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9 days 4 hours 50 mins 25 secs

Aidan and Emily arrived at the Dalton Highway bridge yesterday at 2.50 pm (Alaska Time) to complete the Yukon 1000 race. Congratulations to them both on an awesome feat of endurance and perseverance. The ‘Dalton Bridge runners’ and the ‘Be Water My Friend’ teams also finished together later in the evening meaning that all teams are now finished with just one retirement at Dawson by the young crew of the ‘Paddling Madelines’ tandem canoe.

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Yukon 1000 – the end is in sight 30.07 @ 23:00

It is a balmy summers afternoon in Alaska with some sunshine and a temperature of 20degC. Emily and Aidan will soon be able to see the Dalton Highway bridge which marks the finish of the 1000 mile race, some 10km in the distance, After 10 days of racing they must be looking forward to a hot bath and a beer! The ‘Dalton Bridge Runners’ team are now some 50km behind together with the ‘Be Water My Friend’ team (SUP!) Congratulations to them both on completing an inspiring and epic adventure. Next race is 2016…..

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Dalton Highway bridge over the Yukon

200km to go – Yukon 1000 update 29.07 @23:00

Emily and Aidan are now passing the town of Beaver on the 9th day of the race which gives them 200km to the finish line. They are lying second in the tandem canoe class and have increased their lead over the third place canoe ‘Dalton Bridge Runners’, from Edmonton.

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Beaver, Alaska (population 84)

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Emily and Aidan leaving Whitehorse at the start of the race with SUP behind.

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Passing the Takhini

Emily and Aidan have now completed 7 days of the Yukon 1000 race and have crossed the border from the Yukon in Canada into Alaska, having passed through the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and camped last night just beyond the ‘town’ of Circle. They started in Whitehorse on 21st July and finish at the Alaska Pipeline / Dalton Highway Road bridge in the next 2-3 days.

Follow their progress via their SPOT tracker device. Results for all teams.

(According to the Facebook page the Kiwi team in a double kayak have just finished followed by the Finish team in a tandem canoe)

Whitehorse to the Alaska Pipeline/Dalton Highway

1000 Miles / 1600 Km

7 to 12 days of 18 hours solid paddling

This semi-annual race is the longest canoe and kayak race in the world, by far. 

The Yukon River 1000 is a LONG endurance paddling event.  There weren’t races in 2012 and 2013 race, but there is one in 2014.

Follow race updates on our facebook page: “Yukon 1000 Canoe Race

The weather forecast is for light southerly winds and possibly some showers.  That is much better than the wind and rain we have been having.  Wind on the first day is always a concern because of that Lake Laberge that can be so difficult (threatening? dangerous? Yes, all of those)

Upgrade Wednesday

Upgrade Wednesday seemed to be a hit with over 10 people turning up and trying out all sorts of boats, Tor’s, a Raven, Viper’s, Hobby’s and so on….

Thanks everyone who came,  it was a good evening.

Daniel

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“Smiles on their faces”

We had a successful “Come and try it evening” last night.  We had 11 people turn up all nervous but they left with smiles on their faces.
I would like to thank the members who volunteered for the evening in helping to run it:
Peter, Mark L, Richard, Amanda, Dan and Andrew
It ran really smoothly and this wouldn’t have been possible without the volunteers and the new online booking system.
Emily

Hector’s Rediscovered

Effective leaders adjust their plans as opportunities arise. Latin scholars refer to this technique as ‘Carpe Diem’. Other regards it as erratic opportunism. But it works: here’s an example from the weekday trip on Monday 30 June.

Ivy, Norma, Jenny, Bernard, Dave and I arrived at Catteshall lock on the Wey to discover:

  1. The get-out was entirely blocked by moored boats from the boatyard and the cut itself was blocked by boats from the boatyard (though they were moved out of our wey). Indeed, our larger boats could only land and launch on the boatyard side of the navigation.
  2. We were a bit behind schedule for coffee at Bel and the Dragon in Godalming.
  3. Hector’s Bistro was open, fully recovered from three feet of flood water in the winter.

The Hamptoneers happily settled into Hector’s and can report that the bacon sarnies there are still excellent (they’re based on lots of streaky smoked bacon, which is an unusual and delicious recipe); the scones are good, too.

Andrew

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The Hamble

Andrew’s paddle up the Hamble attracted 8 paddlers in thrall to a stiffening breeze and the weird cross currents of an incoming tide.

Up towards the motorway bridge with a promising storm to the west and the menacing thud thud of outward-bound Sunseekers between the trots, past the Jolly Sailor and all of us paddling for England to escape the swell and make the bridge and then – a lovely broad river, blue sky and marshes…… read Stephen’s full account from the link on the trip reports page.

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Improver’s sessions

For details on improver’s sessions see the web page here.

An updated version of the improver’s sessions list is available from the link on the page or by clicking here.

 

Sunny sunday morning improver’s session

Myself, Sally, Kevin, Chris and Anne-Lise decided that Sunday morning was just too nice a morning not to take a gentle paddle up to Sunbury Lock and back. Getting onto the water at the club we headed up-stream at a nice leisurely pace. However, it soon became apparent that we where not to have the river to ourselves. Rental boats, motor boat, rowers, sailing boats and a whole troop of scouts and an unprecedented amount of fishermen and a dog had also decided that Sunday was the day to be using the river.

We tucked ourselves behind Kingfisher island for some tranquility and then heading up small_DSC03855towards Sunbury Lock island Kevin decided to throw in a cheeky capsize. Although a reasonably decent capsize, he will have to be a lot slicker than that to get his hands on my best capsize trophy! On our journey back down-stream towards Bell Hill the river traffic disappeared for a while and we had perfect paddling conditions, flat, calm water, a gentle breeze and glorious sunshine. A nice mornings paddle.

Peter