SEVENTY48 racers take a break at Kingston
Updated: Jun 20, 2018
June 12 2018-- At 5:30 p.m. June 11, more than 120 human-powered boats departed from the Thea Foss Waterway at the start of the SEVENTY48 race. Their goal was to paddle the 70 miles to Port Townsend in 48 hours or less, hence the name.
At noon, June 12, about half a dozen of the boats could be found pulled up on the Port of Kingston's SaltAir Beach. Some of the contestants were up in the village having lunch, others were napping and at least one was refreshing the bandages on the fingers of both hands.
"It's fun. A really great group of people," said one paddler referring to the grueling race. Then he added, "And really hard.
"We've been fighting the wind and waves since we left," agreed a stand-up paddle boarder.
What they also agreed on was that they like Kingston and the white sands of SaltAir beach.
"It's a great place to stop," said William Wessinger, a.k.a. Team Muskrat. Wessinger, who is from Portland Oregon, was rowing a Shearwater dinghy that he built himself.