Former Western Canoeing & Kayaking employee Joe O'Blenis, Circles Vancouer Island in Record Time
On Saturday Sept 4th, Joe completed a circumnavigation of Vancouver Island in 16 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes. Starting in Nanaimo, Joe headed north and completed the circuit counter clockwise.
Joe, who held the record previously, beat his own and Sean Morely's recent time by 16 hours. He likely would have been faster had he not encountered 'technical difficulties' in Tofino, where he lost almost a full day.
Joe emailed us today and said that he is considering doing it all again in a Clipper Sea-1, the same canoe he paddled across Canada in, in 2004. Or maybe in a tandem Sea Clipper..hmmm.
Congratulations Joe on your record breaking feat.