OAR Northwest, the adventure rowing team that got its start in Tacoma, is the subject of a short film that debuts tonight at the Vancouver (B.C.) International Mountain Film Festival.
The film “Salish Oars” is directed by team member Markus Pukonen and tells the story of last year’s expedition to row around Vancouver Island. The journey was a training exercise for their current transatlantic expedition. The crew is currently fighting challenging currents and weather as it attempts to row from Africa to Miami in an expedition sponsored by Canadian Wildlife Federation.
Greg Spooner, a team member from the Vancouver Island expedition, says “Salish Oars” is about 20 minutes. The movie begins at 7 p.m. at the Pacific Cinemateque.
From the VIMFF website:
In April of 2012, four men stepped on the world’s most technologically advanced rowboat and began circumnavigating Vancouver Island. They rowed 24/7 using only the muscle power of their bodies to propel the 29ft boat. 700 km of the wild west coast where currents reach speeds that can spin tankers on a dime and throw them on the rocky shoreline.
Their mission was to gather data on the changing marine environment and share their findings and experiences with children, universities, and the interested public. Using advanced satellite technologies they would communicate daily to the world. With so much on the line the team would be tested to their limits by west coast storms, giant tankers, house sized waves, and their own mental strength.