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Training for Northwest Passage trip

Posted: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Matt McFadyen (from left) and Cam Webb will row and sail through the Northwest Passage this summer aboard this 17 and one half foot boat. They are shown here on Tuesday with Save Our Shores executive director, Laura Kasa, as they leave Santa Cruz for Monterey. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ Amidst overcast and chilly conditions and facing a flat sea, Cam Webb, 37, and Matt McFadyen, 31, both of San Francisco, launched their 17-and-a-half foot Norse rowboat at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor Wednesday morning, for a training run across the Monterey Bay.

The six-hour trip from Santa Cruz to Monterey was a precursor to a 2,000-plus mile journey the two adventure travelers will take from July 15 to Oct. 15 as they attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage just beyond the Arctic Circle in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Throughout the trip, Webb and McFadyen will be raising awareness about the ocean and raising money to support Save Our Shores and the Coastal Watershed Council, two local non-profits working to protect the watersheds in Santa Cruz.

During Wednesday's training exercise, Webb and McFadyen were joined by Laura Kasa, executive director of Save our Shores.

For the complete article see the 05-09-2013 issue.

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