FULL RACE- Port Townsend to Ketchikan
Team name: Team Boatyard Boys
Team captain: Patrick Buntain
Engine: Timothy Penhallow
Race vessel: 17’ Swamspcott Dory
Everything we know about Team Boatyard Boys screams out a quality that might not have a word, but approximates stubborn edginess- like gristle, with a few grains of sand in it. What do we mean? We’re honestly not quite sure but, read the rest and tell us that the shoe doesn’t fit.
Let’s start with their boat- the Swampcott Dory is a renowned east coast workboat design, not unlike the boat that Blackburn used to row to out of the winter storm by freezing his hands to the oars, or the one Shackleton used to row for help when his ship was frozen into the ice of Antarctica.More gristle? These guys pulled the boat out of the blackberry bushes and set in to refitting her into something that might float all the way to Alaska. Job one was installing flotation tanks. They decked her over Shackleton style, added tanks, a bunk, and a sliding seat rowing station.
Two people for 750 miles on a 17’ boat of 19th century design they pulled out of the bushes-
The crew? A combination of time tested sailors that have bashed their way through the waters of the world, and the manly manifestation of a Detroit 6-71. Van isle 360, Vic Maui, N 100 double handed. Numerous Swiftsure, Southern Straits and Patos Island races. The rules of the race say no motors, but Team Boatyard Boys pushed the limits by recruiting a human engine. The team captain describes him thusly: “An Advid rower and boatbuilder from Austria. Mountaineer, timbercruiser and rugby player. Cruised his 50ft Bill Garden sloop all over hells half acre.” We don’t know if that Advid was a dictation error common when chewing on gristle, or simply the highest level of rowing that an Austrian timbercruiser can attain. (Honestly, we also don’t know what the hell a timbercruiser is either. Google is absolutely no help on that one.)- but he’s for sure sailed all over Hell’s Half Acre (no idea what that means…)
Welcome to the R2AK Boatyard Boys. If your skill and tenacity can match the strength of your historical allusions and ambiguous references- with hard work you’ll have the luck of Odysseus.