FULL RACE- Port Townsend to Ketchikan
Team name: Team Angus Rowboats
Team captain: Colin Angus
Total crew: 1
Race Vessel: Modified Row-Cruiser from Angus Rowboats
BIO: Like a stoned college kid trying to study while binge watching Lost, last year’s race kept running the yellow highlighter pen over the same passage again and again:
“The sea finds out what you did wrong.”
Boats were smashed, rudders torn off, masts snapped in two—from the starting gun it was clear the sea was taking its violent fact-finding mission seriously. It found fault in the prepared and unprepared alike and dashed a year’s worth of dreaming for more than half the field. More than a test of seamanship, the Race to Alaska was a test of resolve.
Meticulous and tenacious, prudent and proven, National Geographic’s 2007 Adventurer of the Year, Colin Angus discovered a somewhat less glamourous adage:
“The parking lot finds out what you did wrong.”
After a successful test sail to get ready for the big race north, the prototype Rowcruiser he designed and built took an unsuccessful test flight from trailer to pavement. Heartbreaker. A week before the start of the race that he helped to create, his boat was broken on the side of the road and he could only sit and watch as the fleet raced north. Resolve tested.
What separates world-class adventurers from the rest of us? While we might have gone to the bar and stayed there until self-pity turned into shallow amusement, Colin got back on the horse, got to work, fixed his boat, improved it.
He’s raring to go in 2016. Same boat, less crew, more trailer tie-downs.
In addition to setting records for human powering himself around the world and around Vancouver Island, Colin has also adventured the length of some of the world’s most remote bodies of water. Barring any unforeseen calamities, this year he’ll put an R2AK-sized notch in his belt, even if it is three hundred and some odd days later than he’d originally planned.
Welcome to the R2AK Team Angus. Row fast and take the corners slowly.