5) At this point they became Team “Rid of Parents” as we headed back to Seattle. We have very little contact with them, usually one text per day that might say only “all is going well”. The parent group is collectively getting very little sleep as we all obsessively watch the tracker at all hours and eagerly await any new Instagram posts or other news. But some things to recap:
- Later on Friday they had a lovely delivery of cookies from Jeanne Goussev, captain of team Sail Like a Girl that won in 2016. Jeanne has been wonderfully helpful and supportive. Video here.
- Sunday at 4am they transited Seymour Narrows, one of the big hurdles in R2AK – it’s a tidal gate where the current flows up to 16 knots and without an engine it must be timed very carefully. They nailed it!
- They saw humpbacks in the Strait of Georgia and dolphins swam with them in Johnstone Strait.
- Also in Johnstone Strait, Nadia made two of their most amusing vlogs: this one about how they pee onboard, and this one that makes us giggle every time we see it.
- Tuesday night they rounded Cape Caution, an aptly named spot that’s fully exposed to the open ocean & one of the more daunting sections of the course. Enzo’s update the next day said the boat hit 12 knots and was surfing down waves “like a beast” and that everything in the boat was sodden.
- Last night they passed through Bella Bella, the one required checkpoint in the race. It was the last ‘civilized’ place to stop before Ketchikan, and the team sailed straight through without taking a break. They are clearly in race mode.
At the time of this writing they are moving up the inside of Aristazabal island, about 210 nautical miles from Ketchikan, in what looks to be a fierce contest for 9th place with team Wraith to Alaska, which you can read about here: https://r2ak.com/2022-teams-full-race/team-wraith-2ak-2/
. If those guys can see the tracker they are surely freaking out that a group of high school kids in a much older, slower boat are catching up to them!
Still 200 miles to go, and a total of 15 boats have now dropped out so there’s absolutely no guarantee of a finish – but Rite of Passage appear to be doing well. Parents are flying to Ketchikan on Friday, if all goes well the team may arrive sometime Sat or Sun.
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Please also watch out for teams Goldfinch, Loustic Supersonic, and Rho Your Boat – these 3 have traveled closely with Rite of Passage for most of the race – they’re a little quartet of teams in boats from the 1970s punching way above their weights.
Thanks so much everyone for the amazing support & well wishes!