Author Archives: Bob Pierce, Jr.


Robert can watch these videos all day.

2019 Clip of the Day

Race to Alaska Explained

Stage 1 Race start: 0500 June 8th, Port Townsend, Washington
Stage 2 Race start: 1200 June 11th, Victoria, BC
Application deadline: Tax Day baby! April 15th

The inside passage to Alaska has been paddled by native canoes since time immemorial, sailing craft for centuries, and after someone found gold in the Klondike the route was jammed with steamboats full of prospectors elbowing each other out of the way for the promise of fortune.

It’s in the spirit of tradition, exploration, and the lawless self-reliance of the gold rush that Race to Alaska was born. R2AK is the first of its kind and North America’s longest human and wind powered race, and currently the largest cash prize for a race of its kind.

This isn’t for everyone

It’s like the Iditarod, on a boat, with a chance of drowning, being run down by a freighter, or eaten by a grizzly bear. There are squalls, killer whales, tidal currents that run upwards of 20 miles an hour, and some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

R2AK is based on the hardest kind of simplicity

You, a boat, a starting gun. $10,000 if you finish first, a set of steak knives if you’re second. Cathartic elation if you can simply complete the course. R2AK is a self-supported race with no supply drops and no safety net. Any boat without an engine can enter.

Last year 45 teams were accepted and 25 finished.


Voyage of the Monkeyshine

Yesterday Robert took Monkeyshine out for its first voyage underneath the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, and beyond. He’s lucky to be alive . . .

El Toro North Americans

Very nice photo of recent sailboat racing in Kaneohe Bay, site of the 2019 El Toro North American Championships.  Congratulations to Chase Engelhardt for winning the Junior Division for Richmond Yacht Club.  Hoping to visit our friend Tony Hoff and have Rory and Cadie in the junior program at KYC next summer.  At this point, a bit of a dream.  But trying!


Summer Hike

The Pierces have returned from a hike in the Eastern Sierra, along with some Shakespeare in Mammoth Lakes (Much Ado) and visit to the ghost town of Bodie and Jolly Kone of Bridgeport. The Pierces were joined on the hike by the Trautschs, Nicole, Bryan, and Emmet. Hope they had a good time!

OptiBall and Fine Art

Rory and Cadie in sail camp this week and next at RYC.  Today some gusty wind, so time for Optiball. The point of which is to get the ball into the opponents boat guarded by “goalies.”  Lots of bumper boats.


Also, who’s that in the painting in the RYC dining room?  Saill No. 11318, that’s who!

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Shakespeare in Marin

Congratulations to Cadie and Winter for their performances in Midsummer Night’s Dream, produced by Marin Shakespeare Company (for kids). A two week summer camp.

Cadie: Egeus, Mustardseed, Snout and Wall.

Winter: Hypolita and Titania

Audio here.