Thursday, August 6, 2009

Canadian Sgt Karen McCoy being interviewed by Canadian Military News

Landing at Point Roberts

Getting Ready to Cross the Strait of Georgia

Low Tide at Birch Bay

High Tide at Birch Bay

When we were told the tide would go out 500 feet, we could hardly believe it. The tide did, and we had to carry the points to the water to start the 15 mile paddle across the straight of Georgia to our campsite at Point Roberts.

Coming ashore was made difficult by four-foot breaking waves, but all are safe and resting in camp.
We enter Canada tomorrow. In two days, we will be in Vancouver.

Wednesday's CTC Report

As we began Wednesday, we knew we had to paddle more than twice as far as any previous day and the total of 18 miles. We had another long open water channel crossing with a brisk breeze and plenty of chop. Fortunately we had planned for the right tidal flow and we made good time in the crossing. At Sandy Pointe we turned north and had a short lunch break on shore. We then had to paddle from the shore line to go around two oil refineries and four very large oil tankers. We looked like minnows alongside a whale.

We arrived on shore after almost 7 hours of paddling and were welcomed by approximately 40 Homeland Security and Customs employees and their families who came to greet us. They also brought grills, steaks, and a lot of home cooked foods. We had a great evening picnic. Special thanks to everyone who helped and came out to greet us.

We also would like to thank Bob Kehoe and Gary Wilde who graciously volunteered themselves and their boats when we needed extra support.

Coastal TEAM Challenge – Anacortes to Vancouver, August 1–9, 2009

About World T.E.A.M. Sports and the Coastal Team Challenge

World T.E.A.M Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) uses the universal power of sports to create soul-stirring experiences by teaming disabled athletes with able-bodied athletes, forming a true TEAM. Our Principal aspirations and objectives are to increase and promote inclusive sports opportunities for all people, especially reaching out to disabled people. To organize and host innovative and challenging sporting events that encourage, all individuals, especially those with disabilities, to participate in lifetime sports. Promote diversity and increase awareness, acceptance and integration of those with disabilities.

The idea for the “Coastal Team Challenge” is a high profile, group expedition, consisting of a mix of Canadian and American disabled troops, active or otherwise. Launching at Washington Park in Anacortes, the team will kayak north through Puget Sound, entering the Strait of Georgia in British Columbian waters and arriving, finally, in downtown Vancouver. The event should generate international camaraderie among the athletes, hopefully act as a kind of lead in to the Winter Olympics held in Vancouver a few months later, and provide a challenging personal experience for each participant.

Kayaking north from Anacortes, the seascape will evolve from urban waterfront to outlying urban, passing through increasingly isolated areas that reflect a signature northwest marine environment—forested and rocky seashores, green and white ferries shuttling cars and passengers between islands, seals, bald eagles, whales perhaps—until approaching the BC border and ultimately the striking skyline of Vancouver with white capped mountains towering behind. The journey is roughly 82 nautical miles. The trip is scheduled for Saturday August 1st to Sunday August 9th, 2009.

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