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Rowers within moments of finishing 700-mile circumnavigation of Vancouver Island

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on May 2, 2012 at 5:05 am with No Comments »
May 2, 2012 9:45 pm


Sorry for the delay. The team arrived at Jericho Park at about 10 a.m. this morning completing its circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. More coverage in the Thursday and Friday editions of The News Tribune.


Craig Hill has sent a text that the OAR Northwest team is within sight of their landing spot. Under cloudy skies, but comfortable weather otherwise, the team is nearing the completion of their nearly three-week circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.

There is no WiFi at Vanier Park, the team’s destination, but Craig will send updates when he can.

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The most dangerous part of the journey now in its wake, the OAR Northwest rowing team is within eight miles of finishing its circumnavigation of Vancouver Island.

The team started the 700-mile journey April 11 and are within hours of finishing. The team crossed the shipping channels of the Strait of Georgia last night and has been battling tides and currents off the coast of Richmond all morning.

The sun is expected to rise about 5:48 a.m., about the time the rowers pass the University of British Columbia. They plan to reach land at Vanier Park near the heart of Vancouver. The team is currently moving at 1.57 knots, or 1.81 mph.

The crew consists of University of Puget Sound alumni Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, Boeing flight test engineer Richard Tarbill and British Columbia resident Markus Pukonen. Pukonen is an alternate rower filling in for Olympic gold medalist Adam Kreek, who had to leave the expedition to tend to a family affair.

The expedition was planned to promote youth involvement in the outdoors and prepare itself to row from Africa to South America later this year. School children in Canada and Washington have been following the rowers online at

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