Have you ever hung out with surfers? Not just people who surf, but people who define themselves by stepping on a board and existing in the engineless and liminal space between water and air. Driving, camping for hours and days on end in the pursuit of that perfect ride, their first or their next, it’s a pure and unsuitable pilgrimage to be at one with all of those forces simultaneously. The problem is they just wont shut up about it. Seriously, its all they talk about; this sick break, or that sick break or that guy that got pitted, so pitted. We get obsession, but jesus, for the sake of the rest of us- branch out a little. Try paddle boarding, strap a sail on that bad boy, whatever, just something so we don’t avoid you at parties.
Team Kairos has launched past the singular pursuit of single form sailing and has spent a lifetime finding the corners of the sport. Lakes, oceans, dinghies, yachts- Team Kairos has even done a bit of foiling, then broke free of the watery constraints and dabbled in land and ice sailing. Ice sailing at 70 knots—what?!?! We’re all about the R2AK but we’d talk about that for a week, at least. This man is an example to surfers everywhere, and the hope and inspiration for their close friends and families.
What does a sailor of this caliber and depth of experience tee up to take the charge to Alaska? A modified rowboat that came within 40 minutes of the solo record in 2016. The 19′ Angus Rowcruiser is a micro cruising trimaran that is R2AK-proven and garage project worthy. It boasts two sails, a sliding seat rowing station, a coffin-sized cabin and an attractive ability to be almost buildable in your garage in the time between when you decide to do the R2AK and the time the race starts. Like all projects, it will inevitably take between two days and two weeks more than you have, but at least you’ll have something to talk about. The scramble to complete is the inevitable consequence of projects increasing in scope of resources available, or as one surfer friend told us “The monkey grows to the size of your backpack, bro.” Indeed, sir, indeed.
Welcome to the race Team Kairos, we’re happy to be the next stamp in your sailing passport.