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'Sail Like A Girl’ for the win

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First Federal's Team Sail Like A Girl team became the first ever monohull and first all-women's team to win the Race to Alaska at 12:17 a.m. Alaska Daylight Time June 24.

The female-driven Melges 32 with a dual-pedal drive bested 37 multihulls and human-powered vessels.

Team Sail Like A Girl celebrated their win in a thoroughly modern fashion, by taking to social media, first to thank the Northwest Maritime Center on Facebook for hosting the R2AK, then to Instagram to gush over their first shoreside meal at Ketchikan, Alaska.

On a Facebook post dated 6:11 p.m. June 24, the team wrote theirs was a “journey of the human spirit, sisterhood, community, perseverance. For us, this epic adventure was always about discovery, adventure and relationship. Thank you (to the NMC) for the opportunity to be a part of something that was a salve to our souls and a connection to our hidden warrior.”

Before that, though, the team Instagrammed a photo with eggs, hashbrowns, biscuits and avocados, dated June 24 at 2:29 p.m. local time, with the words, “Oh to have hot and tasty food ... Goodbye dehydrated meals, nuts and meat sticks!”

Team Sail Like A Girl was followed June 24 by the monohulls Lagopus in second place at 2:04 a.m. and Wild Card in third place at 9:22 a.m., with the multihulls Ptarmigan coming in fourth at 12:59 p.m. and Strait to the Pool Room coming in fifth at 1:02 p.m., and the monohull BlueFlash coming in sixth at 4:30 p.m.

The following day, June 25, saw three more finishers pull into port, with the multihull Super Friends coming in seventh at 1:38 p.m., the monohull Sea to Sky Sailing coming in eighth at 1:52 p.m. and the multihull PT Watercraft, the first-place finisher of the first leg of the R2AK, coming in ninth place at 4:16 p.m.

As for the R2AK's $10,000 first prize, the team's site at saillikeagirl.us states that, once their race expenses are cleared, any additional winnings or donations will go toward the Pink Boat Regatta, a Seattle sailing race that supports breast cancer research.

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