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WA360 | 2021

Let us do your brain a favor. It's alphabetical.

Let us do your brain a favor. It's alphabetical.

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Team Members:  Daniel Ackermann
Hometown: Ridgefield, WA
Race Vessel:  TriRaid 560s Trimaran
LOA: 18.5'
Human Propulsion: Hobie Mirage Drive and paddle



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Nothing much. Just a regular guy who tries stuff. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it does not. That is the adventure.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Nah, just boring and regular. Nothing super.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
18ft trimaran home built in my garage. Fast and uncomfortable, but it is mine... Originally built for the 2018 R2AK, but had to bail out before the start. Participated in the 2019 R2AK, but broke the boat in the storm on the way to Victoria. Did not think it was that bad, but even the designer quipped that the boat was probably not made for that type of weather. Had fun though!!! Fixed and upgraded for the 2020 R2AK, which did not, and now will do the WA360 in preparation for the 2022 R2AK.

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Team Members:  Mark Bunker, Bev Multerer, Jim Barrett, Cindy Barrett, Lydia Volberding
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel:  Dash 34 Monohull
LOA: 34'
Human Propulsion: Single Pedal Drive, Oars, SUP Paddles, and maybe a few pairs of swim fins



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Mark: 2016 R2AK on Team Jungle Kitty; Salish 200 last year; decades of racing and wandering around the central Salish Sea; still haven't broken personal "best" of 42 days without a shower; Denali via 3 different routes; lots of technical winter climbing in Washington and BC (some FWA's); have been sailing (and working on) our fine yacht for close to 20 years; have embraced the first two syllables in "sufferfest" (and have been known to enjoy the last syllable).

Bev: I have ridden on the back of a whale while on a solo multi-day kayak camping trip. It’s not the first time a whale decided to pop up and say hi, just the most memorable. Kayaks are really tippy on a whale's back, btw. I did not capsize! Lots of sailboat racing, from Laser to 55’er. Everything from Local to J24 Worlds, from buoy racing to Hook race, Queen's Cup and Swiftsure. I am an avid water critter - I swim often and love sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, rowing. Besides that, lots of hiking, biking, snow camping and, quite frankly, living with Mark is an adventure.

Jim: I grew up sailing on San Francisco Bay, and have been sailboat racing on Puget Sound for the last 30 years. I've done my time on small trapeze boats many moons ago and still enjoy racing my RS Aero down at the gorge. Saltwater kayak trips are fun. I campaign on a J24, racing locally and doing a travel regatta or two a year (pre-covid) including several NA's and Worlds. I generally do races where I can see the next buoy, so this will be a chance to explore longer distance racing.

Cindy: Chicago to Mackinaw race with 5 guys and no working head; doublehanded a 40+ ft Beneteau around the islands of Greece for honeymoon; have an insatiable taste for jumping in every mountain lake in sight which isn't totally frozen; finisher of Tour De Blast, pedaling to St Helens Johnston ridge in windy snow on my road bike; hoping to do Seventy48 next year; attempts to "business manage" the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle and please our 1,100+ members on a daily basis. Hiked the Pacific Crest Trail/John Muir Trail in the CA High Sierra's for a total over almost 250 miles and wanted to keep going.

Lydia: Two Vic Maui's, Van Isle 360, Several Swiftsure Races, Oregon Offshore, Southern Straits Race, and Three Newport to Ensenada Races. Deliveries: Seattle - San Francisco, Papeete - Honolulu, Annapolis - Marsh Harbor, and Marsh Harbor - Newport, RI. Sailing charters in Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Canada. Kayaked around Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja, Mexico. I’ve been sailing since age 12 and I am a CYA sailing instructor.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Mark: Pi Guy the Math Superhero (though there's only a 55% confidence level that this is actually true) or Mr. Fixit (probably more appropriate - my Dad called me that because I can fix anything with anything)
Bev: Thumbs of Fury, Research Goddess
Jim: Levitation. Because bank robbers are much less scary when they are plastered to the ceiling, and who doesn't want their boat to sit higher in the water? That way you can bring more food.
Cindy: Tenacious
Lydia: I can sleep anywhere, anytime. When others are sleep deprived and struggling to get their zzz's, I am recharging my battery so I can be ready for anything!!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
There are indeed bubbles on the rudder, though the boatyard guys called them "blisters". She's fairly light for her age (5900 lbs,1983 vintage) and was designed by Laurie Davidson to cross oceans fairly quickly. PHRF 111, just for comparison. Sweet curtains, a go-fast dodger, and lazy jacks. We borrowed a Melges 24 kite that just might be our secret weapon.

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Team Members: Jim Heumann
Hometown: Port Townsend, WA
Race Vessel: Nauticraft Escapade Pedal Boat
LOA: 12.25'
Human Propulsion: Pedal



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Other ridiculous urges that have been succumbed to include a solo Grand Canyon raft trip in 2003 and sailing a small boat from PT to New Zealand (with my wife) in 2011-13. Seem like I’m on an 8-year cycle. I’m already not looking forward to 2029.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Nobody has ever asked me that before. It’s kind of personal—I’d have to say that it is a periodic, seemingly irresistible desire to do something ridiculous. There is no good reason, in my case, to pedal the length and breadth of Puget Sound and beyond. But I’m going to try. Why? I don’t know.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
It is a pedal boat that looks a little like a Jetsons personal space pod, is unsinkable, has a windshield, and if the pedal drive, or my legs, break down the seat can be reversed and the boat rowed.

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Team Members: Daniel Staudigel, Jason Magness
Hometown: Bend, OR
Race Vessel: Stellar 21 Advantage Kayak
LOA: 21'
Human Propulsion: Paddles



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
We've been on the expedition adventure race circuit for over a decade, and we got into ultra-endurance paddling a few years ago. We tied for first place in the tandem kayak category of the Everglades Challenge and were the 3rd place kayak in the Yukon River Quest. We're excited to have such a cool race starting up so close by!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
The Stellar double was the fastest boat we could get our hands-on... it takes some, ahem, adjustment in rough seas - but we've only accidentally flipped once last time... but we're hoping to get that out of the way during the day time this time. Also, it's got a cute honeybee sticker that its previous owner put on it!

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Team Members: Lars Strandberg, Mars LeBaron, Jeff Dawson
Hometown: Anacortes, WA
Race Vessel: Corsair 31r Trimaran
LOA: 38'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drive



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
2019 Swiftsure line honors and 1st in class 2020 rouge the county 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and DNR in R2AK. We love to sail fast.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
One carbon fiber guy that helped build American Magic, one business dude that sails fast when he isn't crashing helicopters. Also a salty crab boat Captain.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Fast in light air. Fast in the heavy air. What else do you need to know?

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Team Members: Blake Hansen, Kian Flynn, Taylor Fitch
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Race Vessel: Blake's custom built catamaran
LOA: 22.5'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drive



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Lots of running about backpacking in the mountains. Blake did the 7048 as team IDEA two years ago and biked to Minnesota a couple of times. I am always thrilled when nothing breaks and the last Seventy48 was no exception.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Blake-Destructive Dining
Kian-Finding Trouble
Taylor- Aggressive Somnolence

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Every year is an improvement. I hope this pedal-powered two person catamaran is better than my last one. It doesn't look quite as bad as our last boat. We have a real welder on the team now, and I'm never making anything out of pure fiberglass again like the last boat. Strip built is the way to go. Also, we are designing and machining our own propellers on a CNC mill which gives us extra nerd points.

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Team Members:  Robbie Stone, Jody (JT) Hawk, Catherine (Kitty) Stone, Charles (Chuck) Hiers, Michael (Pat) Mcdonald, Benjamin McKee
Hometown: Lucasville, Ohio
Race Vessel:  Hobie 33 Monohull
LOA: 33'
Human Propulsion: We "Don't Know"



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Nothing much. Just a regular guy who tries stuff. Sometimes it works out, and sometimes it does not. That is the adventure.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Nah, just boring and regular. Nothing super.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
18ft trimaran home built in my garage. Fast and uncomfortable, but it is mine... Originally built for the 2018 R2AK, but had to bail out before the start. Participated in the 2019 R2AK, but broke the boat in the storm on the way to Victoria. Did not think it was that bad, but even the designer quipped that the boat was probably not made for that type of weather. Had fun though!!! Fixed and upgraded for the 2020 R2AK, which did not, and now will do the WA360 in preparation for the 2022 R2AK.

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Team Members:  Benjamin Handziak, Katherine Groesbeck, Robert Generaux, Samuel Waterhouse
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel:  Santa Cruz 27' Monohull
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Pedals



Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Katherine - Meat Tractor Legs Lady
Sam - Handyman Man
Glenn - Splice Boy
Ben - Sail Trim Micro-manage Man

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Team Members:  Piotr Zin, Ross Carmichael, Paul LaMarche
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: Seascape 27
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drive



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
It appears that members might It appears that the three team members might be addicted to adrenaline and self-punishment. Ross and Piotr rode motorcycles back and forth the continental divide 14 times - because why not? They traveled the world together and finally set out on the ultimate lack of sleep adventure R2AK. It was an eye-opening (or not closing) awesomeness. The whales, the weather, the lack of wind, too much wind, Ross pedaling the boat for 18 hours straight through glass-like waters of BC, , ripping sails in 50kn gust in Johnson’s Straight and then fixing them on a Whale Museum floor. Most of all, we are ready to get the hell out of the house and finally do some sailing!

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Ross - Pedals the boat non-stop, as long as being fed spicy sausages.
Piotr - Fixes random things using other random things.
Paul - can see wind (like in full freaking color)

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
First and foremost it took us through the most treacherous inside passage waters safely all the way to Ketchikan, and back. It's the little boat that could, and she does too. Can be single-handed, and it has an honest to God head that has never been used. We have a strict rule that first to poop in it will be responsible for cleaning after, so far no takers...

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Team Members:  Caleb Jordan-McDaniels
Hometown: Tiburon, CA
Race Vessel: Custom built Monohull by Kees Prins
LOA: 15.17'
Human Propulsion: Oars



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
I've sailed all my life, won a national championship in rowing, and hiked from Canada to Mexico on the CDT.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Eating rehydrated rice and beans for months on end.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Dunlin sails well in heavy wind, rows well in light wind, and has plenty of space for me and my gear.

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Team Members: Matt Pruis
Hometown: Reston, VA
Race Vessel: Taran Kayak
LOA: 16.7'
Human Propulsion: Paddles



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Two-time finisher of R2AK - human-powered only. R2AK records include: (maybe this is B.S., you guys know better than me) * Only human-powered kayak to finish the race (twice) * Smallest vessel to ever finish the race (I'm not sure here) * Most miles ever traveled in the wrong direction in the R2AK * Greatest elevation ever obtained by a racer and his boat during the R2AK (okay, I'm making this up, but prove me wrong! Has anyone else schlepped their boat into the wilds). I've done the Seventy48 a couple of times and a few other paddling races. Over 25 years paddling experience

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Neural Plasticity - Ability to forget the bad memories or bad experiences while still retaining the lessons learned so I don't have to repeat the same mistakes. It's all good.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Rockpool Taran - Circumnavigation records for Ireland, UK, Tasmania, and others (by different paddlers - so let's all just admit it, it's the boat). I paddled it up and down the east side of Vancouver Island. It's a solid boat and it's fun. I'll have to drag one out from the East Coast, so I might even sell it after the race, so that'd be interesting too. No flames on it, but it does have orange sea stars which are cooler.

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Team Members: Shaun Henderson
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Race Vessel:  Wayland Merry Sea / Angus Sailing Expedition Row Cruiser
LOA: 19'
Human Propulsion: Sculling oars



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
After planning on racing the R2AK in 2020 as Team Oceanus, that obviously never happened so here we are. A former mountain ultrarunner with bad knees I switched to rowing (turns out still not great on the knees but I love it. Grew up mainly surfing, sailing, and rock climbing. Started to really enjoy linking climbing and running into one sport. An all-around try everything, jack of all trades but master of none. Just like being outside.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Aquaman, as a marine biologist I would nothing more than stay underwater indefinitely.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Still up in the air, either the 15' peapod I was planning on doing the R2AK in. But I am leaning towards the mashup of a 19' Wayland Merry Sea and an Angus sailing expedition row cruiser. I build the outriggers from the row expedition row cruiser plans and threw some sails on here. She's lighter and faster than the Peapod.

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Team Members: Tyson Keever, Ian Hill, Erik Mitchell, Kevin Kuper
Hometown: Bend, OR
Race Vessel: Cascade Ketch Monohull
LOA: 42'
Human Propulsion: Oars



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
We as a team have conquered regional carbon reduction (check out www.choosesq.com) we have harnessed the power of waste and made the world a better place (recycled tens of millions of gallons of used cooking oil and converted to regionally distributed biodiesel) we as a group have had our trials and our tough mornings (competed in and kicked ass in Oregon's Hood to Coast) as individuals we are curious, qualified, rugged, courteous, we've been told handsome, and a bit crazy.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Ian - the river man
Tyson - the capi tan
Erik - the wiley wit
Kevin - the local lad

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Felicity is a hand-built 42' Cascade Ketch rig that has returned to the Keever family after a generation of absence. A big boat with plenty of extra cushion in her keel, we expect that 22 tons will swiftly and smoothly navigate this course of confused winds and comatose comrades. Felicity has been lovingly updated over the years to bring her owner and crew(s) into the four corners of the twenty-first century high seas and we look forward to strutting her stuff around the sound.

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Team Members: Liam Burke, Marie Pahlmeyer, Alex Schacht, Carly Gajewski, Abi Wells,
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: C&C 25 Monohull
LOA: 25'
Human Propulsion: Pedal Station



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
A third of the team literally lives on a sailboat and knows the Puget Sound like the back of their hand. One team member is an ocean scientist for freaking NOAA, another has surfed all over the world and raced boats in Boston Harbor in the winter(!!), another is a mechanical genius who makes everything from icy kegerators to living room trains, and the last is an award-winning swimmer who has spent about 200 collective days in a kayak. Everyone that isn't a scientist is a mechanical engineer, so we could re-build the boat while racing if we wanted to. Our fingers aren't crossed because we need the luck, they're crossed because the competition does. Muahahahaha!! JK, we just really love the outdoors and are stoked to be here.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Abi Wells: Staying cheerful and being decisive!
Carly Gajewski: Bike wizard and pedal pro!
Marie Pahlmeyer: Getting the team together and living on a boat!
Alex Schacht: Expecting the worst and living on a boat!
Liam Burke: Expecting the best and making stuff happen!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Betwixt, the 25’ C&C, thought she was going to live out the rest of her life turning green at the Canadian border. Then came along Team Fingers Crossed, and Betwixt remembered that she is a SUPER LASER FAST COMPETITION KILLER with a racing resume as long as your granddaddy's nose hair!!! Basically, Betwixt is a great, sturdy, sound, and relatively easy to sail cruiser that is entering a brand new phase of her life. We take care of her and she takes care of us. Also, called Betwixt because we'll always be Betwixt the competition and the finish line. JK.

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Team Members: Kiel Reijnen, Derek Reijnen, EmmyLou Reijnen
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Race Vessel: Olson 911S
LOA: 29’11'
Human Propulsion: Oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
What story could be better than a home-grown team comprised of three generations worth of Salish Sea sailors. Derek, although officially a green-card holder with a Canadian passport, has a quintessentially American story. From the age of 15 Kiel dreamed of competing as a professional athlete on the world stage. After a decade competing as a professional cyclist in the highest level of the sport and representing the U.S. at multiple World Championships, Kiel hopes to transfer some of his competitive experience over to sailing again. EmmyLou may only be 4 years old, but her self-confidence exceeds most millennial’s (insert eye roll). Her determination is unyielding. And yes, she picked the team name. Derek, Kiel, and EmmyLou are all cut from the same cloth. That is why we believe we will not just rise to the challenges of the WA360, we will exceed expectations.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Opa (Grandfather) - Wolverine, he is our protector and happens to heal faster and better than any 30yr old..
Kiel (Dad) - Poseidon of the Salish Sea, communicating with our ancestors and the spirits that watch over our home waters EmmyLou (Daughter) - The Wayfinder, she is our navigator (both literally and metaphorically) her confidence guides the teams

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Built and raced in California, Amicus has a true racing pedigree with many Bay Area regatta podiums. She was purchased by Derek Reijnen in 1998 and brought up to the PNW. She was raced steadily and used for cruising by Derek and his sons in the summer months during the 2000s. Amicus is a versatile vessel but is by no means an out and out racing machine.

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Team Members: John Fisher, Mitch Gilbert
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: US 18 Bayliner
LOA: 18'
Human Propulsion: Oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Just a couple of guys that like getting ourselves in over our heads. John's a mountain guide, Mitch is a mountain guy. Mitch drove the Pan-American Highway, John biked the Pacific Coast. Ready to try our hand on the water.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
John aka "Cap" -- master of all things nautical Mitch aka "Skip" -- CMO (Chief Morale Officer)

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Running stock straight off Craigslist. No frills or flames here. Our beautiful Lady is an R2AK veteran with plenty of character and just the right amount of swagger. No gas, no brakes, full sails, can't lose.

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Team Members: William Quigley, Daniel Hill, David Wise
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: Farrier 32 Trimaran
LOA: 32'
Human Propulsion: Rowing stations and pedal drives



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Dan: R2AK Stage 1 (Team Hullraiser)
Bill: R2AK Team Narwhal
Dave: All-around adventurer

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Dan Hill's superpower is that he's invisible in the dark.
Dave Wise's superpower is that he can turn an 8-hour workday into a 4-hour workday just by pointing a surfboard at the ocean.
Bill Quigley's superpower is that he can bullseye whomp rats from his T-16 at home.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
It didn't sink or fall apart during R2AK so we're sticking with what we know.

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Team Members: Thomas Micek
Hometown: Miami, FL
Race Vessel: SIC Atlantis SUP
LOA: 14'
Human Propulsion: Paddle



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Qualified for this race because:
As a child, I was forced by my father to cross-country ski into the wilderness and camp in the snow regularly.
I grew up surfing the warm/welcoming waters of the Oregon Coast.
I blew up lots of stuff as an engineer in the Marine Corps.
I'm currently a teacher at one of the toughest schools in Miami and after school still roll with the wrestling team.
I have years of experience coming in last place in SUP races until I saved enough money to buy a real board.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
I can stand on water.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
SIC Atlantis all water race board - fastest SUP available with extra tie-downs to keep everything in place - no bailing necessary.

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Team Members: Justin Hinchcliffe, Casey Pruitt, Andrew Bly, Charles Boremann
Hometown: Olympia, WA
Race Vessel: Merit 28 Monohull
LOA: 28'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drive



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Team Fressuure is a highly qualified group of unqualified individuals. We are a group of sailors that have sailed nearly every race in the PNW. From Victoria, BC to Portland, Or. our experiences and water-based adventures have pushed us on everything from FJ's in college to 40ft racing sleds, double-handed planing at 17knots to drifting to a win in two knots of current and no breeze. . We have sailed the waters from Olympia to Orcas Island motorless every year for 7 years just pick up kegs we couldn't drink. Members of the team have traveled half of South America on shoestring budgets, climbed Mt. Rainier, kite boarded the Columbia, skied and boarded much of the Cascades, broken bones in Thailand, tamed the Alaskan backcountry, sailed upwind for 13 days from LA to Seattle, and survived 10 years teaching high school and coaching teens on the Olympia area youth sailing teams.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Drew - Tweaker Supreme, think of a meerkat on too much caffeine. Instead of looking for predators above, he is scurrying for his life by fixing, trimming, tuning, plotting a course, and catching scorpions or cans of Rainier on every boat he has ever been on.
Charlie- Master Chef, Charles is equally creative, demanding, experienced at making a four-course meal in 30knots of breeze and 20 ft seas as he is in saving sails during a peel cresting off those waves. Saucy and savory with some ginger spice, no boat condition ever puts him off his game.
Casey- Big Smooth, nothing seems to motivate this guy to lose his cool. Think Sam Perkins and then put him on a boat. Casey can do it all, but if he couldn't....well you wouldn't know it.
Justin - El Profe, Justin has the proven superpower of surviving the always changing classroom of long-distance racing. He helps motivate, promote and perpetuate the illusion/delusion that the boat is a well ran learning environment.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Not too big not too small, this is one of the few Goldilocks boats perfectly built to succeed in the PNW, just right. The Merit 28 was unfortunately not produced past a few boats, but definitely not due to what she can do. This boat is light nimble and reactive. She can sail as fast as any boat in the classic light airs of the PNW and can house enough to keep four guys comfortable for 360 nautical miles. Put some extra cloth up downwind, some new righting momentum rigging in big breeze and you now have a boat that will put in some distance each day on this crazy course. Not as comfortable as our Ross 40 or as fast as our Nacra 5.8 but she is just right in the middle of about everything. With the myriad of variable wind conditions and sea states the Goldilocks Theory being tested by Team Fressure may be the secrete to winning this race.

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Team Members: Chris Hawk
Hometown: Sedro Woolley, WA
Race Vessel:  Zephyr Luger Monohull
LOA: 15'
Human Propulsion: Paddle

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
I've snapped masts, fouled props, ran aground, capsized canoes, turtled catamarans, and had run-ins with pirates. If there's a mild, peaceful outing with no hint of adventure, I will find disaster and turn it into something memorable for everyone. I lost my kite board in the middle of the Indian Ocean and had to body drag to the nearest reef where I was rescued. I crossed the pacific from Hawaii to California in a 42' sloop and didn't sleep for 25 days. I am, fortunately or unfortunately, stronger than I am smart, and somehow have managed to survive 49 years without serious injury and with all limbs and digits intact (TBI notwithstanding). Plus I make a really terrific crepe, can drink my weight in pilsner, and am living on an exclusive diet of seaweed and jellyfish in preparation for WA360.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Did I not just answer this above? I am indestructible. At least with a little ibuprofen and a cold beer.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
My boat is going to be a Zephyr Luger 15' sloop-rigged day-sail craft. It's light, so I can paddle. It's small, so I don't have any back-seat drivers. I can right it by myself when she goes over, and it's got a killer sound system.

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Team Members:  Andy Jacobs
Hometown: Pullman, WA
Race Vessel: Gary Dierking Trimaran
LOA: 20'
Human Propulsion: Pedal & paddle



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Seventy48 finisher, R2AK Stage 1 (late) finisher, the former rally car driver. I've spent my life chasing adventures, starting in the family eco-tour business as a teenager leading tours in Katmai National Park. I love human-powered challenges and have raced Xterra off-road triathlons, adventure races, mountain bike races, and orienteering.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Magical, non-linear thinking.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
It's an awesome voyaging canoe that's just begging to cruise the whole Sound. I've revamped it, yet again, for this edition. Paddle, pedal, and sail make it super fun in any condition.

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Team Members:  Ben Kershner, Sarah Dempsey, Judah Slavkovsky, Genevieve Fisher
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: Melges 24 Monohull
LOA: 24'
Human Propulsion: Pedal Drive with a paddleboard oar turbo charger



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
The team has a wide variety of sailing and adventure experiences. 3/4s of the team have lived aboard, all on J-Dock on Shilshole Bay Marina, where they all met. The fourth worked as a surgeon in eastern Washington and spent much of his time off-call with us in Shilshole, and has spent more time free diving in the marina than the rest of the dock combined (there's so much neat stuff down there!).

While we're all sailors and we're all in this to compete, we're just all so happy to have found a crew with what the kids these days call "vibes". From performing MOB drills in Port Madison Bay with a milk jug nicknamed "Wilson" (and consequently finding a volleyball with the official "Castaway" branded Wilson face that had floated off of Pt. Monroe - true story), to deciding on the team name of "Gratitude" and then overtaking a Seawind cat of the same name not 15 minutes later, to getting caught underprepared in a squall line and running downwind at 12 knots on the jib alone, this team has laughed through it all.

Sarah and Judah have a theory on there being two types of fun: type one fun is fun while you're doing it, type two fun is fun after it's all over. This whole team embraces type two fun, and sticking the four of us on a sled built for buoy racing and taking it for a lap around the Salish Sea is about as best of a chance that we're going to get for type two fun that anyone could ask for.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Sarah - Making Backcountry beef stroganoff
Ben - Eating Backcountry beef stroganoff
Genevieve - Spilling Backcountry beef stroganoff
Judah - Cleaning up Backcountry beef stroganoff
... all while beating upwind in 25+ knot conditions over an opposing tide at night.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
We know the make and model are fast, and despite the imperfections left by some ill-advised epoxy on the hull, the boat is still a sled. With a trapeze stolen from a Hobie 18, we now have the leverage on the righting moment to keep the boat flat and fast while crew are off shift and the rail is light. With a rebuilt reefing system the decision to add or remove sail area is made 10X easier because the process by which to secure it has been made safer. With a new pedal drive mount the motor sailing is much less effort to add remove. This boat is built for whatever idea the NWMC has come up with and is ready to go prove herself.

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Team Members:  Hart Williams, Jordan Hanssen, Nicole Williams, Tim Verharen, Andy Becker
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Race Vessel: Olson 30 Monohull
LOA: 30'
Human Propulsion: Rowing stations and pedal drive



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Collectively, we have rowed the Atlantic ocean, hold a Guinness world record, flown with the Thunderbirds, met the Dali Lama, Sailed the Vic Maui, are the reigning world champions of the race to oak bay, and once ate two steaks back to back in Chicago after a long flight.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
I think our superpower has to be our ability to continually register for things under the same team name but with a new boat. This is absolutely no exception.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Remember that kid that dropped out of high school and rode off on a motorcycle? Imagine that kid married an Olympic track star and they decided to build a boat. It's wood. It's got a teeny tiny wetted surface and a big ole bulb keel. She's quick, we think. And Satchel and Neil from Shut up and Drive gave us (you read that right) their badass carbon pedal drive. We're not sure if it works yet, but we're going to try.

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Team Members: Paul Brogger, Alexander Brogger
Hometown: Tenino, WA
Race Vessel: San Juan 28
LOA: 28'
Human Propulsion: Walker Bay Dinghy Tow



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
 My extended (two weeks-ish) trips north have carried me throughout Puget Sound and the lower San Juans.
* I've been as far as Port Angeles, Anacortes, Pelican Beach, around Lopez Island (w/stop in Fisherman Bay); rode out a storm docked at James Island; another good blow at Fort Flagler.
* I'm not a round-the-buoys racer and have crewed only a handful of races on friends' boats.

Recently (April 8, my fourth attempt) the team captain achieved a full traversal of Hammersley Inlet, single-handing against a fresh westerly breeze -- 50+ tacks to Shelton, WA. (All are encouraged to give it a try!)

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
My wife claims I'm impervious to cold. (That's why I go sailing when she wouldn't dare?)
I don't believe that's strictly true, but I am a bit more tolerant of cold & wet than some others.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
First and foremost, it's MY boat -- bought & paid-for, sailed frequently, maintained by me, configured for my solo use, and (I believe) more than adequate for a journey like the WA360. The only real questions concern the captain -- not at all the boat. She's a beauty, and I (a rapidly aging old man) find her manageable.

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Team Members: Shad Lemke, Mark Bostrom, Scott Wood, Jefferson Franklin
Hometown: Wilsall, MT
Race Vessel: Olson 30 Monohull
LOA: 29.95'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drives



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Mountain adventurers. Ocean explorers.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Conspicuous Yellow Olson 30. Chosen for its speed and toughness. Strong but sensitive type. Upgraded to a level no Olson has seen before.

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Team Members:  Lillian Kuehl
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel:  Little River - Heritage 18
LOA: 18'
Human Propulsion: Oars



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
My friend Jackie thinks I'm giving the Dos Equis guy a run for his money as the most interesting person in the world, but I can't remember what it is about me that's so impressive. Likewise, when I listen to The Moth, I like the idea of telling mesmerizing stories, but I can't think of a good one of my own. I don't think this is modesty, I think I'm just spacey. So let's see, here's a haphazard list: (it's not random--randomness is statistically defined) I work at a boatyard fixing boats and without hesitation correct patronizing old guys when they call me "young lady"--I am a middle-aged broad. I have been on some cool self-supported bike trips; the longest was from Port Townsend to Prince Rupert, where I slept in my parents' pickup and caught the ferry to Hoonah the next morning.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Coasting. I don't know what it is, but when I'm biking I coast surprisingly well. Maybe it's because I don't coast very often, so my bike saves it all up for when I finally do.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Amarillo is the boat I have, so that's a good start for it to be a great boat for the race. Next: it has no plumbing, no hydraulics, no Webasto or (god forbid) Espar heater, no motor, no NMEA networking, and BlackBox interfaces, no windlass, no standing rigging, very few ropes to tangle, and if I do have to fix anything, I don't need to contort myself into a tiny space to put on a zip tie with one hand and no sightline, and I'm unlikely to smack my head.

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Team Members:  Jeremy Boyette, Erik Hollingsworth, Derek Adelman
Hometown: Bellevue, CA
Race Vessel:  Westerly Viva Catamaran
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Tandem pedal drive



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Three old friends with lots of international cruising and adventure experience. The skipper has two R2AK completions in 2016 and 2017, and our two greenhorn (racing) crew members are ready to go fast.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Not filling out forms on time. Great problem solving skills. Capable of over engineering ourselves out of any minor problem.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Cat Sass is a fast boat with a lot of pizzazz and righting moment. She’s been capsized in both San Francisco Bay and the Juan de Fuca by the previous owner, luckily recovered both times. Her rigging has been upgraded with fresh dyneema and a sweet tandem pedal drive.

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Team Members: Joe Eggert
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Race Vessel: Duck Trap Wherry
LOA: 16'
Human Propulsion: Oars



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
My highlights include sitting in a small boat, pulling on the oars, moving about the coast. Landing someplace getting out of the boat, and doing it all again.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Master of Fixing Stuff - That's my job!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
We're rowing a Duck Trap Wherry, Designed by Walt Simmons of Lincolnville, Maine. Built in Washington by John Hegeberg in Bellingham. The linage of the Maine wherrys come from the boats used there in the Salmon fishery at the mid-1800s to early 1900s, where the salmon were caught in weir nets set perpendicular to the shore. The wherry boats were launched from shore daily to tend the nets and collect the fish. The flat bottom with planked-up keel (no deadwood and skeg) allowed the boat to sit upright on the beach, unlike the Whitehall shape which will heel severely at the shoreline. The same design could also be found along the New Jersey Coast, where the fishery required the boats to be launched from the shore along the exposed Atlantic Coast of New Jersey. Though the New Jersey boats grew in size, both fisheries spawned craft with similar attributes meant for the launchings and landings of shorework. The Duck Trap wherry looks quite a bit different from the salmon wherry's but still shares the flat plank keel, box garboard, and high tucked transom that will ease launching and landing in reasonable conditions.

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Team Members: Debra Wehrman, Don Wehrman
Hometown: Everett, WA
Race Vessel:  Macgregor Venture Newport Monohull
LOA: 23'
Human Propulsion: Oars, possibly pedal power



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Started cruising together in 1978. Have cruised the Intercoastal waterway in Texas, Barkley Sound in the same type of boat as we are using for the WA360, up and down the B.C. coast in different boats, to Alaska twice. Still married after 40 years of cruising.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Deb-Navigator/Organizer
Don-Able to fix about anything, so far.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Small light enough for a pedal drive, high aspect keel, cutter rig, full flotation.

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Team Members: Gabe Mills, Jason Taft, Jon Totten, Ben Price
Hometown: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Race Vessel:  Corsair F27 Trimaran
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drives with SUP paddles for back up/variety



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Gabe Mills - I got my first sailboat 7 years ago. Since then I have spent as much time under sail as I can, and hate to start the motor! I’m certified to the ASA 104 level. Most of my sailing and racing is on the large lakes of North Idaho where gusting and shifting are the name of the game. My wife and I make a yearly pilgrimage to the Sound every year to explore the San Juan Islands. I have also sailed a bit in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and bare boat chartered in Croatia.

Jay Taft - I have worked at a scuba dive resort in Honduras, climbed Cerro Chirripo, and backpacked through Europe. I have eaten from a lot of suspect food trucks, and am now raising two children. I learned to sail on the lakes of North Idaho, where the wind mostly only blows long enough to get you half-way there. I camped on a Venture 22 with 4 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs. More than once. And everyone came home. I can't wait to race the Puget Sound ferries on pedal power!

Jon Totten - 20 years as a professional outdoor educator and guide. Licensed/certified in: sailing- USCG 50 ton master, ASA Instructor, backcountry skiing, avalanche education, mountaineering, whitewater kayaking/rafting, and backpacking. Taught sailing at North Idaho College for 12 years, and on St. Vincent in the Grenadines for 6. Sailed my J105 to Florida from St. Vincent and trailered it home to Idaho to start Dogsmile Adventures, a non profit dedicated to sharing the love and healing power of sailing with others. www.dogsmileadventures.org

Ben Price - Firefighter, Faller B, Hazmat Operations Responder, Swift water Rescue 1, Type 2 fun enthusiast, Pro Level 1 Avalanche Certification, EMT-B, Engine Boss, and OEC Technician. Engaged to a loving, patient, and extremely tolerant fiancée. Strong legs for windless days, and a simple mind to fuel the strong legs.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Gabe - Can fix things with other random things on the fly.
Jay - Can keep the magic smoke inside the wires where it belongs.
Jon - I am equal parts calm and kind with a dash of competitive. If I can't find the bright side of the situation, we're likely eating each other.
Ben - Has a dyslexic understanding of "comfortable" and "uncomfortable". Possibly from too much cold exposure.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Mahana is a Corsair F27, and at this point I think the various Ian Farrier designed trimarans have proven themselves to be a pretty solid choice for this sort of stuff. It still looks a bit like a Klingon spaceship, despite (or maybe because of) having been designed in the late 80's. Our particular F27 is a well sorted example, modernized with a sprit to fly an asymmetric and a screacher (screacher is fun to say). She's been sailed hard enough and often enough to expose any weak points. She recently survived a 1am Kamikaze attack by an oldsmobile while sitting on her trailer. The olds got totaled. She completed the R2AK with the previous owner as Team Fly in 2016.

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Team Members: Niki Alden, Dillon Kilroy, Richard Hill, Tor Gammelin
Hometown: Sammamish, WA
Race Vessel:  F24 MK Trimaran
LOA: 24'
Human Propulsion: Pedals and paddles



What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
2X R2AK participants, Ski Patroller, 2x Sailing coach/instructors, Bering Sea fisherman, 1 female Captain of the Year, 2 Collegiate Nationals Sailors, Mountain Rescue.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
We can fix literally anything.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
F24 MKI..... Full fledged member of the F boat mafia.

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Team Members:  Larry Baxter
Hometown: Liberty Lake, WA
Race Vessel:  Fractional Sloop
LOA: 17'
Human Propulsion: Oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
I have been working my way up to this adventure. One afternoon I sailed my 12 foot Ranger 15 miles around Mercer Island, in Lake Washington. I sailed the same boat 35 miles around Hartstene island, in South Puget Sound, and again sailed around Harstine Island in a 16-foot Daysailor. Note Hartstine Island can be found spelled about 6 different ways on various maps, The state legislature decreed a correct spelling, but they got it wrong. Last year, I skipped circumnavigating Vashon and Whidbey islands and went straight for the big Kahuna – The Kitsap Peninsula. What to do this year? Well, the WA360 will fill in a few missing islands. Then again, I'll be passing up a bunch of islands to the north and west. However, for that really big one, I think I'd need a bigger boat. There's always next year.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Persistence.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
I'm thinking.

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Team Members: Rob Hodge,
Dave White

Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: Modified Lightning
LOA: 20'
Human Propulsion:Oar and Paddles

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
One adventurous sock monkey, One long-distance Alaskan kayaker who took the longest possible route from Juneau to Ketchikan over three months, and a 2-time R2AK1st legger that learned some lessons in the infamous 2017 first leg gale.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
George doesn't wish he was a real boy, he wishes he was made of merino wool. Rob gets to command the wind because this is a sailboat race right? Dave claims to make beer disappear, and an ability to convince me that 2 weeks of sailing in the Puget Sound with someone I met on Facebook is a good idea

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Yes, it is a Lighting with a cabin. We get that a lot. it's got comfortable sleeping below for two and actually sails better when someone is below to even out the weight fore and aft. The monkey gets the aft cabin all to himself. It's unsinkable, wood, and with 3600 gph of pumps on board in case, something goes terribly wrong. it's over 60 years old and fresh off a refit.

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Team Members: Karl Kruger, Dagny Kruger, Molly Howe, Emilie Van Vleet
Hometown: Eastsound, WA
Race Vessel: Melges 24 Monohull sportboat
LOA: 24'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drive

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Dagny Kruger- Averages around 3k nm of sailing per summer since she was born. Good surfer, skier and knows her way around horses too. Karl Kruger- Been sailing almost his whole life. 100 Ton Master. Paddler. Skier. Surfer. Climber. Has worked Mt Rescue and Ski Patrol. Professional climbing guide. Runs a sailing charter business. Molly Howe- 500Ton Mate license from MMA. Ripshit ski racer. Runs Tugs/ barges. Owner of Melges 24 'Millenium Falcon.' Emilie Van Vleet- Northern century on MF, licensed RN, loads of expedition experience. Besties with Molly.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Dagny- NEVER gets flustered. She'll make you sorry.
Karl- Has a penchant for doing everything the hardest way possible...but it all seems to work out ok.
Molly- Can find the humor in any situation. Warrior.
Emilie- Can stitch your arm back on, and keep you laughing while she does it.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Millenium Falcon is fast AF. loads of tweaks to make her go. She can be easily driven by her pedal drive. Proven vessel for distance racing. R2AK survivor.

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Team Members:  Steve Goodson
Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Race Vessel: Epic 18x Sport Kayak
LOA: 18'
Human Propulsion: Paddles


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
I managed to finish the Seventy48 a couple times. The WA360 is sort of like doing five of them back to back, with a few long open-water crossings thrown in, so it should be no problem, right?

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
They have yet to reveal themselves.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Rumor has it that the Epic 18x Sport is an excellent boat for exactly this kind of thing. Never having paddled one, I can't say for sure, though. Maybe you should ask me after the race.

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Team Members:  Jeff Welch, Brent Stuart
Hometown: Sandy, UT
Race Vessel:  RL24 Monohull
LOA: 24'
Human Propulsion: Paddles

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
We are two old guys out looking for an adventure. We've done lots of cool stuff, hoping for more. Motorcycles, airplanes, gliders, adventure races, and lots of kids.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
It's paid for and already in the garage. This is an adventure on a budget. The sales brochure says it is self-righting and unsinkable (which hasn't been tested), a retractable keel so it can be beached for a good night's rest. At 24 feet it can handle some rough water which has been tested.

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Team Members:  Bart Vervloet, Erdogan Kirac, Alex Simanis, Jeff Castleberry
Hometown: Hood River, OR
Race Vessel:  Wilderness 30 Monohull
LOA: 30'
Human Propulsion: Rowing

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
We are a group of friends with a long history of sailing together and with a heavy emphasis on having as much fun as possible. While serious about racing, we are not curing cancer so it’s about making a lifetime memory of participating in this event (and maybe winning). Our spaceship for the circumnavigation of the Puget Sound is a Wilderness 30 that was rescued from the backwoods of Woodinville. Being normal working folk, we have put this boat together ourselves including as much as the early 1980's hardware as possible. Our team name comes from a healthy appreciation of the incredible artwork that often appears on train cars. It’s not easy to find someone with a rattle can and we were fortunate enough to find one with a great eye for color. Two thirty foot long canvases and no rules? Sides match? Nope. Easy to see? Yep. The reconstruction included interior bulkheads and every piece of the boat and rig had to be reassembled from boxes of parts and a few wonderful finds from Columbia Marine and Salvage. This race will be a great test of our boat and our friendships, but we’re honestly not worried about the integrity of either. PT to PT, we are ready to rumble!!!!!!!!!

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Alliance team Diver, only man brave enough to swim ashore....if necessary

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Because we have feathers and fish scales, and lots of bubbling paint. Does that Count? Also we have a wicked good rowing set up, but if there is any wind at all the Wilderness 30 is really quick downwind.

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Team Members:  Scott Vokey, Clifton Teschke, Eric Laschever, Bruce Jones, Larry Toimil, Hobie Stebbins
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel:  Beneteau Farr Monohull
LOA: 40'
Human Propulsion: Dingy pulling and wind

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Our team is made up of fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers and includes Swiftsure veterans, a veteran of mapping Alaska near shore under the ice, a veteran of the Big U (Seattle to Maine via the canal) with a few of us joining for off-shore stretches, veterans of cruising from Seattle to Alaska, veterans of cruising in Croatia and the Caribbean and, of course, the Duck Dodge. One of us is as comfortable behind the wheel of a sailboat as a tug. At least 3 of us are veterans of crashing into Blakely Rock while cutting the corner during sailboat racing. No one would put all of us up for calendar models. Typically, rum is at the end of every race, but we doubt we can wait for PT to celebrate.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
We have a direct connection to the Anomoi, particularly Boreas and Notus (we love a good run). We share a dance on the bow to bring these wind gods to our side.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
North Star has a PHRF rating of 51, bunks for 4, an oven, and a head. Need I say more?

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Team Members: Jason Hanford, Buzz Smith, Kip Otteson, Steve Hanford, Melody Hanford
Hometown: Berthoud, CO
Race Vessel: Corsair F-27 Trimaran
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Pedals and oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Jason Hanford: Well, “adventure” is a pretty broad term. I am including some “adventures” that may not at first glance seem relevant. I have survived things that many don't, including cancer, being run over by an Audi, a Mexican jail, adopting and raising 3 sisters from an orphanage in Mexico, cartwheeling down a mountain twice.

Buzz Smith: Father, husband, a public school teacher. Hiked a lot of The Long Trail, river guide, soccer player, tele-marker, Jeeping, camping, flyfisherman.

Kip Otteson: Lived on a sailboat in Gig Harbor for 2.5 years. (Sailed it a bunch and know this route!) Fishing boat deckhand/skipper Haines, AK

Steve Hanford: Ten seasons working as a raft, backpack, and rock climbing guide. Swiftwater rescue training.

Melody Hanford: Won a NAIA National Championship with Westmont Soccer. Seven seasons working as a raft, backpack, and rock climbing guide.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
We are all public school educators, if that is not a big enough superpower then we got nothing for you.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
We don't exactly have many boats to choose from. Magpie is fast when there is wind, and has room for all five of us, and is well known for her role and paint job in 2019 with Razzle Dazzle. The perfect boat for a team from Colorado that learned to sail in April of 2020 (except Kip who sailed slow boats and his house before then).

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Team Members:  Jonathan Harrison, Kramer Lewis, Isaac Mackey
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel:  Rannoch R45 Rowboat
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Oars,or Paddle Only


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
We've cycled around countries and across continents, sailed the Salish Sea, bagged volcanic peaks, traveled the world, and rowed in the ocean! And we're still hungry for more adventure!

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Jonathan the Mastermind
Isaac the Professor
Kramer the Mechanic

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Crazy spaceship lookin' rowboat with 3 rowing positions! It is actually a Rannoch R45 and is designed to row in oceans, we'll be spending over a month rowing it when we cross the Atlantic in December 2021!

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Team Members:  Melissa Lovejoy
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Race Vessel: NC Kayaks NC19 Expedition
LOA: 19.17'
Human Propulsion: Paddles


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Classical Ballet. I know that doesn't sound like an adventure to a lot of folks. But serious students of Classical Ballet either start out with grit and determination or find grit and determination through their studies. The physical challenge is one thing. But if you can overcome the mental challenge, the physical will fall into line. I'm generally happiest outdoors. I spent summers working at camp. I've kayaked SEVENTY48 twice officially and once unofficially. I'm working on a project to circumnavigate all the islands of Puget Sound.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
I have some logistical superpowers. A framed sign in my office reminds me that if Plan A fails, there are still 25 more letters. But also, I can do hard things. Which is probably a superpower everyone possesses, if they only realize it. Maybe my superpower is realizing that I can do hard things.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
No flames or bubbles, but I've got a copper-pigmented hull and my deck has copper glitter and pigment over a medium blue-to-dark blue fade. My husband made it. It was his first copper-colored hull, and it didn't turn out quite how the customer wanted it. I think he probably thought he was making it for himself, but since the customer had requested custom bulkheads to provide extra storage, it fitted me better than him. It was lighter than my first kayak, with larger hatches. I hadn't ever planned on having a glitter kayak - the glitter obsession in our family is firmly in my husband's court. But sometimes staring into a pile of glitter encapsulated in the gel coat on my deck is really nice. It has taken me around every Puget Sound Island in Mason and Pierce Counties. It has taken me on one official SEVENTY48 and one unofficial SEVENTY48. It has circumnavigated Vashon Island in one day - three times.

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Team Members:  Peter Ledochowitsch, Alexa Rust
Hometown: Friday Harbor, WA
Race Vessel: Hobie Miracle Catamaran
LOA: 19.5'
Human Propulsion: Mirage drives and SUP paddles


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
R2AK 2018 fastest final finishers, and Haida Gwaii aficionados

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Peter: Convincing other people that he knows what he is doing when he doesn't. Why? You guys let us into R2AK in 2018. Now you guys are letting us race in the WA360, even after we absconded to Haida Gwaii last time. See?

Alexa: Sleeping under any and all circumstances, like when we hiked out on the trapeze in 30 kts in Johnstone Strait.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
R2AK didn't break her. She'll do another 50%. Fine, we shredded the spinnaker, but no worries, we taped it back together!

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Team Members: Katy Stewart
Hometown: Gig Harbor, WA
Race Vessel: Angus Row Cruiser
LOA: 19'
Human Propulsion: Oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
All the R2AK except #1.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Superpower = magical levels of stubbornness.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Doug Shoup’s Angus Row Cruiser. Cool for SO MANY REASONS.

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Team Members:  Travis Goldman
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Race Vessel: Kayak NC19 Expedition
LOA: 19'
Human Propulsion: Paddle


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
I own NC Kayaks and I will be paddling a kayak that I made at my shop. After finishing both official Seventy48's in 2018 and 2019, as well as our own version in 2020, I'm ready to expand my idea of what is possible again.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
I can take 7 naps in 5 minutes.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
I will be paddling an NC19 Expedition kayak. It won't have flames or bubbles, but it will have glitter. I have paddled an NC19 in all the Seventy48's and have paddled it hundreds of miles in all types of weather.

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Team Members: Jeff Oaklief, Mike Hummels, Mike Brown, Jonah Oaklief
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: Farrier F9R
LOA: 31'
Human Propulsion: Pedal Drive

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Cap - Negentropy (a sworn Anti-Entropic Agent)
Engineer - Understated multi-potentiality
Horse Doc - Knots that dissolve / mammal resurrection
Yute - Speed and nice hair

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
3 hulls. Yellow. Nothing goes faster than a horse saved from the threat of being put down. Bullet holes from cutting the queue eastbound between Bridge 4 and the Chittenden Locks.

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Team Members: Jeanne Goussev, Laurie Anna Kaplan, Lisa Cole, Christa Bassett Ross, Elisha Van Luven, Alexia Fischer, Georgia Lomax
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Race Vessel: Melges 32
LOA: 32'
Human Propulsion: Pedal and girl power!


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
This group has collectively crossed numerous oceans and seas, navigated canals, explored coasts, and braved waterways all over the world. We have done all of that on vessels ranging from 8 - 76 feet.

No matter what comes up, we are prepared.  We boast skills ranging from Engineering to Goat Midwifery, everything in between and beyond. (Need a goalie for your underwater hockey team?  We've got you covered!  Need to parallel park a large vehicle on the right OR left side of the road?  We've got you covered!  Need the best trifle ever for a dinner party?  We've got you covered!  Need a Tetris Genius to help you pack a lot of things into a small space?  We've got you covered!  There is nothing this team can't handle!)

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?

Jeanne - "My superpower is that people like to deliver me food.  I hope it is true on the race course (not pre-arranging anything here, just sayin’)."

Lisa - She speaks faster than the speed of light. She's always ready to conduct an auction or read the fine print at the end of a radio ad.

Lauria Anna - LA is a Master Cat Herder. She can wrangle the masses with a smile.

Georgia - As a librarian, she can learn anything from a book. Including how to sail. And hopefully, the secret to avoiding the dreaded South Sound Sargasso Sea.

Christa - "My sister says mine is that I am able to find things for free or get really good deals; a couple boats and cars were acquired using this superpower."

Elishia - "My superpower is x-ray vision, so everyone else should line their boats in the lead so that I can’t find out their strategies..."

Alexia - She's quiet but don't let that fool you; you never hear her coming. Her stealthy approach has fooled even the Sound itself; she's the only one we know who can replace the depth sounder, while under sail, and not get any water in the boat.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?

This boatcycle has successfully raced to AK twice.  She's evolved into much more than the day sailing dinghy she used to be.

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Team Members:  Andy Cross, Robert Robinson, Julia Guard, Mike Beste
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel: Santa Cruz 27
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Pedal drive


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
We raced our Santa Cruz 27 Wild Card to a third-place finish in the 2018 Race to Alaska. Our team is made up of longtime Puget Sound cruisers and racers who have navigated thousands of miles of this racecourse. Let's roll!

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Team Superpower: "Sailing directly upwind."

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Designed by "The Wizard" Bill Lee, the Santa Cruz 27 was conceived with a "Fast is Fun!" approach and the ability to plane in a big breeze with the chute flying. Considered ahead of its time in the 70s, we modified this mini ocean racer for the 2018 Race to Alaska with a trapeze and big ass asymmetrical spinnaker on a bowsprit, and are excited to give it a go in the WA360.

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Team Members:  Paul Johnson, Bill Childs, Hal Thesen
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Race Vessel: Lapworth 36 Monohull
LOA: 36'
Human Propulsion: 15' Oar


Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Paul is a multitasker extraordinaire! He is always doing more than one thing and he never does anything right!
Bill is the wooden artisan. He can do just about anything with wood - just check out how long his oar is! He built our propulsion system from scratch.
Hal is a South African sorcerer. He can make boats do things that others can only dream of!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Sargasso is a 1964 Lapworth 36 which was rescued by all three members of the crew. After a long hiatus of over 10 years, the three old fools got her in the water and sailing again. We won't defend the choice of boat as we’re sure others may be more appropriate, but none more lovely! Built of hardwoods in Brazil in 1964, she is ready for another 55 years. We could go on, but she will be available for all to see as she graces the race. She more than makes up for the curmudgeons crewing her with her grace and beauty.

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Team Members:  Scott Baste
Hometown: Tavernier, FL
Race Vessel:  14 ft carbon fiber raceboard SUP
LOA: 14'
Human Propulsion: Paddles

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
SUP record holder for - 3-time finisher of the Everglades Challenge (300 miles), Suwannee 230, Texas Winter 100k, Kruger Challenge 240. Also completed Yukon 1000, MR 340, and Chattajack top 20 for four consecutive years. Owner of Paddle the Florida Keys a paddleboard-centric shop serving the greater Miami area. Paddling since age 6 and averaging 3000 miles per year for the past 5 years. Also former mountain bike racer including pro-level for 2 years.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Laser vision -  I can see the finish from 360 miles away.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
SIC Atlantis all water race board - fastest SUP available with extra tie-downs to keep everything in place - no bailing necessary and everyone knows that SUP paddlers are the hardest of the hard.

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Team Members:  Richard Hemmen, Brett Cato, Ron Campbell
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Race Vessel:  Olson 25 Monohull
LOA: 25'
Human Propulsion: Rowing

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Scull Dawgs is made up of an Architect, Engineer, and Building Official who have sailed together and worked on major construction projects throughout the Pacific Coast. For both types of endeavors, we know how to have fun doing it and how to keep going when the going inevitably get rough. We may be slightly better at the fun part.

Richard "Dick" Hemmen SE Team Engineer
• Sailed/Raced 35 year including South Sound Series, Smith and Protection Island, and Swiftsure
• Distance runner and biker
• Rowing experience as coxswain on his high school crew
• Two wheeled ride: BMW R1200RT (distance)

Brett Cato AIA Team Architect
• Sailed 20 years
• Mountain biker, hiker
• Wood Boat (and scull) Builder
• Uses ADHD to his advantage to get things done before he changes his mind, again
• Two wheeled ride: Yamaha WR250R (bumpy&rough)

Ron Campbell
Fifty years of sailing experience including 13 years of racing, 28 years of ownership, 4 years of teaching, 6 yacht deliveries and 31 previous bareboat charter arrangements of heavy displacement craft.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Dick: Knows his limitations (see Dirty Harry, Magnum Force)
Brett: IKSAS

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
“SugaBee” Olson 25: boat that is good in light to heavy air, yet still light and slippery enough to be rowed effectively. Fast bottom with good sails, and comfortable so we are not tempted to retire while passing our homes in West Seattle. When the wind fails, we will be sculling with a pair of 11.5’ custom made fir sculls, mounted on the toe rail.

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Team Members:  John Calogero
Hometown: Friday Harbor, WA
Race Vessel:  Bolger Scooner Monohull
LOA: 23.5'
Human Propulsion: Oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
More nautical miles in engineless sail and oar boats than I can count, certainly many thousands: WA, BC, AK, ME, FL, and the Bahamas. USCG License: Master 100 GRT Oceans, 200 GRT Near Coastal. 20 plus years Outward Bound instructor, primarily sail and oar, some mountaineering. PADI Open Water Diver. Some humanitarian and human rights work in some tough spots: Sri Lanka, Uganda, Kenya, Afghanistan, Indonesia. Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician. 15 years wilderness medicine instructor.

2019 Seventy48, Team What Me Wherry: Followed example of Raven/Emiliano/Pine Tar Pete to row south from Port Townsend and then north with the Seventy48 race.

2017 R2AK, Team Grace B: Crew with Ernie Baird and Martin Musson, then south to Port Hardy.

Skied a glacier in a fjord in Greenland while hiding from weather aboard a square rigged whale research vessel. 27 years living off-the-grid, and still married (as of this submission).

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
I found Mongoose in Victoria over Y2K New Year and decided we were meant for each other. She looks very cool, especially from a distance. She is surprisingly weatherly and fast for a little schooner.

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Team Members:  Kris Amundson, Larissa Lane, Heidi Brown
Hometown: Astoria, OR
Race Vessel:  Express 27 Monohull
LOA: 27'
Human Propulsion: Oars, occasional pedal-drive


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
A Tasmanian world-sailor, Alaskan fisherwoman, and a South Pole winter-over walk into a bar…

Jokes aside, Team Spar Trek is a trio of foolhardy souls that have each braved the rugged far reaches of the planet through our own individual adventures. Now we come together to tackle this Washington adventure!

We had our heart set on R2AK 2021 as a way to put the year 2020 to rest and move on to brighter things. WA360 is a great alternative to that. We are craving adventure and being back on the water, and most of all, being in the presence of brave, remarkable adventurers, even if we are all 6 feet apart.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Kris: Cold Survival -- many days spent below -50 degrees at the South Pole.
Heidi: High-spirited Grit. Able to adapt and overcome...with a smile!
Larissa: Being in the right place at the right time. ‘Nuff said!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
The Express 27 is a legendary Carl Schumacher design built to a high standard ahead of its day (we’re talking vacuum bagging in 1980!). Offshore capable with nearly half its weight in the keel, this boat is sporting new spars and rig in 2019. Under Kris’s ownership, this boat has completed offshore races and the R2AK in 2017 including the Gale of Stage 0 without issue. Spar Trek is an 80s Hot Hatch where life begins at 35°!

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Team Members:  Philip Dunn, Marv Dunn, Malcolm Dunn
Hometown: Portland, OR
Race Vessel:  Montgomery 17
LOA: 17'
Human Propulsion: Oars


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Marv sailed from Mexico to Tahiti, 2016, and Won San Juan 24 North Americans. Philip competed in the Olympic Games in 2000, 2004, and 2008 for Team USA, 50km Race Walk. Malcolm taught sailing and canoeing and led 5-day sailing and paddling (35-foot dugout canoe, with two sails) trips in the San Juan Islands for 5 summers. Malcolm also taught kayaking rescues and recovery, SUP, and navigation for REI Outdoor School.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Marv has no sense of smell, which will be handy in the close quarters of a Montgomery 17.
Philip can walk on any surface, so if we get tired of rowing…
Malcolm will eat just about anything, even if he doesn’t like it.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Montgomery 17s have successfully done the R2Ak, multiple times. It’s not our boat, but our patron is very excited about his boat getting to race the WA360 - it is a solid boat that can sail and be rowed/paddled, and is beachable under the right conditions. We are also borrowing the rowing setup from Team Excellent Adventures.

*Note about team name.. we were "Dunn and Sons" but it was already taken by a funeral hime so....

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Team Members:  Jacob hammer, Jens Hammer
Hometown: Petersburg, AK
Race Vessel: Davis replica Monohull
LOA: 14'
Human Propulsion: Oars


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
The adventure follows us wherever we may roam. From parachute jumps in Afghanistan to jet skiing on the entire east coast of Malaysia we have done a few things. Life experiences include many races and competitions including mountain bike races, triathlons, and open water swims in the ocean(wearing a wetsuit). We have gone to Army Airborne school together one of us a Marine and the other in the Army, graduating from the class while keeping our bro-status a secret! Growing up in Alaska if it wasn’t on the water it was barely worth doing. Rowing to the cabin was just the start of the trip. Nowadays we pine for the next thrill and remember piloting small boats across the northwest passage in 2013 and driving dodge neons across the Alaskan tundra during winter.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
So many to count, and we are ever so humble but you asked. Several powers are shared by both brothers, those include the ability to read Jack Sparrow's compass, brotherly telepathy, useful for knowing when the other need a nappy nap or a cup of coffee or heavy metal motivation. More notable is our shared ability to dance like Zemo at night and divide by zero during the day. Divide by zero dance like Zeno

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
The boat is a fiberglass Davis replica. Small, light, and simple. Also, and this is the most important, we will be borrowing the boat, and only one of us has rowed it but it seems like some flames on the side should help.

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Team Members: Rafe Beswick, Greg Rohner, AJ Paulsen, Eric Egge
Hometown: Olympia, WA
Race Vessel: Cosair F28R
LOA: 28'
Human Propulsion: Pedal Drive


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
R2AK veterans. (3 of us) Denizens of South Puget Sound for most of our lives Lifelong passion for boating

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
I don't believe is superpowers. I'm not that imaginative anymore.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
Corsair trimarans are ideal for this type of even because of their robust construction and superb sailing characteristics. They also are easily made extra shallow draft by lifting the daggerboard and rudder making it possible for them to snuggle in right next to the shore to minimize adverse current.

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Team Members: Christian Patrick
Hometown: Woodside, NY
Race Vessel: Nacra 18 square Catamaran
LOA: 18'
Human Propulsion: Pedal Drive


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Christian Patrick just completed the 2021 Everglades Challenge in the smallest boat, 300 miles singlehanded in a plastic toy catamaran a 12 foot Hobie Bravo. Beating more than half of the other 60 entries all bigger more expensive boats and most of them with crews. He also finished his 100-ton captain's school at Chapman’s last year, the hardest coast guard captain school in the USA. The year before that he did really well in R2AK 2019. Getting to Bella Bella in a 17’ day sailor in 21 days in a very slow boat, also nearing many bigger boats. Not bad for his second race ever. He’s drawn to a challenge and jumps right into the required hard work. Sailing was his entire life until the R2AK 2019 when racing sailboats took over. Christian has been cruising on sailboats like a fanatic since he got his first boat 14 years ago. Singlehanding and short-handing long passages as often as possible nonstop. His most memorable ones from Boston to Norfolk, Va offshore in December on his 35’ beach cat in 5 days and Norfolk to the Bimini Bahamas singlehanded. And he never uses an autopilot, usually helming 30 hours straight when needed, and doesn't need or use any caffeine or stimulants. He’s been prepping for WA360 ever since it was announced, talking anyone’s ear off that will listen to him about the new race. He already has his boat in Seattle and Fly’s back and forth to work on it in his spare time.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
I'm really good at ruining the views from really expensive real estate with my shallow draft boats.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
I bought my Nacra 18 square from Gavin Beckett of team Angry Beaver so it’s gotta be cool just for that. It’s the fastest singlehanded wide Beachcat and I added a spinnaker for downwind.

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Team Members:  Brandon Davis, Nigel Oswald
Hometown: Port Townsend, WA
Race Vessel:  Turn Point 26
LOA: 26'
Human Propulsion: Pedal Drive


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Completed R2AKs and SEVENTY48s, we both like playing around with cool boats.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Brandon is pretty good at building light, fast, strong things. Nige is enthusiastic.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
We will be sailing Felix. Felix was designed for this race and needs no explanation on why it is cool and worthy.

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Team Members: Brian Satterwhite, Christopher Satterwhite
Hometown: Portland, OR
Race Vessel: Corsair F24 Mk2
LOA: 24.2'
Human Propulsion: Pedal


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Been sailing since 1980, 11 years before Christopher was born...but he started at 6 months. Puget Sound, San Jan Islands, Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, Tonga, San Fransisco Bay.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Captain...Dad jokes. Yeah, I’m going with that one. And yes, I laugh at my own jokes. Christopher...can make anything. Super Maker Man!

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
It’s the one I have...which makes it my first choice. She’s seaworthy and glides through the water.

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Team Members: Andrew Ellsberry, Constance Ciarleglio, Michael Walsh
Hometown: Renton, WA
Race Vessel: Seawind 24 Catamaran
LOA: 24'
Human Propulsion: Rowing Stations + Pedal Drive


What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Marathon runs, marathon rows, marathon rides, marathon climbs, marathon hikes, too much time on boats, too much time higher than 14,000ft… We take normal sports, fill them with pain and suffering, and then call it fun. We have 5 engineering degrees between us, so we like to think we're smart and practical and can get ourselves into and out of trouble.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Mike: Matt Damon in "The Martian" "logic the shit out of it" power, combined with Hulk's ability to take abuse.
Connie: Has the devil's own luck on the water and can survive on solely cookies.
Andrew: Superpowers are overrated, would not mind being a competent human being (à la Lazarus Long).

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
It's a fast sail in particular in a light breeze, great for inside the sound. It can also handle the rougher weather. We don't have to think about what to wear each day, because every day is a drysuit day - the boat keeps us one with the sea spray no matter where we sit. It's light, 1980's retro, cool, and decently fast.

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Team Members: Ken Deem
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Race Vessel:  MAAS 24' single skull
LOA: 24'
Human Propulsion: Oars

What are your adventure qualifications for WA360? What makes you (y’all) cool and capable?
Sheesh, I don't know. I love me a suffer fest. WA360 will be a test like no other I have experienced before. I will be going solo and the longest solo trip I have done before is just one overnight in Montana when rabbits ate my shoelaces. I am pretty sure this race will take me longer and probably not require spare shoelaces. I have a combo of experience mountaineering, ski touring, swim-running, trail running, and rowing. Lessons from all those areas will help. I did the 2018 and 2019 Seventy48 solo in the same boat I have planned for WA360. There is bigger water along the WA360 course and I am looking forward to navigating those crossings. I would never consider doing this course entirely by myself. Doing it as part of this race with all the other participants and the support of family and friends is a very welcome opportunity. I can't thank the race organizers enough for putting on this crazy adventure.

Superpowers, each crew gets one. What are they and why?
Haha. Um. I'm not sure about this one. Call me Lost Heron and you will find me sneaking through shallows or soaring over the currents.

Defend your vessel choice for WA360. What makes it so cool and worthy?
My boat is light, sturdy, and fast for rowing in open water. I can carry it fully loaded in one portage. There aren't many parts to break or places to lose things and there is ample room to secure gear on deck.

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Team Members: Hallie Glynn, Jessica Ceballos
Hometown: Port Townsend, WA
Race Vessel: 15' XYZ Rowboat
LOA: 15'
Human Propulsion:Oars

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Team Members: Hallie Glynn, Jessica Ceballos
Hometown: Port Townsend, WA
Race Vessel: 15' XYZ Rowboat
LOA: 15'
Human Propulsion:Oars

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