A team of two brothers who grew up in Petersburg finished the first ever Washington 360 last month. It’s billed as 360 miles of engineless, unsupported boat racing circling Puget Sound.
With the Race to Alaska canceled this year, some of the teams normally sailing and paddling north each summer instead opted for this challenge.
The brothers Jens and Jacob Hammer rowed a handcrafted wooden boat over the 360 mile course starting and ending in Port Townsend. Team Time and Tide finished on the 11th day, June 17 at 6:35 p.m., 36th out of the 38 boats that finished the course. Another 16 boats did not finish or were disqualified.
Jacob turns 43 this year and lives in Petersburg. Jens turns 39 this year and lives in Manning, Oregon. Joe Viechnicki spoke by phone with Jens about some of the highlights and lowlights of the voyage.