Paddling North – Guest Post by Fiona Vincent

    Thanks for checking back in – The summer racing season is in full swing and we have been eagerly watching all the results and growth our membership is seeing. This post is special as it is written by elite marathon paddler, coach and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan board member, Fiona Vincent. We hope you enjoy!                           Paddling North Mike (Vincent) and I were invited to Canada’s far north to work with the North West Territories (NWT), North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) team. We were hosted by the East Three Canoe Club. We arrived in Inuvik, on Inuvaliuk day; a bright Monday morning in June. We were amazed, as we flew in, by the amount of water that covered the land. We are told that 70% of Canada is made up of water, but the number does not really make an impact until you see the country from above. There are rivers, streams, and small lakes as far as the eye can see – in every direction. It’s a paddler’s mecca!!   Mike with an Inuksuk                                     Shona Barber, one of two, NWT Coaches for the NAIG games hosted in Welland July 16-23, greeted us as we came off the plane. Driving into Inuvik, Shona shared with us the enthusiasm of the community and the plan for the next few days. With the ice having just left the lake the previous week, we were reminded that the young paddlers had...

Made in Saskatchewan – The one of a kind canoe.

Mike Vincent, of the Regina Marathon Canoe Club, is a world class paddler and avid boat person. He is eager to learn and discuss anything, and everything about paddling. It is through these conversations that his idea for this special boat took shape. Sharing his ideas and thoughts with Martin Bernardin, owner and boat builder of the Kisseynew Canoe Company, found in LaRonge Saskatchewan, the two started to bounce ideas back and forth. Both Mike and Martin share a passion for making canoes travel more efficiently through the water and have spent hours, and hours of their lives honing this skill. The idea for an efficient Saskatchewan Made canoe finally took shape in the winter of 2017, when Martin put his engineering mind to work and designed the boat. A few more suggestions, changes, edits and the final design emerged. Martin had the forms made and Mike picked them up, from a local Regina company (we did say this is a Sask made boat after all). Then the work began; strip by strip the plug (what the form for the boat will be crafted out of) started to emerge in the Vincent’s garage. As with most things in the paddling community, the whole Vincent family got involved. They all had a go at taking out staples and romanticizing about the finished product and the speed it would travel. A few more hours, and the finished plug was heaved onto the top of the van and began its journey north. The long- anticipated transfer happened in a parking lot in Saskatoon, where Martin joyfully took possession of the raw work...