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SUP the Coast: Escaping Up the Annisquam

4PM Saturday, they are already halfway up the Annisquam River. Someone with a camera take a shot before they escape north.

6PM update: Well, shoot, flew down to the Goose Cove Causeway and must have missed them. Started chatting with a fisherman there and by the time we traded war stories I drove up to Hodgkins and they were already gone. Are these two real people or some epic fantasy?

Their position in Real Time here.

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Their position in Real Time.

SUP the Coast Will and Mike Land In Gloucester- GMG Coverage

Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

Yesterday They Landed Here in Gloucester MA to a Hero’s Welcome and GMG Was There To Bring You’re Their Story.

Our Video Interview-

Pictures-

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The boys finally landed in Gloucester MA and we were there to cover it-

Joey’s Photos-

Family Reunion

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Mike Enjoys One Of Ambie’s Sausage Sandwiches

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Charles de Gaspe Beaubien Photos-

Greeted By Cape Ann SUP Contingency-

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Hitting Pavilion-

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Reunion Time-

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Donna Ardizzoni Photos-

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Donna Ardizzoni Video-

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Their position in Real Time.

Thanks Donna, Charles, Paul and Ed For The Awesome Coverage!

SUP the Coast: Wed Morning off Boston Harbor Islands

The epic adventure continues, Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

UPDATE Wednesday 9:30AM, Will and Rich left Scituate this morning and three hours later  are paddling past the mouth of Boston Harbor. That is 13 miles down and 23 miles on a “normal” float plan to Gloucester Harbor. My guess would be they stop somewhere south for the night and hit Pavillion Beach on Thursday before noon. But check as they might go for it with one long paddle. (A bee-line from current position to Pavillion is 20 miles.)  Their position in Real Time here.

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Their position in Real Time.

SUP The Coast Transiting Cape Cod Canal

The epic adventure continues, Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

UPDATE: 8:30AM Monday, June 20 and SUP the Coast is transiting the Cape Cod Canal! Their position in Real Time here.

ANOTHER UPDATE 2PM: Might be it for the day. White Horse Beach just south of Plymouth Harbor after 28 miles from Marion, Ma. Gloucester is just 60 miles away so Wednesday afternoon might be the time. Check out the movie on their Facebook page of them smoking through the canal under Coast Guard escort.

Looks like They should take three days to get up to Pavillion Beach so this Thursday, Wednesday, give or take a day, will be when they pass the Dog Bar and slide under the Greasy Pole. Good Morning Gloucester will keep you up to date. Meanwhile, go buy some party horns. Remember that Fiesta events are piling in too, Thursday 6:30PM 5K race starts at St Peter’s Square and Seine boat races on Friday 4:45PM so plan ahead.

SUP the Coast website

SUP the Coast on Facebook

Their position in Real Time.

SUP the Coast: almost to Cape Cod

The epic adventure continues, Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

As I write this they are closing in on the border to Massachusetts and Horseneck Beach. On their blog they note that on reaching New York City they had travelled 1,359 nautical miles in 72 days of paddling. My handy calculator converts that to 1,564 miles or 22 miles per day. Standing up. On a board. In the water. Inconceivable. Which I stole from the Princess Bride: “”Inconceivable.” You keep saying that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”  Something out of the ordinary.

In the next day or so it looks like up Buzzards Bay, through the Cape Cod Canal (or do they take the long way around?) and into home waters with Cape Ann just a few downhill day paddles away. Except it really isn’t downhill because currently it’s blowing 20 knots in their face. I bet they make it for Saint Peter’s Fiesta. A rough click through on Google Earth shows 120 miles to Gloucester Harbor if they come up through the Cape Cod Canal.

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SUP the Coast Part 4

Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are now paddleboarding from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

Their onboard GPS system sends out a tweet every once and a while. That is how I know they are currently paddling up the south side of Marathon Key. http://fms.ws/4MUHp Click on the links below to hook up and watch their process as they move up the coast towards us. They’ll be in Gloucester around 4th of July!

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Paddleboard Insanity Part II: SUP the Coast

Will Rich and Mike Simpson are gearing up with Mimi Whitmarsh trailing in a vehicle to SUP The Coast on March First.
What’s SUP you ask? That would be “Stand Up Paddle” from Key West to Portland Maine. Read Part I here to catch up.

Volunteers: they need people  who live close to the east coast to send in the GPS coordinates of their closest beach and a phone number. If the timing is right you can have the pleasure of their company for one night for a trade of a hot shower. Will has his sister in Magnolia and friends on Cape Ann but send in those coordinates. If you have friends retired down south send them a link to this inspiring story.

2,200 miles. Don’t you want to be one of the 110 new friends they acquire on this trip and maybe listen to a story or two?

Barely a month left. Much more to come as they fire this up, get ready to go.

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SUPtheCoast Part I

Paddleboard Insanity Part I: SUP the Coast

I thought the Blackburn Challenge was, a challenge. I kayaked all the way around Cape Ann, about 20 miles. But what would you call adding ten miles and standing up on a paddleboard? That would be a little crazy right? Then how about doing that for a hundred days straight? That would be absurd. But Alana Horne of Magnolia has just notified GMG that her brother, Will Rich and his friend, Mike Simpson are going to paddleboard from former Gloucester High School hockey coach Dick MacNeil’s house to Portland, Maine on a paddleboard. But wait, didn’t Dick and Carol move to Key West??? That’s right. They did.

Will Rich (grew up in Bayview) and Mike Simpson are going to paddleboard from Key West, Florida, to Portland, Maine to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Project and SUP Cleanup.

This will be an ongoing series of articles of this adventure up the east coast. They start on March 1, 2011 and could be rounding up around Cape Ann before 4th of July. Much more information about this incredible journey in later posts. For more information just click the links below.

SUP the Coast website

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