The Race to Alaska
August 17, 2022
| TWO SHOWS WED Aug 17 at 4 & 7 |
The Race to Alaska (R2AK) shows the hardships and dangers of racing to Alaska by sail or rowboat. Set in one of the most complex waterways in the world, many will succumb against winds, currents, whirlpools, fear and fatigue as both character and watercraft are tested. The feature-length documentary film (which borrowed its title from the race that inspired it) focuses on the arduous 750-mile trip between Port Townsend, Washington and Ketchikan, Alaska
*Both Belfast’s own Leigh Dorsey and her custom rowing boat, Mursu, will be in attendance during the interim between the four and seven o’clock shows. Dorsey will speak beginning around 5:45-6 until around 7:00. Those planning to attend the evening show should plan to arrive early if they want to be a part of the discussion.
After Leigh completed the arduous 750-mile trip between Port Townsend, Washington and Ketchikan, Alaska with her partner in 2019, she enlisted her own sister (Clare) to join her this summer as they became the first human-powered all-female team to complete the R2AK as their aptly-named racing group, Team Don’t Tell Mom.
Rating: Unrated | Runtime: 1 hr. 45 mins. | Screen: Dreamland
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