Literature wonks all say, start your work with a bang; today it’s dead easy.

Festival cancelled. Party kaput. 

This from our parent non-profit, the Northwest Maritime Center:

The decision to cancel was due to the increasing volatility of the public health environment, as well as increasing COVID anxiety in our participants, exhibitors, and community. Even with the additional safety measures we put in place, every day has brought new cancellations from vendors, presenters, and wooden boat owners who remained uncomfortable with the potential risk. We respect and support everyone’s decision to do what’s right for themselves.

No Wooden Boat Festival equals no Blazer Party. Simple math. 

Some may read this as a downer. (And really, what in blazes are we to do with all these Blazers and Mustang Survival’s SEVENTY48 Random Hero Award? How to return R2AK from its somnambulant self?) However, calamities like this gave us opportunities like WA360, and we’ve got a mess of hands in the magic hat as we type. 

We’re sifting in the ashes for options—mainly because some jackass keeps talking about where phoenixes come from, and while none of us were listening, we’re pretty sure it’s ashes or asteroids, and we have a lot of one and none of the other.

Like any adventurer worth their salt knows, when you’re kicked where it hurts, it’s time to embrace the slow hobble, but keep moving forward. More soon.

Each year in September at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, WA.

Next year it’s September 9th, 2022 at 6 PM. Check back for 2022 tickets.

It’s a reunion, awards ceremony, and a kickoff beer bash all wrapped into one!  And everyone is invited to join in.

In as much formality as we can muster, we’ve spent a year buying up the best/worst thrift store blazers that will be issued to any racer that attends. Non-racers, spectators, hangers-on, and general no-goodniks in attendance are encouraged to wear anything awesome that is not a blazer. We leave that honor to the racers.  (Alaska racers who completed the full race get to keep both sleeves of their blazers—volunteers with scissors are standing by for racers whose race ended south of Ketchikan.)

The Blazer Party is like Monte Carlo, except less gambling and yachts and more dogs and peanut shells. It’s a James Bond retirement party after he already blew his 401-K. This is an event no adventure race fan wants to miss!

It’s the Adventure Race Blazer Party.

An annual event to bring lovers of the race and racers together to share stories of this year’s race and be the first to hear changes to the races for the next year.

That’s right, information before the internet gets it. Also:

  • A presentation by Race High Command
  • Presentation of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS to the winners of WA360
  • SEVENTY48 Random Hero Award selection
  • Presenting of the prestigious Dirt Bag Award, and more.
  • A celebration of new World Records.
Buy a ticket for admission and get a free drink and fistfuls of finger food.

At the Northwest Maritime Center during the Wooden Boat Festival. Tickets cost money, unless you’re a racer and qualify for a discount, then they are a little less.