ski touring for over 10 years, has chased vertical rock around the world, and has established new winter first ascents on his local mountains of Vancouver Island. A keen surfer, he has most recently taken an interest in seeking out remote surfing breaks along the coast aboard his 34' sailboat Kwi E'lish Tal, which is currently his home. You can follow Mike's adventures on his instagram at @mikegoesupanddown 

Ethan Hafey

Ethan is rather stoked to be ducking school for R2AK. As an avid dingy sailor and has spent 3 years sailing on the North Shore Sailing Team racing the BC circuit.  He has achieved his CANsail 5 certification and also has his PCOC. He loves all things wilderness: rock climbing, surfing, bush-craft, hiking, … boatbuilding.  He looks forward to this challenge!

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