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3-man catamaran wins 750-mile Race to Alaska

2016 Race to Alaska winners Mad Dog, a three-man catamaran.
2016 Race to Alaska winners Mad Dog, a three-man catamaran.

WATERSPORTS – A three-man team on a catamaran has finished first in the 750-mile motorless Race to Alaska on Saturday, beating last year’s winning time by more than a day.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports that captain Randy Miller and crew members Ian Andrews and Colin Dunphy of team MAD Dog Racing sailed into Thomas Basin Thursday with a time of three days, 20 hours and 13 minutes.

Two-hulled catamarans are large sailboats often built for high speeds.

More than 100 people in more than 50 boats began the race. The first leg was from Port Townsend, Washington, to Victoria, British Columbia, and wasn’t counted in the official time.

The race winners receive $10,000. Second place finishers receive a set of steak knives.

Racers were not allowed to use motors or receive outside help.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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