Blair, Dan and Forest spent this past Saturday clearing out some of the dangerous sweepers and strainers from Mosquito Creek. Although we didn’t quite make it all the way down to Great Slave Lake, we did manage to clear a good 1.5km section of creek that is now much safer for all paddlers! This brings us one step closer to being able to run the full creek during the 2017 Mosquito Creek Paddlefest!
Thanks to everyone that came out for the most recent evening paddle around Latham Island, another successful Floatilla Friday! We certainly lucked out with the weather. Stay tuned for our next evening paddle!
Register now for the Latham Island Paddle Race on August 6th, 2016!
Have fun in an all-ages, beginner friendly 2km race around Latham Island in SUP, canoe, kayak or any non-motorized, human-propelled craft you have that floats! A BBQ will follow for all participants. Brought to you by a collaboration between the Somba K’e Paddling Club and the Yellowknife Multisport Club.
Participants will be required to bring their own equipment, including paddles, PFD and boat. PFDs must be wore while on the water.
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Tyler Kydd and Dan Wong took the honours in the 2015 Latham Island Paddle Race, organized by Somba K’e Paddling Club (SKPC) volunteers.
The pair made it home in 25 minutes and 15 seconds, in a race contested by 34 teams on Saturday. Rob Krushel was the first individual competitor over the line.
“That was exhausting, but well worth it,” Kydd told SKPC
“We didn’t do too much training – a little bit of paddling through the summer, whitewater trips and whatnot – but all in all I just wanted to get out there and have some fun, and it paid off.”
The race is based on the legend of a drunken argument between two Yellowknife prospectors regarding whether it’s possible to paddle around Latham Island in under 20 minutes. There is no record of that 20-minute barrier being broken.
Watch slow-motion footage of the race start:
Big thanks to SKPC volunteers for organizing another successful Latham Island Paddle Race. There was canoe, kayak and stand up paddling board categories.
The race started at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 15 at the McMeekan Causeway in Old Town – the bridge to Latham Island – and racers were required to be at the starting line by 12:30 p.m. Participants were required to wear life-jackets and we had a great BBQ are the race! Here are some photos from the event: