The Dead End Race is a very dangerous race between pirate crews and their ships, taking place in secret from the outside world.
As the competition is set between renegades of the sea, it is a no-holds-barred, anything goes battle. This means cheating and killing the rival competitors are also permitted, and even common practices.
Known Participant Crews and Ships
|Straw Hat Pirates||Going Merry||Victor|
|Gasparde Pirates (First Favorite)||Salamander||Defeated|
|Willy (Second Favorite)||Web Panic||Defeated|
|Bobby and Pogo (Third Favorite)||Big Runner||Defeated|
|A A A||Unknown||Defeated|
Sky Island Saga
Dead End Adventure
Eventually, the Straw Hat Pirates, desperate for money, partook the race when an old man gave them the entry requirements. They got off in bad terms with Gasparde and his crew due to conflicting views on camaraderie.
As with the previous races Gasparde rigged this one, fooling the pirates and betraying the betting manager with the intent to recruit the survivors, and managed to defeat Willy's crew, who were the only ones to be insightful enough to discover Gasparde's foul play before their downfall. Bigalo's ship was capsized by Sea Kings, while Bobby and Pogo crashed into some buildings at near the beginning. Other contestants were deceived by Gasparde into thinking that Navarone Island is the finish line Partia, when in fact it houses Marine Base G-8.
Eventually, the race boils down to the Gasparde Pirates and the Straw Hat Pirates. The two captains fought on board of the former's ship, and Monkey D. Luffy eventually managed to defeat Gasparde, while a giant typhoon that came along wiped out the ship and its captain. With this, the Straw Hats won the race, but the Marines suddenly arrived, forcing them to flee before they could claim their prize, much to Nami's disappointment.