Dogs have decided to call it a trip. After three days stranded by inclement weather
at Wide Bay on the Alaska Peninsula, the five jet skiers on a journey from
Anchorage to Iliamna have suspended their trip and now plan to head back to
Anchorage early next week, after a brief stopover in Kodiak.
team leader John Lang said from Larsen
Bay on Kodiak's west side that the
group made it as far as Wide
Bay before weather
delayed them for three days from getting to Chignik, their next intended checkpoint.
is using what would seem to others as a major setback as a learning experience
in planning a 2,000-mile race on personal watercraft. Lang and the other members of the team are considering the trip a success
in spite of its premature end.
Lang said the landing craft is
expected to pick up the jet skis from the beach on Saturday, when the weather
is expected to break, and that the group will then ride from Larsen Bay
to Kodiak City. From there, two team members will
fly back to Anchorage,
and the remaining three will ride their jet skis back with the support boat. Lang
said time limitations were the deciding factor in calling off the trip early.
The goal of the Wet Dogs' journey
around the Alaska Peninsula was to lay the
groundwork for the Alaskan Wet Dog Race. Lang said he remains confident in seeing
the 2,000-mile race on personal watercraft become a reality in the near future.