Just as Brit Jeff Allen and Irish paddler Harry Whelan were completing a rocket-fast 25-day circumnavigation of Ireland in early May, a solo sea kayaker from Northern Ireland was getting started on her own attempt to paddle around the Emerald Isle’s 1,000-mile perimeter. Elaine “Shooter” Alexander, a British Canoe Union instructor and former world-class surf kayaker…
Just when they thought they couldn’t push it any harder, Britain’s Jeff Allen and Irish paddler Harry Whelan dug deep, emptied the tanks and crushed the 20-year-old speed record for sea kayaking around Ireland. They completed the circumnavigation in 25 days; the previous record was 33 days.
Erik Boomer and Jon Turk officially departed for their 100-something day attempt to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island on May 2, from Ottawa, Canada. As Boomer describes it, they will be linking together various puddle-jumping flights, including a stop-over on Baffin Island, until they reach the real “put-in.”
Among the many challenges awaiting sea kayakers Jeff Allen and Harry Whelan in their attempt to set a new speed record for circumnavigating Ireland, two stand out: The fickle weather and unforgiving cliffs of the Emerald Isle’s west coast, and the temptation of pints of Guinness in countless coastal pubs. Next week, Allen, a Brit, and Ireland-native Whelan will set off to try to break the 33-day circumnavigation record set in 1990 by Mick O’Meara, Dermot Blount, Brian Fanning and Karl Heery.
One of this video’s opening narrations says it all: “Day one, we found a dead body… It’s the second one we’ve found.” That sums up the intensity of Siberia’s Lower Bashkaus Gorge high in the Altai Mountains just north of Mongoia, tackled last summer by Sickline Adidas Team members…
By Tim Mutrie Tim Taylor of Tauranga, New Zealand just completed paddling around New Zealand’s South Island, and now he’s about halfway through completing his kayak circumnavigation of the North Island, too. Taylor, a 23-year-old tractor driver and former winemaker, is attempting to complete the first continuous solo kayak circumnavigation of New Zealand—the north and […]
By Conor Mihell Published: January 19, 2011 A series of frustrating pitfalls have hampered the getaway plans of British expedition kayakers Justine Curgenven and Barry Shaw in their attempt to circumnavigate Isla Grande Tierra Del Fuego. The island, the largest in South America and located at its very southern tip, has never been circumnavigated. Originally […]
It’s a gorgeous January day near Espanola Island, a 23-square-mile hunk of black volcanic rock in the south-east corner of the Galapagos Archipelago. No sooner have my wife Hilary and I dipped our paddles in the water than a smooth, whiskered brown head pops up five feet away and stares with liquid, fathomless eyes.
Darcy is pantomiming to me from an eddy at the bottom of a rapid on Ecuador’s Mishualli River. She’s pointing, tapping her head, and finally motioning with her paddle. I feel like a flustered kid on first base who has forgotten the steal sign.
Dawn spread across Shark Bay, Australia’s most westerly point, and with the tide lapping at our feet we set off across the mirrored lagoon. It was a rare pleasure watching our boats’ shadows glide silently over the seabed because out in the open the northwesterly was waiting for us. We’d left Denham, Shark Bay’s only […]
Story and Photos by Michael Powersfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 07 For many years, the renowned Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan searched in vain for a protected northerly water route across South America. Finally in 1520, he risked his entire fleet of Spanish ships to sail on a perilous journey around the tempestuous southern tip of […]
Kayakers in the Galapagos Islands experience their own epiphanies on the same mystical waters that inspired Charles Darwin. The Galapagos Islands have long been recognized as a sanctuary for rare and extraordinary wildlife. Now, they are becoming more accessible to nature-loving sea kayakers as well.
Story and Photos by Tom Bolfirst appeared in Kayak Touring 2007 “Shark! Shark! Right below you!” my wife, Cree, shouts through her snorkel. Suddenly the Jimmy Buffet song that has been playing in my head screeches to a halt, replaced by the sound of my pounding heart. Looking below my snorkel fins, I see it, […]
by Ric Gelman and Dan Heldenreich first appeared in Canoe and Kayak Oct. 2006 There was no mistaking what we heard. The sound of so much air being expelled by enormous lungs was startling. How could a living, breathing creature be so huge? We were only 50 feet away from a massive finback whale in […]