Solo Open Ocean Outrigger OC1 Paddle from Nanaimo to Vancouver
I am organising an inspirational event and a fundraiser for the students of Charles Dickens Elementary School and the education department of Charles Dickens Elementary in Mount Pleasant. By sharing my adventure with the students I hope to inspire goal setting, preparation, and an awareness of our oceans. I have learned that education through outdoor adventure can have a positive effect that transcends in all areas of our lives.
I have been training for the single day crossing since December of 2016. I will paddle my OC1 38 miles across the open ocean of the Georgia Strait in a single day and if all goes well in less than 8 hours. There are many challenging factors with respect to wind, tides, ebbs and flows and because of this, I will have a two week window from May 17th to May 31st to choose a day for the crossing. An OC1 – outrigger canoe single seat – is a light closed hull canoe that weighs approximately 25 pounds and when paddled efficiently can maintain a speed of approximately 5.5 miles per hour on flat water over long distances. I have been OC1 canoeing since 2004 and I have been very lucky to spend a considerable amount of time on our local oceans. To date, I have paddled alongside Grey Whales, Humpback Whales, White Side Dolphins, Porpoises, Sea Lions, River Otters, and of course our Harbour Seals. I have yet to observe a Killer Whale while paddling on the ocean but I know it is only a matter of time before we cross paths.