360 miles of engineless, unsupported boat racing circling Puget Sound.
Stealing the simple framework of Race to Alaska, WA360 is a race from Port Townsend to Port Townsend, counterclockwise along the edges of COVID-allowable travel. What does that mean? There are actual waypoints, route choices matter, boat choices matter and no matter what, teams have to choose the lesser of two evils—Deception Pass or the Swinomish Slough. You’re welcome.
WA360 IS ABOUT WHY WE RACE
We like to adventure and celebrate without a lot of politics, rules or gala balls with bespoke clothing getting in our way. That’s not why we’re here, and if you sign up for this thing, you aren’t either.
WA360 is a backyard playground that offers some of the most complicated water problems in the lower48—tidal rapids, localized weather systems, dramatic currents, terrifying seas—the perfect landscape to adventure in place.
FEW DETAILS MATTER
Unlike R2AK, you can keep your engine aboard, but if you use it, you’re out.
Like the R2AK, human powering is legit.
First boat to finish for each class wins.
Two weeks. That’s how long teams have to call themselves a finisher.
If the support isn’t preplanned, and generally available to any and all racers, it’s okay.
Stopping along the way is totally fine, just avoid towns and stay COVID real.
WA360 isn’t running in 2022, but check out our other races, Race to Alaska (r2ak.com) and SEVENTY48 (seventy48.com).
WA360 is a project of the Northwest Maritime Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Port Townsend, WA. nwmaritime.org
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