Belfast woman prepares to row 750-mile ocean race from Washington to Alaska

BELFAST, Maine — Leigh Dorsey really likes to row. Good thing, too, because starting later this month, the Belfast woman will be spending an awful lot of time in her boat.

Dorsey, 37, and her sister Clare Dorsey, 31, of Ledyard, Connecticut, are competing in the Race to Alaska, a 750-mile annual ocean race from Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.

It’s not just any race — and it won’t be easy. The Dorsey sisters will row in a two-person boat with sliding seats through the Inside Passage, a coastal route that weaves through the islands of the Pacific Northwest coast. Along the way, they’ll camp on the coast and eat food that they packed ahead of time. It will likely take them nearly three weeks to do, along a route that is beautiful but fraught with danger.

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