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New Speed Record for Vancouver Island Circumnavigation

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on September 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

   Mission accomplished!

 

   At 8:22 Pm Saturday evening, Sept. 04th, 2010, exactly 16 days, 12 hours and 14 minutes after launching my kayak in Nanaimo BC on Vancouver Island, I returned to the same location and reclaimed the speed record from British paddler Sean Morley. And yes, this entire trip was done with a pair of my hand crafted Greenland Paddles, proving that the GP's are indeed very efficient for long distance cruising and can set, and maintain...

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Finally...Expedition launch is only hours away!

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on August 19, 2010 at 1:27 AM

It is finally time to get on the water and start the expedition around Vancouver Island to reclaim the speed record. After having to postpone it by a year last summer due to not being able tokeep up with orders for my paddles as I expanded the little home grown business, I thought I'd be on the water in June for this expedition. 

But as the season approached, I was again overwhelmed with orders and had to once again postpone, this time though only for a couple of months.

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Vancouver Island Expedition/ Speed Record

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on July 22, 2010 at 10:55 PM

   Well, just under one month to go before launching the expedition to reclaim the speed record for circumnavigating BC Canada's Vancouver Island.

   The goal for the roughly 1150 kilometer trip is 16 days.


   Just booked my ticket today to British Columbia and I'm aiming for ...

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Joe O'Blenis Paddles and Helen Wilson Teaming Up

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on July 11, 2009 at 5:06 PM

As I type up this latest Blog Entry, I am sitting in the woodshop with the laptop in front of me. Surrounded by Greenland Paddles in various stages of construction, i am happy to announce that I will be supplying Helen Wilson (the 2008 Greenland Rolling Champion) with some of my handbuilt paddles.


The new sposorship has just come together over the past few days and I am pretty excited  about getting my paddles into the hands of somebody like Helen. When it comes to roll...

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Vancouver Island Speed Record Attempt JUNE '09

Posted by Joe O' Woodshop and Joe O' Paddles on June 18, 2009 at 8:18 AM

A few days ago, Victoria BC resident Nick Castro launched his attempt to set a new record for sea kayaking around Vancouver Island. Unfortunately, as of yesterday, Nick has withdrawn due to a severe case of tendinitus in his left arm.

Apparaently the injury flaired up on day 2 and quickly worsened, forcing Nick off the water early on day 3 after about 25 kilometers. He had paddled roughly 65 kilometers on Day 1 and about 45 on Day 2.


The goal was around 80 kilometers p...

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Paddling Symposium

Posted by Joe O Paddles on April 20, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Lots of news on the local paddling scene here in Thunder Bay Ontario. Teaming up with the good folks at Quetico Provincial Park, the Superior Kayak & Canoe Club is co-hosting the "Paddle Your Friends Canoe or Kayak Symposium" on July 5th. 


    Preceeding this event is 4 days of marathon canoe racing in Quetico Provincial Park. More details will be psoted online with in the next few days, both on my Blog and on my Club Pages for the ...

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