"Saturday December 16th I’ve paddled 3582 miles. It’s been a life changing adventure but... Winter is here and it’s time to stop. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor. Thank you to all of my team members and hosts..." Kayak racer Traci Lynn Martin has spent most of year 2017 kayaking to break the existing world record for the most miles traveled by kayak in a year. Her route was to include the circumferences of each of the Great Lakes, however, her journey has come to an end due to the frigid temperatures, ice and high winds this December. She started in Port Huron, Mich. at the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse and concluded in Lake Ontario in Canada. She had paddled 3,582 miles of her 8,600 mile goal. It was not a loss since Traci became the first person to circumnavigate the three largest lakes in North America (Michigan, Superior, and Huron) in one calendar year (completed on October 15th). She paddled the entire South shoreline of Erie, walked her boat around Niagara Falls, and continued on to paddle into Lake Ontario, concluding her courageous and inspiring adventure on December 16.
The GLCC had given her a sponsored membership for the year so that she and her support team could use our Harbor Reports, call upon our Port Captains, and be recognized by our cruising members as she cruised more of the Great Lakes than most of us can even dream of. You can learn about her adventure on her website: www.justaroundthepointe.com. You may also find her on Facebook as Traci Lynn Martin or JustAroundThePointe; A Kayaking Documentary of the Great Lakes.