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Tag: Greg Spooner


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


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

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OAR Northwest has grants for Tacoma area school assemblies

A local fundraising effort has generated grants designed to allow schools in and around Tacoma to host assemblies presented by a quartet of men planning to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

The crew includes in two men – Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner – who were part of a Guiness Book of World Record ocean rowing team in 2006, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist (Adam Kreek) and a Boeing flight test engineer (Richard Tarbill).

The crews are also planning to row around Vancouver Island in April. During both expeditions the rowers will collect scientific data for various organizations including the

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OAR Northwest finds title sponsor in Canadian Wildlife Federation

From OAR Northwest:

Ocean adventure rowing and adventure education organization, OAR Northwest,is pleased to announce a title sponsorship agreement with the Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF).
CWF’s presence will be immediately felt and recognized as they come aboard for the next two ocean rowingexpeditions: a 750-mile circumnavigation of Vancouver Island (April 2012), and later for the December 2012trans-Atlantic expedition. Both will connect the ocean rowing craft to classrooms and communities in Liberia,Venezuela, and the Pacific Northwest.

CWF will be integral to OAR Northwest expeditions and programming, facilitating financing andorganizational support toward outfitting “the world’s most technologically advanced rowboat.”

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