2016 Race to Alaska - Nick and Will Schwenger 12th place!

750 miles, no motors, no support,  all the way to Alaska. They made it!

Message from Michele Schwenger: there is a multi hull team of paralegics sailing in the R2AK race.

Nick and Will Schwenger, along with friends Neil Roberts and Spencer Weber make up team Hot Mess. They bought a used Olsen 30 and made massive upgrades to accommodate the needs of the event.

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More on the event - 750 miles of 50 degree water

The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.

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 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.

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 god’s green earth.