SandyBottom's  (aka Dawn Stewart)

    Ultimate Sea Kayaking Challenge


 March 4 - April 2, 2006 - a 1200 mile small boat expedition race


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Sponsors & Friends:

"I would not be able to participate in such an exciting and challenging adventure without the generous support of my family, friends, and sponsors.  Thanks everyone for your help and support!  I continue to seek sponsorship of services and products.  If your company is interested in providing any level of sponsorship, including title sponsorship for the event, financial sponsorship or product sponsorship , please contact me.


Kruger Canoes

Mark Przedwojewski, is the owner of Kruger Canoes after the famous Verlen Kruger.  Mark is also a fellow WaterTribe member, and has the distinction of being the Challenger who has received more Water Tribe shark and alligator teeth than any other WaterTribe Challengers.  Mark has graciously offered the lend of his Kruger Dreamcatcher for me to use in the UC.  Mark will also be participating in the UC this year paddling a Kruger Cruiser.  The Kruger Dreamcatcher is the sea kayak version of the Kruger Seawind, designed to be the ultimate expedition kayak, specifically to handle the big waters of the Great Lakes or oceans of the world.   The Dreamcatcher will provide me with a dryer, more comfortable, and safer trip.


Kokatat is a Native American word meaning "into the water".    Kokatat Water Sports Wear, a friendly company of paddling enthusiasts, committed to quality and service, has graciously offered me sponsorship with the donation of paddling attire for use during my training and race. Kokatat is one of the best manufacturers of paddling apparel and PFDs for sea kayaking, and, their products include a wide range of women's paddling attire. 


Pacific Action sail systems are manufactured by On Top Down Under Ltd, located in Castor Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.  Their sails are stable, reliable and have great versatility.  In addition to the ease of deployment and quick furling, the sail assists the paddler over a surprising range of wind angles.  This is not just a down wind sail, there is guaranteed performance to a beam reach - wind side-on, as well as a beat to windward on expedition style sea kayaks.  On Top Down Under is supporting my endeavor by providing me with a red/yellow 1sqm sail (meeting Water Tribe Class 1 specifications), model PA_SI10.2.


The goal at Outdoor Research is to design and manufacture innovative products for outdoor recreation and travel that are of the highest quality, reasonably priced, truly functional, and as versatile as possible.  From handwear, headwear, gaitors, technical apparel, storage systems and  shelter systems.  OR offers a wide range of products to fit your active lifestyle. Outdoor Research is providing me product sponsorship for use during my training and challenge..


Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Dahon was founded with the singular purpose of convincing more people to use environmentally-sustainable forms of transport.  To accomplish this goal, they've focused on creating innovative but reasonably-priced   folding bicycles.  Dahon has offered sponsorship by helping with a small folding bike for use during the portage.  I will use their Presto Lite model model, an 18 lb, 16 inch wheeled folding bike with 3 speeds (gear inches 40-75).


Nobody Makes Navigation Easier.  Maptech has offered me a copy of it's newest marine software (in stores in Dec 05), Chart Navigator Pro, in addition to any waterproof marine and topo charts.  There's not much information about Marine Navigator available right now, I plan to add a page on my website  discussing my planning and routing for the challenge using this software.   


With a mantra of "Less Lugging and More Paddling", Paddleboy Designs is the only watercraft cart manufacturer to offer both end and center carts; they also carry a cart specific to sit-on-tops and a kayak bike trailer.  Paddleboy's designs and prototypes originally derived from a personal need, The company is co-owned and run by just two people who are passionate about paddling.  Their goal to help outdoor retailers succeed and paddling enthusiasts enjoy more time on the water, has resulted in a supportive, and competent dealer network around the country, and a quality product for all paddlers.  Paddleboy designs has offered to supply me with thier 'Heavy Lifter' center boat cart.




 Mountain House, the #1 brand of backpacking foods has been the choice of backpackers, hikers, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts for over 30 years.  I have used their freeze dried dinners on all my kayak/camping expeditions, they are the best tasting freeze dried meals available, extremely convenient to pack and cook, and come in a wide variety of entrees.  Mountain House has offered to sponsor me with a supply of dinner entrees for use in my Challenge.


Balanced Movement Studio knows that movement is the key to living healthier, living happier, and improving your quality of life. With that in mind, they have two goals: to build a movement community, and to make you a part of it.  If you need help getting motivated, or need help with your fitness routine, they offer personalized training by certified staff.  They also have a studio upstairs hosting movement classes including yoga, pilates, hooping, belly dancing, meditation and lots more.


Zaveral Racing Equipment has been acknowledged as the ultimate producer of high performance lightweight canoe paddles and cross country ski polesBy continually adapting the latest aerospace materials and design techniques to the sporting industry, they have stood alone as the paddle and ski pole of choice for elite racers and enthusiasts around the world. The lighter weight and superior characteristics of thier canoe paddles and ski poles result in a faster, less fatiguing, and more enjoyable sporting experience for every enthusiast.  Zaveral has offered me a the paddle of my choice at a great discount.

 Not just one the largest and finest paddle sports retailers in the Southeast, with store locations in Raleigh, Greensboro and Wilmington, but also an adventure travel company, and an outdoor retailer with product lines that include technical camping gear, apparel and footwear.  Get:Outdoors emphasizes the total customer experience.  I have been teaching sea kayaking and kayak safety classes for Get::Outdoors for 2 years now (and for Rock Rest Adventures now owned by Get:Outdoors for 6 years prior to that).  Get:Outdoors has offered to help supply me with miscellaneous kayaking and camping gear needed for the Challenge.



WaterTribe The purpose of WaterTribe is to encourage the development of boats, equipment, skills, and human athletic performance for safe and efficient coastal cruising using minimal impact human and wind powered watercraft based on kayaks, canoes, and small sailboats.  WaterTribe sponsors the annual Everglades Challenge, and is sponsoring the new Ultimate Florida Challenge I'll be doing next March.  This site also has a great Magazine section.

Mountain Wayfarer this is WaterTribe member Marek Uliasz's website, paddling, racing, photography, and other things outdoors.  It's an excellent website, with beautiful photos and interesting video.  Wayfarer is also planning on participating in the UC2006 and has begun a weblog that will include his race preparation.  He is a kayak racer and runs a virtual racing page.  His site also includes photo essays and other articles related to previous WaterTribe Everglades Challenges.

Mudflat Rangers is a loose-knit large group of sea-kayakers based in the Triangle area, who regularly get together to paddle at Jordan Lake.  They assemble for regular Wednesday night paddles during Daylight Savings time.  There are other subgroups that paddle together at other times including regular Women on Water (WOW) paddles, nighttime (Fri) paddles, and regular distance and endurance paddles, racing, camping, surfing, something for everyone.  Using the Mudflat Rangers Email list is a convenient way to stay in touch with other area paddlers providing a mechanism for paddling opportunities, and to share paddling experiences by posting trip reports.


Barrier Island Kayaks, owned by Lamar Hudgens, is an NDK Expedition Center, and sea kayaking outfitter located on the Southern Outer Banks in the village of  Swansboro, N.C.  Lamar has a  BCU 5* award, obtained in 2004, an award held by less than 15 paddlers in the United States.   I have trained and paddled with Lamar for the past 3 years, His annual clinic and/or symposium is not only lots of fun, but his instruction and those of his guest instructors are the best in the world. 


Central Carolina Sea Kayakers  Another group of paddling friends who are located in the Greensboro area, and are active paddling at Lake McIntosh and other local lakes in that area.  They usually have monthly weekend paddle/camp trips.


Partners in Health and Wellness, Dr Charles Hecht, Chiropractor, Chiropractic Sports Physician, and Acupuncturist, is one of my favorite people right now.  He has helped me overcome some overuse shoulder and leg injuries (when no-one else could). I will continue with preventative treatment as I train for the race.  His practice uses chiropractic techniques, acupuncture, vitamin and nutrition counseling, and massage therapy.  Colleen Monroe, massage therapist, has her own practice working out of Partners in Health and Wellness.  Colleen has a magic touch, and often works with many triathletes and other athletes.


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