Lake Ontario Image courtesy of We decided it was time to take the plunge. This Saturday, Liz Burnside, Erik Ogaard, Sean and myself have decided to attempt to paddle across Lake Ontario. We are planning to leave from Toronto early Saturday morning, paddle south and land in Saint Catharines on the south side. The total length for the crossing is 49km, 30 miles, 27 nautical miles or 4,888,364 centimeters. It's a long way no matter how you look at it. Why do it? There are a couple of reasons, the tragic accident this winter of Andrew McAuley really hit us hard. We had been following very closely his attempt to cross the Tasman Sea. It's a huge crossing of 1600km. Large crossing have always been interesting but this was different, he showed that large crossings in a basically of-the-shelf kayak could be possible. When he passed away that fateful weekend, we decided to explore the idea of a sea kayak as a vessel for large crossings. We have been working slowly to build it up. We have done 4 crossings now of around 20 km. This is basically double the distance, but nothing we haven't done in a single day before. We will let you know how it turns out. For the weather geeks out there, we are expecting rain that day with possible winds out of the north, thus the north to south crossing. We have put absolutely no pressure on ourselves. If the wind is to strong or it doesn't feel right, the trip is off. No questions asked. If you are interested, here is the proposed route for  Google Earth. We are all pretty excited!
Thursday, 26 July 2007

Prince Andrew's Canoe Trip

Prince Andrew visits the Canadian Canoe Museum in November 2007. Photo Credit: Canadian Canoe Museum News has leaked out that Prince Andrew (The Duke of York) was recently in Canada on a canoe trip with 3 of his private school buddies. He paddled the Natla and Keele Rivers in the North West Territories. It was kept all hush for security reasons but it took place sometime between June 23 and July 8.
If you own (or thinking of buying) and EPIRB, take a jump over to Simon Willis's blog. He recently wrote a really good piece about registering your unit and what to do if you leave your "neighborhood" and go on a trip in a different country. Don't have a clue what an EPIRB is or how it works? Here is a great article on the wikipedia. Knowing about this stuff is important. I often get fuzzy questions about rescue technology and find that my students know a little bit about it but often what they do know is not very accurate.
The Mustang Survival Rescue Stick has been recognized with the Innovation Award for Safety at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Tradeshow (MAATS) in Las Vegas, NV. Judged by a committee from Boating Writers International, this prestigious Industry award recognizes products for innovation, distinctiveness, benefit to consumers and practicality.
Today on Boing Boing, there was a posting to a website with hundreds of photos of container-ship wrecks. It is absolutely amazing to see these things. They are so huge and to see the damage caused by a fire or a storm is mind blowing. According to Wikipedia these ships can carry up to 12,000 truck size containers with a value of over $300 million so when these things go down, it can be a real distaster. More info:

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