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Race to Alaska: Hammer's proving grounds


Photo courtesy of Kathy Pool

Jake Hammer in the early morning hours of June 14 just before the start of Stage 1, of the Race to Alaska that starts in Port Townsend, Washington. The boat was borrowed from Steve Enge and is a 13 feet fiberglass replica of a Davis rowboat that was originally discovered by Enge's Dad across from Sasby Island.

Forty miles with no motor, no support, no problem - summed up the thoughts of local resident Jake Hammer, 39, as he rowed a borrowed fiberglass rowboat from Port Townsend, Wash. to Victoria, B.C. in April.

Hammer took a swing at his dream with a harried late entry in the Race to Alaska (R2AK), its fourth year in the running. He raced his 13-foot Davis replica rowboat with only a compass for navigation. He would also, because of a time constraint, only be able to do the first 40 miles of the race from Port Townsend, Washington to Victoria B.C., called "The Proving Grounds." The rest of the...

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