Quirky boat race from Port Townsend to Alaska has just 1 rule

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SEATTLE (AP) — Dozens of people were scheduled to set off early Thursday on Stage 1 of a 750-mile ocean-going race that weaves its way from Port Townsend up the Inside Passage, a treacherous coastal waterway through a spackling of islands known for its dramatic tidal changes and spectacular scenery.

The inaugural Race to Alaska has drawn rowers, sailors, canoers and kayakers from across the country to compete in a contest that only has a few rules – no motors allowed and no help once you start.

The first to reach Ketchikan, Alaska, will take home $10,000.

Race organizer Jake Beattie says the vessels entered range from 10-foot row boats to sailing kayaks to a 38-foot catamaran.

Beattie said they have about 120 people on about 55 teams taking part.

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