Relaxing views of Mount Rainier will contrast with the clamor of splashing oars when the SEVENTY48 sea race begins May 31 along Tacoma’s waterfront. About 200 people on kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats and other craft will be in the early phase of their 70-mile journey to Port Townsend.
Don’t miss the action. SEVENTY48 will start at 7 p.m. from the Thea Foss Waterway with 117 teams. Their goal: ring the bell on the Port Townsend dock within 48 hours. No motors, no sails and no support boats are allowed. This race is human powered only.
There are many ways to catch the race excitement. Find a spot at the Foss Waterway Marina start line, reserve a table at a Ruston Way waterfront restaurant or bring lawn chairs to spacious Owen Beach. Port Townsend also has plentiful viewing spots so fans can celebrate team arrivals the next day.
If you’re visiting from out of town, make a weekend of it! With SEVENTY48 as the anchor of your Tacoma trip, you can explore local activities from mountain to city to sea. Hike at Mount Rainier National Park, just 35 miles away. Check out downtown Tacoma’s walkable museum district or South Sound Craft Crawl, a craft beer trail with over 30 locations. Or get on the water yourself with kayak rentals or a boat tour. Details at TravelTacoma.com.
The excitement from SEVENTY48 continues into the next day for the Race to Alaska, June 3-6. This annual sea race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska covers 750 miles. Last year, 21 teams of kayaks, catamarans, sailboats and more completed North America’s longest human- and wind-powered race.
Mark Your Calendar:
May 31: SEVENTY48
- Noon: Pre-Funk party
- 7 p.m.: Race start