20. Keen Kiwis

Tara & Airini

“ Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover ”

– Mark Twain

New Zealanders are certainly well represented on the 2022 Yukon 1000 and in good company with our next on the block, Tara & Airini.  These two have a clear love and respect for the outdoors and a wide range of experience between them, ranging from the mountains to the sea.  Both growing up in rural areas where the outdoors isn’t a passion, it’s a way of life – they have even paddled the Cook Straight for fun… that should prepare them for the wild ride of Lake Laberge (which is a fair bit shorter but perhaps less predictable).

For those that don’t know the Cook Straight – a body of water which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand. It connects the Tasman Sea on the northwest with the South Pacific Ocean on the southeast. It is 22 kilometres (14 mi) wide at its narrowest point and is considered one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world.   We’d love to have a cuppa and hear about that one!

In a typical laid-back Kiwi fashion, they felt the Yukon 1000 “seemed like a good way to take a holiday and see a bit of the country.”  Kia Ora!


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