Kokatat Partners with OAR Northwest for 2012 Ocean Rowing Expeditions

Tuesday, 03 April 2012
Kokatat LogoKokatat, the leading US manufacturer of technical apparel and accessories for water sports, is pleased to announce its support of OAR Northwest, an ocean adventure rowing and adventure education organization, based in Seattle, WA.  OAR Northwest will be using Kokatat gear during its upcoming expeditions: a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and Atlantic Ocean crossing.
“We are proud to keep OAR Northwest paddlers dry during their expeditions and support their mission on land of educating their communities on the health of our marine ecosystems while promoting water sports in general,” said Lisa Kincaid, Kokatat Promotional Marketing Manager.
While attempting record setting ocean rowing journeys, members of the OAR Northwest team uses high-tech instruments to collect research data from the ocean environment and marine life and individual biometric data from the rowers.  For example, they will use a YSI CastAway to analyze the ocean water’s temperature, salinity and sound speed.  Through free web-based tracking and an adventure learning curriculum found at OARnorthwest.com, students and adults alike can virtually join the rowers every oar stroke of the way on these academic year-based expeditions.
“Kokatat gear is essential for our safety and comfort in the unpredictable seas,” said rower and OAR Northwest President, Jordan Hanssen.  “Kokatat has been a great partner in the past, and we are excited to have them back in the ocean rowboat for these upcoming expeditions.”
The OAR Northwest team consists of an Olympic Gold Medalist and Guinness World Record holding rowers.  For the expeditions the team will use the world’s most technologically advanced ocean rowboat, the 29-foot James Robert Hanssen and an array of Kokatat gear including GORE-TEX® Front Entry Dry Suits with Relief Zipper, GORE-TEX® Anorak jackets, multiple layering options, and various accessories.
On April 7, 2012, OAR Northwest will depart on its Canadian Wildlife Federation Salish Sea Expedition.  This 750-mile record-making attempt to circumnavigate Vancouver Island will depart from Lake Union Park, Seattle, WA and proceed in a counter-clockwise direction around the island.
In December 2012 OAR Northwest will make a Guinness World Record attempt across the Atlantic Ocean on its CWF Africa to the Americas 2012 expedition.  The journey will span 60-80 days as the team rows nearly 4,000 nautical miles from Liberia to Venezuela.  In addition to connecting children from communities separated by a vast ocean and cultures through its educational programs, the expedition team is rowing in support of Right To Play – an international nongovernmental organization whose philosophy is to impart skills of responsibility and self-reliance that leave a lasting impact for children.
About Kokatat Watersports Wear
Celebrating over 40 years of innovation, Kokatat is an independently operated, US manufacturer of technical apparel and accessories for water sports. Handcrafted in Arcata, California, Kokatat employees are focused on building the finest functional product for people who work and play on water. Our gear is designed for paddlers, by paddlers, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water all year long and in all weather conditions. Into the water with Kokatat! Please visit www.kokatat.com and follow Kokatat on Facebook and Twitter “@kokatat”.
About OAR Northwest
Founded in 2005, OAR Northwest connects with partners to reach its expedition and program goals, while propelling youth, community members and businesses to their own extraordinary achievement. The crew for next two expeditions, including a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and mid-Atlantic crossing: Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist Adam Kreek; Guinness World Record holders and North Atlantic Rowing Race veterans Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner, and national level lightweight rower Richard Tarbill.  Jordan and Greg rowed 3,200 nautical miles across the North Atlantic in 72 days from the USA to the UK without assistance.  This Pacific Northwest-based 501(c)3  non-profit organization is currently raising awareness and funds for its 2012 expeditions. OAR Northwest proves that solid teams faced with extreme challenges can inspire excellence. For more information visit: OARnorthwest.com.  
About OAR Northwest’s Educational Program
The OAR Northwest education program aims to motivate student learning, and the approach is to make students active participants in the learning process.  Face-to-face interactions with expedition crew members, innovative online tracking technology and an adventure learning curriculum contribute to building a student’s academic excellence.  Students explore real life and world issues through authentic classroom and out-of-school learning experiences.  Programs launch in March 2012 at schools.  Enroll today by visiting the education tab on the OAR Northwest website.
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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