By Scott Bowlen
Ketchikan Daily News 

Winner sails into Ketchikan and un-nails $10,000 prize


Dustin Safranek/Ketchikan Daily News

Team Pure & Wild sail through Nichols Passage between Annette and Gravina islands during a finish-line approach June 20 into Ketchikan in the 2022 Race to Alaska. The Seattle-based sailing team placed first in with their 2001 custom-made 44-foot sailboat Dark Star.

By Scott Bowlen

Ketchikan Daily News

Pure & Wild, a 44-foot monohull sailboat, won the 2022 Race to Alaska on June 20, sailing into Ketchikan four days, four hours and 32 minutes after departing Victoria, British Columbia.

Team members Jonathan McKee, Matt Pistay and Alyosha Strum-Palerm gathered at the Alaska Fish House, where their first-prize winnings of $10,000 cash had been nailed to a high beam on the back wall.

Pistay climbed up to the beam and used a small crowbar to pry the prize money free of the beam.

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