Oct 052014
A pleasant morning awaits on a placid stretch of the Mississippi River near Redwing, MN

A pleasant morning awaits on a placid stretch of the Mississippi River near Redwing, MN

Head on over to rowboatclassroom.org right now to follow the Adventure: Mississippi River expedition live and in real-time.

The crew departed Mississippi River headwaters on September 2nd, 2014, and is rowing all ~2,400 miles of the “Father of Waters” from it’s source in Minnesota to its terminus at the Gulf of Mexico. They are delivering free STEM-focused educational curriculum via in-person school and community visits, and through various online platforms.

Educational partnerships are lead by the Izaak Walton League, and education program is generously funded by the Seattle Yacht Club Foundation. For more about our education and grant funding partners, sponsors, and to experience the curriculum and story as it unfolds, go to rowboatclassroom.org.

See you on the river!

Feb 112014
Join Jordan, Greg & team on the Mississippi River this Fall 2014!

Join Jordan, Greg & team on the Mississippi River this Fall 2014!
Photo: Jordan Hanssen / OAR Northwest

Little did my parents know what developing an appreciation for classics like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn would inspire. Maybe it’s not an exact correlation – between reading about Tom and Huck’s adventures in grade school, and fifteen years later deciding to take a 29-foot rowboat with three friends across the North Atlantic in a rowing race taking 72 days. However, there is no denying that my first adventures were in books, and reading about the adventures to be had on the Mississippi River were one of many things that led me to wanting to create some adventures of my own.


OAR Northwest crew answer students’ questions at the International School of Dakar – Dakar, Senegal
Photo: Erinn J Hale Photography / CWF

A side effect of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean that first time was the incredible amount of knowledge and curiosity it inspired in a wide range of subjects amongst ourselves and those that watched on the website. Since the 2006 race, OAR Northwest, the organization my crew and I built, has morphed from race support into today’s non-profit adventure education organization with several adventures under our belt. We are excited to announce a new adventure education expedition that’s going to bring our love for adventuring and the knowledge that it inspires, to the Mississippi River this Fall. We want you to be a part of our goal to visit 30 schools along the river in person, and reach 100,000 students online. Continue reading »

The JRH is coming home

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Apr 172013

This morning aboard the tugboat Sentry, Jordan & Markus and the whole tug boat crew finally made contact with the James Robert Hanssen. Today is a great day.

This was no small feat, and was the product of intense collaboration between many faces and organizations. We’ll tell you all about them in our next post.

In the meantime, getting this vitally important scientific data back, and preserving the documentary film footage was very expensive, and will help tell the story for future generations, and inspire and educate others to understand and conserve our vital natural resources.

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Apr 142013

To the life raft!

It had been close to 4 hours since we had capsized, Adam and I had been rowing since 2am with no rest, and none of us had eaten a full meal since 1900 hours the night before.  It was time to rest, recoup, and come up with a plan of attack for getting the boat upright.  After tossing around a few ideas for future plans and busting out the only reading material on the life raft, a mini bible, we settled in.  The unmistakable roar of a flat bellied C-130 (USCG I know it wasn’t a C-130, it was an HC-144 who arrived on scene first and a C-130 who showed up later but we did start singing “C-130 rolling down the strip…”) filled the air. Continue reading »

Apr 112013

Let me start this off by giving thanks to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and the Captain and Crew of the MV Heijin.  It can never be said enough.


Just Another Sunrise

It was the last half hour or so of Adam’s and my 4-hour rowing shift.  Dawn was breaking on our 73rd day at sea.  Winds and waves were building and we were making just around 3kn towards Miami.  At shift changed we discussed the building seas and the possibility of the sea anchor being deployed despite the favorable speeds west.  Markus climbed out and hopped on the bucket, he would soon be literally caught with his pants down, while Jordan took over steering in the bow seat.  Adam was tucked inside the hatch as I folded myself inside.  Our last words of the discussion to the boys on deck were literally “remember think safety first”. Continue reading »