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HomeNL-2012-03 In the News

In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

 Don Starkell
"Canoer/adventurer Don Starkell dies" (Canada)
"Winnipeg adventurer and author Don Starkell, known for his paddling journeys to the Amazon and Arctic, has died. The 79-year-old Starkell, who fought pirates, hunger and frostbite, lost a battle against cancer and died Jan. 28. Starkell and his two sons, Dana and Jeff, embarked in 1980 on a 20,000-kilometre canoe adventure from Winnipeg to Brazil, a journey which established them in the Guinness World Records book for the longest canoe trip ever..."
Complete story: CBC News
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"Canoe made from disposable chopsticks" (Japan)
"A Japanese man was bothered by all the wood going to waste from disposable chop sticks, so he spent two years collecting the used chopsticks from the cafeteria. And he then used them to build a 13-foot canoe by gluing together 7,382 chopsticks into strips..."
Complete story: (scroll a little more than half-way down the page)

Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Don't litter!" (San Diego, CA)

Here is a very effective anti-littering poster from the Surf Rider Foundation.

Click on the thumbnail photo to see a larger version.


Entry contributed by John Rich.

 Winter canoeing
"Winter boaters soon will have another item they are required to wear, a lifejacket" (Pennsylvania)
"The law was passed in September and it will mandate that everyone on small boats less than 16 feet long, anchored or moving, will be required to wear a life jacket during the winter months. Life jackets save lives, and soon they’ll be mandatory by law. In winter, with water temps of about 35 degrees, experts say without a life jacket you have only 15 to 30 minutes to live. A preserver can buy you as much as 90 minutes to get to safety..."
Complete story: 21 News
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"Kayakers, neighbors at odds on potential river access site" (Lodi, CA)
"The Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery will begin testing an old Lodi landfill near the Mokelumne River for methane gas content next month, a process that could eventually lead to the city converting the land into a kayak launching pad or other forms of river access... "We're not afraid of kayaks or kayakers," said Joan Morrison, an Awani Drive resident and board member of the Mokelumne Village home owners association. "It's the other things that come along with it." Morrison said she and her neighbors worry that opening up the site to the public will bring unwanted traffic to the quiet neighborhood..."
Complete story:
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Row for Freedom boat
"Naked rowers break Atlantic record" (Britain)
"Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean may be an extreme test of human endurance but an all female crew who completed the feat discovered a secret tactic to ease the physical burden -- rowing nude. "We spent a lot of time rowing naked because when the sea water gets inside your clothes it increases friction against your skin which can cause sores," says Debbie Beadle, Skipper of the Row for Freedom team. The unconventional ploy worked to perfection as Beadle and her fellow crew members -- Julia Immonen, Katie Pattison-Hart, Kate Richardson and Helen Leigh -- smashed the existing Atlantic crossing record for a boat of five rowers, taking just 45 days..."

Note: The linked story does NOT include any photos of nude paddlers - it's safe for viewing at work!


Complete story: CNN

Entry contributed by John Rich.


United Way
"United Way grant will open adventure activities to pupils" (Cumberland, MD)
"Students at Grantsville and Accident elementary schools and Southern Middle School will be able to attend after-school adventure activities beginning April 19. The adventure program will be conducted after classes mid-week on the campuses of each of the three schools, participating in a smorgasbord of activities, including rock climbing, a nature hike, orienteering, mountain biking and canoeing.” It is believed that this type of adventure activity programming can be very effective in helping the younger students develop a more positive attitude and increasing focus and confidence..."
Complete story: Times-News
Entry contributed by John Rich.