Boating in Canada Honour Roll
2016: Jayson Ambrose Paddles the Great Loop
Jayson Ambrose plans to be the first Canadian to paddle a kayak around the Great Loop - 8,000 to 12,000 km depending on the route. It should take up to 15 months starting October 1, 2016 from Mobile, Alabama.
He will travel in a counter clockwise loop along the U.S. coastal waterways, around Florida to New York City, up the Hudson River and New York State canals to Lake Ontario (Canada), through the Trent-Severn Waterway to Georgian Bay, and Lake Michigan (U.S.A.) south to Chicago, the Mississippi River, and the Tom-Bigbee Waterway back to Mobile to complete the loop.
2016: Mike Ranta Paddles Across Canada Again
Mike Ranta with his dog Spitzii is making his second solo 8,000-km canoe journey, repeating his 2014 record-breaking paddle across Canada. Follow him at MikeRanta.ca
and see comments at Facebook: Mike Rantas Paddle
“My plan is to pick up a case a beer and sit by the shoreline, to play my yukelele by the campfire while Spitzii howls me happy birthday.” [canoekayak.com
2014: Eric Holden named Canada's Top Sailor
Canadian sailor Eric Holden was Canada's first ever skipper in the Clipper Round the World Race
, leading a crew of 55 amateur sailors aboard the 70-foot Henri Lloyd
to win first place in one of the toughest ocean races in the world.
and Rolex Canada named him
2014 Rolex Sailor of the Year
, after being named Sailor of the Month
Holden and five Canadian crew members – Fiona Garforth-Bles, James Dick, Michael Jauncey, Morgen Watson, Phil Driver – were jointly awarded the Gerry Roufs Trophy
for offshore racing - Holden's second time being honoured. Roufs was a Canadian skipper who was lost in the Pacific in the 1996 solo race.
2014: Mike Ranta paddles across Canada
Mike Ranta (Atikokan, Ont.) and his dog Spitzii made a 7,640 km
canoe journey from Vancouver to Tatamagouche, NS (Apr.1 - Oct.31, 2014) about 350 km shy of Dominion Beach, Cape Breton. His Delorme inReach
geo-tracking system tracked his progress online. He was awarded 2015 Expedition of the Year
Canoe & Kayak Magazine
for the longest solo canoe expedition in a single season. In 2016
, Mike is repeating the trip in honour of Canada's veterans.
Previously in 2011
, Mike and Spitzii, in a Souris River Wilderness 18
, paddled from Rocky Mountain House Alberta to Montreal Quebec 5200 km
in 132 days along the traditional voyageur route a world record for solo canoeing.
2013: Jeanne Socrates
Seventy-year-old Jeanne Socrates from England, the oldest female sailor to make a solo, non-stop circumnavigation of the globe (Oct/2012 - Jul/2013) is raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care, that provides free home nursing for terminal cancer patients.
2011: Derek Hatfield
Derek Hatfield, Canada's top solo sailor, took
third place in the 2010/11 Velux 5 Oceans
solo round the world yacht race. Derek is the only Canadian to have sailed solo around the world twice. In the 2002/3 Velux 5 Oceans, his yacht Spirit of Canada
was capsized and the mast destroyed rounding Cape Horn, but he managed to repair the boat and finished the race, becoming the 126th person to sail around the world alone. In
2008 he raced in the Vendée Globe but he had to retire
when his yacht's rig was damaged.
Hatfield began working with the Broad Reach Foundation for Youth Leaders in 2003, a Toronto-based charity that teaches at-risk youth to sail. Derek died in 2016, a huge loss to the sailing community.
2011: Jack Nye
2010: David Wright saves Kiteboarder
David, a Canadian Laser sailor, was training in Mexico when roused from bed by a panicked man after his kiteboarding friend hadn't made it back to shore. Local police did not help. David used his Merchant Marine Academy training to consider wind and tide. After 3 hours of grid search in a powerboat, he located the lost kiteboarder.
[Montreal Gazette April/2010
2007: Meagan McGrath saves Everest Climber
Meagan is our hero of 2007, risking her life to save Usha Bista, a female climber from Nepal, in Mount Everest's infamous "death zone". [Toronto Star May/2007
| CTV May/2007
2006: Andrew Brash saves Everest Climber
Andrew is our hero of 2006. 200 metres from the summit of Everest, he saved Australian climber Lincoln Hall, who was dying of altitude sickness, instead of completing his climb. In May 2008, he returned to Everest and reached the top. Kudos Andrew.
2003: Tony Gooch
In 2002-2003, this Canadian sailor is the only person to circumnavigate solo nonstop from the West Coast of North America.
1988: Lawrence Lemieux
Canadian Finn class sailor Lawrence is our hero from the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Sailing in second place, he abandoned his race to go to the rescue of two Singapore sailors Joseph Chan and Siew Shaw Her, competing in the 470 class when their boat overturned in gusty winds, throwing them into the rough waves. Lemieux waited and transferred the two sailors to an official patrol boat. He finished 22nd but was recognised by the IOC with the Pierre de Coubertin medal
honouring his bravery and sacrifice. [Edmonton Journal March/2008