Just Around The Pointe - 2020

To be the first person to circumnavigate all 5 Great Lakes in less than one year- and in the process Inspire All Individuals who struggle everyday with a chronic health condition or disability to never give up.  

2017 GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
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To Set A New World Record For The Longest Solo Journey By A Surf Ski

To Be The First Person To Circumnavigate All 5 Of The Great Lakes
In Less Than One Calendar Year

To Inspire Others Who Struggle Everyday With Chronic Pain
Or A Chronic Health Condition
To NEVER GIVE UP ON THEIR DREAMS
And
NEVER STOP DOING THE THINGS IN LIFE THAT FULFILLS THEM

"I want to inspire individuals who live everyday with a chronic illness to NEVER stop doing the things that they love and NEVER give up on living their life"

Traci Lynn Martin
Expedition Kayaker
Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 2010

Watch me as I paddle around the 5 Great Lakes at:

"Join me in an Epic Journey
and a Life Changing Adventure
to Discover 
Who I was Born to Be"

Traci Lynn Martin


"Not all those who wander are lost"
- J. R. R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings"
 

 
Traci Lynn Martin, an experienced expedition kayaker and successful ultra endurance competitive kayaker, will attempt to be the first person to circumnavigate the 5 Great lakes in less than one year. 
  
Currently, according to Guinness World Records, the longest solo journey by a Surf Ski is by Gerhard Moolman (South Africa) when he covered a distance of 3,822 miles (6,152 km) on a surfski between Hout Bay, South Africa, and Lamu, Kenya, from 20 April to 23 October 2002.


His expedition was called The Far Blue and served to raise funds for, and awareness of, AIDS among children in Africa.
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A surfski is similar to a kayak, except that the paddler sits atop the vessel rather than inside it.

A surf ski is typically longer than a kayak, with a deeper cockpit. Despite its typical instability, a surf ski (with an experienced paddler) is a very effective craft for paddling in big surf and waves.

Surf Ski's were created in Australia.



 

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On October 15th, 2017
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 Traci Lynn Martin became the FIRST PERSON in history to circumnavigate the 3 largest lakes in North America - Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Huron
 in one calendar year! 








She then went on to paddle the entire South shoreline of Erie.
On Saturday November 18th, she walked her boat around Niagara Falls.
Monday November 27th she bagan paddling Lake Ontario.
She was caught in Toronto for 2 weeks during a winter storm.

On December 16th, due to ice forming on Lake Ontario, she decided to end her record attempt.

The Guinness World Record is 3,822 Miles 

3,592 Miles was accomplished...

230 miles short of the World Record

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  ​​*Thunder Bay

Map For Reference of the Great Lakes

  ​​ *Crisp Point Lighthouse
  ​​ *Detroit
  ​​ *Chicago

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In 2017 Traci Lynn Martin paddled on or through:

2 Countries .. USA and Canada
The Canadian Province of Ontario

8 States.... Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York

The 5 GREAT LAKES... Huron, Michigan, Superior, Erie, Ontario

Including:                                                                       2 Canal Systems: 
Green Bay                                                                      Sturgeon Bay Canal
The North Channel                                                       Sault Ste. Marie Canal
Georgian Bay                                                      

4 River's:                                                                        4 Connecting Lakes: 
The St Mary's River                                                      Portage Lake 
The St Clair River                                                         Munuscong Lake
The Detroit River                                                         Lake Nicolet
The Niagara River                                                        Lake George

Total Miles Kayaked: 3,592 miles


Breadcrumbs from SPOT Global Tracker


Heartfelt Gratitude and Colossal "Thank You"
to Stellar Kayaks

Stellar Kayaks provided Traci with a customed designed, high quality, reinforced hull, surf ski








The Stellar Racer (SR) is stable and fast for those paddlers looking to transition from a touring kayak or those who want more stability from a surf ski in rough conditions.
A greatly narrower catch and reduced volume footwell help to modernize this popular surf ski. 
We moved the paddler forward to catch waves easier as well as increasing the bow deck volume a little to release from the waves easier.
We kept the same hull shape below the water that paddlers raved about!
The beauty of the SR is that its allows you to keep your paddling rhythm without bracing, which keeps the hull speed at a higher constant rate than if you were in a racing ski and had to brace.
A water bottle holder in the cockpit and handles in the bow in stern round out this amazing
boat.

Length: 19'2" / 5.84m
Beam: 18.9" / 48cm
Depth: 13.3" / 33.8cm
Paddler: 5'-6'6" / 1.5m-2m
Capacity: 295 lbs / 135 kg

**Stellar Kayaks are adding a front and rear hatch so that Traci can carry her gear and supplies, as well as extra deck rigging and anchors.









A HUGE Thank You to All of Our Sponsor's
 A personal "Thank You" to all of the wonderful individuals whom I have come to know
behind each of these logos,

Your encouragement and faith towards this vision has been a Godsend.

O'Connor Wealth ​​
Management Inc.

 The  DIPASQUALE  Family
(for your incredibly generous donation of $1000.00)

A HUGE Thank You to All of Those  
"LAKE ANGELS"
Who Made My Expedition Successful

Marv Kuziel .. Thank you for your help, support, and friendship! 

Tab McBlane .. Thank you for taking care of my SPOT GPS tracker, for keeping everyone updated on my location, and monitoring the weather to provide continuous on-water safety. 

Scott Edwards .. Thank you for all of your hard work and all of the time that you have devoted to helping me with this incredible journey. I truly appreciate this. 

Mary Strope..  Thank you Mary for coming on board with this project and being my Media Coordinator. Your experience and expertise has been invaluable! 

Bob Van Hise and Patti Zander... (from Tonawanda, NY)
Thank you so very much for offering to bring supplies and to car portage me around Niagara Falls (coming and going).
Your noble and charitable help will be invaluable to me.


David Thomas .. Thank you for the Stellar Kayaks & Surf Skis Sponsorship, for building Bettina for me, and for the extra supplies when I needed a new rudder and lines!!

Tim Thompson .. manager of Cozy Corners Bar & Grill - Barbeau, MI -- TY for the wonderful meal at your restaurant and for finding me a warm place to sleep on 6/22/17!

Mary “Herbie” Torio .. Lake Erie, for all of your help and for the warm thermal long-johns.

Jarett Bies...  Your help and support is appreciated beyond words...
I am truly grateful and indebted to you!!  Thank you Jarett.


Stephen Brede.. ( from Petoskey, MI)
Thank you for your personal interview and expedition advice.
The information you provided will be invaluable to me.

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I also want to thank you and your wife, Ruth, for allowing supplies to be mailed to your home and for your invitation to allow Bill and I to stay several nights with you! Thank you Stephen and Ruth!


Elaine Mestrezat ...  Sarasota, FL
Thank you for your donation!

Susan Haywood .... ( from Brighton, Victoria, Australia)
Thank you for all of your continued support and encouragement  in my cause and for your generous donation! Even though we live an Ocean apart ... I feel like I can call you a friend. "Thank you".

Kaite McKy .... (Brooklin, Maine).
Thank you for offering to to let me stay the night at your home, and to take a long, hot bath... Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Wilmette Kayak Club.. Thank You for your support and help

Riverside Kayak Connection ....  (Retail Location)
4016 Biddle Avenue,  .. Wyandotte, MI 48192
Thank you for your offer to help me as I am paddling through your area!

George Verras ... Thank you for allowing my team to stay in your lovely cabin!

Kris Domboroski ... Thank you for allowing my shipment of supplies to be mailed to you and then for bringing them to me! Your kindness is so much appreciated!
 
Kathy Morse ... Thank you for your friendship and help.
 
Randy Orchard ... Thank You for helping me in the Port Huron area

Andre Wagner .. Toronto - thank you for help, a warm place to sleep & a very cool party.

Frida Warrara .. Thank you for your kindness, generosity, and support.

Natalie Dobos Wehner .. North Central Ohio - TY for your generous offer of help.

Anne Wright.. Lutsen, MN - Thank you for allowing us to stay a night with you.

Rick Savela... Ontonagon, MI - thank you for allowing us to stay in your cabin for 2 nights.

Paul & Juanita Schmidt .. Algoma, WI - Thank you for your help and support.

Vicki Schroeder .. thank you for friendship, as well as your encouragement, support & cool gifts!







 
Bill Noble .. Thank you for giving up 10 months of your life to help me as my support driver! 

Tamara Martin-Urias and Charlie Urias .. for dropping everything & being my support driver when I was so alone. I LOVE YOU BOTH! 

John Peterson.. Thank you for believing in me and being my #1 advocate and supporter.  Your assistance and counsel has been priceless to me.  I fear that my words of appreciation fail to express just how cherished you truly are to me. You have given me a sense of clarity which I have never known before, and for that I will forever be in your debt. 

Liz Yeland .. Lake Superior - owner of Yeland Designs, thank you for the design of my Logo!

Rita Young .. Thank You for allowing us to stay the night at Gilchrist Guesthouse in Vermilion, OH

Carol Rose .. Grand Marais, Lake Superior - for all of your help, support, and guidance!

Christine & George Schiestel .. You opened your home to us for 6 nights! You allowed my team to share a Canadian Thanksgiving with you. It was wonderful, THANK YOU!!

Mike Rudell ..  your generous gift of a warm coat kept me healthy on the bitterly cold days, TY!
 
Darci Winthers... Thank you for your generous offer to spend two weeks following me along the route and setting up a camp for me every night. Your help will make it possible to carry less gear and therefore paddle faster and farther! 
 
Jorglynne Maranda Martin Shepard Brooks...  Thank you my dearest daughter for offering to help mail supplies to us during our trip!!  Love You!
 
Renee and Darron Henderson... Thank you cousin for offering to help mail supplies to Joe and me during our trip!!  Love You!
 
Alex A. Shepard.. for all of your time, help, and patience.. Thank you Alex!
 
Douglas Martin....  Thank you for all of your help, support, and encouragement!

Julie and Chris McMillian... Thank you for all of your help, support, and encouragement!
 
Historic Fort Adams ... Newport RI
Thank you for allowing us to mail supplies to the Fort and for allowing us to stay the night there as well!
 
Steve Bianco .....  Lake Erie
Thank you for offereing to help and for spending a day paddling with me!

Lisa MacDonald .... Drummond Island on Lake Huron
Thank you for offering to allow me to stay the night in your home with you!

John Porter ....  Presque Isle, MI
Thank you for all of your help and for the AMAZING popcorn!

Beach and Marianne Hall ... Port Captain and former Mayor of Rogers City, MI
Thank you for allowing Bill and I to stay at your place,
Thank you for a nice dinner and for all of your help!

Sharon Bustamante .. Leland, MI
Thank you for allowing Bill and myself to stay in your lovely home for 2 nights, thank you for the wonderful meals and the hot showers, and "Thank you" for paddling with me on the morning of the 25th of April.

Dan O'Connor .... Port Washington, WI
Thank you for paddling with me through Milwaukee on May 26th.
Thank you for allowing Bill, my two boys, and I to stay in your lovely home!
Thank you for the hotel room at Village Inn on the Lake on May 30th!
But, most of all, Thank You for you continued support and encouragement throughout this expedition!

Oliver Herzog Simes .. TY for all of your help around the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior!

Ryan Slebos .. Olathe, Kansas - thank you for adding a few extra modifications to Bettina.

Ed Sparling ..  Toronto Transportation Services - TY for helping me on 12/11/17 at Cherry Beach.

Normanelaine Semrau.. Thank You for helping me and for the gifts.

Jane Rasmussen .. Ontonagon, MI  - Thank you for the wonderful meal and for all of your help!

Heike & James Robinson .. Lake Erie - thank you for the warm bed and the hot meal.

David Ryder .. TY for paddling with me on 11/1 from Rocky River to Edgewater, Cleveland.