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…..
Dalton Highway bridge over the Yukon
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.
Beaver, Alaska (population 84)
Emily and Aidan leaving Whitehorse at the start of the race with SUP behind.
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)
Emily will be running some more 1* courses in August and September on
Sun 24th August 2014 (1 day) 10:00-19:00
Sat 13th September 2014 (1 day) 10:00-19:00
see the courses page for full details.
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.
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:
- 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.
- We were a bit behind schedule for coffee at Bel and the Dragon in Godalming.
- 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.
Come along and try kayaking on Saturday 7th July between 1:30pm and 4:30pm. This is open to all members of the public.
You will have the chance to try kayaking on the river Thames with a fully qualified instructor. Club members will be on hand to make sure you are kitted out with a bouyancy aid and brief you before one of our instructors takes you out for 20 minutes on the water.
The cost is £6 payable at the time of booking
Bring a spare change of clothes and a towel and wear closed shoes, No jeans.
Do not bring any valuables and if you wear spectacles then use a spectacle restrainer strap so you don’t lose them in case of a capsize!
Please contact Derek if you have any questions
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.
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 towards 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.
Congratulations to Daniel Bownds on achieving the third highest mileage during ‘National Go Canoeing week’
Daniel Bownds from Feltham, London, was our number three paddler, and managed 129 miles in a kayak and canoe on the River Thames, the Basingstoke Canal and the River Wye. Daniel says: “I was so surprised but really chuffed to be told I came third in the individual millage count. I just love being out on the water and would encourage anyone to take up canoeing and kayaking.”
Read the article here
Full report of Phil and Dan’s final leg of their trip on the river Mole from Cobham all the way back to Bell Hill – read it here