Team members: Rich Harman, Lance Harman
Hometown: Olalla, Washington, USA
Race vessel: Home-built row/pedal boat
Human propulsion: Two Hobie Mirage drives and sliding seat rowing
R2AK loves science, and by that, we mean conceptually. The fact that we started an engineless boat race in the dawn of robotics and automation should clue you in to the fact that we didn’t spend too much college tuition in Beaker-ville almost as much as the fact that we get Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Neil Patrick Harris mixed up constantly. Constantly. Literally, today the Neil who is an astrophysicist and hosts the remix of Cosmos was on the radio explaining time, matter, and the big whatever, and the epiphany we had was, “He sounds like he put on weight since Doogie Houser.”
To the keen minds working in R2AK’s command bunker, science is great because we get things wrong all the time, and in science that’s ok. In fact, it’s celebrated. We’ve watched legit scientists create a hypothesis as to the nature of something, create an experiment to test that hypothesis, have the results show they were dead wrong, and then celebrate their resounding and irrefutable failure like it was the second coming of Mardi Gras. Imagine the business end of your bookie/ex-wife/deceased patient embracing your failure to choose wisely like a scientist whose study ends in a null result. It’s beautiful: in science, learning is more important than being right. Take it from us, this is less true in Vegas.
Team Hot Water took their unsuccessful bid at R2AK 2017 and turned it into a win. How? Science.
If their current application is any indication of the raw science that flows through their veins, Lance and Rich were pick-up crew for Team SailPro’s successful finish in Campbell River (mile 100), and apparently learned a few things in that scientific success:
- Don’t sail on a professionally designed and built trimaran, and especially not as part of a pick-up crew after the original crew bails.
- Don’t sail on a professionally designed and built trimaran,
- Don’t sail
Post hoc and post haste, after their part of the early ditch in 2017, Team Hot Water gathered their ‘about face’ strategy and designed and built a boat to rid them of the chaos of wind and Limeys, eschewing the free energy in the atmosphere for the seafaring tradition of spin class and rowing machines.
Their boat: a ‘simple’ boat of Rich’s design; it’s got oars, pedal stations, a small cabin, and absolutely no sails, and 19 watertight compartments. At the time of writing this were a few coats of epoxy and a test drive from race worthy, but they wouldn’t be the first team to ask the public not to touch their boat on race day because the epoxy was still kicking. Just-in-time delivery is a time-honored tradition at R2AK.
The crew: beyond being participatory passengers on their R2AK train wreck, they’ve been sailing for the length of both of their lives. Between the two, they have a pedigree that includes diving with the Navy, sailing broke and scrappy most of the way across oceans, paragliding, Himalaya trekking, and bringing up their next generation to aspire to a life less ordinary.
Welcome to the R2AK, Team Hot Water. Depending on how our enlightenment conversation goes with our bookie, we may try to get out of hot water by getting into yours.