Canadian Keynote Speakers: Julie and Colin Angus

Canadian Keynote Speakers: Julie and Colin Angus

by Angus Rowboats

Bestselling authors and National Geographic Adventurers of the Year Julie and Colin Angus specialize in giving keynote presentations that resonate, inspire and motivate. This husband and wife team who founded Angus Rowboats Ltd. are masters of achieving the impossible; from completing the first entirely human powered circumnavigation of Earth to rowing unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean through two hurricanes.

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Navionics - The New Way to Navigate in Small Boats

Navionics - The New Way to Navigate in Small Boats

by Colin Angus

There is an array of electronic devices that can be used in small boats for navigation. Until recently, the handheld GPS has been our primary choice. While a plotter GPS is a great tool, it is typically not practical in small human powered boats due to its weight and electrical requirements.

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Rowboat Auto Pilot Installation in Sailing RowCruiser

Rowboat Auto Pilot Installation in Sailing RowCruiser

by Colin Angus 7 Comments

A rowboat auto pilot is something I had not previously considered, but during my solo voyage participating in the Race to Alaska the Raymarine ST1000 auto pilot helped significantly. With the sailing RowCruiser weighing only a little more than a Laser dinghy, incorporating a self-steering system posed several challenges. 

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R2AK - The Finish Line

R2AK - The Finish Line

by Julie Angus 8 Comments

13 days 1 hour and 59 minutes. That's how long it took Colin to row and sail from Victoria to Ketchikan in the RowCruiser. Today at 12:59 AKDT he rowed up to the finish line in Ketchikan.

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R2AK Day 13 - Alaska in Sight,  Going Through the Night

R2AK Day 13 - Alaska in Sight,  Going Through the Night

by Julie Angus 1 Comment

Colin is 60 km from Ketchikan.  He can see Alaska! It’s been another long day for Colin.  The morning started off windless, then came modest headwinds, which persisted for most of the day, except for a brief respite of gentle tailwinds.

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R2AK Day 12 – Soggy Slog

R2AK Day 12 – Soggy Slog

by Julie Angus 1 Comment

Colin finally got out of the Grenville Channel.  Yesterday he had 20 knot winds against him so he had to pull into an anchorage early and this morning the current and winds were still against him.  Finally, when the current slackened in the late morning he left his shelter and continued rowing north through the channel.

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R2AK Day 11 - Inside Passage's Spectacular Greville Channel

R2AK Day 11 - Inside Passage's Spectacular Greville Channel

by Julie Angus

Colin is currently anchored in Klewnuggit, just outside the marine provincial park.  He’s about 40 kilometers south of where the Skeena River flows into the Pacific. Dale McKinnon, who is very familiar with these waters, describes the confluence of the Skeena and tidal waters as notorious in a flood tide and even challenging in an ebb tide. 

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R2AK Day 10 - Tailwinds and currents

R2AK Day 10 - Tailwinds and currents

by Julie Angus

Colin’s spent the day weaving his way through a maze of islands and inlets.  He was up with the sun once again and is just anchoring now.  He’s had moderate tailwinds and a reasonable current, allowing him to make steady progress.

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R2AK Day 9 - Voyaging BC's Fjords

R2AK Day 9 - Voyaging BC's Fjords

by Julie Angus 1 Comment

Much of the open water crossings are behind Colin.  He is now travelling northern BC’s majestic fjords.  These narrow inlets bordered by steep mountains provide a labyrinth of more protected waterways.  It’s a remote wilderness and he hasn’t seen a single other boat in the fjords.

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R2AK Day 8 - At the halfway mark

R2AK Day 8 - At the halfway mark

by Julie Angus

Colin has reached the halfway point to Ketchikan. He’s now anchored in a cove on Denny Island just a few miles south of the check in point at Bella Bella.

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R2AK Day 7 - Goodbye Vancouver Island

R2AK Day 7 - Goodbye Vancouver Island

by Julie Angus 1 Comment

Well sadly Colin is out of cell phone reception and I didn’t hear from him today. Thank goodness for the tracker.  Between that and monitoring weather conditions, I feel like I could have almost been there on the boat with him. Minus the hard work, big waves, and sleep deprivation that is.

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R2AK Day 6 - Sailing through Johnstone Strait

R2AK Day 6 - Sailing through Johnstone Strait

by Julie Angus 3 Comments

Colin had some great winds through the Johnstone Strait this morning. The low pressure system brought winds from the south instead of headwinds, which allowed him to travel at speeds of 7 knots at times.

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