JUNEAU (AP) -- The trophy for winning the Around Admiralty Island sailing race is returning to Juneau.
The Spirit of Adventure trophy has been held by Ketchikan-based skippers for much of the past decade, but a Juneau-based boat won the cup Wednesday for the first time in five years.
''After the first leg, we all kind of knew the first five boats were Juneau boats, so it would be hard for one of the Ketchikan boats to win,'' said McKie Campbell, skipper of the Surprise.
The Surprise finished the 200-mile race -- billed as the longest inland waters race on the west coast -- at 10:14 a.m. Wednesday.
The Surprise was actually the third boat to cross the finish line, but won by virtue of getting to Baranof Warm Springs with a 40-minute lead on the race's first leg .
In the first leg, the Surprise and the Nirelle pulled away from the rest of the pack and finished more than five hours ahead of the other six boats in the race.
The second leg was faster than usual thanks to favorable winds, and the race finished more than a day earlier than expected.
''It's the fastest I've ever seen, and I've been doing this since 1985,'' said Eric Kueffner, captain of the Shoreless, the second boat across the line Wednesday.
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