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- Retracing Oskar Speck Expedition 2015 - 2016 - ONGOING
- Tahe Outdoors Patagonia Austral Expedition 2015 - FINISHED
- Ice bears and Islands - FINISHED
- 20 km around Europe (Végvári Tamás) - ON GOING
- Kayak Expedition: Lago Yelcho To Raul Marin Balmaceda, In Patagonia, Chile - FINISHED
START: Svinesund (Norway-Sweden border), June
END: Harparenda (Sweden-Finland border)
WHO: Fylkir Sævarsson
GOAL: Break the record (23 days)
DISTANCE: 2 300 km
KAYAK: Zegul Searocket
The Seapaddler´s Blue Ribbon of Sweden was established in 1990 by Jim Danielsson. In 1991 Jim became the first paddler to be awarded the Blue Ribbon. Since then the tour has been accomplished by paddlers from Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Great Britain. Five paddlers had already made the tour along the entire coast of Sweden long before the rules were established. These paddlers have been made honorary members of the Blue Ribbon.
To a paddler who considers making an attempt to obtain the Blue Ribbon can be said that many experiences of different kinds will be waiting while moving along in a kayak from Svinesund to Haparanda.
It is a long way to go, roughly 2.300 kilometres, and it will surely put a strain on both body and mind.
***HBB is neither a club nor an association with a board of directors and regulations and has no juridical responsibility. HBB is a paddling-tour under simple rules.
Fylkir Sævarsson will start his journey at the end of May or beginning of June with Zegul Searocket.
START: Ulm, Germany
ROUTE: Retracing the historic 1930s route of German kayaker Oskar Speck, from Germany to Australia
WHO: Sandy Robson - Australia
TIME: Approx 5 years
DISTANCE: Approx 23000kms
KAYAKS: Tahe reval midi PE used on Stage 3 and 4 of Sandy's Expedition
WHERE IS SHE NOW?
The new year finds Sandy in Eastern Indonesia and heading north toward West Papua (an Indonesian province) on Stage 4 of the expedition.
Stage 4 began in November 2014 in West Bengal, India, so Sandy has been going continuously for 14 months now (Jan 2016)
WHAT's COMING UP?
There are approximately 9-months of this expedition to go, including the West Papua and Papua New Guinea Coasts.
Sandy will be joined in West Papua by kayaking film-maker Justine Curgenven and in Papua New Guinea, another Australian kayaker, Mr David Winkworth will join Sandy for the final stage of her journey.
The expedition will conclude in the islands of the Torres Strait in far north-eastern Australia.
Sandy says she is feeling a little nervous about entering crocodile country again, as she was thwarted in her 2007 attempt to circumnavigate Australia by a large male estuarine crocodile that latched onto the back of her kayak. Having Dave along to support her should allay some of the voices in her head though. Mr Winkworth once saved his friend on a kayaking trip, by leaping onto a crocodiles back, for which he received a medal for bravery from the Australian Government.
INTRODUCING THE SPECK STORY & SANDY ROBSON
Australian kayaker Sandy Robson set out in May 2011 from Ulm in Germany, and over 5 years and 5 stages she is paddling across the globe to Australia. The route crosses Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Australia. This is the route of Oskar Speck who paddled for seven years continuously (1932-1939) in a folding kayak. It is probably the longest kayak journey of all time. The expedition does not cross many large expanses of ocean, but traces world coast lines and hops across island archipelago, which Sandy believes is likely because Oskar Speck could not swim. Still, she says, Oskar made some big crossings, like Turkey to Cyprus, and a 200km crossing in eastern Indonesia. When he got scared he tied himself to his kayak with a rope. These were, at that time, the biggest crossings ever made in a folding kayak. For Sandy, paddling in modern times, crossing borders between countries and getting permits to paddle has been a major challenge of the expedition. Due to war zones and political situations she could not paddle Speck's route in the middle east and she was not permitted to paddle where she would have liked in Iran and Myanmar. Despite these restrictions, this is still one absolutelty amazing adventurous journey to follow as Sandy finds her way through 20 different countries,encountering many people who have never even seen a kayak before, let alone, a woman prepared to take on such a huge undertaking solo. Sandy has survived an attack by Indian fishermen, crash landed her way up the east coast of India in huge swell and surf, made a world record circumnavigation of Sri Lanka, been invited into a presidential palace, paddled through Bengal Tiger territory, been surrounded by massive crowds of curious people, slept in all sorts of crazy places, endured a worm living in her toe, paddled in hour long sumatran storms, crossed big distances between islands, and she is still going strong.
- Expedition Dashboard current stage: www.vskc.org.au/ExpedDashboard.asp
- Sandys BLOG: seakayakersandy.tumblr.com/archive
- Sandy website: www.sandy-robson.com
- Sandy on facebook: www.facebook.com/seakayakersandy
- Videos with Reval midi: In Odisha India - big waves: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un5SEKsWgyU
ROUTE: The objective of this new kayaking expedition is to open a new route between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, the biggest cities in the south of Patagonia.
WHO: Arek Mytko, Mauricio Alarcon, Alex Albornoz
DISTANCE: 500 km
The objective of this new kayaking expedition is to open a new route between Puerto Natales and Punta Arenas, the biggest cities in the south of Patagonia in Chile. There is a distance of 500km to kayak through the magnificent fjords and the Strait of Magellan and also two quite tough 5km of portages deep in the snowy mountains. The expedition will start very soon – in the end of Patagonian winter time. The team will be made up of Mauricio Alarcon, Alex Albarnoz and Arek Mytko (expedition leader). More details about this expedition coming soon!
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START: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
ROUTE: The journey around the four main islands of the archipelago
WHO: Jaime Sharp, Tara Mulvany, Per Gustav Porsanger
TIME: Approx. 90 days
DISTANCE: 2 000 km
KAYAKS: Zegul Arrow Empower
Blog update The week of preparations has come to an end. They leave on 27th of June. Stay tuned!
In mid June 2015, our team will fly north to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, to begin our 2000-kilometre sea kayak journey around the four main islands of the archipelago. We expect this adventure to take around 90 days, and apart from two planned food drops, we will be paddling expedition style without a support crew.
Our strategy for this expedition will depend on our predictions for the ice break up around the north-east corner of the archipelago. Some of the major challenges that we will face include a 300 kilometre uninterrupted stretch of glacial cliffs, polar bears, freezing temperatures and pack ice – which has the potential to halt our progress as we paddle north. We have developed a detailed ‘Safety Management Plan’ to help minimise the risks involved, and to plan for the hurdles that are likely to come our way.
Along the way we will be taking water samples to assist with scientific research on ‘Micro Plastics” within the world’s oceans. We hope that our expedition can help to raise awareness of the threats that the arctic is currently facing.
From here, our next step is to gather suitable gear, kayaks and equipment for our expedition. We are also working to finalise logistics such as shipping our kayaks and gear to Svalbard, and the distribution of our planned food drops. If you would like to support this expedition we would love to hear from you.
FOLLOW THEIR AMAZING JOURNEY HERE
The open sea
After weeks of paddling in the river, it is such a strange feeling to reach the sea. This experience will never be forgotten. The horizon opens at the end of the river and the infinity is born. And the change...There is a lively world inside the delta area, where there is the sea side like a desert - a meter high shell coast and there is only water, water through hundreds of miles. Running out of drinking water and I'll be very exhausted by the time I get out from here.
At the end of river Danube
The islands multiply continually on Lower-Danube. I am confused with the nautical marks sometimes, and it takes hours to find the way and I paddle back. The river turns north, and is bending in StGeorge area. I reach Tulcea, the Danube Delta’s "Capital". The bustle of the hydrofoils is big and there is also all kinds of other watercrafts to transports the tourists into the inner parts of the Delta. The time really stopped in the 3500 square kilometers of aquatic world that is protected strictly. It is the labyrinth of the lakes and reeds. The nature and mosquitos are the lords here. The delta are has widened by 40 square kilometers as Danube was streaming 70 million tons of water within a year.
1700 km along river Danube
1.700 kilometers long section on the River Danube from Budapest to the sea, is a great adventure. Paddling 70-90 kilometers a day downstream. Islands, hills, rocky walls, reefs, big, lazy curves alternate until one of the most beautiful parts of the Danube - the Iron Gates. This is actually a 136 kilometer long section, which consists of: Galamboc Strait, Gospodin Vir gorge, Great and Small Kazan gorge and Sip gorge. In the evening I found a campsite in the 150-meter-wide Great Kazan gorge, on the other side of a cave yawn. Long time ago the boat traffic in this section was life-threatening because of the dangerous rocks and the quick twist. Based on a plan by a hungarian engineer, Vásárhelyi Pál, the taming of the river started in 1834. Now the power plant of the Iron Gates swells up the river. Awesome feeling sitting in the kayak, in the double lock chamber, 33 meters deep, alone with a thousand-ton barge.
From Isle Luppa, Budapest I am sitting in the kayak to start a gigantic, 25,000 kilometers paddling journey around Europe. Along the river Danube, in the Black Sea, through the Bosphorus at Istanbul, after the Mediterranean Sea, along the Atlantic coast, beyond the Arctic Circle, to the northernmost point of Norway. As if paddling around half the Earth. All alone. Of course, not all at once. But right now, goodbye to my family for many years. I am very worried when the last person said goodbye in Dunaföldvár. I am thinking how awfully far away is the first goal from Istanbul. Then, one stroke after the other there was a pleasant surprise. Croatian anglers offered firewater in the middle of the river. I slept in Novi Sad at a Red Sea traveling kayaker. The organizers TID (Tour International Danubien) did everything to help. At Belgrade Dragan and Dejan two local tour guides were waiting and were paddling with me all day. They had incredible kindness and brought me bread and fresh foods. At the Bulgarian border guards took me shopping with their jeep. Romania – with stormy weather an unknow people voulenteered to carry the kayak over the Constanta harbor dam. In Turkey the whole village were taking care of my boat in winter (chickens lived in it).
SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION REPORT
WHERE: Chile – Patagonia
START: Lago Yelcho
END: Raul Marin Balmaceda
WHO: Fabio Raimo & Felipe Buff
WHEN: 09 to 16 of January 2015
DISTANCE: 106 nautical miles
SUPPORTERS: TAHE OUTDOORS – BELUGA – ZEGUL KAYAKS
Plans are there to be changed!
This expedition showed us the beauty of being available to surprises and willing to spend some time doing what we like: sea kayaking.
Our first plan, for which we have been preparing for years, was to paddle around the famous Cape Horn. We requested a Zarpe (mandatory procedure to do coastal trips in Chile) a couple months ahead of time, but the Chilean navy only gave a final answer about two weeks before launch date, not approving our (thorough, detailed and conservative) trip plan, and instead asking us to do a much more exposed crossing and requesting us to have a support boat, which we couldn’t afford to have it at that time, with such short notice.
So, instead, we decided to go to another place we have been scouting over maps for a while. A remote and exposed section of coastline, and do a shorter expedition. New plans were made. The new route would be from Chaiten to Raul Marin Balmaceda. Right on the first day plans changed again. And we ended up starting our expedition on Lago Yelcho, paddling down the Rio Yelcho all the way to Chaiten, and from there to Raul Marin Balmaceda.
This expedition ended up being an amazing incredible good surprise. Spectacular scenery, super cool camping spots, challenging conditions, remoteness and nice encounters with seafarers local people a long the way. Even on a short a expedition we were able to experience almost everything that sea kayaking can offer. We paddled in currents up to 7 knots (class II, maybe?), in rough seas (25 knots/6 feet seas and 6 feet swell combined), in flat water, we have to negotiate river bars, surf landings and launchings in boulder gardens, rock landing and launchings, we met new friends and we saw remote and unique landscape. We felt alone. We were together. Partnership and expedition behavior were the tone o four community of two paddlers. We found amazing beautiful camping sites, we cooked beans with “farofa”, baked pizza and enjoy coffee every morning. Wildlife made us company. The loud and strong Sea Lions and the curious Chucao were there everyday. Penguins and pelicans made that presence noticeable. One for their size and elegance and the other one for their cute behavior.
It is hard to define Patagonia. It is even harder to define what it is to sea kayak in Patagonia. Patagonia is a place to go back!
SEE THE PHOTOS HERE