Mission Impossible - Bellingham to the top of the World

Mission Impossible - Bellingham to the top of the World

by Angus Rowboats

We are pretty thrilled to have had our boats used as part of this gargantuan expedition. In September 2012 Caroline Van Hemert and Patrick Farrell completed one of the most challenging and intriguing human-powered journeys in recent times. Beginning in Bellingham, Washington, they rowed, paddled, skied and trekked 7000 km entirely off road to Kotzebue Alaska.

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Victoria to Alaska: Leland and Sheena Go North

Victoria to Alaska: Leland and Sheena Go North

by Angus Rowboats

Sheena Miller and Leland Clarke rowed 2,200 km from Victoria BC all the way up to Glacier Bay Alaska in two Expedition Rowboats they build themselves. Their journey took them up the coast of Vancouver Island, through the Great Bear Rainforest, and through the labyrinth of channels leading to the terminus of the Inside Passage.

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Jacob Beckley Rows Non-Stop Across Lake Michigan

Jacob Beckley Rows Non-Stop Across Lake Michigan

by Angus Rowboats

Jacob Beckley is committed to raising awareness and support for childhood cancer.  His latest expedition to draw attention to the cause was to row solo across Lake Michigan in an Expedition Rowboat.  To accomplish this he not only build his first boat but learned to row.  On Oct 3, 2016 he set off from Michigan and began rowing the 65 miles towards Chicago.  Within 24 hours he successfully completed his crossing.

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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 8 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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