I keep hearing R2AK talk again. Probably if you not already into it, it’s too late to start building.
I am impressed with how many weird, pointless efforts I am seeing. Nobody learned any lessons from last year? After a bit of Juan de Fuca, it is mostly threading through the islands. Shifty wind, kelp beds, crazy tides, short tacking. Then a last blast to the finish.
Assuming the islands are most of the trip, that says at least a 25 to 30 foot trimaran, with kick-up rudders, and oars in case. And enough accomodation to last the several days out. Maybe a bit more rocker in the main hull to help short tacking, and big amas in case there is a bit of wind from a good direction outside. In the islands a taller rig always helps.
It doesn’t require a weird 60s AYRS creature. a trimaran with the above will win.