Team Name: Sistership
Team Members: Michelle Boroski, Johanna Gabbard, Stephanie York, Stephanie Maheu
Hometown: Ventura, Cali USA
Race vessel: Corsair F-27 trimaran
LOA: almost 80 if you count the amas
Human propulsion: sliding seats
Connect: Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Insta
R2AK cred: full race 2016, World Record all female team
Sponsors: Alaska Marine Lines, Samson Tug & Barge, Idle Hour Winery , Colligo Marine, Ventura Grapes & Hops, Kind Bars, Carmen Smyth Photography, Didi Martin Art & Design, Janet Dart Gourmet Backpacking Foods, Ventura Embroidery, Parker Screenprinting, Beacon Marine, Soifua PT-Masters of Movement
Race to Alaska attracts both kinds of people, those looking to win and those whose application is about proving to themselves and to the world that they can. They’re not climbing the mountain because it’s there, but because they want their mountain climb to make a statement. When the pollster comes to the door asking where Sistership stands, they slam the door in their face. “Aging Proud, Growing Bold (not old)”, they sail to point out that aging isn’t all about being the live-in babysitter for your kids or retiring the pencil skirt for the latest muumuu.
They sail because why the hell wouldn’t you while you can. And they are sailing again this year because when you find out last year’s sail raised almost $8000 in women and girl scholarships and was inspiration for legions of others you can’t just drop the mike and go home. No matter how much you want to.
Start with their boat. They studied the first race and procured the boat that pushed itself to the finish line more than any other- an F-27 Trimaran. What does the F stand for? F-ing fast. They then assembled the team of gritty adventurers whose collective resume starts with professional sailors, EMTs, Ski racers, ultra-marathon cyclists, Army Colonels and wraps up with a few transits: Oceans, Great Lakes, Panama Canal. After an exhaustive search, they recently signed on their fourth crew who had to be qualified, ready to rumble, willing to poop in a bucket, and had to be a badass and over 50, just like the rest of them.
Oh, and by the way, this team is all women, just like a little more than half of the world’s population and a little less than 3% of CEOs, 19% of congress, and 100% of people who grew and then pushed small humans out of their vajayjays in an effort of labor that makes mothers proud and men cringe.
Despite a solid monopoly on motherhood, players in the WNBA, and the in-studio audience for “The View”, women tend to be a less than prominent part of adventure races. R2AK is no exception, until last year. Team Sistership was the first all female crew to sign up, and the current all female record holder.
(Helen Reddy or Katy Perry- choose your reference)
Their trip was epic, starting and ending in glory with some bits in the middle that drove them to the brink of quitting. (you can read their account here.) They earned the right to ring the bell on the docks of Ketchikan and while they were happy to be done they crewed up with two fresh horses and signed up for another optional go at the misery. They even sent us some glue to repair the glass ceiling so they could smash it again. Just like last year, they’re using the race to raise money for sailing scholarships for women and girls at the Northwest Maritime Center. Yeah, you…pledge here.
Welcome to the R2AK Team Sistership. Call us trendsetters, but despite the fact that in the US women still earn only 79% of their male counterparts, we stand ready to give you 100% of whatever prize you snag.