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University of Puget Sound grads nearly finished rowing around Vancouver Island

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 30, 2012 at 7:14 am |
May 1, 2012 9:46 am

UPDATE, 5/1, 9:41 a.m.: Just got a text message from Greg Spooner aboard the rowboat. He says they’re expecting to arrive in Vancouver late tonight or early tomorrow morning. Also the crew posted a 3D rendering of their boat online this morning.

UPDATE, 5/1, 7:20 a.m.: Looks like the OAR Northwest team just shoved off from Sidney, B.C., where they appear to have waited out some nasty weather in a marina last night. They expect to arrive in Vancouver today.

UPDATE: Talked to Greg Spooner via cell phone hours ago as the team rowed past Victoria. He says the weather has been in their favor today and the team hopes to arrive in Vancouver tomorrow.

A crew of four rowers is slowly pulling toward their goal of circumnavigating Vancouver Island this month.

The group, led by University of Puget Sound graduates Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, are approaching the southern tip of the island today less than 30 miles from Victoria and about 140 miles from Vancouver where they started their expedition on April 11. When they finish they will have rowed about 700 miles.

Hanssen and Spooner rowed from New York to England in 2006 with two other UPS graduates (Brad Vickers and Dylan LeValley).

For this expedition they are rowing with Canadian Olympic rowing gold medalist Adam Kreek and Boeing flight test engineer Richard Tarbill.

The men are using the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island as training for an even bigger expedition. In December they plan to row from Africa to South America.

Track their progress at


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