Vancouver Island Speed Circumnavigation AttemptPosted on the 28 June 2011 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Long distance paddler Colin Angus is attempting to break the speed record for a solo, circumnavigation around Vancouver Island. He's hoping to cover the 1150km (714.5 mile) journey in less than 16.5 days. He's now halfway through the attempt, and has passed the 600km mark and is now headed toward the finish line.
You can follow Colin's adventure on his website, AngusAdventures.com, where you'll find daily updates on his progress and a SPOT tracker feed of his current location. As of this writing, the SPOT doesn't seem to be tracking accurately, but hopefully that's just a temporary glitch.
Reading the updates on his progress, it doesn't seem like this has been an easy row for Colin thus far. Not only is he dealing with painful tendonitis in his arm, he has also had to contend with difficult headwinds and turbulent waters. He has also been forced to row further out to sea than you would think was necessary in order to avoid submerged reefs that can create massive waves – sometimes 50 feet high, that could potentially put a premature end to the expedition.
For Colin, and his wife Julie, a rowing challenge like this one is old hat. They once rowed from Scotland to Syria, covering more than 7000km (4350 miles) in the process. Back in 2004, this adventurous couple also set out on a human powered circumnavigation of the planet, covering the land on foot, bikes and skies, while rowing across the Bering Strait and the Atlantic Ocean. They completed that journey two years later, and have continued their pursuit of outdoor adventure ever since.
If everything goes as planned, and his tendonitis doesn't get any worse, Colin should complete his journey sometime early next week. He's setting a pace that should allow him to break the record, but weather and conditions on the water can still play a role. Stay tuned!
Thanks to Julie for sending me the tip on her husband's adventure!
These articles might interest you :
Earlier today I posted an update on conditions around the Himalaya, particularly on Everest, with weather being the main focus. Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Ueli Steck's incredible speed record for climbing the North Face of the Eiger, set in 2008, has been beaten, by an incredible 20 minutes, by Dani Arnold; someon... Read moreBy Exceedpossibility
Over the weekend, Michael Ferrara ended his attempt to cross Alaska, south to north, on skis, citing dry weather conditions and a nagging injury as reasons for... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Ellesmere Island is one of the most remote places on Earth, located above the arctic circle, and falling into the chain of the Queen Elizabeth Islands in the ... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Yacht Island Design created a concept for a 'Tropical Island Paradise' yacht that looks like an idyllic, floating island. There's an open swimming pool, a... Read moreBy Gerard
OUTDOORS, RANDOM, SEA
Way back in May, Jon Turk and Erik Boomer set off on a 2390km (1485 mile) expedition to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island. Since that time, they've been paddling... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Here's an interesting project that will test the endurance of a SCUBA diver looking to set a new record, while also raising awareness for the plight of the... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
MOST POPULAR FROM OUTDOORS
- The Proudest Peaks by Thervproject
- Thom Field by Hikingwithheather
- Montane Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017 Results – Enrico Ghidoni Wins 430 Mile Division by Abichal
- Fly Fishing in the Rain – Tips for an Awesome Day! by Chris Noal
MOST RECOMMENDED IN OUTDOORS
- Protests on Boston Common by Fopg
- Woman Sets Record for Fastest Person to Visit Every Country on Earth by Kungfujedi
- Belgian Explorer wins European Adventurer of the Year by Kungfujedi
- Winter Climbs 2017: Waiting Out the Weather on Everest by Kungfujedi