Team members: Joachim Roesler
Hometown: New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
Race vessel: Angus Rowcruiser
Human propulsion: Oar
R2AK cred: 2017 participant (prudent withdrawal in Stage 2)
Connect: facebook, blog, youtube, personal tracking device
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 won’t shut up about it. Seriously, it’s 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 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 team is an example to surfers everywhere of how to try something new, and the hope and inspiration for their close friends and families for something else to talk about.
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—a fact that was proven by Team Kairos in 2017. Kairos ran at the full race in 2017, but bowed out smartly and early after the boat discovered the full potential of chaos when they decided to build a boat, on the side and on a deadline. They say three is a magic number, unless you are talking about days in a boat before you go unsupported to Alaska. In that case, three is a crap number. Usually ends the whole thing.
Welcome back to the race, Team Kairos. We hope your family never gets tired of hearing about Ketchikan.