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Publishing schedules being what they are, by the time you read this there will be far more interesting things to pay attention to than whatever happened Wednesday, thematically the most boring day of the week and the lay day before the start of the Race to Alaska.
Today, you should be watching the live stream of the Victoria start on our Facebook or Instagram accounts, cheering on your favorite teams, and swearing at the tracker. For the racers, Wednesday was the dockside open house where fans from the global corners of R2AK Nation came down to bask in the presence of the hearty adventurers about to venture forth on the world’s longest and most engineless Race to Alaska.
Like the racers, the four boat, 20 person media armada was chatting with fans, making final equipment checks, stocking up on foods, talking strategy, and preemptively swearing at the tracker. Tomorrow was going to be a busy day, best to put a few of those in the bank.
WIth everyone dockside, Wednesday was content light, so we thought tickle whatever part of your body enjoys these updates by cracking open the black box and letting you peek at a never before revealed bit of secrecy: Race to Alaska’s Secret Service code names.
According to movies we’ve watched and wikipedia, US presidents’ bodyguards have code names for the first family. Jimmy Carter was “Deacon”, Ronald Reagan was “Rawhide” (there are others that are interesting but not as funny).
Did you know that R2AK teams have Secret Service code names? Us either, but if they did we’d probably start with these—which may or may not be names that members of media crew sputter when we can’t remember the actual names. Some of our favorites:
Team Pestou: Pesto Pasta, Pesty Festy
Team Unsalted Nutz: Team Deez, Testy Festy
Team Toybox Express: Toybox Surprise Inside, Jack in the Box, Insta Bait
Team Flow State Wing Foil: Wingfoil Guy, Picnic Face
Team We Brake for Whales: Jeanne Goussev and the Whalers
Team Madame Oaracle
and the Prairie Porch Pirates: Madame Ovaries, Janet Ian and the other people
Team Fisheries Supply Monkey Fist: Sock Monkey, Questionable George, Monkey Fisting, The best team in the history of R2AK (Fisheries Supply are our sponsors too)
Team Mojo: Mojito (pronounced with a hard “J”), San Fran Frenchies, Ou est la Bibliothèque?
Team Duke: Blue Devils, Duke Nukem, Baron Von Tim
Team Supernautiloid: Stranger Rangers, Super Not Annoyed, Super Not a Lloyd, Super Duper Bois, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Team Buckeye: Black Eyed Peas, Team Ribeye, Ohio
Team Lillian’s Vacation: Lillian
Team Bella Bella and Beyond: Bella Bella and Beyonce, Bed Bath and Beyond
Team SeaSmoke: Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong, Smokey and the Bandit
Team Ruf Duck: Rubber Ducky
Team Zen Again Dog: Zen Dog
Team Ship of Fools: Jester boat, Plato Fun Factory
Team Dacron and Denim: D&D, Dungeons and Dragons, Team Fashionably Late
Team SUP N Irish: Paddle Boy
Team Mike and Marty’s Big Day Out: Rick and Morty, Mork and Mindy, Cagney and Lacey, Weekend at Bernies
Team Sporting Chance: Sporty Pants, Sporty Spice
Team Hornblower: Horn Boy, Lil’ Nas Toot Toot, Horatio Jones and the Rowcruiser of Doom
Tres Equis: Dos Equis, Tres Leches, Quattro Formaggio
Enough nonsense, race time. R2AK: out.
R2AK Eve Questions: Lightning Round
Header photo by Jim Meyer