This year Denis Dwyer is leaving home on June 15 and launching into Alaskan waters on June 28. He will be carrying a SPOT GPS tracking device that will pinpoint his location via satellite every 10 minutes and mark the campsites each day. His route and campsite locations will be displayed on a Google Earth satellite image linked to this web address:
This expedition around North America will be Freya Hoffmiester’s third continent and her challenge for the next 8-10 years. The distance is roughly 50.000 km, to be paddled in blocks of 3-5 months on and off the trip. Freya will paddle in two half loops, starting twice in Seattle and finishing twice in New York City. She’ll paddle northwards half of the year’s trip time and southwards the other half from Canada to Panama – through the North West Passage and the Panama Canal. Freya will paddle fully inside the big Gulf of Mexico and Bahia California and cross Hudson Bay. It will also have her paddling the British Columbia coast, of course, so the BC Marine Trails will be following her journey closely.
Veteran paddler and Inside Passage kayaker Jon Dawkins is planning a trip from Klemtu around Aristazabal and ending in Bella Bella starting in late July. The purpose of the trip is to revisit some favorite places, find some Kayak Bill camps that have eluded him, revisit a couple more, clear one or two upland tent sites, and poke around some spots that always interested him but which he has never had time to explore. His trip starts late July.
Team Viz Reporter is Matt Prius, and he's the first and only kayaker so far to be registered for the 2017 Race to Alaska. Against the odds he chose a paddle, a 19 foot Seaward Kayak. There has only been one kayak to complete the R2AK (Team Mike, 2015) and he had a downwind sail he coasted on for three days of free miles. Team Viz? Not hearing it, Matt signed up to shovel water. Wind or no, he’s going to paddle, all 1,200 km miles of it.