Lake Ontario Crossing this Saturday

Thursday, 26 July 2007
Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario

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We decided it was time to take the plunge. This Saturday, Liz Burnside, Erik Ogaard, Sean and myself have decided to attempt to paddle across Lake Ontario. We are planning to leave from Toronto early Saturday morning, paddle south and land in Saint Catharines on the south side. The total length for the crossing is 49km, 30 miles, 27 nautical miles or 4,888,364 centimeters. It's a long way no matter how you look at it.

Why do it? There are a couple of reasons, the tragic accident this winter of Andrew McAuley really hit us hard. We had been following very closely his attempt to cross the Tasman Sea. It's a huge crossing of 1600km. Large crossing have always been interesting but this was different, he showed that large crossings in a basically of-the-shelf kayak could be possible. When he passed away that fateful weekend, we decided to explore the idea of a sea kayak as a vessel for large crossings.

We have been working slowly to build it up. We have done 4 crossings now of around 20 km. This is basically double the distance, but nothing we haven't done in a single day before.

We will let you know how it turns out. For the weather geeks out there, we are expecting rain that day with possible winds out of the north, thus the north to south crossing.

We have put absolutely no pressure on ourselves. If the wind is to strong or it doesn't feel right, the trip is off. No questions asked.

If you are interested, here is the proposed route for kmz Google Earth.

We are all pretty excited!

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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