It’s been said the winner-take-all nature of R2AK isn’t fair.
“How can a kayak compete with a carbon fiber sailing rocket?”
Honestly we have no idea, but a few folks did it anyway.
Why? Because the root of the R2AK isn’t the winning but the doing…which is easier to say if you didn’t have a chance of winning anything.
This is how it works:
You finish. The greatest glory of all is going to be your first night in Ketchikan, telling stories not making them. Value is uncertain but damn high.
- If you’re first you get $10,000, but you have to figure out how to get it off the wood.
- If you’re the first to say yes to the R2AK buy back offer, you get another $10,000.
- If you’re special you get reward by walking away with one of our Side Bets or Annual Awards.
R2AK Buy Back
We’re going to be on the dock in Ketchikan, with a big Ed McMahon style check. Each team that finishes and rings the bell will get 5 minutes to decide whether or not they will be the one to sell us their boat for $10,000.
- Maybe it’s an act of charity–if Larry Ellison shows up and sells us his fancy boat for $10k–we would happily take it.
- Maybe your race was enough of a hate mission that you never want to see your boat again.
- Maybe you want a way to legitimately say “I won the $10k in the R2AK.”
- Maybe you have found the fastest, cheapest way to crack the R2AK code
We don’t care about your motivations–you don’t have to be first, you just have to be the first to say yes.
We are only buying one boat, first one to say yes gets $10k
To amuse themselves and even the score, our sponsors are throwing down and surrounding the big payday with a bunch of little ones: We’re calling them side bets.
These aren’t really bets, they aren’t class awards- some of them aren’t even good ideas- but if you can accomplish whatever our sponsors offered up you can get some pretty good stuff.
Dance monkey dance!
They’ll probably change from year to year, but here are the side bets currently on the table:
Small Craft Advisor Magazine is putting up $1,000 and putting you on the cover if you are the first boat 20′ and under to finish the race. Fame and fortune!
Fisheries Supply– Is giving an in-store gift certificate and an in-race delivery of a classic Seagull Outboard to the first boat that gets swept up by the Grim Sweeper.
- The team with the least money into this race will take the Dirtbag Award. There is no money attached – you don’t need it anyway – but the prestige is tremendous. Ask Tim, winner of the 2015 and 2016 Dirtbag, who pulled his boat from the blackberry bushes.
- Are you epic enough? Will you make underwater repairs while underway? You may not want to win this award, but if you start telling us what really happened out there we may give it to you anyway. The Admiralty Award for Team Most Needing a Stiff Drink
Do it for glory. Do it to escape creditors. Do it because you hate yourself. We don’t care. We’ll love you anyway.