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Category: Paddling and Rowing

April
8th

Hanssen: OAR Northwest capsizing result of open cabin hatch during shift change

The capsizing of the James Robert Hanssen ocean rowing boat was a result of an open cabin hatch.

Jordan Hanssen said the crew was in the middle of a shift change when the boat capsized. With the cabin hatch open allowing rowers to swap places, water poured into the tiny cabin. When the boat capsized, the unsecured cabin prevented the boat from righting itself as it is designed to do.

The crew deployed the life raft and signaled for help. They were rescued several hours later and are now in Puerto Rico.

“We are bruised but not beaten,” Hanssen

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April
6th

OAR Northwest rowing team rescued after boat capsizes during Atlantic Ocean crossing


 UPDATE, April 8, 1 p.m. – Sounds as if the capsizing of the James Robert Hanssen ocean rowing boat was a result of an open cabin hatch. In an interview with Seattle radio station KUOW, Jordan Hanssen said the crew was in the middle of a shift change when the boat capsized. With the cabin hatch open allowing rowers to swap places, water poured into the tiny cabin. When the boat capsized, the unsecured cabin prevented the boat from righting itself as it is designed to do. The crew deployed the life raft and signaled for help. They were rescued

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April
4th

Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Feb.
19th

Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team collect national awards

According to a statement released today by the USA Canoe and Kayak today the Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Racing Team cleaned up at the organization’s annual leadership conversation. They landed three awards. From the press release:

Volunteer of the Year – Missy Hill, Gig Harbor

“Missy Hill has been and continues to volunteer her time and energy as Chair of the Sprint Events Committee; member of the ParaCanoe Committee; official for the National Championships; Olympic Trials and Lake Placid International Regatta. USA Canoe Kayak is proud to present the Volunteer Award to Missy to acknowledge our gratitude for her

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Feb.
11th

Short film about Tacoma adventure rowers premiers tonight at Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

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

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Jan.
23rd

Local OAR Northwest team begins expedition to row from Africa to Miami

Two University of Puget Sound graduates are part of a four-man crew that shoved off from the Republic of Senegal at about 2:30 this morning with plans to row to Miami.

Former UPS rowers Jordan Hanssen and Pat Fleming departed the African country and plan to row unassisted 3,569 miles across the Atlantic. Also on the crew are Canadians Adam Kreek, a 2008 Olympic rowing gold medalist, and Markus Pukonen.

Hanssen was part of an all-UPS crew that rowed across the North Atlantic in 2006.

This expedition, sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, was originally scheduled to start last

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Oct.
22nd

University of Puget Sound grad, Crystal Mountain ski patrol member to row across Atlantic Ocean

OAR Northwest is returning to its roots to complete its crew for a transatlantic row later this year.

Captain Jordan Hanssen said the team added former University of Puget Sound rower Pat Fleming for the Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to the Americas expedition.

Hanssen is a former UPS graduate who formed OAR Northwest with three college friends to row in a race from New York to the United Kingdom in 2006. The 2006 team won the race and earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records. Hanssen’s book on the expedition, “Rowing into the Son” (The

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Aug.
2nd

Paddlers eager for return of access to Snoqualmie River’s powerhouse rapids

A friend and I recently took our new (well, in my case, not so much new as only used twice) kayaks out for a test paddle on a four-mile section of the Snoqualmie River below Snoqualmie Falls.

The section of river is pretty mellow (some Class II rapids) and perfect for practice, testing new gear or just taking a casual float to Fall City or beyond. But in the interest of trying to impress our wives and children, we told our family the trip was death-defying.

The section of river is usually open all year, however

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