NW Yachting June 2018

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Team Wright Yachts training aboard Ruf Duck. Note the torn main and Norris’ despair. (Photo: Jan Anderson)


R2AK 2016’s Team Bad Kitty heading north (photo by Liv von Oelreich)

By Norris Comer

THE 2018 R2AK STARTING GUN FIRES The Race to Alaska (R2AK) 2018 begins on June 14 at 0500 hours in Port Townsend, Washington. What’s the status of Team Wright Yachts and our managing editor who is on the team?


Sometime during November of 1785, Scottish poet Robert Burns penned the poem To a Mouse from which John Steinbeck drew inspiration for his American classic Of Mice and Men over 100 years later. A farmer accidentally destroys a mouse’s den in the field with his plow. As the “wee, cleeket, cowran, tim’rous beastie” runs to and fro in apparent disbelief and horror at the random


destruction of her well-crafted burrow, the farmer reflects (modern translation): That small bit heap of leaves and stubble, Has cost you many a weary nibble! Now you are turned out, for all your trouble, Without house or holding, To endure the winter’s sleety dribble, And hoar-frost cold.

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