Date Set for Van Isle Circumnavigation

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Oct. 15, 2009 – One week from now, endurance athletes Greg Kolodziejzyk of Calgary and Jordan Hanssen of Seattle, WA will attempt a nautical circumnavigation of Vancouver Island, piloting the custom-designed, pedal-powered boat Within on its first long-distance ocean voyage. Greg and Jordan will launch Within on Friday, Oct. 23 from Comox, BC and will travel clockwise around the Island. If successful, this voyage will be the first-ever circumnavigation of the Island in a pedal-powered boat.

more at link below. (my blog)

Seems like a fun idea. But that makes me wonder why you haven't pointed at this pursuit as
a candidate for the great Environmental Elimination of all things Fun and Unnecessary.

Surely the funds raised could have been better used. And what of the fossil fuels used to
transport the craft (and possible support vessels). Surely too the environment would have
been better served had the participants not travelled from WA and AB to participate
(hopefully not by air!).

This isn't the first human powered trip around the island. And it's surely not attempting to be
more efficient. The kayak mentioned in your article would have been far more efficient, and
let's not forget sailboats. Human powered transport is nowhere near as efficient as wind-
powered. After construction, a sailboat can travel for decades for free, getting all its energy
from the wind, and not from food, which is grown at great expense to the environment.

Not once did your article mention the environmentally impactful elements of this sport. That
seems uncharacteristic of you. Perhaps the Keam we know and love on the VUL forum is but
a facade? Is the real-world Keam, dare I say, practical?

/ Irrational threadjacking is kinda fun.
// Don't feed the troll.

"After construction, a sailboat can travel for decades for free"

Ha! Not a chance.

Straw man argument Temple. Is misrepresenting what I say your favourite hobby?

"After construction, a sailboat can travel for decades for free"

I too LOL'ed. Clearly somebody has never been near a boat.

"The kayak mentioned in your article would have been far more efficient"

Paddlers have to deal with wind resistance from their paddle blades. The pedal-powered boat to be used in this circumnav. attempt uses a propeller for greater efficiency. That's part of the reason why the 24 hour record set by Greg K. in 2008 bettered the previous mark by a full two miles.

"After construction, a sailboat can travel for decades for free, getting all its energy
from the wind, and not from food, which is grown at great expense to the environment."

Oh, I'm also curious to know how growing food is a great expense to the environment.

To put it most facetiously: food requires land and water - both of which are limited environmental resources. Wind energy does not require food, but human energy does (and is not used half as efficiently as a wind-powered entity).
PS: the Troll is getting Thxgiving dinner all over again!

The Troll should be vegan, so as to cut down on its environmental impact.

I don't know what kind of sailboats you guys are used to, but AFAIK, you need a crew to sail (or
at least one person), and crews need food too, just like paddlers and pedalers.

Where do I get one of these boats! Wouldn't it be cool if innovations and ideas like these were shown on the TV every 30 seconds? I guess thats why we read the VUL forum...

I also wonder what the toll this dude's body has been? What has he done to maintain himself? All those marathons and iron-mans and he's still going strong. I expect he's done nothing special. The human body is an amazing thing

While a sailboat does need a crew (each member of which needs food), the energy used to move the boat is supplied by the wind. In the case of the pedal-boat the energy used to move the boat comes directly from the crew, who require additional food to generate it.

my sailboats are crewed by solar powered robots

my solar powered robot crew mutinied and are now using the energy from my body heat to power their 52 Foot yacht "The Nebuchadnezzar"

m2c

Keam: "Straw man argument Temple. Is misrepresenting what I say your favourite hobby?"

Did my post seem irrational? I was impersonating somebody. 50 carbon credits to anybody who
can guess who it was.

Yes, it did seem irrational. I understand you didn't like the threadjack back in the hockey thread
(where you also tried to misrepresent what I wrote) but your attempt to link what I said there;
about the massive GHG emissions that result from professional sports, to a couple of guys
pedaling a boat around Vancouver Island (as a way of raising awareness about human power and
to help a program that gives needy kids bicycles) is quite irrational. You have a bee in your
bonnet about me for some reason.

Heh, you threadjack nearly every thread you participate in, yet get snuffly when somebody
satirizes you.

Oh, I'm not snuffly at all, or put off by satire. You're welcome to make this thread about
whatever other people will comment on. Just pointing out your comparison is devoid of reason
and your comments here and in the hockey thread misrepresented my remarks. The problem
with satire is this: when it's done poorly, it's so easy to give the target of your remarks the
opportunity to point out how silly it is. As they say, comedy is hard.

Keam: "Just pointing out your comparison is devoid of reason and your comments here and in
the hockey thread misrepresented my remarks."

Irony overload.

Are you saying you didn't warp my comments to suit your argument?

Quoting from your post:

"But you were talking about *playing* sports such as hockey, which you identified as
something that should be eliminated because of the environmental impact of all the gear
loading up the landfills."

Totally wrong.

Don't mind me, just changing the thread title.