There are truly no required qualifications for this race- while the dangers of the Inside Passage are real, people have been traveling this stretch of water successfully on watercraft of all kinds since before written history.

There have also been tragic unsuccessful attempts for just as long, and we want to make sure that you are one of the good statistics.

While there are no absolute qualifications for participation, successful race applicants should be proficient in most of the following:

  • Navigation
  • First aid
  • Able to row/paddle/sail for long periods of time
  • Radio use
  • Collision awareness and avoidance
  • Trip planning and voyage logistics
  • Necessary repair skills related to vessel
  • Etc.

Similarly, participant vessels will be considered along with crew qualifications. Factors include:

  • Design and construction
  • Inherent buoyancy
  • Stability
  • Safety equipment