Greenland Bound - Canadians James Manke & James Roberts compete at the Greenland Games
We were in Qaqortaq from July 8-17. The first mission was to find the qajaqs that we sent in a crate and pay for them. This took only the first morning and we got them out of the rain and into Qajaq Qaqortaq's club house. Here we added the decklines and sliders to ready the qajaqs for a quick test roll in the harbour that evening.
The competition schedule was short race, individual rolling, harpoon, team rolling, ropes, portage race and team relay race over the course of 5 days. The areas that we excelled in were the individual rolling in which Manke came first in 35-49 age group, Roberts came second in 20-34 group and in the portage race Roberts 1st, Manke 2nd.
The experience of being involved with this very important cultural gathering was priceless. We both learned lots about the Greenlandic people and got to roll with them in Greenlandic waters. The highlights for us were hanging out with the talented inuit kids who were taking part in the competition. This event is all about passing traditional skills and history down to the youngsters and they certainly love learning it.
Reed gear used:
We loved the beanies and wore them when the winds picked up and after rolling. The base layers kept us warm when rolling in the 4°C water and the paddlesuits gave us a way of rolling without the bulk of multiple garments.
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