Three Races, One Big Weekend

May 31 – June 6, 2019

Shift signups go live April 18 at 10 AM

Volunteer for R2AK, SEVENTY48, Classic Mariners’ Regatta, and the Ruckus!

That’s right, we’re running the best Port Townsend based races and the best PT street party in one big weekend, and we need a bunch of help to make it happen! It’s going to be epic, and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Now looking for folks to volunteer in Tacoma, Port Townsend, and Victoria.

Step 1: New volunteers fill out a volunteer application.
Returning volunteers fill out a 2019 release waiver.

Step 2: Read the information on this page and then select your shifts at the bottom.

Key Info

Volunteer T-Shirts

This three-race weekend actually occurs over the course of seven days, which means there are plenty of opportunities to earn your volunteer t-shirt! We’ll have volunteer t-shirts for R2AK, SEVENTY48, and CMR. Sign up for two shifts and receive one applicable t-shirt, sign up for three or more shifts and pick up two shirts!

Required Volunteer Orientation

All volunteers are required to attend the Volunteer Orientation on May 20th upstairs at the Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water Street, Port Townsend. Arrive at 5:30 PM to pick up your t-shirt (if applicable) or make any shift changes. Orientation starts at 6:00. You will meet with your captain to get up to date on your duties and receive training if necessary. If you cannot make this training, please email Angela at volunteer@nwmaritime.org for further instructions.

Oh, and we’ll have pizza and beer.

Select Your Shifts

Shifts go live on April 18!

In the meantime, be thinking about where you’d like to volunteer.

Volunteer in Tacoma at the SEVENTY48 Pre-Funk (May 31).

Volunteer in Port Townsend for the Classic Mariners’ Regatta (May 31-June 2), at the SEVENTY48 Finish Line Clubhouse and Bar (June 1-2), and/or at the Ruckus (June 2).

Volunteer in Victoria June 3-6. Catch lines at the docks, sell R2AK swag, and/or help out at the R2AK Racer Party on June 4.

Make sure you’ve filled out a volunteer application and selected R2AK, SEVENTY48, and Event Support as areas of interest. Then wait for the email saying it’s time to sign up for shifts.

Learn About the Events

Learn all there is to know about the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, SEVENTY48, and Race to Alaska.

R2AK Volunteer Safety Corps

The Safety Corps will be inspecting race boats, helping train racers in SPOT trackers and helping run the Race Operations Center day of the race. Also, if you have a suitable boat and want to help, get a hold of Daniel! If you want to be part of the Safety Corps please contact Race Boss Daniel Evans at raceboss@racetoalaska.com.

Make sure you’ve completed your 2019 Volunteer Application. Those who volunteered last year can skip the application and just sign our 2019 release waiver. Then select your shifts below.

Volunteer in Tacoma at the SEVENTY48 Pre-Funk (May 31).

Volunteer in Port Townsend for the Classic Mariners’ Regatta (May 31-June 2), at the SEVENTY48 Finish Line Clubhouse and Bar (June 1-2), and/or at the Ruckus (June 2).

Volunteer in Victoria June 3-6. Catch lines at the docks, sell R2AK swag, and/or help out at the R2AK Racer Party on June 4.


Volunteer in Port Townsend


Volunteer in Tacoma


Volunteer in Victoria


Learn More

Learn About the Events

Learn all there is to know about the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, SEVENTY48, and Race to Alaska.

R2AK Volunteer Safety Corps

The Safety Corps will be inspecting race boats, helping train racers in SPOT trackers and helping run the Race Operations Center the day of the race. If you want to be part of the Safety Corps or if you have a suitable boat and want to help, please contact Race Boss Daniel Evans at raceboss@racetoalaska.com.

Have Questions?

Contact Community Engagement Coordinator Angela Hewitson at volunteer@nwmaritime.org or 360.385.3628 x124.