Jon Turk - Ellesmere Expedition 2011

Jon Turk

"I used a Wind Paddle Sail on my 2010 solo expedition in the Solomon Islands. This is the best sail I have ever used and I recommend it highly."

In the late spring and summer of 2011, Tyler Bradt, Erik Boomer, and Jon will attempt to circumnavigate Ellesmere Island, (Ellesmere Island is part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut) using kayaks as sleds and boats. It will be a difficult and expensive expedition. Already, during the planning, we have encountered many seemingly insurmountable barriers, and we haven't even taken the first physical step on the ice yet!

For a detailed blog of the expedition itself, please go to the Ellesmere Island Expedition page. Jon will be using three WindPaddle "Cruiser" sails on this expedition. WindPaddle Sails joins Polartec and Eddie Bauer in sponsoring Jon, Eric and Tyler in this exciting expedition.

 

Below is a picture Jon took while on his 2009 Solomon Isl. Expedition using the WindPaddle Adventure sail.

WindPaddle Adventure sail - Solo Paddling limits your photo angles!

For almost forty years Jon has wandered through exotic and remote landscapes and returned to write and speak about my adventures, the people, and the environments that I have been lucky enough to encounter.

Jon has completed numerous sea kayaking adventures as well as rock climbing and mountaineering, skiing, and mountain biking.

One such adventure is Vanuatu Sea Kayaking:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhhvjmP77XM

Jon's new book, "The Raven's Gift" was recently released which contains his journey with the WindPaddle.

The Raven's Gift

 

We are happy in helping Jon complete a safe and successful expedition.

We paddle and sail on the shy side of the line, but we can't help but include here Jon's comments on the WindPaddle sail:

"I've tried many different sails on my kayaks over the years, but now I've come home to roost. I used a Wind Paddle Sail on my 2010 solo expedition in the Solomon Islands. This is the best sail I have ever used and I recommend it highly. It lifts the bow, providing plenty of power, while at the same time is low to the deck and stable. In addition, the sail is very compact and extraordinarily light and easy to set up and take down, which fits my kayak temperment perfectly."

Cool, huh?