Wave Vidmar's historic kayak odyssey docked by electronics glitches

Wave Vidmar
Wave Vidmar's Seaward Pacific Expedition is stalled by electronic snags with navigational and communication gear. He hopes to start paddling to Hawaii next week.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland file

Kayak-explorer Wave Vidmar's scientific odyssey to Hawaii has been docked by technical glitches.

But Wave will set sail once electronic fixes are found to his navigation and communication gear, said Nick Horscroft of Chemainus' Seaward Kayaks that adapted a Pasat G-3 double craft for Wave's needs.

"He's had a helluva time. Wave hopes to leave next week," Horscroft said of the epic 2012 Seaward Pacific Expedition that was charted to start in late June.

The trip see Wave paddle 3,100-odd potentially risky miles to Hawaii, doing scientific tests plotting pollution, personal health, wildlife, weather and more to share with the world.

'"It's not uncommon for expeditions to be late like this; safety comes first," stressed Horscroft.

Once Wave leaves 'Frisco, the News Leader Pictorial will publish a site for following his expedition.


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