The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

by Captain Bill

The Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

The faint of heart need not apply!!!

The faint of heart need not apply

The faint of heart need not apply

Since 1999 the Amazon Rafting Club, based in Iquitos, Peru has invited rafters, canoeists, rowers, paddlers and adventurers from all over the world to compete in The Great River Amazon Raft Race. The 2010 race is hoping to attract more teams than ever before and you are invited. Although it is tough, lots of rafters have completed the course; even some older people. In 2006 the “Over the hill Gang” finished the race and their average age was 68. In 2007 David Petroski, the Captain of the Canada One team, celebrated his 7lst birthday on the second day of the race.

Safety boats will be watching over you so if your tired, sick, or just plain fed up, you will be whisked off your raft and into the support boat before you could say Sarah Palin.

The 3 day race will start in the town of Nauta on Friday, 24th September 2010, and finish at the Fishing club in the City of Iquitos on Sunday, 26th September 2010 mid to late afternoon. Each 4 person crew will paddle a raft they built themselves the day before the race (23rd September). Each raft will be constructed of lightweight balsa wood logs which will be provided. Then the teams will raft down the mighty Amazon River for 112 miles. The winning crews will show excellence in raft construction, teamwork, stamina and knowledge of currents and rivers.

Map of the route of the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

Map of the route of the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010

The History of The Great River Amazon Raft Race

In June 1998 Mike Collis moved to Iquitos from Birmingham, England, for what he thought would be a quiet life. In 1999 Mike was asked by the Director of Tourism in Iquitos if he had any ideas to promote tourism in the Amazon region. Mike told him that for more than 25 years he had organized raft races in England.

The first Amazon Raft Race took place on the 29th July 1999, on the Nanay River. Forty three crews competed in the 12 mile, one day race from Santa Clara to Bella Vista Nanay. The winning team completed the course in just over 2 hours and 30 minutes. The second race, one year later, was on the same course with over 60 teams from 14 different countries competing. In 2003 the course was extended to 26 miles over 2 days, from the village of Nina Rumi to Bella Vista Nanay. The winning team completed the course in 4 hours and 20 minutes.

This race format continued into 2004 and 2005 when it was decided to go for the “Big One” in 2006. This race, the first over such a distance, attracted rafters from 11 countries. The fastest foreign team led by Dale Baskin represented the South American Explorers Club in Quito, Ecuador. The 2007 Great River Amazon Raft Race attracted rafters from Australia, USA, England, Scotland, Peru, Canada, Switzerland, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, and Mexico. The fastest foreign team represented the False Creek Canoe Club from Vancouver, Canada.

The 2008 Great River Amazon Raft Race was the first to be won by a foreign crew. David Kelly and his illustrious “Easy Living” team completed the course in a record time of only 12 hours and 19 minutes. Things went back to normal in 2009 when the first 7 places were occupied by local teams but Easy Living’s record still stands.

Constructing the balsa rafts before the Great River Amazon Raft Race

Constructing the balsa rafts before the Great River Amazon Raft Race

One of the rafts at the Great River Amazon Raft Race

One of the rafts at the Great River Amazon Raft Race

A raft crew at the Great River Amazon Raft Race

A raft crew at the Great River Amazon Raft Race

The finish line of the Great River Amazon Raft Race

The finish line of the Great River Amazon Raft Race

Happy rafters with a well constructed raft, in the shade

Happy rafters with a well constructed raft, in the shade

The mass start from the Isla de Pesacores in the Great River Amazon Raft Race

The mass start from the Isla de Pesacores in the Great River Amazon Raft Race

Race Information 2010

Itinerary/Arrival And Departure Info

All foreign teams must be in Iquitos by Tuesday 21st September for the “Rafters Get Together” and reception at the Amazon Café in the Iron House on the Plaza de Armas at 8:00p.m.

Thursday 23rd September

7:30 a.m. All teams leave by bus for the 2 hour drive to Nauta where there will be a civic reception at 11.00 a.m. in the Plaza de Armas.
12:00 noon . Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m. All competitors cross the river by boat to Isla de Pescadores (Fisherman’s Island)
2:00 p.m Each team constructs their own raft with local help if required.
6:00p.m. Dinner for competitors (provided)
7:00 p.m Fiesta with music and dancing on the beach.
Sleep overnight on the beach in tents provided by the Nauta City Council.

Friday 24th September

7:00 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
8:30 a.m. Mass start from the beach to the isolated village of Porvenir a distance of 36 miles (average time 6.00 hours).
6:00 p.m. Dinner (provided).
All participants sleep in tents. (provided).

Saturday 25th September

6:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
Mass start at 7:30 a.m. .
This 2nd leg is to the town of Tamshiyacu, a distance of 41 miles ( average time of 6.30 hours).
6:00 p.m. Dinner (provided).
8:00 p.m. Grand Fiesta .
All participants will sleep in the school on mattresses (provided).

Sunday 26th September

6:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided).
Mass start at 7:30 a.m.
This final leg is from Tamshiyacu to the Fishing Club at Bella Vista Nanay, just outside the City of Iquitos, at a distance of 41 miles (average time 5.30 hours).

Party and Prize ceremony will follow the finish at the Fishing Club.

8:30 p.m. Rafters Party at the Amazon Café .

Rules

1. Each team must consist of 4 persons.
2. Substitution is allowed, but with a time penalty of 2 hours per substitution.
3. Rafts will be constructed by each team* with a minimum of 8 balsawood logs no less than 5 meters in length.
4. Only the first and last meter of the logs can be carved into points.
5. Only paddles (no double bladed paddles); no oars, no motors, no sails, no towing. (Paddles will be provided but professional paddles can be used).
6. Life jackets MUST be worn at all times while on the water.
7. Teams must not interfere or impede the progress of other teams.
8. No alcohol or drugs allowed on board rafts.
9. Each team will be allocated a raft number which must be displayed on the raft at all times.
10. The Judges’ decision will be final.

*Foreign teams will be allowed local help if necessary*

Items needed on Raft

Ponchos
Long pants*
Flashlight
Sun screen
Foam rubber for seats
Broad brimmed hat*
Long-sleeved shirt(s)*
Gloves, gardening or similar
First aid kit
Insect repellant
Machete
Snacks/small food items

The above items can be purchased in Iquitos. Items marked with an * can be rented in Iquitos. Lifejackets are provided but you can use your own.

Team Sponsorship

We encourage foreign teams to find sponsors and raise money for a good cause of their own choice.
In 2009 the Belgium One team raised over 5000 euros to help sick children here in Iquitos.

Inscription/Entry Fee for Foreign Teams

The Entry Fee is $400US per team of 4.

Included is ; transport by bus to Nauta, 8 balsawood logs and other construction materials, lifejackets, paddles , treated drinking water and all meals

Additional Information

Articles about this event can be found by logging onto; www.google.com and searching for Amazon Raft Race.
If you are in Facebook please join Amazon Rafting Club.

The Amazon Rafting Club

The Amazon Rafting Club was informally formed after the 2006 Great River Amazon Raft Race. Membership Fee = *FREE*
President 2009 – 2010 is Linda Flynn who was the Captain of the fastest foreign team in 2009.
Membership Qualifications – Open to anyone who competes in “The Great River Amazon Raft Race.”

Club Benefits – Certificate of Membership; Bragging rights to being one of the elite few who have competed in this unique race.

President 2009-2010

Gringa Linda, three time competitor in the Great River Amazon Raft Race is the president of the Amazon Rafting Club

Gringa Linda Flynn, three time competitor in the Great River Amazon Raft Race, is the president of the Amazon Rafting Club

Past Presidents
2006-2007 Dale Baskin USA
2007-2008 Robyn Tkatch Canada
2008-2009 David Kelly

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1 Gringa Linda January 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

Welcome to our blogsite where you will find all the latest info, ask questions, and make plans for our next biggest-baddest rafting competition in 2010. Don’t be shy – there are no dumb questions! Ask away and comment, please.
Also, check our Facebook group from time to time, the Amazon Rafting Club – join, please. Since Dec. 23, membership has grown from 60 to 181 (Jan 4) – thanks, gracias to all. Keep us growing; invite 10 people – let’s get exponential!
Now is the time to form your team AND challenge others to compete, too. Be the first to sign up and earn the honor of being Raft #1.
Gracias a todos.
Gringa Linda

2 Beauregard Bocephus January 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Is it possible to fall overboard and drown, or is that not a possibility? If I am grabbed by a 30 foot anaconda, will I be safe? Is there now or has there ever been anyone who peed in the river? Is it against the rafting rules to urinate in the water? Defecate? If there is a problem with the food supply, can the natives be used as a food source? Can we legally cannabilize them?

3 CHUCK HALEY January 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Hi Gringo Linda
Its great to hear that you are this years president. What plans do you have for the Support boat for this year, is Ed hudson going to get that together,. Hope we can get a better boat together than we had last year. Please let me know what the cost will be,and the dates of trip.
ALSO I have already gotton my airfare for from 9/18/10 to 10/04/10.
IF ANYONE IS LOOKING FOR A GREAT PRICE (KAYAK.COM )HAS A GREAT PRICE FOR SEPT)
round trip from Miami to Lima for $208. TOTAL
Plus round trip from —Lima to Iquitos from
STARPERU.COM for only $130. That is a toal of only
$338. I don,t know how long this price will last.
So if you are planing on going for sure,now is the time to get your tickets
See all of you (Linda, Bill ,Ed , Mike )down there on the 19 of Sept

4 Wayne January 5, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Hope all of you are having a great New Year!! I’ll be there for the next event in Sep. along with Tom. Yeah, let’s get a good support boat with food, cerveza, etc. Chuck and Mike —- two great guys!!

5 rob January 6, 2010 at 4:40 am

hi all my love affair with the mighty Amazon river will never end !!cant wait to get back there.
hey wayne i have a spare paddle !! linda i am posting off the western union money later ref the video last year raft race..snow here now and so so cold !!!

6 leo jones January 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

I remember when you first told me years ago that you planned to start an Amazon Raft Race that would attract people all over the world to come to Iquitos. I didn’t say so at the time,Mike, but I thought you were bonkers. As it turned out, I should have had more faith in you. I just finished reading the article, and it is great: wonderful pictures and apt commentary. The next time you tell me about one of your creative endeavors, Mike, I will take notes. Congrats on the success of the Amazon Raft Race.

7 Captain Bill January 6, 2010 at 11:55 am

Hi Gringa Linda, president of the Amazon Rafting Club. I wonder who will have the honor of being Raft#1 for 2010. International competitors get your money in first for the #1 team.

Beauregard, if you are grabbed by a 30 foot anaconda, wave goodbye.

Hi Chuck, nice to hear from you again this year. That is a great round trip price, MIAMI-LIMA-MIAMI, $208. Better lock that in everyone. I’d be surprised if the price gets any lower.

Hi Wayne, Hi Tom, good support boats are hard to find. Looking forward to seeing you guys again in Sept.

Hi Rob, I just mentioned you in a recent Captain’s Blog article, What We Learned About Celebrating Your Peru Vacation

“Most of us won’t remember learning Iquitos is 2,300 miles upstream from the Atlantic Ocean, but we can all enjoy my friend Robbie Dowling’s story of “the dub in the tub”. Robbie attempted to navigate the Amazon River from Iquitos to the Atlantic Ocean,…in a bath tub. Amazingly enough, he made it as far as the triple frontier of Peru, Brazil, and Columbia, but when he tried to cross the border, the coast guard would not give him permission to continue because there is no boat category for bathtubs…Ha, ja, he, je, hi, ji, jijijijijiji”

You are already a legend Rob…

Hi Leo, We should know better than anyone, Mike is a great idea man and promoter. I wonder what’s next…

Bill Grimes

8 Peter January 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Hi to all 2010 competitors and viewers of the Blog! I’d like to know how many schools are considering entering teams, either staff members or students. Markham College in Lima, Peru is going to enter with at least one team of 4 teachers. We are also urging schools around the world to consider doing the same. The more, the merrier.

So, how many previous year’s veterans are out there willing to share some training tips? I’m already building a raft and tying it to one end of our 25 meter swimming pool to put in many hours of paddling practice before the event.

9 Phil January 9, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Wow this looks lilke a great adventure, how would a group that have next to no rafting expeanice go? we all fit we Im not that fit but the others are(so they say just cause they run with Peru runers dont cut it with me)
but really would we be out of out skill factor, we all live in Lima now but all expats an just love Peru its a wonderful place.

where do we join? even as surport crew??
what is total cost to enter?

10 CHUCK HALEY January 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Hi GRIGO Linda ,Mike Bill
I now have a local team that I want to sign up for the raft race
The name of the team Will be ( Amazonchucks Amazon Warriors ) .
Juan Maldonado will be in to see you MIke to make the payment of for the local team ,he will also give you my teams names Please MARK ME AS THE 1ST. RAFT SIGN UP,LETS GET THE BALL ROLLING. ALL YOU OTHER RAFTERS ARE IN FOR SOME COMPETION ,AS I HAVE MY BUDDY JUAN GETTING TOGETHER A GREAT BUNCH OF AMAZON WARRIORS AND GOING FOR THE WIN
SEE YOU ALL IN IQUITOS
CHUCK

11 Gringa Linda January 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Hey Phil – how much rafting experience does a participant have to have? NONE
Well, this was my case the first time – NONE – nor did I prepare for the next 2 races – NONE – I was running on pure determination and hard-headed-ness – AND after 1st race, I felt so young, strong and happy – I had to do it AGAIN and AGAIN – since that feeling lasts only about a year – until re-fueling with another competition – it’s for fun – adventure – bragging rights – and GREAT STORIES! Nothing to compare with this feeling and this comraraderie – not to mention – international new “lifetime” friends OR raft-race “family” – It’s hard; it’s fun; it’s pure adventure; it’s being able to say – “I did that! – REALLY!” – To finish it to win – just have FUN and collect your stories to tell the grandkids – longest raft race in the world? and you participated? What could be better – creat your own adventure book – you’ll NEVER forget it – NEVER!

For your other questions, my guru and the originator of race, Mike Collis, will help answer those questions, as I am new to this job. But, not to worry – obviously, you are NOT the “faint of heart” – so, braannng it on… see you at the finish line! Do it!

12 Gringa Linda January 10, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Hi PHIL and MARKHAM COLLEGE – how fantastic we will have you as a team – what a wonderful idea for schools to participte – what good publicity for your college – you will be an important tool for our next competition – challenging schools around the world – to learn culture thru IMMERSION – and what memories they will have – what ambassadors you will be – I believe in both – I am an college instructor, too – it is so important to be leaders in learning – can’t wait to meet you all.

Yes, we have veterans who are great supporters of this raft race – I am confident they will share wht they have learned/experienced. None of us can participate and forget – it becomes a part of who we are – and we all like to share and encourage others.
Hey yall – past rafters – share your thought here with our new-comers – we could all use some tips, no?

And what an idea – raft in swimming pool – I better get working… or, we may be eating your dust! You go – wow! Keep coming back to the blog and please, please help us get the most teams ever this year – networking, share the message – that’s the ticket – it will be the biggest-baddest race EVER!

13 Gringa Linda January 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

How about some representation from the EXPATRIATES in Peru? Let’s show the world what we are made of – get your team ready! Come on over to the Amazon jungle, expats! MOTTO of race: The faint of heart need not apply! Can’t say we are the “faint of heart” – we shall apply!

14 bowie January 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm

i’m still thinking about it but there is a very big change i will be there again pfff

15 Gringa Linda January 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm

All right then Bowie – that’s the spirit – and now… sails to be allowed – adds a whole new twist, no? That’s got to be a hoot and what a sight on the Amazon! Caleb (Dante) and I are planning a visit to your bar soon – want to check it out and say HEY – will something for you when I see ya, amigo – yes, you absolutely MUST joing us next year – you have experience and can be of such great help. Bye the way, in the dvd of 2009 race, you are interviewed – therefore – you are famous! We need you! See you soon. And how could we have another race without TEAMS COCA LOCA and VAMOS YA!

16 Gringa Linda January 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Re: post #12 above – should read Hi PETER and MARKAM COLLEGE – my apology for using wrong name – my mistake – can’t wait to meet you and your team(s) Peter! Help spread the word, please!

17 Peter in Lima January 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

Hello Linda

Besides the Blog and your e-mails, how do people find out about the race?

18 Pisco Jim January 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Thanks Gringa Linda,

Peruvian NGO Pisco Sin Fronteras will be there……..raising funds to continue our operations in support of those affected and displaced by the 2007 earthquake.

19 CHUCK HALEY January 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Hi Everybody
I was on the support boat with Mad Mik ,Ed Hudson,& Gang.All I did was take photos ,drink beer & got sun burned. I think I was in worse shape at end of race than any of the rafters, and I,m going for it again this year. But this year I will be sponsoring a local team the name will be ( Amazonchucks Amazon Warriors ) and we are going for the win. I may make it to the end of race, just barely
Juan is the captain for the team .amazonjuan2000@yahoo.com
You can check out the photos of the( 2009 Amazon River Raft Race) on my page on facebook.com/amazonchuck
Also how many onlookers are interested in getting a boat to enjoy the race in comfortable,on a boat with cabins & fan or a/c ,meals for up to about $300 per person this would be for 5 days –4 nights—.If we can get about 20 people to say yes, then maybe we can get Ed Hudson( edhudsonandes@yahoo.com ) get a boat that you can enjoy the race in style. let me know if you may be interested.
PLEASE RESPOND
amazonchuck@yahoo.com

20 Jack Hamilton January 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Thought about this race last year but the econ crisis put a top hat on that. I am trying to put a crew together for this years race. We are members of the Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club in Warwickshire, England. We see sails will be allowed this year and being sailors I think we can make use of a sail.

Hopefully will see you all in September.

Well done to Pisco Jim for the good work you are doing to help the 2008 earthquake victims, I think Haiti will have enough soon to make a fresh start but Pisco seems to have been put on the back burner, so keep up the good work.

21 Gringa Linda January 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

To Peter in Lima – I prepared a post which had multiple sites to read about the raft race – posted by a variety of folks, participants, etc. – however, for some reason it did not post, a page that said “spam” came up – so, have to check with Bill Grimes on that, maybe it went to his spam folder -Now, I will prepare a doc with the sites again, if Bill doesn’t have it. It’s so fun to read all the stories of each person’s adventure. You and your team too, will have wonderful stories to tell.

22 Gringa Linda January 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

GRARR NEWS: Great meeting with the group from tourism with regional government, Jan 22. Everyone is fired up and working hard to make this year’s race the “biggest-baddest” race ever AND we know it will take ALL of us to make that happen. And YOU/YOUR TEAM WILL make the difference!
Report to follow.

23 Jason Varndell January 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

Hello,

Myself and 3 friends have been planning an Amazon expedition for over a year now – we intend to paddle the river from source to mouth (though we are hiking past most of the rapids). We do however have a gaping hole in our plan as the contact that was going to supply our locally made canoes has fallen through. If you have any advice or know of anyone who may be able to help us please could you drop me an email. thanks so much. Jason

24 Jason Varndell January 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

Jason Varndell – nyasa2000@yahoo.com. contact for post on acquiring local canoes

25 Captain Bill February 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Hello, thanks for checking in to read or post your comments on the Great River Amazon Raft Race Blog 2010. All questions, all answers, and all comments are valuable and much appreciated.

I wrote an article about the Raft Race that I think you’ll enjoy. Click the link
Iquitos Peru and the Great River Amazon Raft Race, read the story, imagine your self on the raft, in the race, and give me a smile and a comment.

Best,
Bill

26 Mike Ciollis February 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Hello Everyone,

The first team to enter this years race have signed up the “Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors” have now confirmed the raft No.1 spot. Thanks to the legendary Amazon Chuck from Florida who has sponsored the team.

Chuck is leaving soon for a vacation in Egypt where he will surely see the River Nile. Some say the Nile is the longest river in the world and that maybe true. However, the Nile is nothing more than a long thin worm and is a dwarf compared to our Amazon. Have a great time Chuck, see you in september.

27 Gringa Linda February 4, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Congrats Amazon Chuck and your Amazon Warriors – #1 team paid and official participants – wouldn’t be the same adventure without your smiling face. Juan Maldonado is doing a great job with your team efforts, too. Thanks Juancito!
And we love your participation on the blog – gracias, amigo.

28 CHUCK HALEY February 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

HI TO ALL THE ADVENTURE JUNKIES OUT THERE
COME JOIN THE GREATEST RAFT RACE IN THE WORLD IF YOU DARE I CHALLENGE EVERYONE TO TRY AND BEAT MY (AMAZON WARRIORS) AS I HAVE BEST RAFT CAPTAIN & IQUITOS GUIDE IN MY CORNER & GOING FOR A WIN.( Juan Maldonado ) let’s GET THE BALL ROLLING TO MAKE THIS THE BEST RACE EVER, & LETS MAKE THIS RACE A TRIBUTE TO MAD MIK for 10 YRS OF RUNNING THIS GREAT EVENT ( AMAZON RIVER RAFT RACE). SEE YOU ALL SEPT 21 AT THE AMAZON CAFE PARTY FOR ALL THE INTERNATIONAL TEAMS. LET THE BEER FLOW!!!!

CHUCK

29 chuck haley February 15, 2010 at 11:43 am
30 zeedine February 20, 2010 at 12:31 am

RE bragging rights, We intend to field a team for the very first time but have decided to tell all our friends that we won is this within the rules of our full bragging rights ,???

We can cross the hand of all officials with dollars to enable us to win if this will help.

Thank you for your understandung in this small matter of tell fibs.

PS, we are flying from the uk with bat winged jackets to be worn ONLY at night to keep warm.

From the team captain and big cheat ZEEDINE.

31 Jorgesgs February 20, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Hi Gringa,

Could we join as non competitor followers? We use a 2 person folding kayak and could be in Iquitos at the time of the competition. We would like to depart with the competitors, but not be part of the competition since our boat will be of a different class :))

Let us know. We would love to be part of the fun.

Cheers,

Jorge

32 Gringa Linda February 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Thanks to Chuck for the link to a great photo at the reception in Nauta on first day of race – our distinguished founder and coordinator – Mike Collis.

Also, check out this post in our Facebook group – Amazon Rafting Club (join us if you are not a member and help us grow). Here it is:

Jesse Brock 2001 International Champion Baby!!! haha

Well, Jesse – come on back and braannng it onnnn, bubba!
Please post something of your experience – we want you to come back and break your own record.

See in Septemer!

33 Gringa Linda February 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Hola ZEEDINE team – thanks for the great news – and yes, BRAGGING RIGHTS (no extra charge!) – included with registration – how else will we “carry the message” about the raft race!
Oh, heck yea – we earn the right to “share cultural experiences” with others – that they might seek such an adventure one day, as well! haha-jaja!
Like we say – TO FINISH IS TO WINB

34 Gringa Linda February 24, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Hola ZEEDINE team – thanks for the great news – and yes, BRAGGING RIGHTS (no extra charge!) – included with registration – how else will we “carry the message” about the raft race!
Oh, heck yea – we earn the right to “share cultural experiences” with others – that they might seek such an adventure one day, as well! haha-jaja!
Like we say – TO FINISH IS TO WIN (including your OWN story – of course) – see “yall” at the finish line!
Challenge other wild and crazy people like us to enter – we want to break the all-time record of teams entered = 46 teams – so, let’s shoot to BREAK the RECORD!
Team VAMOS YA from Gringa Linda

35 Gringa Linda February 24, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Hi JORGE and team!
I am thinking ABSOLUTELY – why not – what a way to share the fun, no? Basically, you would be on your own adventure – but, just happened to take place same time, right? Sounds like fun!
Kayakers – bet you know “other kayakers” who might want to COMPETE in the raft race……
Let us speak about it get back to you….. but, true raft-race competitors will be on a self-constructed raft of 8 balsa logs – why not consider a RAFT – just thinking…..
Thanks for participating on the BLOG – and HELP US find other adventurers who would not like to miss this opportunity. Thanks, Jorge – from Gringa Linda

36 Gringa Linda February 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Had two emails with two teams wanting to compete this year! YEAAAAA! More on that later – “keep ’em ‘coming” – this is OUR YEAR – there is TALK of getting this competition – the LONGEST RAFT RACE IN THE WORLD – in the Guiness Book of World Records – just think! You might be a part of that legacy – stranger things have happened!
Team VAMOS YA! (Let’s go – right now!) Gringa Linda

37 zeedine February 25, 2010 at 12:49 am

Thank you for lovely warm reply to my naughty comments about us cheating ( i say old boy not us )
WE ARE BRITISH.

Getting my son and daughter to be on my team was like pullings wales teeth; but finally with a large cash enducement they have final agree to come, both are convinced that they will be eaten alive by those little beggers the piranas , tell me it’s not true please.

The fellow paddiers sound a wonderful collection of people. we look forward to being part of the fun. captain

zeedine. retired.

38 Gringa Linda February 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm

CAPTAIN ZEEDINE and team:
How incredible you will share this experience with your son and daughter – your gradchildren will have a great “show and tell” for school one day – rafting the great Amazon river!!! Couple years ago – a retired gentleman and his entire family from Canada did the race – they will never forget it! His son or son-in-law maybe was on the winning team that year, too – first time team from USA ever beat the local jungle-men teams!!!! And another time – we had the oldest team participate – the Over the Hill Gang, as I reall – what a feat – some over 70!

Also, one year we had several teams representing the Brotherhood and Sisterhood – from England working for their favorite charities. Bet there are other British teams just waiting to join us.

And don’t worry about the pirañas in the river – just the ones on the street! – the ones who would like to take your money – haha! You’ll be fine…. they do say tho – don’t pee under the water – there is a little fish attracted to the urine that can be a pain in the ####!!!

Can’t wait to meet all of you! So happy to have you and your team!

39 Don Millar February 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

Hello Linda,

Last year it was reported that a team of Extreme Sportists From Iran were going to take part but could not make it. Will they be competing this year ?? I sincerely hope so.

Cheers

40 Gringa Linda February 27, 2010 at 6:11 pm

To DON MILLAR:
I submit this question to our esteemed originator Mike Collis – do you have an update Mike?

“Gringa Linda” Flynn
Team ¡VAMOS YA! (Let’s go already!)
3-time participant and supporter
Respectful president of Amazon Rafting Club
Help our membership grow – please join!
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=164141213368&ref=mf

41 rob February 28, 2010 at 8:57 am

hi all ah Bill kind words ref the bath,,ok right this year i will get my bath from the farc rebels no matter what ill be armed to the teeth!!!!columbia here i come…media in Ireland are looking for the icon bath .. 2 trips no luck but third time lucky hey…guys cant wait for the raft race again, Linda here i come girl for a injection of adventure.ill catch up with your wonderful record (smiles ) we get a bigger snake to bite you !!tie you down in the rain forest !!Madam President you have my respect..Gringo Linda go is boss man !rob Ireland

42 Mike Collis March 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

Hello Don Miller,
Amin Adil the Captain of the Iran One Team told me today that they want to participate this year and that he will get back tome when he has a confirmed team.

43 Gringa Linda March 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I am sending the message below to any organization who might have an interest in participating thru searches on Facebook and Google. Please do the same – kayaking, canoeing, wild sports, – you have ideas, too, no? Please help us make this the “biggest-baddest” raft race yet!
MESSAGE:
Take your adventuresome spirit a step beyond and join us for the 12th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race based in Iquitos, Peru. Paddle 3 days for a total of 112 miles in the longest raft race in the world. National and international teams of four build traditional river raft with eight balsa logs tied with rope or soga (vine) – bragging rights for a lifetime and great stories. Race for prize money or raft for fun or participate on the support boat river cruise while cheering for your favorite team. Raise money for your favorite charity. See you in the jungle September 21-25 this year – don’t miss this incredible adventure.
Join group on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=164141213368&ref=mf
Check official blog:
http://dawnontheamazon.com/blog/2010/01/04/the-great-river-amazon-raft-race-2010/comment-page-1/#comment-38738
Contact: Linda Flynn, 2009-2010 president, Co-coordinator GRARR, 3-time participant, linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

44 chuck haley March 13, 2010 at 5:59 am

Hi Gringo Linda
Have you any information on the support boat.I hope you can get a good one this year
Amazonchuck

45 Mike Collis March 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Rules

Paddles.

Paddles and lifejackets are provided by the organisers but rafters are allowed to bring and use their own. However, double bladed paddles are not allowe.

Sails.

At a meeting with the organisers it was agreed that sails would NOT be allowed because the Coastguard who provide safety thought they would be too dangerous because of the sometimes high winds and squalls that occur on the Amazon.

46 Gringa Linda March 23, 2010 at 11:52 pm

To AMAZON CHUCK about SUPPORT BOAT:
Am working on possiblity of very nice boat with cabins, but cannot announce anything yet. Would be interested to know what you think would be a price per day one would consider reasonable for comfortable/clean/safe iron boat for the 5 days/4 nights river cruise – the boat has dining hall and deck, as well. Food would be available or included, and refreshments/drinks for sale, I imagine.

This vessel has 8 cabins (2 are smaller than others). So, it will have to be determined if this boat will accomodate all who wish to have an incredible cruise on the Amazon while cheering on their team. We won’t know this until closer to race; so, we might be able to have this boat if there is enough interest.

Don’t know if we will need a “hammock-syle” boat at this point to accomodate more people than this boat will handle.
Will advise when we have more info.

Join group on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=164141213368&ref=mf

Check official blog:
http://dawnontheamazon.com/blog/2010/01/04/the-great-river-amazon-raft-race-2010/comment-page-1/#comment-38738

Contact: Linda Flynn, 2009-2010 president, Co-coordinator GRARR, 3-time participant, linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

47 rob March 25, 2010 at 9:45 am

just received email ref two sets of 30 each,international and local rafts. Linda whats your thoughts are there going to be two different start times for each section.if so a few hours or what !are there going to be also two rescue boats one for each section.or over all the same format as before.

48 rob March 25, 2010 at 9:49 am

reference sails as you know mike i did have some concerns on this issue.as a sailor i know only to well what a wind shift can do to a dinghy or worse a raft.good to see our safety is first consideration.mind you it would have been fun !!reg rob

49 Gringa Linda March 25, 2010 at 12:43 pm

To ROB about NUMBER OF RAFTERS allowed this year:
The race should be structured just like the last 3 years, no?, same start time, same rescue boat, etc. I defer to Mike, if he know anything different. My thoughts are that the regional government just wants to give equal opportunity to both foreign and national teams.
However, this announcement really makes me want to sign up SOON – we got messages from 3 new teams just last few days – wanting to pay their entry fee – so, I don’t want to wait!
And we ALL want to beat Mike’s all-time best # of teams – 46 – we are going for the full 60 teams!
See you at the starting line, amigo! Always appreciate your comments!

50 Gringa Linda March 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm

To ROB about NUMBER OF RAFTS allowed this year:
To clarify, the Peruvian Coast Guard is limiting the number of participants this year to 60 – 30 national and 30 international. Sign up soon to assure your place in the line up. ¡VAMOS YA! (Let’s go already!)

51 Mike Collis March 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Teams are starting to sign up now but we have recieved some enquiries from incomplete teams who are worried about not getting a complete team before the 30 spaces have been taken, The answer is to send in the $100 per person Entry Fee as soon as possible and try and fill your team. In the event that a complete team cannot be found then we the Organisers guarantee to fill those empty raft seats as we always have done since 1999.

52 Mike Collis March 28, 2010 at 8:58 am

DECLARATION OF INTENT

I Michael Francis Collis being of sound mind do solemnly declare that I WILL complete the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010.
My raft will have a provisional name of “The John Mack” ( http://www.iquitostimes.com/montana-john.htm ) but if a sponsor wants to buy the name it can be changed. I am looking for sponsors to help me raise $5,000 for the street kids of Iquitos and I want people to sponsor me and my crew for 50US cents per mile (approx 120 Miles) but if we fail to complete the entire course sponsors pay nothing.

I am also looking for 3 other team members who will be crazy enough to join me on this great adventure.

And may the good Lord have mercy on my soul.

53 chuck haley March 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Hi Mike
I,m sorry I poisoned your mind when I was kidding about getting you me bill & ed on a raft.
I hope you are just kidding about being on the raft yourself. But I do like the idea of the rasing of the money for the kids. Good Luck in finding 3 more crazy people to go with you.I know I will be cheering you on in the support boat.
I also will be the 1st. to sponsor the .50 cents per mile if you are really crazy enough to go thur with this.

54 Mike Collis March 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Hello Chuck,
I am really serious about this, I will do it.I’ve already shed 30lbs of flab with 20 still to go. I am very confident.

Thank you for being my first sponsor.

55 CHUCK HALEY March 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi Mike
\ All I can say is GOOD LUCK, you have more guts than me.I love to join you on the raft,but I wouldn,t even make it 2 miles down river. Everyone should become sponsors of his charity ,I will be at the finish line waiting on you Mike,I hope you can raise a lot of money for the kids
Gringo Linda, this will make this the greatest race let, with Mike handing the race to you and becoming a 1st. time rafter.
GO FOR IT MIKE AND GOOD LUCK
Chuck

56 Gringa Linda March 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Mike is serious! Braannng it on…

57 Dennis Chiles April 1, 2010 at 5:54 am

Hi Mike, you were 3 days early for all fools day – but there’s 100 quid if you finish mate – good on ya! dennis

58 Pisco Jim April 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

OK, our team Pisco Sin Fronteras is ready to pay, we will be there. How do we pay?

59 Emma Collis April 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

“We’ll sponsor you Dad! You’ll do it fine..start training now! You can jog up and down the boulevard…and no stopping in the bars!”

60 Leon Jones April 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

To Linda

Iwant to sign up for this year’s raft race. Who do I send the hundred dollars to?

61 Helen Halimah April 2, 2010 at 8:38 am

“Well done Dad! maybe I can join your team?”

62 Alisha Whitney April 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

To Mike

I wish I could join you too!

63 Amin Adili April 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hi. linda.
I’,m Amin from IRAN, I will explain about our situation and our team very soon.
but you should know we decide to participate in Amazon raft race 2010 certainly.
Mike exactly knows about us.
Regards

64 Amin Adili from Iran April 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

Hi Linda. Tnx for your reply. I dont know English very well so I shuold to get help for to write Email for you.
please put my team in list.
Can we come to there more than 4 pepole? maybe 2-3 pepole want to travel to peru with us. but you should to help us for getting visa.
Tnx

65 Leon Jones April 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

“I plan on participating in this year’a race and am looking for three people, hopefully people in their seventies, for my team. Any takers?”

66 Mike Collis April 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

To Amin,

This is just fab news, It’s going to be just great to have the Iranian team with us and I’ll be there on the river with you.

Amin I have made it my responsibilty to arrange your visas for you. For those who dont know Peru does not have diplomatic relations with Iran but I have spoken to the Peruvian Ministry of the Interior who only need a Letter of Invitation from the Regional Government here to get Amin’s team temporary visas for Peru.
Amin I will get them for you.

Amin’s Iran One team should have taken part last year but could not. Some of you offered to help the Iranian team with their expenses, please will you let me know if your kind offers still stand ?

67 CHUCK HALEY April 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Hi Emma
You don,t want to overtrain Mike, a drink or two at the bar, will help the arm muscles.
Are you coming for the race.Maybe you can make it a family race.Also maybe able to Dennis Chiles to join mike on the raft,how about it Dennis? Hope to see you again.Chuck

68 Herbert April 3, 2010 at 5:57 am

Hi Linda, a bunch of Austrians is interested in the 2010-raftrace !!!! see mail!

69 Gringa Linda April 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm

UPDATE on REGISTRATION for the race:
We have a great response from all over the world requesting the info on how to register. Thanks – wow – we are so incredibly excited about the 12 GRARR! The info will be sent first of this week in order recieved – don’t worry – you definitely have a spot! In fact, we encourage you to invite other like-minded adventurers to join us, as well! It will be the biggest-baddest race ever!
Remember, if you don’t have full team, you can still register and add the other members later! AND if you don’t find complete team, originator Mike Collis, guarantees that we will find you teammates! Don’t let anything stop you from realizing a dream of an adventure! See you at the finish line!

70 Gringa Linda April 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

To HERBERT from AUSTRIA –
Heck yea – we need some representation from Austria – and you’ve already rafted, Herbert – you can certainly give them some pointers! Looking forward to see you soon – hey, why not enter 2 teams! Share the adventure!
Got it in you to do it again?
Our teammate Claudine, from Switzerland rafting 2007 (with me) and 2008 (with us) with Los Charros pledges to to it the 3rd time in 2012 – with her sister, Eva – we already have a sponser – THANK YOU RUDY – you are a great supporter!

71 Gringa Linda April 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

REGISTRATION: All who have sent an email to register for the race WILL BE REGISTERED – do not worry – we have the space for all of you who have inquired. Don’t worry… just get excited!
To register, send email to Amazon Rafting Club president and co-coordinator of 12th GRARR, Linda Flynn.
You will receive instructions with the information needed to send bank transfer or Western Union transfer.
Email: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
We appreciate all of you and your enthusiasm to participate – invite others!

72 West Hansen April 5, 2010 at 11:35 pm

I was the bowman on team Easy Living back in 2008 and I’m looking forward to coming back to the Amazon. This time, I’d like to paddle the entire length. I’m looking for a cabin cruiser or some other largish boat that can carry my support team to the Atlantic from the Upper Ucayali/Tambo area. Any help would or referral to a boat and crew for lease would be appreciated. Please send any responses to hansen@grandecom.net Thanks –West Hansen

73 Amin Adili Team Iran April 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

Dear Mike,

Refer to my last email; I would like to contribute in the Amazon-Raft-Race with my team this year.

I have to ask you some questions because you know our special situation more than Ms. Linda.

Our team is 4 and maybe we’ll be 6 persons. All of us would like to see Peru with you after the race, now we want to know the following questions:

1. Can you obtain VISA for all of us (6 persons)?

2. When do I send you the name and passport numbers?

3. Linda said on facebook that every person has to pay $100, But you know our condition, what can we do?

4. Is our team one of the 30 foreign teams or not? If not, how can we join them?

We are so happy to see one of the fantastic and beautiful places in the world with your help my dear friend, also we have a big chance to show us (Iranian) to others with your help and tell them we just want peace.

Maybe I have some more questions in my next email.

74 Mike Collis April 6, 2010 at 8:54 am

Hello Amin,
We are going to do everything in our power to help you and your supporters get to Peru and compete in the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010.

I will be meeting with the Regional Government this Friday to make the arrangements for your visas. I will let you know when I need the names and passport numbers of the members of your group.

For sure Amin your team will be part of the 30 foriegn teams participating this year.

I will keep you informed.

75 Gringa Linda April 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

TEAMS are SIGNING UP –
Wow, what a response – over a dozen teams signing up as we speak – keep ’em coming! Congratulations to all of you and kudos to those working for a charity with their participation – people helping people!
Please comment on this blog – keep the energy up – we want a new record number of teams this year! Gracias; muchas gracias amigos!

76 Nathan Eades April 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Just dropping a comment into the Blogg to let you know that the mrkham team are getting really excited about joining this amazing adventure! I’ve just been lucky enough to be asked to join the team which now consists of 2 staff and 2 pupils.

77 Peter April 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Hi Gringa Linda and everyone else
Nathan and I are getting really excited about forming the “school” team that hopes to make a wave or two.
We will be registering soon and surprise of all surprises, it looks like some Markham
parents are considering forming a team too.
So, this event may well have many added benefits for our school community!

78 Gringa Linda April 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm

To PETER – MARKHAM COLLEGE team, Lima, Perú
Yea! Way to go! An unforgettable adventure to last a life time – you can really be SHOW and TELL at school now!
And, we have the team from USA (Idaho) who is representing a school, too – team name: TANNED,RESTED, AND READY!
So, as a college professor myself, I am really excited that you in education are SHOWING students how to learn about language and culture! You will make a great impression on your students – you’ll be called upon to give an accounting of your adventure for the students at an assembly program, I imagine! Kudos to both education-based teams!
Gringa Linda of !VAMOS YA! (Let’s go already! – our team’s name).

79 Captain Bill April 13, 2010 at 8:30 am

Mike,

Thank you for honoring my late Dad with your team name. You have made my day. Thanks so much!

80 Lindsey Hooge, April 13, 2010 at 8:32 am

Mike,

Thank you for honoring my late Dad with your team name. You have made my day. Thanks so much!

81 Gringa Linda April 13, 2010 at 4:10 pm

TEAMS WHO HAVE OFFICIALL ENTERED (paid entry fee):
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
(Please contact me if any info is mis-stated.)

More teams have requested entry information, and we are awaiting their official entries now – will keep all posted to our official roster in the coming days.
Thanks to all who will participate – wow – what great response – and it is contagious – due to your courageous spirit – more teams are inquiring.
BIGGEST-BADDEST RACE EVER – 2010 GRARR!
Not for the faint of heart!
Gringa Linda (Team: VAMOS YA!)

82 Herbert April 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm

hi Linda, first austrian team to sign up:
ALPENSTOFF, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
and there will paddle more of them 😉
happy to do it again;
more teams are inquiring…

83 Gringa Linda April 16, 2010 at 2:43 am

To HERERT –
Fntastic – Alpenstoff I – now bring on Alpenstoff II and III – Will turn in your entry fee tomorrow! You are in!
Austrians are ” not the faint of heart” – thanks for your enthusiasm – after 2008, no? Well, you can certainly give them some tips after our race as Los Charros – what stories we have – stories for which you only need to look at the other person and KNOW what you are thinking! Those kind of memories – like you said, “SHUT UP and PADDLE” – see you at the starting line!

84 Peter Craddock April 16, 2010 at 8:27 am

Hello Linda,

Is it right what I heard that the 4 x 4 rafts will not be allowed only the 8 abreast style ?

85 Mike Collis April 17, 2010 at 11:04 am

To Peter Craddock,

Yes you’ve heard right only the 8 abreast configuration will be allowed. The logs however can be constructed into a mono raft, a catamara,trimaran or even a quatamaran.

86 BELGICA April 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hello Linda and Mike,
Great job you are doing… I know how it’s difficult to manage such project and I just have one world : thanks !!!! merci !!!! gracias!!!!
But I have a question concerning this decision to ban the 4×4 model… who took this decision? why? what’s the concern?
As you know I made the race last year and I enjoyed this funny race… by the way, I was at the 8st place in general with a 4×4 raft… just behind Linda with a standard raft… respect to her… so what’s the problem with the 4×4 model?
I remember last year discussions regarding rules and… ‘stick to the rule’… I think this decision will not help.
You still indicate it’s an international competition but compared to previous years we have no choice how to construct our raft. The rule should be simple : 8 logs and you choose the model. What’s the problem? Did you discuss with the local participants to check what’s their preference? What’s the answer?
I remember other problems encountered last year, what about the several concerns we raised during the meeting with the previous organizers?
Thanks,
Cédric
Team Belgica 2009 with Raoul, Miguel and Maldo

87 Gringa Linda April 21, 2010 at 7:23 pm

TEAMS WHO HAVE OFFICIALL ENTERED:

1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin

(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)

Get your spot secured in the line-up! See you at the starting line!

88 Gringa Linda April 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

TEAM ROSTER ABOVE:
I left of a last name! See below.

4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher

Can’t wait to see you again Hari – Braannng it on – from Austria!
Help us get more Austrian teams!

And we have a team from Norway that will join us! and England!, too.
What have those European rafters, kayakers, canoists, and have to offer?!
Mike began organizing races in England and thanks to him – we are RAFTING the AMAZON! Come on Europe!

89 Gringa Linda April 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

REQUEST ON Amazon Rafting Club FACEBOOK GROUP: NEED INFO IN SPANISH –
Below find sites IN SPANISH about our raft race. Will prepare the basic info, too, and present asap.
Thanks to Chrisitian for the request! Hope to see Christian with a team this year!

ALSO, I will add a comment with some sites of accounts of our race in ENGLISH, too, asap. It’s so great to read those stories later – whick evoke so many memories!

Gracias a Christian por su mensaje pidiendo información en español. Ojalá que vengan muchos equipos peruanos y latinoamericanos de todos partes.

INFORMACIÓN EN ESPANOL:
Aquí son unos sitios con información en español del Concurso de Balsas de los años pasados:

http://fotoamazonia.blogspot.com/2008/09/carrera-internacional-de-balsas-se.html
http://200.48.60.195/Espanol/Noticia.aspx?id=3kZuatI5vx8
http://www.cronicviva.com.pe/content/view/96567/312/
http://www.papin.pe/index.php/2009/09/28%c2%bfy-los-4-insuperablesexitosa-carrera-internacional-de-balsas/#more-5122
http://www.proycontra.com.pe/2009/09/27/carrera-internacional-de-balsas-fue-un-exito.pro

A Christian:
Esperamos tu decision llegar con tu equipo en el 2010 – el XI Concurso Internaciónal de Balsas.

90 Gringa Linda April 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Oops, above should say 12th annual raft race
Mensaje anterior debería decir: XII Concurso Internaciónad de Balsas

91 Gringa Linda April 23, 2010 at 6:41 pm

GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 4/23/2010:

1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/USA, Capt. John Whelan

(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)

And we have at least 11 more teams who have stated they will participate.
Let’s keep ‘em comin’ – remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever!

92 Gringa Linda April 23, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Ever wonder what raft race participants look like?

See photo of finish-line winners – every one of us in 2007!
This year’s photo wants YOU in it – don’t miss out!

See photo on Facebook group – AMAZON RAFTING CLUB
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4411132&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=164141213368&aid=-1&id=634126485

Please join our group of over 400 members (established late 2009)!
Invited are past-participants and all loyal supporters over the last 11 years.

93 Gringa Linda April 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm

GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 4/30/2010:
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/USA, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)
Let’s keep ‘em comin’ – remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever!

94 Gringa Linda May 2, 2010 at 1:27 am

GOOD NEWS – A great supporter in the past – ANDY HOWARD, California – has decided to partipate this year! Andy has been a great supporter on the support boat 2 times. We are happy to hear this news…. we will see what team he puts together or joins…He said his choice for a name would be LOQUITO BONITO.

Also, we have at least a dozen other teams who have requested info for sending their entry fee. So, we will shoot for the biggest-baddest raft race ever! Share the info with other people who are drawn to adventures! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! (our race motto)

95 Mike Collis May 2, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I don’t know if I’m saying something I should’nt say but “A little bird” told me that Andy’s getting married this year to a lovely girl from Iquitos who he met during the 2008 Great River amazon Raft Race.

Congratulations Andy

96 Gringa Linda May 4, 2010 at 3:16 pm

And now, we have 9 teams officially entered for 12th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race (in April last year, we had one team officially entered!) – YEA!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/USA, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)
Let’s keep ‘em comin’ – remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever!

97 Gringa Linda May 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

NEWS FLASH!

Last night at our meeting, Mike Collis and I were predicting that this year’s participation would surpass all! Then…

This morning, I had emails from 5 NEW TEAMS wanting to REGISTER!!!!!!

These new 5 do not include the dozen or so who have already stated their intent to participate, but now yet officially regiesterd. Nor does it include the local teams who participate annually.

WOW – do you think Mike and I could possibly be right? Most teams ever? Together we’ll make it happen.

More to come on this – the teams will be listed as soon as entry processed – INCREDIBLE!

Thanks to you – you – you! CONGRATULATIONS, You are making it happen!

GRARR 2010 – Biggest-baddest raft race ever! Braannng it on!

98 Gringa Linda May 6, 2010 at 11:04 pm

POST of INTEREST from WINNING TEAM 2008 and PRESIDENT AMAZON RAFTING CLUB 2008-09!
See his quote below my opening note.

From Gringa Linda:
The 2008 Great River Amazon Raft Race was the first to be won by a foreign crew. David Kelly and his illustrious “Easy Living” team completed the course in a record time of only 12 hours and 19 minutes. David servied as president of Amazon Rafting Club 2008-2009. He left me the following msg which he said I could share with you – good luck on your latest adventure – we await your return – and so do the two local teams that WIN when your team EASY LIVING is NOT in the jungle – Los Invincibles and Los Increibles!!! We will count on your participation in 2011 in conjunction with the expedition you will lead on the Amazon River. We love you and can never forget your teams success!!!!!

From David:
Hi Linda, now back and settled from a trip to Mexico, I realized I hadn’t responded to a comment you made a couple of weeks ago. I will not be able to join you all at GRARR this year. I’ve committed to a race in the other direction up North on the Yukon River. But I have accepted to lead a long expedition on the Amazon… River in 2011 and will try and intersect that, if possible, with GRARR 2011: it is definitely a race worth repeating and a whole collection of adventures that can’t be had anywhere else in the world. 🙂

99 Gringa Linda May 6, 2010 at 11:25 pm

2 STARS with the Regional Government who you will meet in September –
Cristina Alegria and Paula Garcia.
See their photo on the Facebook group Amazon Rafting Club – follow this link:
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3200434&op=1&o=global&view=global&subj=164141213368&id=592863740

In 2010, Cristina who is now with the tourism dept in Lima, will raft for the first time – representing Perú first class! She is carrying the message thruout Perú about our event – with her help – and Paula’s – we’ll shine this year!

Check out other race photos at this link, also. Please joing our Amazon Rafting Club – help our membership grow! And meet fellow rafters and our supporters!

100 Gringa Linda May 13, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Check out these 2 articles about our great race! Will post others later!

Great Amazon River Raft Race 2008 – Bill Grimes
http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/dawnontheamazon/nanay_river_1/1201302360/tpod.html

River Amazon Raft Race – A J Rivera, USA/Mexico (2007)
http://kayakaj.blogspot.com/2007/09/river-amazon-raft-race.html

101 Gringa Linda May 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Oops – can’t leave a nationality out – and I did above –
The second article, Capt. A. J. Rivera, author, had team Mexico/USA/Switzerland/Germany – oops!

102 Gringa Linda May 15, 2010 at 12:59 am

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 5/15/2010

1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn

(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)
Remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever! Braaang it on!

Get your team on the roster as soon as possible,
Don’t wait until the last month; we want your team – see you at the starting line!

103 Gringa Linda May 15, 2010 at 1:12 am

Team #10 ¡VAMOS YA! wishes to thank their sponsor NATIVE WAY!

http://www.nativewayonline.com/index.htm

Native Way’s support will add to our spirit! Muchísimas gracias, amigos.
Team Native Way plans to participate in 2011 – braaang it on! Oh yeaaaa!

Feel free to announce your sponsor here, too. Would enjoy hearing from you!

104 Gringa Linda May 16, 2010 at 12:04 am

Just got an email from ANOTHER TEAM requesting info on how to send their entry fee – FANTASTIC – keep ’em coming, yall!

105 Gringa Linda May 16, 2010 at 12:31 am

From the PRESIDENT of AMAZON RAFTNG CLUB, 2006-2007
Part I and II of his experience in the competition – excellent writing, too.

The Great Amazon River Raft Race – Part I Oct. 2006 by Dale Baskin

http://www.accidentalexplorer.com/?p=27

The Great Amazon River Raft Race – Part II Oct. 2006 by Dale Baskin

http://www.accidentalexplorer.com/?p=28

(More participant stories to follow!)

106 Amanda Paniagua May 20, 2010 at 7:31 am

Hello, my mother Joani McCullough, sister Chelsea McCullough, and I (Amanda Paniagua) want to sign up! We are from Atlanta, Georgia. We have been to Peru before but never the Amazon. At this time there are only us three for the team. Can we sign up and have a fifth person join our group in Peru- maybe a local person or someone who doesn’t have a team?

Please let us know what we need to do to sign up, thanks!
Amanda Paniagua
amandapan2@gmail.com

107 Amanda Paniagua May 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm

We did it! We bought our tickets, so it’s really happening! Our team name is a work in progress but it might be “Amigos de los Gorriones”.

So- I’m not so scared about the piranhas and anacondas and spiders as much as I’m afraid of… the 41 miles per day of rafting. I’m going to train but I’m not much of an athlete. In fact right now I’m pretty out of shape. So, does the current on the river carry you much of the time, or is it excruciating rowing for 6 hours straight three days in a row? Is this really an event for hard-core athletes, or do many people end up hanging out in the support boat for breaks and stuff? Are there many teams that end up not finishing?

Trying to find out what I just got myself into here!

108 Gringa Linda May 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

NEW TEAM: Ancash Ladies Do It Better! (reference two previous blog entries – great team name!!!)
Welcome to the greatest adventure ever, LADIES!
To respond: Being in shape is NOT a requirement – ask me!!!! Was NOT in shape for any of my 3 raft races! And I swear each year I will be up for it – but, pure determination (hard-headed-ness) has worked for me!
Dividing the time of rafting by 3 days is not exactly how it is set up – nor hours required to complete that particular leg of the competition – it is different for each team – depending on goal of participation – win prize money or adventure. Always remember – TO FINISH IS TO WIN!
Yes, the current is a great asset, obviously, but, crossing the river to avoid sand bars and find best current is necessary. No, not “6 hrs straight of excrutiating rowing” – but, that word “excrutiating” may come to mind during a race day! haha
No breaks during race day – except those breaks taken ON the raft! But, plenty of “refreshments” waiting at destination at end of day! Yes, some teams choose not to finish for whatever reason – but, it is rare.
We appreciate your comments/questions on our blog – we encourage it. Also, best way to get feel for race is to read the posts mentioned above of other participants experience – will be posting more as days go by, too.
Thanks again to new team – ANCASH LADIES DO IT BETTER! from Perú/USA!

109 Gringa Linda May 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Previous entry is in response to questions above entry AND to announce new team entry! My response is somewhat confusing – I hit enter before I realized I combined the answers and announcement – my apology!
Ancash Ladies Do It Better is entry from Perú/USA – Christie Carmichael.
Response is to Joani McCullough’s questions! Thanks for understanding.

110 chuck haley May 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

Hi Gringo Linda
I see you are going for it again,good luck, I will be cheering you on ,and all the other rafters plus my own team.on the support boat,with a beer in my hand.
Speaking of support boats did you check out the boats to use for support boat.I know we have at least 4 people that would like a little more confort
Amazonchuck

111 Gringa Linda May 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 5/24/2010
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú, Austria, USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)
Remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever! Braaang it on!

112 Gringa Linda May 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Response to AMAZON CHUCK about SUPPORT/CRUISE BOAT:

Yes, Chuck, we have a very comfortable boat with cabins for the support/cruise adventure this year.

To have a look at the vessel – check out the website of Project Amazonas who will be hosting the supporters in style.

La Neñita Support/Cruise Boat: http://www.projectamazonas.org/fleet-of-boats
Homepage PROJECT AMAZONAS (support/cruise host): http://www.projectamazonas.org
Any proceeds from support/cruise will go to the non-profit, Project Amazonas.

Also, plans are in action to construct an awning over the back deck for raft race viewing, as well as plans to add a railing at the front of the vessel.
I have been on a cruise from Iquitos to Indiana on the Neñita and found it to be an excellent choice for a pleasure cruise.

Because part of the Project Amazonas mission is to provide health care, a small medical team will accompany us in order to conduct medical visits to remote villages along the way using their small power boat – as the Neñita follows the rafters.

Food (not beverages) will be included. Details to follow – costs should be $125 per day. Cabins are doubles, so a single room supplement will be required, if not willing to share cabin.

Anyone interested should contact me for further deatils and reservations. linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
Don’t wait – it seems we have quite a few interested supporters requesting info about the support/cruise boat!
See you at the starting line.
Gringa Linda

113 Gringa Linda May 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm

DESCRIPTION of SUPPORT/CRUISE BOAT from Project Amazonas website:

Our newest (September 2009) and largest boat is the B/F Nenita, a 70′ river launch constructed of local hardwoods and with a barge base (flat bottom). The Nenita is equipped with seven 2-person cabins, and can be used both for long trips and for transporting large groups during day trips.

The Nenita is a very comfortable and roomy vessel. In addition to the passenger cabins, a large screened dining area and front and back observation decks on the upper level are great places to relax and sightsee. On the lower level, the motor room, restroom facilities, and fully equipped kitchen complete the layout of the vessel.

When not otherwise in use, these boats are also available for charter, with proceeds supporting Project Amazonas programs in the Amazon. Inquiries about use of the vessels should be directed to Devon Graham, Scientific Director of Project Amazonas.

NOTE from Gringa Linda:
SPECIAL THANKS to Project Amazonas;
to Dr. Devon L. Graham (devon@projectamazonas.org), President (2000-), Scientific Director (1996-);
AND to “Bo” Bryan (bo@projectamazonas.org), Medical Boat Project Overseer, Board Member

SEE BOAT and other information: http://www.projectamazonas.org/fleet-of-boats

114 Jannette Greer May 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Hey Linda,

I’ve been following this raft race now for 3 years, only on the web tho.

It always seems that the majority of foriegn rafters are women. Is it too hard for the men ???

115 Gringa Linda May 29, 2010 at 1:15 am

NEW ROSTER: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 5/29/2010
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, AUSTRIA, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA, Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú, Austria, USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson

(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)
Remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever! Braaang it on!

DON’T MISS OUT – GET YOUR ENTRY IN NOW! The raft race is really rocking this year!
¡Vamos ya! (Let’s go already!)
from Gringa Linda

116 mike Collis May 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

SUPPORT BOATS

Looks like we are going to have 2 support boats. One will be lst Class with cabins and real beds at a cost of $125US per day.

Plus an Economy Class boat. Everyone sleeps onboard in hammocks which will be provided. This boat will leave
at 8.00am Wednesday 22nd September so it will be at the start the next day for the Civic Ceremony and Raft Construction in Nauta. The 5 day voyage supporting and following the race will cost $80US per person. Food and drink is not included. Please contact me to reserve your hammock space.

michaelcollis@hotmail.com

117 Bruno Yule May 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

Lets get the facts srtaight.If It was not for me in 2005 the raft race would not have been International.Because I was the only gringo to participate in the Great Amazon Raft Race!

Best Regards Bruno

118 Gringa Linda May 30, 2010 at 10:19 pm

So, BRUNO, what you got now?

119 Gringa Linda May 31, 2010 at 7:11 pm

ARTICLE of GRARR 2008 from participant ALAN LaRUE

ALAN – WE NEED YOUR TEAM this year!
Why not ISSUE a CHALLENGE to all LANGUAGE SCHOOLS in Perú – bet you have some great contacts!
Helping break our previous record of 46 teams would be very gracious of you not to mention FANTASTIC!
We’re going for 60 teams this year! Don’t miss out! Braaang it on!
BIGGEST-BADDEST RAFT RACE EVER – 2010!

From his bio:
http://www.spanishpod101.com/about-us/member-introduction/

Alan hosts the Newbie and Beginner Series at SpanishPod101.com
Besides having an interest in voiceover and multimedia production,he is also the founder of the El Sol Spanish Language School in Lima, Peru.
http://elsol.idiomasperu.com

A Lifetime Memory: The Great Amazon Raft Race
http://www.acap-peru.org/newsletter/2009-05/a-lifetime-memory-the-great-amazon-raft-race.html

120 Gringa Linda May 31, 2010 at 7:39 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 5/31/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/Perú, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. Peace Corps Perú 13 Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
(Please let us know if any info is incorrect.)
Remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever! Braaang it on!
NOPE, we AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

121 Gringa Linda June 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

FOUR (4) MORE TEAMS
pledge to enter this week!
What the heck – is this the BIGGEST-BADDEST raft race EVER?
Gracias, thanks, and in all other languanges, we appreciate your help in making this an HISTORIC EVENT in 2010 – 12th annual race!
Braaang it on – to our race competetitors becoming known as:
AIN’T FAINT (of HEART)!

122 Gringa Linda June 7, 2010 at 9:15 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 6/6/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!

1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach Grits, USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Team name to be announced!, Perú, USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua

NOTE: Team #13 was wrongly listed; see correct name!
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

Remember – biggest-baddest raft race ever! Braaang it on!
NOPE, we AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

123 Gringa Linda June 7, 2010 at 9:25 pm

TEAMS, PAST PARTICIPANTS, SUPPORTERS!
Please post a comment or a question on our blog.
Tell us a little about your team – nationalities, experience, charities, sponsors, plans, connections –
Let’s all work together to get this blog hopping!

Read upwards and find articles/stories by people connected with our event – as participants or supporters.
We want to hear from YOU! All of you reading this blog! Thanks to you – it’s on-nnnnnnnn!
Past teams, please share WORDS OF ADVICE/SUPPORT/TIPS.

Together we can make this 12th race an HISTORIC EVENT – most teams ever – BRAAANG IT ON!
We AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

124 Joanna June 8, 2010 at 11:57 pm

Hi all,

I had no idea there was a raft race when I arrived in Iquitos last year. I found out about it the day I arrived, signed up the next day, and started the competition the day after that. I would have to say that it was the highlight of my south america trip.

Let me offer some advice. If you can afford it, you will probably want to buy an axe. There are local guys on the beach with axes and chain saws that you can pay, but if you want to build it yourself, an axe is easier than a machette. Also, wear shoes with grip. A couple of the landings have you climbing up steep banks and over slipper rocks. Wear tons of sun screen and long pants and sleeves. Don’t forget the hat. You fry twice as easily because of the reflection from the water. Bring money for snacks (you can bring you own also) along the way and if you want to stay in a hotel or with locals some of the nights. The first day is the hardest. It does get easier. You get into a rythm and pace yourself as the days progress. Make sure you save some energy for the last 200M. They are upstream and the current could be quite strong. Plastic chairs with the legs cut off make for great seats, though some additional foam is recommended. What ever you bring onto the raft can float away if you don’t latch it down. Last year some guy put a camera on top of a canopy and he lost it when it fell in the river. Most of all, JUST HAVE FUN!

125 Gringa Linda June 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

GOOD NEWS for 2011 – YES, we ALREADY HAVE A TEAM for next year!
Well, outside those of us who participate each year..These folks are dragon boaters AND outrigger canoe racers from Pittsburgh, PA – yea! Due to injuries, not 2010 race, but already putting together a team – now, that’s my kind of people!!! Braaang it on – strong!
Thanks to Judy of the Pittsburgh Paddlefish dragon boaters! She says she has been wanting to partiipate a couple years! Judy – age doesn’t count… you’re only 5 years behind me! Not to tell your age, but, I just turned 60 (sexty)! We love your enthusiasm – why not share this information about the race with all your contacts who love adventure and…..pain! I bet some of your friends would grab a paddle and show up this September!!!

126 Gringa Linda June 15, 2010 at 1:14 pm

TO JOANNA (comment #124 just above GOOD NEWS post)
Your post was GREAT and your advice well received – this is the kind of info which helps everyone reading the blog! PREPARE! Gracias, amiga! Hope we see you again this year! Be a part of making this race an historic event – breaking all records for number of participants! We need you!
And you ended your post with the best advice of all – JUST HAVE FUN!

127 Tracy Price (Peach Grits) June 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Yes, any advice for us newbies would be greatly appreciated. What about sleeping gear for the nights, does that come on our boat with us? What kinds of items should we bring from home and what should/could be purchased over there? Thanks so much!

128 mike Collis June 16, 2010 at 9:31 am

Hello Tracy,

You do not need to bring anything with you for the race, what is not provided by the organisers you can buy or rent here in Iquitos very cheaply. Lifejackets and paddles will be provided but you can bring your own if you choose.
Mattresses will be provided for each night but a good idea is to get an old sheet and sew it up into a lightweight sleeping bag. Its not cold at night here but this sleeping envelope will allow you some dignity.

These are the things you will need during the race, no need to carry these items half way round the world when you can buy them here.

Ponchos
Long pants
Flashlight
Sun screen
Foam rubber for seats
Broad brimmed hat
Long-sleeved shirt
Gloves, gardening or similar
First aid kit
Insect repellant
Machete

Anything you bring that you don’t need to carry onboard your raft will stowed on the Support Boat with a police guard.

129 Tracy (Peach Grits) June 16, 2010 at 9:36 am

Thanks so much for the reply Mike. That helps a lot!!!

130 Gringa Linda June 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 6/23/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
We AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

TEAMS ARE LIMITED TO 30 INTERNATIONAL AND 30 NATIONAL & REGIONAL – SEND YOUR ENTRY NOW!
Don’t miss this adventure!

131 Jeff June 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

Well, we’ve finally managed to send the registration fees and the team is looking forward to this year’s race. It’s good to see a few familiar names on the teams already registered. Johnny Boy & Bethyn’I’ll be seeing the two of you on the river in Sept.

TTT is a team of two teachers & two upper year students from Markham College in Lima. Our team is currently trying to find sponsorship here in Lima to support the various service projects our school does throughout Peru.

We’re looking forward to this experience as it’s our first time entering the race and hopefully not the last.

See you in Sept

Jeff

132 Gringa Linda June 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

COMMENT BY JEFF of team TRIED, TESTED and TRUE (TTT) (above)
We so happy that your team is with us this year. As an college professor myself, I realize the importance of learning by doing – and your students will be learning by immersion (well, not in the river, we hope!). We commend you and your team! I am certain you will find supporters of your incredible effort which will help service projects you have. I hope other educators will see the importance of what you are doing and join you – please invite other schools to join us! Gracias, amigos.

133 Gringa Linda June 29, 2010 at 10:46 am

NEW TEAMS requesting entry info – YES, teams are still signing up – just got requests for 3 more teams – so, get ready for the “biggest-baddest raft race EVER!” Braaang it on! ¡VAMOS YA! (Let’s go already!)

134 Gringa Linda June 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

UPDATE: POSSIBLE DOCUMENTARY of the 2010 12TH GRARR!
In dialogue with Robyn Adams, a documentarian who has worked on “Religilous” with Bill Mahr and productions on the History Channel. Robyn has interest in a project with the Great Amazon River Raft Race 2010 to film a documentary of our historic event – we are really excited about this project – will keep you informed.
This is the year to raft!!! Don’t be left out! See you at the starting line!

135 Amanda Paniagua July 1, 2010 at 7:38 am

Hello fellow Amazon rafters, my teammates and I are fundraising for the Casa Hogar Los Gorriones as part of our rafting experience. It is a charity home for poor, abandonded, and disabled children in Ayacucho, Peru. Please consider making a donation via paypal at http://www.kuska.org/english/ Click on the Great Amazon Raft Race button on the right side of the homepage.

Thank you!

136 Gringa Linda July 1, 2010 at 12:20 pm

UPDATE – Brazil will be represented this year!
Thanks to João Bandeira and team mate Massimo! Now, we will need to learn some Portugués – obrigado! Yea!
Check out their website – move over – Brazil is coming thru! http://www.riovaa.com

137 Mike Collis July 3, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I have always been told that if you don’t ask you will never get.
The “Persian Wind” team from Iran needed help with their transport costs so today I am pleased to announce that the Amazon Rainforest Lodge here in Iquitos will be their main sponsor. The owner of the lodge has pledged to pay for all their domestic flights here in Peru. Thank you Amazon Rainforest Lodge.
Please check their website.
http://www.amazon-lodge.com

138 Gringa Linda July 7, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Thank you AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE
for your continued support and encouragement.
Amin Adili, the captain of Persian Wind, says they are rafting for peace.
You, too, are reaching out over the waters extending a hand. Muchísimos gracias.
I hope to see the AMAZON RAINFOREST LODGE team this year, too.

139 Gringa Linda July 9, 2010 at 12:06 pm

CHECK OUT this site: http://www.expatperu.com/
Great publicity for 12th Great River Amazon Raft Race thanks to our friend, supporter, and past participant, Alan LaRue, creator of the Expat Peru internet site based in Lima, Perú.
Surely this exposure will garner us more international and national teams! Alan, we have you to thank – so, muchas gracias in advance!
Everyone – check out the Expat Eye series of photos from 2009 GRARR event.
Alan, we hope to see you again this year at the starting line! Braaang it on – amigo!
Question: Does anyone know who owns those muddy feet? Or those sunburned legs with giant blister?

140 Gringa Linda July 16, 2010 at 11:57 am

TWO NEW TEAMS will be listed very soon! Keep tuning in to the blog and Facebook group!
And there are QUITE A FEW who have promised to compete, as well several who inquired.
Keep ’em comin’, y’all!

141 Gringa Linda July 16, 2010 at 5:50 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 7/16/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Carla Vargas
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
We AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

142 Amanda Paniagua July 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Hey fellow rafters- check out today’s blog entry for the blog What Gives 365 (www.whatgives365.wordpress.com). The blogger, Betty Londergan, is donating $100 a day to a different charity each day for a year. Today’s entry is about the Peruvian orphanage my teammates and are are fundraising for, and the Great Amazon River Raft Race!

Click here to donate to the orphanage: http://www.kuska.org/english

-Amanda Paniagua

143 Kilean July 23, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Dear All, we are four hard-headed peruvians ready for the adventure. 3 of us are Old Markhamians (read post #8) so we will be proudly competing against our former teachers, while our other member used to have two brothers teaching at Markham too, so he shall share the spirit with us!
We have already bought the flight tickets, and shall be finishing our registration to the race after Fiestas Patrias.
We will be competing under the name of Amazonius terribilis I, for another group of friends will compose Amazonius terribilis II.

Best of luck to all those “not faint of heart”, and see you at the start line!

Kilean

144 Gringa Linda July 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Welcome to MARKHAM COLLEGE COMPETITORS –
Amazonius terribilis I AND Amazonius terribilis II – great team names!
Will watch for your entry! We KNOW you guys AIN’T FAINT of HEART!

145 Gringa Linda July 31, 2010 at 12:38 pm

GRARR 2009 video is NOW POSTED on YOUTUBE!
Below are the 3 URLS to view the entire video (posted in 3 parts).

GRARR 2009 Part#1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIv9FvRv-7E

GRARR 2009 Part#2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woleL0LGZfo

GRARR 2009 Part#3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIagXB_rWDA

Please ENJOY and get a better idea of what your team is in for IN 2010!
Thanks to our supporter, Robyn Adams, for posting the video. We are working with Robyn is hopes of doing a documentary of the race this year!
The video was produced by the regional government; it is in Spanish; but, seeing is believing!!!
Braaang it on, amigos!

146 Gringa Linda July 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 7/31/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Carla Vargas
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Iran/Perú, Capt. Amin Adili
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
We AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

147 Gringa Linda August 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 8/4/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Carla Vargas
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Iran/Perú, Capt. Amin Adili
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
We AIN’T the FAINT of HEART!

TIME IS SHORT – REGISTER YOUR TEAM TODAY! DO NOT MISS THIS ADVENTURE! LET’S DO IT!
Check out new website: http://www.grarr.org Leave a comment! Website in progress!

148 Gringa Linda August 4, 2010 at 1:44 pm

OFFICIAL WEBSITE NOW UP – http://www.grarr.org
Please check it out and leave a comment!
This site is still in progress, but, we could not wait to announce.

Our thanks go to Amin Adili, of the team Persian Storm, and Linda Flynn of teams ¡VAMOS YA! and Espíritu RIO 97.
Thru distance,language barriers, and tenacity – we present YOUR website.
Please visit often! Help build our volume of visitors to the site!

149 Gringa Linda August 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm

For information about the SUPPORT BOATS, contact Mike Collis for the economy support-boat plan and contact Linda Flynn for the cruise support-boat plan. Both boats will be great – just a different experience on each! See you there! More info to follow!
Mike Collis: michaelcollis@hotmail.com
Linda Flynn: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
Contact either of us SOON to get your name on the list of support-boat supporters! It will be a great adventure – seeing the race and the Amazon from the river point of view! We need our support cheerleaders!

150 Kilean Watson August 5, 2010 at 10:16 am

I have some questions regarding the race, mainly the raft building part:

I know that you provide the 8 logs, but do you provide the other materials as well? (rope, wood to join logs, hammers, saws, etc.)
How much of these, if you do provide them, are available per team?

We are expected to arrive at the Amazon Café by Tuesday 21st 8:00pm, so we have already booked our flight to be there.

We will be booking lodging for Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday night at a nearby hotel. Is that ok? Do you have any contacts/recommendations that could help us make sure we find a nice and comfy place at a reasonable rate?

While on the rafts, where will our belongings/backpacks be travelling? On our raft? on a separate boat?

During the race, after teams arrive at the “resting points”, is it OK to assume that there will be nowhere around to find/buy lunch & snacks, meaning that we should take snacks and stuff to eat for the whole raft travel?

Thanks and greetings!

151 Mike Collis August 5, 2010 at 10:22 am

Hello Kilean,

Everything needed once you leave Iquitos for the Start in Nauta is provided.

Transport.
Food & water,
Mattresses to sleep on.
Paddles & lifejackets.

Raft building equipment includes;
8 balsa wood logs,
planks
rope nails.

It is a good idea to suppliment what is provided.

You can use your own paddles and lifejackets.

On the raft building location there will be men with chain saws offering their services, many competitors use their services to save time and energy.
When you get to Iquitos you will need to buy or rent the following ;

4 plastic garden chairs which you cut off the legs and fix to the raft , your will also need 4 foam pads on which to sit. Local competitors just sit on the logs but it is not comfortable.

Your will need a hammer and a saw.

During the race the Regional Government provides a boat on which your belongings will be looked after, a police guard will be there to guard them.

At rest stops apart from the meals which are provided you will be able to buy more food etc. On the 2nd stop at Tamshiyacu there are quite a few restaurants and food stalls in which you can suppliment the meals provided. On the raft however water is provided for each team everyday but its a good idea to take some snacks with you on board, like potatoe chips, chocolate, fruit etc., also take some Electrolite drinks with you to suppliment lost minerals during the race.

A good hostal is the Colibre Hostal located at Napo Street 172. It is a good place where rafters have stayed over the last years. It is only 50 mtrs from the main riverfront boulevard and 150 mtrs from the Plaza de Armas. Telephone No. 065 (Iquitos) 241737.

Looking forward to meeting you in September.

152 Kilean August 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Thank you Mike!

Do you have an estimate on what it costs to hire those lads with the chainsaws and other tools?

153 Mike August 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

The chainsaw guys charge about $10US for about the hour it takes them to shape the logs. Tools can be bought here
and are very cheap , chinese of course, but you probably wont need them after the race.

The plastic seats cost $8US each and the foam pads $2US each. Gardening gloves (recommended) cost about $1.5US a pair. machetes cost about $3US although some people say an axe is more effective.

154 Amin August 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm

… It would be my pleasure to design Logo and website for http://www.GRARR.org
I would like it to be small gifts from me to all the rafters around the world….
AMIN ADILI
Captain of Persian Storm

155 Gringa Linda August 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

NEW LOGO for GRARR is available for viewing on our Amazon Rafting Club facebook group – it’s is beautiful!
Thanks so much to Amin Adili of the team Persian Storm for creating the logo.
SEE LOGO HERE: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=164141213368&ref=mf

156 Gringa Linda August 17, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Update: I have been in preparation and in transit to Perú over last week. My apology for not responding to emails promptly. Will be processing those in next few days. We do want your team – make your plans – YOU are what makes this such a great event – international, multi-cultural and adventurous. You will make new friends who have shared your experience! See you in September.

157 Gringa Linda August 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

As of 8/18/2010 – COUNTRIES REPRESENTED in 2010 GRARR:

9 countries, so far!
Australia, Austria, Canada, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Perú, USA

Let’s hear from MORE COUNTRIES! Join us!

158 Mike Collis August 20, 2010 at 8:14 am

Linda its 10 countries represented . You missed out the 3 israeli boys in the team from Trujillo-

159 Gringa Linda August 21, 2010 at 1:24 pm

MIKE- RESPONSE TO COMMENT ABOVE –
I have listed “Isarel” – is that not correct for the Trujillo team members? I certainly don’t want to leave ANYONE out! Thanks.

160 Gringa Linda August 21, 2010 at 1:36 pm

ARTICLES/STORIES of past rafters and supporters NOW ON NEW WEBSITE: http://www.grarr.org

If you’d like to read what others have said about our great raft-race, go to our new website – http://www.grarr.org – and click on “stories/articles” – reading these articles will help you get a handle on what you are in for – the greatest adventure ever! ENJOY!

161 Amanda Paniagua August 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Hello fellow rafters! Just about one month left till the big event! My teammates and I ask you help in reaching our fundraising goal for the “Casa Hogar Los Gorriones” home for abandoned Peruvian children. Please donate at http://www.kuska.org/english (Click on Great Amazon River Raft Race button), and tell your friends!
-Amanda Paniaguae

162 Gringa Linda August 22, 2010 at 2:08 pm

YOUTUBE posts by observers of raft-race – learn more abut this great adventure!
Link with all race posts below:

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Great+River+Amazon+Raft+Race&aq=f

Also posted are 2 interviews with Mike Collis and Linda Flynn about the race and the Amazon in general. Enjoy!

163 Gringa Linda August 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

UPADATE: 23 teams officially entered – and more promising to participate – ENTER NOW! We are getting close to 30 international teams…. the national teams (30) are beginning to enter as well!

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 8/24/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Iran/Perú, Capt. Amin Adili
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. To be announced, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

164 Mateo August 27, 2010 at 1:51 pm

If we are living in Lima but are technically a “foreign” team, do we need to come in that Tuesday night the 21st or is Wednesday the 22nd sometime adequate? Thanks for your prompt response.
Matt

165 Mike Collis August 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hello Mateo,

No Mateo that is just a get to gether , but we always have a great party although not as good as the one after the race on Sunday night !!

166 chuck haley August 30, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Hi Mateo
If you can ,try to get to the Rafters Get together,as Mike said it is a FUN FUN Party, plus you can meet all the rafters before the race. This a great part of the race. You will be glad you got here on Tue.
SEE YOU AT THE RACES
AMAZONCHUCK

167 Gringa Linda August 31, 2010 at 3:14 pm

DEADLINE for ENTRY: Sept 7
Counting down to the deadline…. Sept. 7 for entry. ENTER NOW – let us hear from you! You will not be left out! Contact us now to reserve your spot. Vamos ya!

168 Gringa Linda August 31, 2010 at 4:43 pm

WELCOME PARTY – MEET AND GREET – LOCATION CHANGE:
Change of venue for the welcome party, Sept 21. We will meet on the Boulevard downtown in Iquitos at the restaurant called LA NOCHE (the night), next to the Dawn of the Amazon cafe, with a great view of the river and sunset over the jungle from the boardwalk and from the balcony of La Noche. See you there; wear your “race face”! It’s on!

The owner, Miriam, has participated in the race from the beginning and is a great supporter.
She has 2 teams: Las de la Noche and Los de la Noche!

Read and see La Noche here:
http://www.iquitostimes.com/la-noche.htm

169 Gringa Linda August 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm

UPADATE – NEW TEAM Amazonius Terribilis 2 – TEAM #24

GET YOUR TEAM LISTED NOW! DON’T MISS OUT or MISS THE DEADLINE! Braaang it on!

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 8/31/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Iran/Perú, Capt. Amin Adili
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis 1, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. To be announced, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
24. Amazonius Terribilis 2, Capt. Pablo Moura, Perú
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

170 Gringa Linda August 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm

WOW – the SPIRITS OF THE RIVER ARE CALLING – we just got 3 new teams within 45 minutes! What is that about? Everybody send some good vibrations to the jungle!

171 Gringa Linda August 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm

IINCREDIBLE – 3 teams within 45 minutes – and more wanting instructions! Oh, yeaaaaaa!
Gracias to the spirits of the river – she misses us!

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 8/31/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, USA/PERU, Capt. Juan Maldonado
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Iran/Perú, Capt. Amin Adili
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis 1, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. To be announced, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
24. Amazonius Terribilis 2, Capt. Pablo Moura, Perú
25. Team Dan (temporary), Capt. Dan Pastorius, USA, England, Ireland
Please email, if info is incorrect: linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

172 Geoff Ingrum September 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Hello all! We are excited about this amazing opportunity. Thanks to everyone involved in putting it together.

We have a couple of questions.

1) What is a reasonable amount of spending money to bring (not including hotel costs)?

2) Is it possible to leave Sunday night? Two members of our team (myself being one) have families that would appreciate us returning on Sunday. There is a flight to Lima at 9 something Sunday night. The other three members (we have an alternate) would stay to represent the Don’t…Bite Me squad at the party.

Thanks and see you on the Amazon!

173 Gringa Linda September 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm

FROM 25 teams TO 29 teams OFFICIALLY ENTERED TEAMS – 4 NEW TEAMS – OVERNIGHT!
Yes, what a thrilling evening I spent with these new teams! We had 3 within 45 minutes!
I tell you, really, I felt the energy last night – like, all of you are coming for the race, but, going away with so much more – the spirits of the rainforest and Amazon River in your blood.
AND, I can assure you – more teams are sending their entry NOW!
It ain’t over til it’s over! Braaange it on, y’all!

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 9/1/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, England/Peru, Capt. Mike Collis
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. 3 Spry Chicks and Grandma, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Iran/Perú, Capt. Amin Adili
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis 1, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. To be announced, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
24. Amazonius Terribilis 2, Capt. Pablo Moura, Perú
25. Team Dan (temporary), Capt. Dan Pastorius, USA, England, Ireland
26. To be announced, Capt. Karen Alroy, USA
27. Zuntista, Capt. Matthew Bartek, USA
28. Triple Stripper, Capt. Thoedor Sauer III, USA/Perú
29. BARJ, Capt. Amaya Perez-Brumer, USA

174 Lucy Dablin September 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

hey everyone! I’ve raised quite a lot of money for Rainforest Concern in sponsorship and I have my flights so I will be in Iquitos to do the race, so I need 3 people or to join a team! Who’s up for it?

Please contact me on Facebook on The Amazon rafting Club group Thanks.

175 Mike Collis September 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

Hello Rafters,

The Amazon River Authority require that the flags of all rafters be displayed on the raft. So if you have 3 nationalities in your crew you will need 3 flags. don’t have to be big.

So bring your flags with you.

176 chuck haley September 3, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Hi Gringo Linda
Mike just informed me that we will NOT have a hammock boat this year
ar,cause no one wanted to go (I was the only one to pay him for boat) on it. Do you still have the other boat going? or do I have to go on a peque from nauta to iquitos? Please let me know a.s.a.p.
Amazonchuck

177 Gringa Linda September 5, 2010 at 8:03 pm

NEWS UPCOMING on new support boat plan – we need our cheerleaders and promise they make a difference to us rafters. Thanks to all our supporters.

178 Gringa Linda September 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 9/5/2010
LOCAL TEAMS ARE NOW BEGINNING TO REGISTER.
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, England/Peru, Capt. Mike Collis
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. The Balsa Logarithms, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Tord’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Stig Ertresvaag
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Amigos de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Capt. Amin Adili, Iran/Perú
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis 1, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. To be announced, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
24. Amazonius Terribilis 2, Capt. Pablo Moura, Perú
25. Team Dan (temporary), Capt. Dan Pastorius, USA, England, Ireland
26. To be announced, Capt. Karen Alroy, USA
27. Zuntista, Capt. Matthew Bartek, USA
28. Triple Stripper, Capt. Thoedor Sauer III, USA/Perú
29. BARJ, Capt. Amaya Perez-Brumer, USA
30. Los Comodines, Capt. Mark “El Mark” Gregory, Perú
31. Arco Iris, Capt. Eleuterio Mozombite, Perú
32. PENDING
33. So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes, Capt. Aaron Bailey, USA
34. Los Increibles de Padre Cocha, Capt. not yet listed, Perú

179 Gringa Linda September 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm

NEW SUPPORT BOAT under the direction of JUAN MALDONADO, local supporter for many years.

Juan will contract river-traffic-style boat to accommodate supporters following the action.
The boat will be for viewing only, but will accommodate hammocks for relaxation.

Passengers will stay in hostel 1st night in Nauta, find accommodation with local family on 2nd night in Por Venir, enjoy a hostel on 3rd night in Tamshiyacu. Juan will make the arrangements and provide access to food, etc. The boat should not exceed $35 for the entire trip.

Food, drink, and hostel/home stay is at the expense of the participant. Payment is made in Nauta upon boarding.

To add your name to Juan’s passenger list, contact Mike Collis, michaelcollis@hotmail.com, or post a message on the blog or Facebook group.

180 CHUCK HALEY September 6, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Hi Everyone
I have the great horor of ANNOUNCING That –THE GREAT ORGANIZER OF THIS FANTASISTIC RACE FOR 11 YEARS ( MAD MIK ), WILL NOW JOIN MY TEAM –AMAZON WARRIORS ALONG 3 OTHER LOCALS . SO IF YOU WANT TO GIVE TO MIKE”S CHARITY UNDER HIS NAME
HERE IS HIS STATEMENT OF INTENT SO IF ANYONE WAS GOING TO SPONSER HIM DO IT NOW AS HES GETTING READY TO GO DOWN THE AMAZON EMAIL HIM WITH YOUR SPONSERSHIP FOR HIS CHARITY. HERE IS

1.DECLARATION OF INTENT

I Michael Francis Collis being of sound mind do solemnly declare that I WILL complete the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2010.

My raft will have a provisional name of “The John Mack” ( http://www.iquitostimes.com/montana-john.htm ) but if a sponsor wants to buy the name it can be changed. I am looking for sponsors to help me raise $5,000 for the street kids of Iquitos and I want people to sponsor me and my crew for 50US cents per mile (approx 120 Miles) but if we fail to complete the entire course sponsors pay nothing.

I am also looking for 3 other team members who will be crazy enough to join me on this great adventure.

And may the good Lord have mercy on my soul.

Comment by Mike Collis — March 28, 2010 @ 8:58 am

1.Hi Mike
I,m sorry I poisoned your mind when I was kidding about getting you me bill & ed on a raft.
I hope you are just kidding about being on the raft yourself. But I do like the idea of the rasing of the money for the kids. Good Luck in finding 3 more crazy people to go with you.I know I will be cheering you on in the support boat.
I also will be the 1st. to sponsor the .50 cents per mile if you are really crazy enough to go thur with this.

Comment by chuck haley — March 28, 2010 @ 5:52 pm
ALL OF YOU THAT WERE GOING TO SPONSER HIM EMAIL HIM SO HE CAN RAISE THE $5000. FOR THE KIDS.
I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF MIKES GREAT RACE ,AND AGAIN MIKE I WILL STILL SPONSER YOUR STREET KIDS CHARITY AS LONG AS YOU FINISH
LET THE FUN BEGIAN

181 Gringa Linda September 6, 2010 at 5:19 pm

HOSTEL/HOTEL information for Iquitos

This site might help you choose where you wish to stay that night:
http://dawnontheamazon.com/blog/2008/05/18/hotels-of-iquitos-peru-reviews-rates-recommendations/

Info compiled by Bill Grimes with Dawn of the Amazon Cruises and Tours.

182 Gringa Linda September 6, 2010 at 5:23 pm

TIP for navigating from Iquitos airport to downtown (from Dawn of the Amazon website):

If no one is meeting you at the airport, you will be pleased to know that order has recently been imposed. When you step out of the terminal you will not be swarmed by a mob of moto-karristas trying to get your attention. Now, instead of intimidating chaos, the moto-kars (three wheel motorcycles with a passenger bench between the rear wheels and a plastic tarp overhead for protection from the sun and rain) will be lined up in an orderly fashion. You take the next one in line. These moto-kars are inspected to make sure they are well maintained, with a good muffler. The drivers are mostly trustworthy, and S/10 gets two passengers to most hotels, or to my office. If you have a lot of luggage or it is pouring down rain, there are regular car taxis at the airport for S/15 to most hotels.

183 Gringa Linda September 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 9/9/2010

LOCAL TEAMS ARE SIGNING UP NOW….. WE ARE UP TO 37 TEAMS!

1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, England/Peru, Capt. Mike Collis
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. The Balsa Logarithms, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Eik’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Rune Eik
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Canto de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Capt. Amin Adili, Iran/Perú
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis 1, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. To be announced, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
24. Amazonius Terribilis 2, Capt. Pablo Moura, Perú
25. Team Dan (temporary), Capt. Dan Pastorius, USA, England, Ireland
26. To be announced, Capt. Karen Alroy, USA
27. Zuntista, Capt. Matthew Bartek, USA
28. Triple Stripper, Capt. Thoedor Sauer III, USA/Perú
29. BARJ, Capt. Amaya Perez-Brumer, USA
30. Los Comodines, Capt. Mark “El Mark” Gregory, Perú
31. Arco Iris, Capt. Eleuterio Mozombite, Perú
32. Name undecided, Capt. Anna Caritj, USA/England
33. So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes, Capt. Aaron Bailey, USA
34. Los Increibles de Padre Cocha, Capt. not listed, Perú
35. Los Ivincibles de Padre Cocha, Capt. not listed, Perú
36. Los Maquisapos, Capt. not listed, Perú
37. Las Amazonas, Capt. not listed, Perú

184 Gringa Linda September 10, 2010 at 2:14 am

CRUISE/SUPPORT BOAT offered again – will cruise with only 4 or 5 passengers; SIGN UP NOW!

The cruise/support boat director agreed to offer the boat Neñita again, on behalf of Project Amazonas non-profit organization which delivers medical care to small jungle pueblos.
The organization is a raft-race supporter and believes it can cover expenses and give the crew work during race. The boat will cruise with 4 or 5 people. To view the boat, visit our Facebook group, Amazon Rafting Club, photo link at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=164141213368&v=photos
OR visit http://www.projectamazonas.org

The cost is $500 for the trip in the comfort of cabins, first-rate food and service (drinks extra) while cruising in style on the Amazon and cheering the Great River Amazon Raft Race. Forget ocean-liner cruises; they don’t come close to days on this great river Amazon, the mother of all waters – while watching the mother of all races – an adventure never to be forgotten. To reserve your cabin, contact linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com immediately.

185 Gringa Linda September 10, 2010 at 9:48 pm

RAFT CHAIRS for Back Support:
A team who will arrive late asked if there was a possibility to get 4 plastic lawn chairs modified and ready for their arrival. I have found a person who can provide this service. Chairs help alleviate back fatigue. We should have the final price tomorrow; it will include purchase of set of 4 plastic chairs for back support, transportation, modification, labor, and delivery to the Plaza 28 de Julio on morning of departure to Nauta for raft-building.
Chairs will be armless and have legs cut off with multiple holes drilled in seat to help with placement on logs and attachment using nails or screws. Holes also help with water drainage.
Payment will be made in Iquitos thru Linda Flynn at welcome party on 21st (Tuesday) or morning of delivery on 23rd (Thursday).
For now, contact me if interested to add your team’s name on the tentative list. When final price is set, I will post on blog/facebook or send email back to you. If enough teams want a set, we might get better deal overall by buying/modifying in quantity.
Order early; no last minute requests, please, as things take time here in the jungle. Contact Linda at linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
See example of chair on raft on our Amazon Rafting Club facebook group.
http://www.facebook.com/photo_search.php?oid=164141213368&view=all#!/photo.php?pid=5529245&fbid=425004196485&op=1&o=all&view=all&subj=164141213368&aid=-1&oid=164141213368&id=634126485

186 Gringa Linda September 12, 2010 at 9:28 pm

MESSAGE FROM PAST PRESIDENT of AMAZON RAFTING CLUB: ROBYN HATCH, 2007, a team of women that took no prisoners….. a dedicated group of experienced kayakers who never stopped giving 100% for 3 days and 112 miles. This team earned our respect.

Dear racers,

Congratulations on making your way to Iquitos from all corners of the world! For many of you, just getting here is a testament to your commitment to adventure.

I hope that you’ve had a chance to get to know each other a bit already, but if not don’t worry. After a few days of shared misery (oops, I mean adventure!) you will feel like one big, happy, dysfunctional family.

This is a race, but an important part of the experience for you will be the camaraderie built between teams. Look out for one another when you’re out on the river, and pack a little extra water, food, sunscreen, etc, so that you can share it if necessary. It’s amazing how giving anti-diarrheal medication to a person in need will make them a friend for life!

Anyhow… Go hard, play safe, and have fun pushing your limits in a way you may not have experienced before!

Best of luck to you,

Robyn Tkatch
Amazon Rafting Club President, 2007

187 Mike Collis September 14, 2010 at 9:29 am

The organisers will need everyones names, nationality and passport numbers at the Start. It is not a good idea to bring your passports with you so please make a note of your passport number.

Thank You

188 Gringa Linda September 15, 2010 at 1:10 am

ANNOUNCEMENT with PRICE for a set of 4 raft chairs
Set of 4 = $65 (4 chairs $43, which is 30 soles or $10.90 each; transport, modification, and delivery $12; service $10).

RAFT CHAIRS for Back Support: Modified plastic chairs – order NOW!
Resulting from request of team arriving late and needing assistance, this service is offered.
Chairs are used to alleviate back fatigue during this grueling, 3-day, 112 mile competition.
Many rafters prefer back support; locals do not use them. I have rafted without them – wishing I had one – tried a kayak seat twice but, not much use – this year – I am using these chairs.
If arriving late or wishing to avoid the task to find, purchase, and modify chairs; order NOW.
Order a set of 4 without arms and with legs cut off, plus holes drilled for attachment and drainage. Attach with nails or screws or secure with rope/wire. Tools/nails/screws not included.
Service includes purchase, transportation, modification, labor, and delivery to Plaza 28 de Julio on the morning of travel to Nauta for raft-building.
Set of 4 = $65 (4 chairs $43, which is 30 soles or $10.90 each, transport, modification, and delivery $12; service $10).
Pay at welcome party (21st) or morning of delivery (23rd). Order now. No last minute requests, please.
Contact Linda Flynn, linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com or leave message on Facebook or blog.

189 Gringa Linda September 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

NEW LISTING: GRARR TEAMS OFFICIALLY ENTERED as of 9/15/2010
Race Motto: The FAINT of HEART need NOT APPLY!
1. Amazon Chuck’s Amazon Warriors, England/Peru, Capt. Mike Collis
2. Small Craft Warning, USA, Capt. McKinney Edwards
3. The Balsa Logarithms, USA, Capt. Sawyer Pouliot
4. Alpenstoff, Austria/Perú, Capt. Hari Seebacher
5. Pisco Unido, USA/Perú, Capt. Jim Cowin
6. Eik’s Vikings, Norway, Capt. Rune Eik
7. HELPthemHOPE, Perú/Ireland, Capt. John Whelan
8. Wild Thornberry’s, USA, Capt. Nigel
9. Action4Cancer, USA/Perú, Capt. Bethyn Barrass
10. ¡VAMOS YA!, Perú/Austria/USA, Capt. Linda Flynn
11. Ancash Ladies Do It Better, Perú/USA, Capt. Christie Carmichael
12. Crazy Cuy’s, Australia/USA/Perú, Capt. Phil Henderson
13. The Poop Deck, Perú/USA, Capt. John Caldwell
14. Veni, Vidi, Vici and The Peach G.R.I.T.S., USA, Capt. Joani McCullough
15. Canto de los Gorriones, Perú/USA, Capt. Amanda Paniagua
16. Tried, Tested, True, Perú/Canada, Capt. Jeff Schwartje
17. Espiritu RIO 97, Perú, Capt. Marta Isabel Calampa Huesember
18. La Armada Invincible de Trujillo, Israel/USA, Capt. Hanan Einav Levy
19. Persian Storm, Capt. Amin Adili, Iran/Perú
20. Los Piratas de Pucallpa, Capt. John “Bear” Daughtry, USA
21. Amazonius Terribilis 1, Capt. Kilean Watson, Perú
22. The Four Dragons, Capt. Daniel Larson, Perú/USA
23. Don’t…Bite Me!, Capt. Geoff Ingrum, USA/Perú
24. Amazonius Terribilis 2, Capt. Pablo Moura, Perú
25. Team Dan (temporary), Capt. Dan Pastorius, USA, England, Ireland
26. To be announced, Capt. Karen Alroy, USA
27. Zuntista, Capt. Matthew Bartek, USA
28. Triple Stripper, Capt. Thoedor Sauer III, USA/Perú
29. BARJ, Capt. Amaya Perez-Brumer, USA
30. Los Comodines, Capt. Mark “El Mark” Gregory, Perú
31. Arco Iris, Capt. Eleuterio Mozombite, Perú
32. Name undecided, Capt. Anna Caritj, USA/England
33. So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes, Capt. Aaron Bailey, USA
34. Los Increibles de Padre Cocha, Capt. not listed, Perú
35. Los Ivincibles de Padre Cocha, Capt. not listed, Perú
36. Los Maquisapos, Capt. not listed, Perú
37. Las Amazonas, Capt. not listed, Perú
38. Los Piratas del Pisco, Capt. Michiel Geluk, Perú
39. Los Cushuris, Capt. not listed, Perú
40. Los Lobos Marinos, Capt. not listed, Perú
41. Los Piratas del Pisco, Capt. Michel Geluk, Perú
42. PSF Wonder Team, Capt. Christina Brown, Perú
43. Mine’s a Pisco Sour, Capt Mark Perry, Perú
44. Pirates Sin Fronteras, Capt. Malou Janssen, Perú
45. Scallywags, Capt. Anton Phillip Gracia, Perú
46. Quistacocha, Capt. not listed, Perú

190 Gringa Linda September 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET – WELCOME PARTY location change.
THE RAFTERS RECEPTION WILL BE AT LA NOCHE RESTAURANT AND NOT THE AMAZON CAFE.
La Noche is on the boulevard overlooking the Itaya River – we have a great reception planned – don’t miss it!

191 Gringa Linda September 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

See photos of restaurant location for welcome party at the following website.
Find the following article:
Meet Us At La Noche, One Of My Favorite Restaurants in Iquitos Peru
http://www.iquitostimes.com

192 Mike Collis September 16, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I will have hats, flashlights, ponchos and repelent for sale in Mad Mick’s Trading Post & Bunkhouse on Putumayo 163/202 saving you a lot of time shopping around.
I might even get a few pairs of gardening gloves in too.

193 Mike September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

Programa de actividades para la
XII Carrera Internacional de balsas por el río amazonas
2010

Martes 21 de Septiembre: Recepción de participantes: Restaurante “LA NOCHE”

08:00 p.m. Palabras de bienvenida del Sr. Mauro Guimet
08:30 p.m. Intermedio: Presentación de números artísticos
09:00 p.m. Palabras de confraternidad de Sr. Collis
09:30 p.m. Presentación de equipos participantes
10:30 p.m. Fiesta de Confraternidad

Jueves 23 de Setiembre.

Los buses con los participantes, partirán a las 8:30 a.m. de la Plaza 28 de Julio – Ciudad de Iquitos, con destino a la ciudad de Nauta.

10:45 a.m. Recepción en la Plaza de Armas de la ciudad de Nauta.
12:00 a.m. Almuerzo en la ciudad de Nauta.
01:30 p.m. Los competidores cruzan el Río Marañón en bote a la Isla Pescadores.
02:30 p.m. Cada capitán de equipo recepcionará los materiales de construcción para
elaborar sus embarcaciones (balsas).
03:30 p.m. Cada equipo construirá su embarcación (balsas)
07:00 p.m. Cena
08:30 p.m Fogata en la Playa -Isla Pescadores.

NOTA:

• Se pasará la noche en la Playa – Isla Pescadores (se proporcionarán carpas y colchones).

Viernes 24 de Setiembre.

Primera Etapa: Playa – Isla Pescadores – Comunidad de Porvenir

06:30 a.m. Desayuno
08:00 a.m. Se da inicio al Primer Tramo de la Carrera: Nauta – Porvenir
03:00 p.m. Almuerzo
06:00 p.m. Visita de los alrededores de la comunidad.
07:00 p.m. Cena y baile

NOTA:
• Se pernoctará en la Comunidad de Porvenir

Sábado 25 de Setiembre.

Segunda Etapa: Comunidad de Porvenir – Tamshiyacu

06:30 a.m. Desayuno.
08:00 a.m. Se da inicio al Segundo Tramo de la Carrera: Porvenir – Tamshiyacu
03.00 p.m. Almuerzo
05:30 p.m. Recepción de los participantes a cargo de la Municipalidad Distrital de
Fernando Lores- Tamshiyacu.
06:30 p.m. Cena y baile

NOTA:
• Se pernoctará en la comunidad de Tamshiyacu, en las instalaciones de una Institución Educativa.

Domingo 26 de Setiembre.

Ultima Etapa: Tamshiyacu – Bellavista Nanay (Club Caza y Pesca)

06:30 a.m. Desayuno.
08:00 a.m. Se da inicio al Tercer y Ultimo Tramo de la Carrera: Tamshiyacu – Bellavista
01:00 p.m. Recepción de los equipos competidores.
02.00 p.m. Almuerzo
03.00 p.m. Entrega de Premios en el Club Caza y Pesca
04:30 p.m. Fiesta de clausura del evento

NOTA:
• Los desayunos, almuerzos y cenas serán otorgados a los participantes los días que dure la competencia.

194 Gringa Linda September 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

LAST CHANCE to order RAFT CHAIRS, if interested.
Need time to purchase, modify, etc.
PLEASE let me know now, if you’d like a set.
PRICE for a set of 4 raft chairs
Set of 4 = $65 (4 chairs $43, which is 30 soles or $10.90 each; transport, modification, and delivery $12; service $10).

195 Gringa Linda September 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm

SUPPORT BOAT NEWS –
We found a double-decker boat with crew, which will handle supporters AND/OR rafters, who want to sleep on boat in hammock, instead of tent or school on foam mats. They will have food and drinks, beer, not included in price. Bring your own hammock.

IF WE GET 30 people, the price will be s/. 120 or $43.64 (or $44)

IF WE GET 24 people, the price will be s/. 150 or $54.55 (or $55)

Either one is a GREAT PRICE for a 3-day tour down the Amazon while cheering on the rafters – great view from boat, right on top of the action.
We need to know right away, so the crew can prepare. Let me know before Monday, please.
The captain must know if he will have enough people to pay for the gas and crew.
Contact Gringa Linda Flynn to secure your spot, linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

196 Gringa Linda September 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

RAFT CHAIRS – HOW TO ATTACH TO RAFT
The chairs have 6 holes in the seat AND 2 holes on the seat-sides, which allow more possiblities for attaching.
OPTIONS include – nails with washers OR screws with big heads (or with washers)AND/OR wire thru seat-side holes.
Chairs will be tied together in set of four. Delivery to Plaza 28 de Julio morning of 23rd. Watch for the ‘chair’ person to get yours.
For supplies, a hardware store is located in the 1st block of Próspero right off the Plaza de Armas downtown.

197 Gringa Linda September 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm

OFFICIAL RAFT-RACE T-SHIRTS will be on sale before the race at MAD MICK’S TRADING POST, Mike Collis, 1st block of Putumayo, close to Plaza de Armas AND at the Welcome party. Shirts are s/.33 OR $12. Reserve yours now or check them out when you get here. NOT LONG NOW for the adventure of a lifetime.
contact Linda Flynn – linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com

198 Kilean September 20, 2010 at 9:53 am

Linda, about the wires or screws you mention that we can use to tie the chairs… Are those provided? or where can we buy them?

See you soon!

199 Gringa Linda September 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

OFFICIAL GRARR t-shirts –
The price posted for t-shirts was NOT correct (33 soles – $12) – the price is 25 soles – $9 – they will be available before race at Mad Mick’s Trading Post, 1st block Putumayo AND at the Welcome Party at restaurant La Noche.

200 Gringa Linda September 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

RESPONSE TO KILEAN above ABOUT TOOLS AND HARDWARE needed for race and attaching chairs:

For supplies, a hardware store is located in the 1st block of Próspero right off the Plaza de Armas downtown about 1/2 way down on right side of street.
Chairs will be tied together in set of four. Delivery to Plaza 28 de Julio morning of 23rd. Watch for the ‘chair’ person to get yours.

201 Gringa Linda September 21, 2010 at 1:20 am

TEAMS ARE ARRIVING TO IQUITOS and they are STOKED and READY, FULL of ENTUSIASM – move over – it is obvious – they are TAKING NO PRISONERS – it is onnnnn!

202 Gringa Linda September 21, 2010 at 1:53 am

As of 9/21/2010 Countries Represented in 2010 GRARR: 12 countries, so far!
Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Panama, Perú, USA

PLEASE comment if I left out your country. I want to make certain you are on our listing.

203 Gringa Linda September 21, 2010 at 1:56 am

PLEASE SEND YOUR COMMENTS if past participant TO READ at Welcome Party Tuesday night.
Share your hopes and advice – we need your spirit for our newcomers – they are so stoked to be here! Send NOW – so I can make sure to read your message.

204 Mike Collis September 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

Yesterday 3 more countries are included Denmark Germany and Scotland.

205 Geoff Ingrum September 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Hello friends,
Looking forward to being with you soon. We will be arriving in Iquitos tomorrow afternoon/evening, so we will miss the reception. Will someone please verify the place and time of departure on Thursday morning. I believe we are to be at Plaza 28 de Julio…But what time do we need to be there? Thanks!

See you soon,
geoff ingrum

206 Gringa Linda September 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm

WELCOME PARTY – What a PACHANGA – everyone had fun and there was SO MUCH ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM – you could cut it with a knife. Thanks to all! Braaang it on! We go tomorrow!

207 Mike Collis September 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hello Geoff,

Please be at the Plaza de 28 Julio at 7.30 a.m. on Thursday 23rd .

See you there.

Mike

208 Gringa Linda September 22, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Well, you won’t read news here until Sunday or Monday after 3-day, 112 mile race. Everyone is stoked. 48 teams, 16 countries. Send your energy to us – it will be HARD! But, braaang it on…. imagine – being able to tell your grandchildren that you are one of an elite group who has rafted in the longest raft race in the world on the Amazon River and SURVIVED….. oh yea…. thanks for all your support.

209 Cathi Marty-Scott September 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

David, Mark & Mike….Keep your toes away from those piranahs!! Have a fantastic time…meet everyone from all the 20+ countries! C.

210 Michael Williams September 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

Go Murphy brothers. Hey I am totally in next year. Hope you all arrive safely at the finish!

211 hari seebacher September 27, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Los Lobos Marines should get disqualified. they were substituting 3 people of their team on a beach between porvenir and tamshiyacu. My group watched them. Los Incredibles also know about it…. why does nobody control this?

212 Gringa Linda September 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm

COMMENT from HARI above – I agree that there were problems that were NOT resolved, such as you mentioned – but, not because we have not tried to find resolution on these issues. It must be controlled! Thanks for your comment!

213 Gringa Linda September 30, 2010 at 8:06 pm

TO HARI SEEBACHER – contratulations for being first international participant to arrive at the finish line and become our new president of the AMAZON RAFTING CLUB – congratulations to Captian Hari and team Alpenstoff – AUSTRIA and PERÚ. Congratulations!

214 Gringa Linda September 30, 2010 at 8:13 pm

PLEASE post your photos to share with everyone on our facebook group, the AMAZON RAFTING CLUB …
I took not one photo – so…. help Gringa Linda out if you have any of ¡VAMOS YA! #10 or my women’s team #17 Espiritu RIO 97 – thanks so much – put all our favorites – this will help share the adventure with others – we arel already planning for 2011 – thanks to all of you.

215 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 1:33 am

PLEASE post your photos to share with everyone… on facebook AMAZON RAFTING CLUB with description and team and names if possible. Your experience will be invaluable to newcomers – and they are coming! Plans are already in action to make 2011 bigger and badder!

I took not one photo – so…. help me out if you have any of ¡VAMOS YA! #10 or my women’s team #17 Espiritu RIO 97 – thanks so much – put all our favorites – this will help share the adventure with others – we are already planning for 2011 – thanks to all of you.

216 Daniel Pastorius October 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

When will the list be published? I want to find out what place my raft got… we never got a chance to see it at the reception. Will this happen any time soon?

217 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm

OFFICIAL TIME LIST – we are still waiting to receive from regional government – promised yesterday – and now, we are in elections – will keep trying to get them and post asap!

218 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

1st ARTICLE ABOUT 2010 RAFT RACE –
DANIEL JOHN with TEAM BOB’S BUILDERS is first to post article about the 12th GRARR – check it out!

From Daniel: I just wrote a little bit about the raft race… check it out if you want!
http://dangoestoperu.blogspot.com/

219 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

ARTICLE above is the first from a PARTICIPANT – apology to Bill Grimes who was first to give us post-race publicity – we love you Bill.

220 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm

POST RACE SURVEY – TO ALL CAPTAINS and TEAM MEMBERS:
To help us improve the race in 2011 – PLEASE – all participants – SEND AN EMAIL to Gringa Linda with comments on topics listed below. Captains, please ask your team members to comment, too. Gracias for your help!

1. WHAT you LIKED about the GRARR event
2. WHAT NEEDS to be IMPROVED
3. Overall opinion of event
4. Would you do it again?
5. Do you think the adventure had a significant effect on you in some way? and HOW?

All comments are private and no names will ever be associated with reply – I simply want opinions from which we might improve the overall experience – thanks in advance.
Send to
linda_flynn2003@yahoo.com
PLEASE put RAFT RACE COMMENTS in the subject line.

221 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 9:00 pm

WRITE you account of the race and share your link with us!
YOUR stories really help share the adventure and encourage others to think out of the box and compete like you did – please share your links – thanks so much.

222 Gringa Linda October 1, 2010 at 10:24 pm

48 TEAMS from 20 countries – where else in the world – the spirit of the rio Amazonas touches us – how did we get so lucky? Why are we the special ones to partake of the Amazon’s power.
We massage the spirit with our rafts and she gifts us with a feeling.
I believe the Amazon can heal itself – and our coming together is an example – she touches us…. And now, we can never forget the power, the force – and we have to share the feeling and show our gratitude, no?

223 Gringa Linda October 2, 2010 at 12:32 am

DIRECCIÓN REGIONAL DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR, TURISMO Y ARTESANÍA INSTITUTO PERUANO DEL DEPORTE XII CARRERA INTERNACIONAL DE BALSA POR EL RIO AMAZONAS – 2010
CATEGORIA VARONES NAUTA/PORVENIR PORVENIR/TAMSHIYACU TAMSHIYACU/IQUITOS
34 LOS INCREI…BLES DE PADRE COCHA IQUITOS PERU 4:13´20” 5:45´09” 4:19´25” 14:16´54 1°
35 LOS INVENCIBLES IQUITOS PERU 4:17´15” 6:03´02” 4:26´58” 14:27´15 2°
40 LOS LOBOS MARINOS IQUITOS PERU 4:25´27” 6:10´50” 4:27´55” 14:59´12” 3°
4 ALPENSTOFF AUSTRIA-PERU 5:19´50” 7:18´43” 5:18´17” 17:54´50” 4º
12 CRAZY CUY´S AUSTRIA-USA-PERU 5:31´23” 8:15´27” 5:43´10” 19:30´00” 5º
CATEGORIA DAMAS
8 LAS VIRGENES DE IBALU IQUITOS- PERU 5:04´40” 7:08´45” 5:21´33” 17:34´58” 1°
37 LAS AMAZONAS IQUITOS- PERU 5:10´21” 7:14´54” 5:29´19” 17:54´34” 2°
17 ESPIRITU RIO 97 PERU 5:14´05” 7:19´24” 5:33´08 18:17´37 3°
46 LA NOCHE IQUITOS- PERU 5::4´23” ´7:28´42” 5:39´10” 18:50´15”
11 ANCASH LADIES DO IT BETTER PERU – USA 6:30´36” 9:20´22” 6:46´48” 22:36´46
14 VENI,VIDI, VICI AND THE PEACH USA 6:21´42” 10:18´42” 8:27´47” 24:08´11”
3 THE BALSA LOGARITHMS USA 7:22´38” 10:53´08” 8:11´35” 26:36´31”
44 PIRATAS SIN FRONTERAS ICA PERU 7:13´09” 11:23´10” 11:23´00” 29:59´19”
CATEGORIA MIXTO
39 LOS CUSHURIS IQUITOS- PERU 5:00´56” 7:03´57 5:08´45” 12:12´41” 1°
10 VAMOS “YA” PERU-AUSTRIA-USA 5:29´58” 7:31´39” 5:40´32” 18:40´09” 2°
MORE TEAM LISTINGS TO FOLLOW!

224 Gringa Linda October 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

CORRECTION ON LISTING below:
12 CRAZY CUY´S AUSTRIA-USA-PERU 5:31´23” 8:15´27” 5:43´10” 19:30´00” 5º
CATEGORIA DAMAS

Should read AUSTRALIA – not Austria
Thanks to Hari Seebacher, Team Alpenstoff, our new Amazon Rafting Club president 2010-2011

225 Gringa Linda October 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm

SONG HONORING charity ACTION4CANCER and team in this year’s competition – on YouTube with Grace Dickinson – check it out! This raft race has far-reaching results! You go team Action4Cancer – we luv y’all! And GRACE – awwright – VAMOS YA! See you in 2011. Now, THAT’S HOW TO GIVE BACK!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJFm670fh0c

226 chuck haley October 19, 2010 at 9:09 am

Hi Gringo Linda
Are You Going to list the rest of the rafters positions. I know I would like to know where my team (The Amazon Warriors came in.
Hope you are doing fine can,t wait for the next race.
See you in Sept again
Amazonchuck

227 Michael Sanders October 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Hola Linda

Do you have dates for 2011? I have a Montana group that would love to enter the race! This looks like a load of fun! thanks for your hard work.

Best, Michael
Livingston, Montana

228 Mike Collis October 20, 2010 at 8:39 am

Give us a break Michael, we’re still recovering from this last one.

No seriously , its going to be great to have a team from Montana with us next year. I think you can count on the race being between the 18th and 27th September next year. have’nt got a calender for 2011 yet but its always around that time.

229 Tried Tested and True November 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

Hi there, could any of you, Bill, Mike or Linda, please check your e-mails? We’ve been trying to get through to you ever since we returned after the race. There is a strong possibility of dramatically increasing numbers for 2011!

Líttore Ramirez

230 Daniel Pastorius December 6, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Mike & Linda – A lot of us are still waiting on the results… how is it possible that the government hasn’t allowed you to see the list yet?!

231 Zoe December 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Hello! My husband is on his way to Iquitos right now. (I am in the USA) We just talked about this race and want to know the 2011 dates. Our calendar gets booked out way in advance but this year we really want to be able to be part of this. We can get news coverage! So, please let us know.

232 Gringa Linda December 16, 2010 at 11:44 pm

UPDATE GRARR 2011:
People from all corners of the world are already requesting 2011 GRARR information such as dates and how to enter – this is exciting news. Also, 2011 promises new energy and ideas which will be a great asset for us. Watch for news as it develops! Count on the biggest, baddest, best raft-race ever! We count on you to help ignite the fire of adventure to have the most teams ever! and to greet those past rafters who promise to join us this year!

RAFT-RACE RESULTS:
Multiple requests have been sent asking for the complete and final results. I had one promise, but never received it. Then, with the change of government, I heard the time-keeper did not make the cut when the new gov’t. representatives came in. We have not given up yet, and I promise to keep you posted on our progress to secure the results.

TO ZOE with COMMENT ABOVE THIS POST:
We want your team(s to participate in 2011 – usually, we are the 3rd week in Sept; however, I want to confirm the date for this year. We will confirm soon, because we don’t want to miss having your team with us.
We had request to move the date 2 weeks later, so that a large group of school-related teams could participate when on the school vacation time. We will check the forcasts for next year’s river-level activity, too.
Keep in touch, and check out the Facebook group for the Amazon Rafting Club – become a friend to our group, please.

233 Zoe Helene January 7, 2011 at 11:10 am

We want to participate! Please let us know ASAP. Our calendars are very challenging…October gets especially nutty. Would not be able to be in the race after the weekend of Oct 8th. First weekend in October would work great.

234 Rafting in Rishikesh March 8, 2011 at 11:32 pm

http://raftinginrishikesh4u.com/ – Rishikesh has become a main hub of river rafting in Rishikesh, North India. It’s an adventure sport best enjoyed with expert rafters and trainers staying at a white sand beach next to the river. It’s one of the much loved destinations of every adventure fan and rafting down the mighty Ganges is every adventure seekers dream come true.
White Water Rafting in Rishikesh along Kodiyala, Marine Drive, Shivpuri and Bhrampuri lure adventure water sports lovers of all grades offering rafting tracks of different grades and interesting rapids like Golf 3 Blind Mice, Course, Roller Coaster, Return to Sender and many more. Rishikesh has earned the heading of the river rafting capital of India.

235 zoe March 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

Team Medicine Hunter wants to formally register… how do I do that please? Is there an email? Is there a form? We’re excited!!!

236 Captain Bill May 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi, click this link to the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2011 Blog, Thanks.

237 sarah June 1, 2011 at 1:48 am

When will there be competiton in 2011?????????
i want to know about it!!!
please tell me as soon as possible! 🙂

Thank you!!
love-
Sarah!

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