Latest News about the Seventy/48 Race:
“What about the races, R2AK and SEVENTY48?” They are still on.
The Northwest Maritime Center, proud non-profit of both races, has made some strategic and dramatic shifts to stay ahead of the pitfalls other companies who, if they deny the impact of COVID-19, may succumb to in the ensuing weeks. While restricting other Maritime Center activities, we have decided to focus on our magazine, 48º North, and three events: Race to Alaska, SEVENTY48, and our fall event, The Wooden Boat Festival.
Our races were created to celebrate the improbable hero in us all and recognize the power of togetherness in overcoming adversity. The Northwest Maritime Center has chosen to reflect that culture and those precepts. Even now, as Canada and the US agreed to further restrict travel across our shared border, we adapt. Can we run R2AK around Canada? Could we have separate starts? Better yet, can we bring in our more economical American cheese to Canada, exchange it for toilet paper, and reclassify R2AK as a trade partner? Year one of Race to Alaska was a success against all odds, so why not year six? Hurdles involving SEVENTY48, for now, appear less dramatic. We will continue.
We choose not to be held hostage by this global fear and are proceeding full steam ahead with pre-race social media campaigns, racer bios, features, and exploring a video blog or podcast to enhance the storytelling. The reality is that, by far, the largest viewing numbers we experience for both races are online. Ironically, the viewing of our races is made for this pandemic and people will be starving for something reflecting the human determination, hope, and courage we all seek to lead us out of this plight. I plan to offer just that. A successful year must mean success for us all. The aphorism, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” has never been more true or important. I will strive for our races to continue to be a beacon of innovation, hope and strength.
I ask you to continue posting on your own social feeds and sites. Train, help, and unite. Tell us and the world about it. Let’s be that rising tide together. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I will be putting out more information as we learn more. I am glad you are along for the ride.
Daniel Evans, Race Boss
The Sound Rowers race at Shaw Island as a first open water race! https://www.huffpost.com/entry/open-water-rowing_b_1748020
Salt Water…the challenge! Here’s great advice on how to combat the corrosive power of salt water. See from www.row2k.com http://www.row2k.com/features/953/Rowing-in-Salt-Water/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=nl01222020
Race report for the 2019 Seventy 48 in which Maas boats took the first 4 places out of more than 100 in the race: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/moving-with-strength-team-imua-wins-the-seventy48-race/
Could not say it better ourselves!
“Open Water” or “Recreational”?
Shirwin Smith, founder of Open Water Rowing Center and “Mother of the Maas Flyweight”, explains why we prefer to use the term “open water” rather than “recreational” to describe our sport.
1990 US Rowing article by Steve Hathaway: Training for a Long Open Water Race http://www.usrowing.org/docs/default-source/resource-library/28B-1.pdf?sfvrsn=0 Steve was a pioneer in our sport, and his observations remain valid. While some of the brands he mentions are no longer in production, MAAS certainly is!
1993 Monterrey Bay Crossing
A delightful, thorough and compelling explanation of open water racing. We’re saying the same things even today!
Answers any question you might have about Dreher sculls.
Foss Rowers, your local Tacoma rowing group
All about sculling on Commencement Bay in Tacoma.
Great Outdoors Rowing Article
A fun description of open water rowing.
Maas Rowing Shells
Maas Boat Company: American, hand made open water racing shells.
Open Water Rowing Center
Located in Sausalito, CA, OWRC is a Maas dealer and club. Their site shares valuable insights into open water sculling.
Daily news about rowing worldwide. The premier classified ad marketplace for rowing and sculling.
Sponsors of open water races from February to October each year. Only requirement (other than safety) is to have fun! Join the fun!
Wikipedia on “Coastal Rowing”
Overview of open water and coastal rowing around the world. Should we all change to the heavy, slow boats imposed on FISA by the French? No!
Morgan discovers why open water rowing fits an active lifestyle and busy daily calendar. He now can row any time and any day!
Let us know where our boats are being used!
Build your own slings. Here are plans that a customer used to build his own slings. The project turned out great! www.lawshouse.org/rowing/trestle.pdf.