Mailbag: Rowing Through Fog

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Mailbag |

You never know what you are going to experience when you are out rowing or sailing. Whether it’s a sunny day or a rainy one, there is always something new to see or learn when you are out on the water. Our friend Jordan Hanssen, from OAR NorthWest, experienced just that when he took one of our boats out and met a wall of fog and a group of scientists. Click thumbnail to enlarge image  Great story and wonderful photo Jordan! Make sure to...

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Oar Northwest’s Mississippi adventure

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 in Mailbag, Ocean Rowing |

Our friends at Oar Northwest are at it again in their Gig Harbor Jersey Skiff rowboats, making their second annual trip down the entire length of the Mississippi River. The purpose of the trip is for scientific water study and to bring adventure to the classroom. OAR Northwest was founded by Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, with the goal of boosting adventure education in K-12 classrooms. This year they are traveling 2,320 miles from Minnesota to Louisiana.

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OAR Northwest team capsized, but safe

Posted by on Apr 7, 2013 in Ocean Rowing | 2 comments

Yesterday we got the news that Oar Northwest’s journey from Senegal to Miami, FL came to a sudden and premature end.  When they were about 400 miles from Puerto Rico, a rogue wave capsized the boat, and it was unable to right itself.  The crew was able to activate their distress signal and get into a life raft.  The US Coast Guard located them and a civilian vessel pulled them from the water.  By now they should have...

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Oar Northwest educates and inspires

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Ocean Rowing | 3 comments

We had a pleasant surprise in our e-mail inbox the other day – a personal thank you note from the crew of Oar Northwest: Just wanted to send you guys a personalized ‘thank you’ from all of us. There’s much more work left to do for us out there, but your guys’ tireless help in getting the tracks and steering system in order was just as critical as any other job on that boat. Again, many thanks! Greg & the OAR...

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Follow OAR Northwest’s ocean-row journey from Africa to the USA

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Ocean Rowing |

Last week, our friends at OAR Northwest shoved off from Dakar, Senegal en route to Miami, FL, USA.  A daring trip to make in a rowboat!  From their website, “This ocean-crossing demands that the rowing team demonstrate expertise in meteorology, navigation, nutrition, oceanography, technology, shipboard and oceanic emergencies, expedition planning, sports medicine, interpersonal communication, leadership and, of course,...

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