On rowing around islands

I rowed around an island, once. It was not my idea, against my better judgement, and I’ll never do it again. It was a smaller island than Gabriola, too, so I sure won’t be doing anything of the sort here.

But serious rowers do circumnavigate islands. Jordan Hanssen and Greg Spooner recently rowed around Vancouver Island. The News Tribune has the details, including:

As repetitive as rowing is, the crew is propelled by knowledge that the more strokes they take the more they discover. For all their journeys, the Salish Sea showed Hanssen and Spooner plenty they’d never seen.

The northern lights. Whale spouts. A skinny-dipping gold medalist. A chance to play basketball in an isolated First Nations community. A near miss with a tugboat.

It was a pretty amazing experience, Hanssen said. But we still have a lot of things to get right. [continue]