Getting Here …
From Juneau, Haines, Ketchikan, or Bellingham take Alaska Marine Ferry to Sitka terminal (6 miles from downtown Sitka. They charge a $30 flat fee to transport a kayak, or put it on your car. Go to Alaska Marine Highway website.
Alaska Airlines has daily northbound and southbound service to Sitka. Go to Alaska Airlines website.
Race will start on Japonski Island (airport side of Sitka) at the Mount Edgecumbe High School ramp. There will be signs identifying the race start.
Staying Here …
Camping is available at two U.S.F.S sites: Starrigavan campground near the ferry terminal at the north end of town (7 miles from downtown) and Blue Lake campground at the south end of town (6 miles from downtown). Go to Forest Service Camping site.
Housing and Hotels
There are several hotels in Sitka but space is limited and prices are high due to large influx of tourists from June to September.
- The Bunkhouse at Fisherman’s Quay–Located in Sitka’s active fishing district and a short walk from downtown, the Bunkhouse North and South has been reserved for a week before and after August 3 to provide low cost accommodations to participants and support members of the CYL ’13 event. See www.fishermansquay.com for details.
*The Fisherman’s Quay will be donating all net proceeds from lodging at the bunkhouse during the event to the Baranof Barracuda Swim Club.
- Totem Square Inn – Newly remodeled hotel right downtown. Complimentary continental breakfast, and free high-speed internet and Wifi.
- Sitka Hotel – Oldest hotel in Sitka, right downtown.
- Westmark Sitka – Free High Speed Internet Access, Raven Dining Room & Lounge.
- Super 8 Motel – Easy walk to downtown. Complimentary continental breakfast, and free high-speed internet and Wifi.
- Sheldon Jackson College has dorms rooms on a limited basis. Contact for SJC is 907-747-2552.
Other weekend Activities…
Sitka and it’s surrounding areas are known for excellent fishing, which is one of our main industries in SE Alaska. This festival is allows all to experience what we get to enjoy daily, our seafood industry. The possibilities of this festival are endless: including top chefs displaying their culinary expertise utilizing the freshest fish on the planet, to a touch of Sitka’s amazing community demonstrated through our land and sea parades. All ages are welcome to this event, with entertainment for all. Please view our schedule of events for specifics.
This is a single-day, self-supported race for human powered boats of all types. The race should be challenging to all comers – presenting an array of strong tides, winds and currents, and a myriad of islets. However, if you’re ready, the weather is often glorious and the experience always exhilarating.
Explore Sitka …
Come see why we’re so spoiled. If you are coming over for the race, stay a few days and discover this amazing place. In addition to kayaking, there’s mountain biking, climbing, hiking, and some of the best fishing in Alaska. Definitely worth exploring!