George meets the ‘Lady Jane’

So, it’s true. The Minnow has been sold. I’ll be taking it to the Wooden Boat Festival in Pt. Townsend this year, and it will leave there with a new skipper bound for Montana. There is a replacement. George met her today. The ‘Lady Jane’. The ‘Lady Jane’ is a Lightning. Designed by Sparkman & Read More…

Registration Confirmed!

Prep for this year has been rather minimal; I had hoped to add a Hobie drive, and get some other things done, but a layoff at work dried up alot of the R2AK money. Hence, there hasn’t been alot of updates. However, I can say that today my tax refund came, and I was able Read More…

R2AK leg one – The Recap.

Whew. While alot of my new friends are either in Johnstone Strait or preparing to enter the Seymour Narrows, my race ended a few days ago, in Victoria. It’s been a few days, I’m back in Seattle, and have finished my first shift in the shipyard after living on the Minnow for basically a week. Read More…

I made it in.

That’s the short story.  A tactical error stretched my time to about 20 or 21 hours; i’ll write more once I get some sleep in a real bed for the first time since Sunday.

Let’s do this thing.

Its 4 am. In two hours the gun goes off and I’m on my way. The tracker is up at http://leg1.r2ak.com. There’s 35 miles to Victoria, we’ve got a full set of sails, half a pack of beef jerky, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

Arrival in Port Townsend.

Wow. I’m here. On the starting line two days before the gun. Sitting in a cafe where I can see semi-famous boats and people I’ve only known thru their own online logs of their journeys that brought them here. I’m thinking back on all the ups and downs since I got the crazy idea to Read More…

To meet the Sea….

I’ve heard it said that the sea finds what you did wrong; So with that in mind I set out to meet the sea. Last weekend, I sailed from Shilshole to Port Townsend as a shakedown trip for the R2AK run. I figured three days living on the boat would point out any problems with the Read More…

T-shirts for sale!

Team Hodge is set to go for Victoria in the Race to Alaska on June 23rd, 2016. To help get the last final bits we need, We’ve commissioned Ellen Exacto to create a custom design and put together a limited edition T-shirt. On the front, the shirt features an image of George, the most steadfast Read More…