Team Forest Grove

Stage 1: Port Townsend to Victoria

Team Name: Team Forest Grove

Team captain: Tom Auran

Total onboard: 2

Race vessel: 1985 Montgomery 15 sloop

Tom Auran describes himself as “an aging mountaineer” who’s looking for a sport a bit “less taxing.” He started sailing on the Columbia River a couple years ago and got bitten by the bug. “What I lack in water experience,” he writes, “I more than make up for with my ability to withstand prolonged discomfort.”

Oh, yeah, and there’s this: First mate Steve Molin is an ASA certified sailor and instructor who has sailed all manner of small craft across San Francisco Bay, the San Juan Islands and the Columbia River.

So why race to Victoria? Because it’s there.