Friday, May 10, 2013
Training for Arctic 2013 Rowboat Trip - YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING?
Matt McFadyen (from left) and Cam Webb will row and sail through the Northwest Passage this summer aboard this 17 and one half foot boat. They are shown here on Tuesday with Save Our Shores executive director, Laura Kasa, as they leave Santa Cruz for Monterey. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)
Amidst overcast and chilly conditions and facing a flat sea, Cam Webb, 37, and Matt McFadyen, 31, both of San Francisco, launched their 17-and-a-half foot Norse rowboat at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Wednesday morning, for a training run across the Monterey Bay.
The six-hour trip from Santa Cruz to Monterey was a precursor to a 2,000-plus mile journey the two adventure travelers will take from July 15 to Oct. 15 as they attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage just beyond the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
NOTE: THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE IS A SEA ROUTE BETWEEN THE DAVIS STRAIT ATLANTIC ARCTIC CIRCLE AND THE BERING STRAIT PACIFIC ARCTIC CIRCLE. THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE DISTANCE IS ABOUT 5400 MILES DEPENDING ON THE ROUTE.
BTW - THIS POSTING IS ON MAY 10TH - CHECKING THE BTC WEBSITE TODAY - THERE IS NO BLOGGING OR ARCHIVED POSTS FOR APRIL... ONCE AGAIN - IF YOU CANNOT STAY ON TOP OF YOUR OWN WEBSITE - HOW ARE YOU GOING TO HANDLE THE ARCTIC? YOU ARE BEST TO NOT EVEN START DRIVING NORTH... ON THE OTHER HAND MAYBE THE REALITY HAS SUNK IN - NO APRIL ARCHIVES - AT LAST FOR TWO VERY HARD HEADS... HAVE THEY CANCELED THE TRIP? WIVES AND GIRL-FRIENDS PLEASE HAVE A HEART-TO-HEART TALK WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. NO PRUDENT (EXPERIENCED) MARINER WOULD CHALLENGE ROWING A THOUSAND MILES IN THE ARCTIC IN A 17 FOOT "NEAR OPEN" ROW BOAT - SIZE AND DESIGN DOES MATTER - YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ADEQUATE STORM SHELTER - FIRST RULE OF SURVIVAL IS SHELTER - YOU LOOSE - BEFORE EVEN STARTING. YOU DO NOT NEED TO TAKE THIS FOOLISH RISK! WAKE UP SHIP OF FOOLS!
I JUST LEARNED THIS TEAM IS ALL ABOUT "PEAK TEAMS" - AKA LEADING PEOPLE TO POSITIVE CHANGES... POSITIVE ATTITUDES?, MOTIVATION SPEAKING?, LEADERSHIP?, TEAM BUILDING? AND ? ETC... BOY IS MOTHER NATURE'S ARCTIC GOING TO TEACH YOU BOTH NEW LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES... I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT YOUR REAL WORLD ARCTIC EXPERIENCES.
THAT'S MY OPINION AND I'M STICKING TO IT.
Adventure is just bad planning.
- Roald Amundsen
Throughout the trip, Webb and McFadyen will be raising awareness about the ocean and raising money to support Save Our Shores and the Coastal Watershed Council, two local non-profits working to protect the watersheds in Santa Cruz.
During Wednesday's training exercise, Webb and McFadyen were joined by Laura Kasa, executive director of Save our Shores.