Sail Like a Girl (Send Ali 2 AK)

I'm racing to Alaska!
Here is the scoop:
• 8 wonder women (Team Sail Like a Girl)
• 7 demanding days (give or take - but we hope take)
• 3 awful long oars (gotta have a spare)
• 2 custom bikes (of sorts)
• 1 marvelous Melges 32 (engine removed)
• 750 grueling miles up the inside passage
• Dozens of family and friends who support our passion for adventure, our thirst for pushing the limits and our commitment to showing what strong women are capable of achieving.

Your support will help me prepare and gear up to stay safe and warm on the 750 mile trek north this June!  Additional funds raised will go to preventing and curing breast cancer (see below). I truly appreciate your support!! THANK YOU!

Sail Like a Girl

Team Sail Like a Girl is an all women crew competing in this year's Race to Alaska (R2AK)  to promote women in racing. We have grit, a true passion for the sea, sailing/rowing and the determination and persistence it takes to excel in this grueling 750 mile, no support, no motor race from Port Townsend, Washington to Ketchican Alaska. 

Your support with help outfit our team and the boat with what we need to be competitive and safe. Funds raised in excess of boat/race expenses will be donated to the Pink Boat Regatta  in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  Pink Boat Regatta Mission:  We fuel smart research to develop new paths for breast cancer prevention and a cure. This turns cancer patients into survivors, buys precious time, and improves lives. We do this through sailing. Because that's what we do.

Funds: Needed now through the race in June 2018.

About me: I grew up on an island where at a young age I perfected the art of water skiing on a stool balanced on a knee board…to see if it could be done. On a whim, I roller bladed our island’s famed 33-mile Chilly Hilly bike race, because it hadn’t been done. After graduating from high school I exiled myself to Siberia—just months after the collapse of the Soviet Union—to dance and learn Russian, because it could be done. And that was just the beginning….

I once flew to a remote location with a minister of defense to amnesty rebels and trade guns for farm equipment, hiked in the mountains of Sanai with Bedouins, parasailed off the top of the Caucasus mountains, water skied the Potomac in November, hitchhiked solo from Tbilisi, Georgia to the south of France in 120 hours and spent my maternity leave delivering aid to refugees. 

In my day job I work to improve access to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in low-resource settings around the globe; on the side I am leading a national effort to address sexual assault on airplanes. I have never been to Alaska, but I could see it from Russia…in heels.

I wouldn't mind a negroni at the finish...


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