icon-sailboat-blueQYC Junior Sailing Alumni

Race to Alask (R2AK) 2022

Greetings from Team Sockeye Voyages.

We are three Outward Bound instructors, who plan to walk our talk: John "Sockeye" Calogero, Olivia "Captain OZ" Lord, and Tara "Spoons" Watkins.

At 0500, Monday, 13 June, we will cross the starting line of the 2022 Race to Alaska. https://r2ak.com/
This is a race, and it is an expedition.

As we race north in our wooden boat, through the stunning scenery of the Inside Passage, we want to bring you with us. Follow our tracker icon, and enjoy our daily posts (signal dependent). We will share the challenges and triumphs along the way.

We would love your support.

We plan to build beyond this Race, to create opportunities for young people to voyage over the horizon and return with the gift of greater self confidence and purpose. This is a step towards realizing that goal.




Olivia "Captain OZ" Lord

Olivia "Captain Oz" Lord

Writing from the SEA Semester brigantine, Corwith Cramer’s quarterdeck. St Croix, USVI:

A sailor since being placed in 12 1/2 Hereshoffs at a couple months old and a student of the sea since I was small enough to double hand an Optimist, I first grew in ocean literacy on the ever-breezy Buzzards Bay on Cape Cod, MA.

Since then, I have accrued time engaging with and observing the sea and sailboats as a Quissett Yacht Club sailing instructor, Brown University Collegiate racer for four years, SEA semester Assistant Scientist for three years, and Hurricane Island Outward Bound Captain as of the 2021 summer season. Through SEA Semester and Outward Bound, I have had the opportunity to travel over a cumulative 12,000 nm underway: learning, absorbing, then teaching life and leadership in an oceanic environment in both the South Pacific and North Atlantic waters, and gaining the skills that have prepared me for taking on the Race to Alaska.

I believe that the time we spend in wild, outdoor places allows us to connect with nature, but also allows us to become better observers, problem-solvers, and caretakers of our world and ourselves.

Junior Sailing Alumni