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Don Urquhart - 2019 Solo OC1 Georgia Strait 73K Crossing

I will be attempting to solo paddle an Outrigger Canoe (OC 1) 73 kilometers across the Strait of Georgia from Nanoose Bay Vancouver Island to Vancouver in 10 hours or less. The purpose of this challenge and adventure is to raise funds for Take A Hike Foundation. I believe that Take A Hike Foundation helps our youth and invests in our communities of tomorrow.

Don Urquhart

The May 2019 73 kilometer crossing will be the longest distance I have ever attempted on an outrigger canoe (OC 1). Two years ago I successfully paddled my OC1 61 kilometers across the Strait from Nanaimo to Vancouver, in 8 hours and 19 minutes. The final 12 kilometers of the crossing were incredibly difficult and there were moments when I doubted if I would make the full distance.   

Having made the 61 kilometers, I have decided to increase the distance on this crossing for Take A Hike Foundation. I have always believed that we grow by challenging ourselves; by setting goals outside our personal comfort zones.  The 73 kilometer crossing is a challenge and adventure that I hope will inspire you to donate to Take A Hike Foundation. I am training December through May on the ocean and land in rain, snow, cold winds and hopefully some sunshine. Knowing that I am helping others is a huge motivational factor that pushes me on in what I hope to be a successful crossing.

Take a Hike minimizes barriers to help students achieve success. 

Take a Hike is a full-time alternate high school program that uses the outdoors and adventure to engage vulnerable youth in school, community and mental health supports. They provide full-time clinical counselors in each classroom to help students overcome barriers, so they can achieve social and academic success, leading to high school graduation.

Help vulnerable youth across BC gain the tools to forge their own path and achieve success in school and in their lives. 

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