In September of 1908 an iron-hulled, three-masted sailing ship called the Star of Bengal departed the Southeast Alaska fishing town of Wrangell laden with 5,260 cases of salmon.It wasn't before the weather turned for the worse and the tug boats who were guiding the Star through the difficult navigation channels had to cut the lines in the extremely rough seas. The Star of Bengal was quickly lost on the rocks of Coronation Island.
I finally got out paddling this weekend after being away from my boat for way to long. We knew the weather was going to be good since the marine forecast was predicting 30 knots winds with gusts to 40. The only problem was that the winds were coming out of the NW which isn't great for Toronto. For us, the best winds are coming out of the south or southwest.
Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Myrtle Beach Surf Kayaking?

I'm heading off with the family shortly for a short vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina next week.I know it is the mini-putt capital of the world but I'm putting out a call to see if there are any surf kayak rentals in the area that paddlers would suggest. I'm also in the hunt for anywhere that I might be able to take a lesson as well.
How is this for a huge trip? On May 5th, Brian Hansel is going try to become the first person to circumnavigate all 5 of the great lakes in a kayak. The journey is 3,800 miles and will take 5 months to complete.
How is this for a serious endeavour? Jennifer Figge is 56 and she is planning on swimming across the Atlantic.The total swim is 2,100 miles. She'll do it in a shark cage attached to a sailboat, swimming for six to eight hours a day without rest. The journey will take about two months, and would make her the first woman on record to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.Here I was all proud of my 20 min bike commute to work each morning.More info:

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