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.
This morning Colin passed through the check point at Bella Bella. There he stopped for a coffee break with fellow racers Sistership and watched to his horror as his boat came untied and sailed across the harbour. He sprinted to the boat and managed to slow it, but his ama still sustained damage. Fortunately, he was able to repair it with the epoxy he brought along and was on his way in 15 minutes. He faced stiff 20 knot headwinds and 4-foot waves leaving Bella Bella, but calmer conditions and slight tail winds followed later in the day.
This is only his second time off the boat since the race started. Colin sleeps on the boat every night and only comes to shore to refill his water containers and empty his trash. Now he’s anchored off Susan Island in the provincial park of Jackson Narrows and settling in for a solid night’s sleep.
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At Angus Rowboats, our passion for adventure naturally draws us to the mystique of the Northwest Passage – one of the world's most captivating and perilous waterways. Historically, this elusive passage promised a shorter shipping route, spurring early navigators to fervently chart and struggle through its icy intricacies.
The summer of 2023 saw three audacious teams, including one using our very own RowCruiser boats, aiming to be the first to traverse NW Passage solely by human power within a single season. As the season concludes, we've chronicled these attempts, and catalogued past human-powered endeavors to navigate the Northwest Passage.