Monday, March 9, 2015

Hughy 2015

It's that time again, Saturday, April 25 at 7:00am in EDT for the 16th running of the Hugh Heward Canoe Challenge;   Multiple options: Diamondale (Lions Park) to Portland (50 miles), Grand Ledge (Fitzgerald Park Dam) to Portland (25 miles), Charlotte Hwy Bridge to Portland (13 miles). or for the love of Zeus come on down and have a cocktail and brat and support the memorial.

Paddle Paddle,

The Capt'n

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 WaterTribe Everglades Challenge and UM Events Terminated

News Release


Coast Guard terminates Water Tribe Everglades Challenge near Englewood, Fla.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to terminate the WaterTribe Everglades Challenge near Englewood, Florida, due to safety of life at sea concerns Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg have coordinated the rescue of more than 11 people from the water during the small-craft regatta, which started in Tampa Bay, Florida, and ends in Key Largo, Florida. There has been reports of people with various stages of hyperthermia and the weather on scene continues to deteriorate to 4-foot seas and 20-knot winds.

The Coast Guard will terminate the event at the first check point at Cape Haze Marina in Englewood.
"Our number one concern is safety of life at sea," said Chief Petty Officer Rob Davis, a search and rescue coordinator at the sector. "With the weather deteriorating quickly, no manifest provided to the Coast Guard and unknown safety spotters on scene, we will unfortunately have to terminate the event."

Crews from Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Coast Guard Station Cortez, Florida, and Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, are on scene and will continue to provide an escort and search and rescue support until termination is complete. 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

March Madness!! EC kicks off this am

Team Kruger aka - Krugerheads saddle up for the running of the 2015 Everglades Challenge this morning; it's a mystery where and what happened last night at the campground EC mixer, I can neither confirm or deny the shenanigans, sea faring tales or alcohol shared - police reports are sketchy.

 Kruger canoes with a multitude of sail configurations; the herd gathers edging ever so close to the high water mark on the beach; tic toc, tic toc... chief's epic skipper's meeting in 5!!

 Ben sporting the 2015 Kruger spring wear the vortex tie-dye says it all; calibrate your compass dude and at some point share with the team the new sail rig configuration. Looking good!!

Chief gives the pre-race mandatory briefing; the do's don'ts and what if's are shared; trusted Flat Sally at his side gives hope to those that are one dimensional in their approach to the event; paddle, sail, row - crawl if you have to, but don't give up; there is always one more thing you can do!!

Adventure On .

The Capt'n

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Everglades Challenge 2015

Expedition-Style Adventure Racing In Small Boats

“The purpose of WaterTribe is to encourage the development of boats, equipment, skills and human athletic performance for safe and efficient coastal cruising using minimal impact human and wind powered watercraft based on sea kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats.” ~ Chief, February 2000
“A life changing experience!” ~ Heard many times.

What does expedition-style mean? It means that you need to be self-sufficient and carry all the supplies and equipment that you would expect to carry on a major kayaking or sailing expedition. This is not a “round the buoys” race with an empty boat and someone watching out for your safety. You are on your own.

We present to you Team Kruger Canoes for the up-coming Everglades Challenge 2015. May the weather Gods be in your favor; may sunny skies, warm blue water and winds from the northwest prevail!!  Adventure on!! 

Catch all the action at the WaterTribe Website
(aka Tom Dyll)

(aka Thad Rice)

(aka Danny Laboy)

(aka Benjamin Algera)

(aka Bob Vollhaber)

(aka Joshua Morgan)

(aka Bill Whale)

(aka Matt Turner)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Enter...The Dragon (the warrior spirit)

Having just arrived from Misfit Island - we were a bit perplexed on the complexity of Dragon Boat Racing; new terms entered weary minds - Hold, five & dime, power surge in 3 and let'er run were new to our vocabulary. 

But in the end we spoke dragon boat and were able to pull off a second place finish out of 22 teams - Not bad for a bunch of Kruger heads who forgot what a wood paddle feels like, not to mention the unique bench seating of a Dragon Boat.  1800lbs of boat careening down the river is something to behold.
 It was a time trial bracketed event; 300 yards is not a long way, but when you do it a 1/2 a dozen times working your way through the brackets at 90% - 100% effort you become keenly aware you misjudged the complexity and physical demands of dragon boat racing.

It was a grand event with 22 team (20 peeps on a team); the grounds were festive and spirits were high. For a bunch of first timers it was definitely a learning experience, a whole different realm of paddling.

Team Kruger would like to give a shout out to the organizers of the event and bring awareness to their cause  - to the survivors everywhere from domestic violence to cancer.

I would also like to thank Mike Smith for his persistence, his dedication and leadership for pulling together a team of misfits for the event; till we paddle again, it's back to misfit island!!

The Capt'n

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Au Sable River Fall River Run 2014 2.1 - the finish

Mark and Lauren paddling a Kruger Cruiser take honors with a banner finish crushing the 24 hour mark; the Smile on Lauren's and Mark's faces says it all!!  Matching hats the smiles; I think the Rowe's have gone Hollywood!!

Ben sporting a similar smile rolls in under 24 hours as well; not too shabby my man, not too shabby!! Tricks of the trade - looks to be travelling pretty darn light on this run.

But the real joy is coming in from an event and seeing the enthusiasm of your favorite fans!! Now this is cool, very cool.
Keith rolled in at 9:39 pm while Ben Mark and Lauren were in dreamland; word on the river is James may have pulled out at 5 channels dam (unconfirmed) - and if I were a guessing man I'd say Lori and Wendy are still on the river enjoying a fine trip.
I am not sure about the others that participated as they did not SPOTS or check in during the event; but I will say this - somebody put a paddle in this little Dude's hands cause he wants to tear it up!!
Over and out!!
The Capt'n

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Au Sable River Fall River Run 2014 2

Mark and Lauren working their way to Cooke Dam

I found the list; here are the players for 2014:

Ben Algera - Sea Wind
James B Hart - Sea wind
Wendy Brinson - Canoe
Lori Blaylock - Yak
Keith Wojahn - Sea Wind
Mark Rowe - Cruiser
Lauren Fry - Cruiser

Cooke Dam is a hydro-electric dam on the Au Sable River in Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 as the Cooke Hydroelectric Plant.

The Capt'n

Friday, September 5, 2014

It appears a new shipment of rum and Oreos have arrived; we're good.

Did you know that Americans eat more than 20.5 million Oreos a day? It's got to be true I read it on the web!!

As for Rum aye;  the stereotype of the rum-crazed, profligate Pirate - quoting Robert Louis Stevenson : "When a cruise is done, why, it's hundreds of pounds instead of hundreds of farthings in their pockets. Now the most goes for rum and a good fling, and to sea again in their shirts."

Translation: " we drink we paddle we drink we paddle and go to sea in our shirts cause we can't find our pants"

Stevenson also gave the world the most famous sea chantey that no real pirate ever sang:
"Fifteen men on a dead man's chest, Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Drink and the devil be done with the rest, Yo ho ho and a bottle or rum!"

The Capt'n

Au Sable River Fall River Run 2014 1.1

 Staging underway - clears skies and crisp clean green water!! 40 minutes to the start time and there is already anarchy as there is talk of pushing off early!! I got a list of who all is participating but for the life of me can not locate it!  Beuller...Beuller?  anybody?

 Wendy and Lori ponder the possibilities of the perfect start -  "Hey boys free beer at the landing"

While the boys fall for the oldest trick in the book Wendy drops in and puts paddle to water! - "there is no beer at the end of the ramp, silly..".

Lori soon to follow as they depart at 3:37 EST; so the Au Sable Fall river run is underway; some say under protest (not really but makes for good reading)

I on the other hand need to up my game; more Oreos and Rum --- paddle on!!

The Capt'n

Au Sable River Fall River Run 2014

The Players: Team Kruger

The Event:  Au Sable River Fall River Run 2014

A typical Kruger-head unsanctioned event - the word gets out about the run via social media, obscure texts and the occasional face to face talk in the glow of a raging campfire -  everyone is on their own, unsupported expedition style - the objective,  complete within 24 hours.; the goal, living the Kruger Canoe Dream. 

This particular run down the Au Sable will test your resolve, its a brutal test of fortitude when you push through the night into the wee hours of the morning to complete in 24 hours.

A word from Ben:
"Myself and a few others are running the AuSable River from Grayling to Oscoda tomorrow, starting at 4pm and shooting for a sub 24hour finish. Follow along here: "  Follow with SPOT - HERE

From Mark and Lauren:

"Off to a great start! Giant storm with SCARY lightning in front of us as we drove north. Hence we stopped at a hotel just south of grayling and were surprised by this awesome hotel room art! Hopefully campers can get some sleep ahead if the run. The good news is that the stream should be rising!"  Follow with SPOT - HERE

I'm not sure how many others are paddling this weekend, but I will try to follow along, post the insanity, add a little humor and of course take creative liberties, cause that's what I do!! 

The Capt'n