Great River Amazon Raft Race 2012

by Captain Bill

XIV Great River Amazon Raft Race 2012 Information

The most prize money ever

Prize money totaling S/. 52,000 nuevos soles = $19,600+ US dollars

The fastest raft team wins S/.4,000 nuevos soles = $1,440 + US dollars in addition to the category prize for a grand total of S/9,000 nuevos soles = $3,200 + US dollars.

Foreign Teams

Men Category

1°  Place  S/. 5,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,800+ US dollars
2°  Place  S/. 3,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,500+ US dollars

Women category:
1°  Place  S/. 5,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,800+ US dollars
2°  Place  S/. 3,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,130+ US dollars

Mixed category:
1°  Lugar  S/. 5,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,800+ US dollars
2°  Lugar  S/. 3,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,130+ US dollars

National Teams
Men Category:
1°  Place  S/. 5,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,800+ US dollars
2°  Place  S/. 3,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,130+ US dollars

Women category:
1°  Place  S/. 5,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,800+ US dollars
2°  Place  S/. 3,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,130+ US dollars

Mixed category:
1°  Lugar  S/. 5,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,800+ US dollars
2°  Lugar  S/. 3,000.00 nuevos soles  =  $1,130+ US dollars

Schedule

20 Sept 2012

08:00 a.m.    All competitors leave by bus from 28 de Julio square in Iquitos to Nauta.
10:30 a.m.     Civic reception in the Manuel Pacaya Square in Nauta.
12:00 m.        Lunch.
01:30 p.m.    The teams across the river by boat to Pescadores Island (Fisherman’s Island)
02:00 p.m.    Each captain of every team receive their materials for the raft constructions
02:45 p.m.    Each team makes the construction of their rafts, with local help if required.
06:00 p.m.   Dinner – music and dancing on the beach.

All participants will spend the night in tents.

21 Sept 2012
06:30 a.m.    Breakfast.
07:30 a.m.    Raft race start for first leg to Pescadores island – Nueva Esperanza Village
58 kilometres away (36 miles), five hours approximately.
01:30 p.m.    Lunch (according the arrival of the participants)
06:00 p.m.   Dinner.
07:30 p.m.    Welcome to participants.

All participants will spend the night in tents or in another location in the village.

22 Sept 2012
06:00 a.m.   Breakfast
07:30 a.m.    Raft race continue for second leg from Nueva Esperanza village – Tamshiyacu.
66 kilometres away (41 milles), six hours approximately.
01:30 p.m.    Lunch
06:00 p.m.   Dinner
08:00 p.m.   Welcome to participants

All participants will sleep on mattresses at schools in the city of Tamshiyacu.

23 Sept 2012
06:00 a.m.     Breakfast
07:30 a.m.     Raft race finish for the last leg to Caza y Pesca Club (Fishing Club)
01:30 p.m.     Lunch.
03:30 p.m.     Ceremony and Prize Giving.

End of Program

Please, read carefully the information and  general rules…

Raft Rules

All other relevant information and possible changes will be announced on official web

  • Maximum 4 participants for a team.
  • Substitution is allowed but with a penalty of two hours per substitution. Each team is entitled to a maximum of three substitutes.
  • Rafts will be constructed by each team with a minimum of 8 balsawood logs and not less than 5 meters in length.
  • Only the first meter and the last meter of the logs can be carved in the points.
  • Only single-bladed paddle (not the doubles) may be used; no oars, no motors, no sails, no towing (paddles will be provided or you can use professional paddles)
  • Life jackets must be worn at all times while on the raft.
  • Teams must not interfere with or impede the progress of other teams.
  • Alcoholic drinks or toxic substances are not allowed on board rafts.
  • Every raft that is more than 5 km to reach the goal and past 5 in the afternoon will be towed to the finish line, with a penalty of 2 hours. If any team refuses to be towed, they will not be allowed to compete the following day
  • Each team will be assigned a serial number which must be displayed on the raft at all times.
  • Each participant must sign a document of contract risk prior to participating in the race.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Foreign teams may receive assistance from the inhabitants to construct their rafts if necessary.

Please let us know if you have any medical concerns or restrictions in the diet.

Items Needed on  Raft

  • Raincoats/ponchos
  • Long trousers
  • Torch
  • Foam rubber for seats
  • wide-brimmed hat
  • Long-sleeved shirt (s)
  • Gardening gloves or similar
  • First Aid Kit
  • Insect  repellent
  • Machete
  • Snacks

The above items can be purchased in Iquitos. Life jackets are provided but you can use your own if you prefer.

Entry Fee

  • $600 per team up to 31st May
  • $700 per team up to 07th September
  • $800 per team up to the day before the race

To Join

contact, Marjorie Sifuentes Blanch
Communicationes – Raft Race
DIRCETURA – Region of Loreto
965692480    RPM #965692480

Email; amazonriverraftrace2012@regionloreto.gob.pe

The Entry Fee includes

  • Transport to Nauta by bus.
  • 8 balsawood logs and other construction materials.
  • Life jackets, paddles, treated drinking water.
  • Meals according itinerary:
  • 04 Lunches
  • 03 Breakfasts
  • 03 Dinners
  • Mattresses and tents provided for the Thursday 20 – Saturday 22 September.

Organizer reserves the right to change schedule of the race for reasons of force majeure or for the sake of an improvement to the event. All other relevant information and possible changes will be announced on official web

XIV Carrera Internacional de Balsas por el Río Amazonas 2012

Jueves 20 de Setiembre

8.00  a.m.  Los participantes partirán de la Plaza 28 de Julio en bus de Iquitos a la Ciudad de
Nauta.
10:30 a.m. Recepción a los participantes en la Plaza Manuel Pacaya de la ciudad de Nauta.
12:00 m.    Almuerzo.
01:30 p.m. Los competidores cruzan el río en transporte fluvial a la Playa – Isla Pescadores.
02:00 p.m. Cada capitán de equipo recepcionará sus materiales para la construcción de sus
embarcaciones (balsas).
02:45 p.m. Cada equipo construye su balsa, si fuese necesario puede contar con la ayuda local.
06:00 p.m. Cena – música y baile en la playa.
Se pernoctará en la playa en tiendas de campaña.

Viernes 21 de Setiembre Primera Etapa: Isla Pescadores – Comunidad de Nueva Esperanza

6:30 a.m. Desayuno
7:30 am: Primera partida de la carrera – distancia 58 kilómetros (36 millas), tiempo promedio
de 5 horas.
1:30 p.m. Almuerzo
6:00 p.m. Cena
7:30 p.m. Ceremonia de Bienvenida.

Se pernoctará en la comunidad de Nueva esperanza en tiendas de campaña y local comunal.

Sábado 22 de Setiembre Segunda Etapa: Comunidad de Nueva Esperanza – Tamshiyacu.

6:00 am: Desayuno.
7:30 am: Segunda Partida de la carrera – distancia 66 kilómetros (41 millas), tiempo promedio
de 6 horas.
1:30 p.m. Almuerzo
6:00 pm: Cena
8:00 pm: Ceremonia de Bienvenida

Se pernoctará en las escuelas de la ciudad de Tamshiyacu – en colchonetas.

Domingo 23 de Setiembre Última Etapa: Tamshiyacu – Club Caza y Pesca.

6:00 am: Desayuno
7:30 am: Ultima partida de la carrera – 66 kilómetros (41 millas) tiempo promedio de 6 horas.
1:30 p.m. Almuerzo
3:30 p.m. Ceremonia  y entrega premios.

Fin del Programa

Bases de la Carrera de Balsas

Por favor, lea cuidadosamente la información y normas generales a continuación:

  • Cada equipo debe consistir de 4 personas.
  • La sustitución es permitida, pero con una penalización de tiempo de 2 horas a la sustitución.
  • Las balsas se construirán por cada equipo * con un mínimo de 8  maderas de balsa (topas) no menos de 5 metros de longitud.
  • Sólo el primer metro y el último de las topas pueden ser grabados en los puntos.
  • Sólo paletas (sin palas de doble hoja), sin remos, sin motor, sin velas, sin remolque.
  • Los chalecos salvavidas se deben usar en todo momento, durante la navegación.
  • Los equipos no deben interferir o impedir el progreso de otros equipos.
  • No está permitido bebidas alcohólicas ni sustancias tóxicas.
  • Pasada las 5 p.m. toda balsa será remolcado a la línea de meta, con una penalización de tiempo de 2 horas. Cualquier equipo al rechazar el remolque, no se le permitirá competir al día siguiente.
  • A cada equipo se le asignará un número de serie que se debe mostrar en la balsa en todo momento.
  • Cada participante deberá firmar un documento de contrato de riesgo antes que se les permita participar en la carrera.
  • La decisión del jurado será inapelable.
  • * Está permitido que los equipos extranjeros busquen ayuda local para la construcción de las balsas  si fuera  necesario

Por favor, háganos saber si usted tiene alguna preocupación médica o restricciones en la dieta.
Elementos necesarios en la balsa

  • Ponchos
  • Pantalones largos
  • Linterna
  • Goma espuma para los asientos de las balsas
  • Sombrero de ala ancha
  • Camisa (s) manga larga
  • Guantes de jardinería o similares
  • Botiquín de primeros auxilios
  • Repelente de insectos
  • Machete
  • Snacks

Los elementos arriba mencionados se pueden comprar en la ciudad de Iquitos. Los chalecos salvavidas son proporcionados por el Organizador pero está permitido utilizar los propios.

Costo de la inscripción

  • $600 hasta el 31 de Mayo
  • $700 hosta el 7 Setiembre (cierre de inscripción)
  • $800 Extemporáneo

El precio incluye:

  • Transporte en autobús a Nauta.
  • Madera balsa (topa) y otros materiales de construcción.
  • Chalecos salvavidas, remos, agua mineral diario.
  • Alimentación según precisiones itinerario:
  • 04 almuerzos
  • 03 desayunos
  • 03 cenas
  • Colchones y tiendas de campaña proporcionadas para el jueves 20, viernes 21  y  sábado 22  de Setiembre.

El organizador se reserva el derecho de modificar la programación de  la  competencia por razones de fuerza mayor o en bien de una mejora al evento. Cualquier información relevante y posibles cambios serán comunicadas con anticipación.

XIV Competencia Internacional de Balsas 2012

Great River Amazon Raft Race 2012

Walter Petderson
Communicationes – Raft Race
DIRCETURA – Region of Loreto
965692480    RPM #965692480

amazonriverraftrace2012@regionloreto.gob.pe

Teléfono : +51 065 23 3472 /  065 23 4609,    Dirección : Condamine 173,         Iquitos – Perú
Telephone : +51 065 23 3472 /  065 23 4609,    Address : 173  Condamine  street,         Iquitos – Peru

{ 45 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jean-François de Buren April 11, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Oh, how I wish…

2 Ian Nyquist April 12, 2012 at 12:32 am

This sounds very badass. Is there some risk involved here, or is this just marketing hype? If I told you that I was a mostly sedentary 60 year old man with no survival skills who has never traveled outside of the U.S. before, would you allow me to do this race or would somebody intervene on my behalf?

3 Jean-François de Buren April 12, 2012 at 12:40 am

On second thought, I think I need to do this, Henri would be proud : )

4 Scott Lee April 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Aloha
How do I reserve a 4 person team space
Thank you. Scott

5 Captain Bill April 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Hello Ian, I am here to intervene for you. This race is very difficult. It is not for everyone. You would know if it is not for you. I think you might enjoy traveling to Peru and visiting Cusco, Machu Picchu and Iquitos. That would be an experience I would not intervene.

Best regards,
Bill

6 Captain Bill April 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Hola Scott, In the text of this article there is this information in two places;

To Join

contact, Marjorie Sifuentes Blanch
Communicationes – Raft Race
DIRCETURA – Region of Loreto
965692480 RPM #965692480

Email; amazonriverraftrace2012@regionloreto.gob.pe

I am going to send an email in your behalf and copy you in. Then Marjorie will send you the registration form.
Thank you for your inquiry.
Best,
Bill

7 Captain Bill April 12, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Hello Jean,
Nice to hear from you. I know we will see you in Iquitos someday, whether for the raft race or for your version of Henri’s Grand Tour.
See you soon,
Bill

8 Mike Collis April 13, 2012 at 8:22 am

Hello Ian,

If you really are an “Old Fart” then listen to Capt. Bill and don’t do it.
In 2006 “The Over the Hill Gang” with an average age of 68 did it (with a little help) In 2008 Dave Petroski ,the captain of Canada One team celebrated his 71st birthday on the 2nd day of the race. In 2010, at the age of 61, I completed the course and my team came in 15th out of 50 teams. And remember this there are safety boats everywhere, so if you get sick, get tired or are just plain fed up, you just wave your red flag and they whisk you off and into the Support Boat Bar so quick you would’nt know.
Go for it Ian! You show em Ian! You CAN do it.

9 Mike Collis April 13, 2012 at 8:31 am

OK Ian,,

You do it and I WILL DO IT WITH YOU.

See you September Captain .

10 Morton L. Caplan April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

Hey Ian,

I was 73 when I raced in 2006 and had a great time. I would do it again if I had the time and could convinced my two sons to go with me.

11 Lalo April 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Just like the web page says, “The weak need not apply!” It is a gruelly race! Must be in shape. Mike, go for it! I’ll cheer for you! :)

12 juan April 23, 2012 at 11:08 am

QUE WEVADA, MARJIORIE DEBERIAS DEDICARTE A OTRA COSA……

QUE GANAS DE GASTAR EL DINERO EN TONTERIAS

13 Ian Nyquist April 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Just checking in on the page again and saw your responses. Thank you. This sounds right up my alley. I’ve got a couple of questions for you.

It sounds like you end up about 100 miles from where you started. Are we responsible for finding transportation back to where we started from, or do we get bussed back after the race?

I’ve heard that Iquitos is pretty commercialized, a main take-off point into the Peruvian Amazon. Would I be disappointed if I were expecting a scenic and remote trip down the Amazon? In other words, are we more likely to be dodging vessels in a major shipping lane, or dodging blowgun darts from the locals? Would Indiana Jones endorse this trip?

Based on the schedule you posted, it looks like the rafting happens in the mornings. What typically happens between lunch and dinner?

How important is it to have boating skills? I’m young(ish) and in great shape. But I’m not a boat guy – or a raft guy for that matter. Would I be piranha bait out there?

14 Mike Collis April 28, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hello Ian,

Thats great news Ian , we just need to find 2 more paddlers to join us on our great journey. Would prefer us ALL to be over 60 so we can claim the “Fastest Ole Fogey” prize.

All we pay is $150US each and Ian this includes everything , food, water,paddles, lifejackets, raft building materials and transport to the Start in Nauta (68 miles)and transport from the Finish back to Iquitos (3 miles). However, Ian we will need to buy some “extra” materials for the raft (Cant disclose these on this blog) but we can get these the day before we leave for Nauta. So Ian the Start is 100 miles up the Amazon from Iquitos and the Finish is only 3 miles from Iquitos.
Dont need boating skills. As long as we keep paddling we should be finished by 2.00 p.m most of the 3 days. Then we have lunch. The locals will keep you occupied after each rafting session if you still have energy left. Then dinner in the evening.
Pirahna bait? possibly, but some of the lovely people that we pass along this most picturesque part of the Amazon are a bit partial to “human”.
I’m going to try and get a sponsor to donate $1,000US to the fastest old fogey team, thats us.

15 Nicky Green April 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

I dont believe it Mike. Are you really going to do it again. You must be crazy. A chain smoking rafter like you will never make it.

16 Ian Nyquist April 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Mike, thank you for the encouragement and for the response to my questions. Sorry if there was a mis-understanding. I didn’t mean to be misleading when I said “If I told you that I was a mostly sedentary 60 year old…”. I’m actually 35. I was trying to throw out a hypothetical scenario that would give me a better idea of what kind of race this is. Re-reading, I can see that I didn’t lay that out very well.

That being said, I have some friends that might be interested in getting our own raft together. Otherwise, we’d be row-row-rowing down the Amazon together for sure.

Hopefully I’ll see you down there in September!

17 mike collis May 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

Thanks Ian, Talk about hype. You got me to do it. I cannot back out now can I, just need 3 ole fogeys.

To Nick Green,

Thanks for your kind words, but since you were here for the raft race in 2010 I have lost over 35 lbs in weight AND Nick I have’nt had a single cigarette since July 7th last year. I’m gonna do it.

18 robert May 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I’d like to see a picture of the logs before they are have been cut, anybody got any?

19 footballrevolt May 21, 2012 at 4:58 am

i wish i can join this competition but i live in Egypt :)

20 mike collis May 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

PAYING ENTRY FEES

The special account to recieve Entry Fees is now open. So if you are ready to pay contact Marjory on;

amazonriverraftrace2012@regionloreto.gob.pe

21 Queenie June 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm

This sounds like an amazing experience!! Is there a limit on how many teams can join? I’m going to be backpacking Peru and Bolivia on my own in August and September so I’m still not sure how to find a team to join… Also – this may be a silly question – but what do you do with your gear when you’re making your way down the Amazon river?

22 mike collis July 12, 2012 at 9:09 am

Hello Queenie,
If you want to take part in this years race YOU ARE IN. Just get your $150US paid and you WILL be in a team. The $150 includes everything, food, water,everything you just get yourself here.

Dont worry about your things , they will be on board the Support Boat under Police guard.
Contact me for more details;
michaelcollis@hotmail.com

23 mike collis July 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

Raft No. Raft Name. Captain. Nationality.
1.Fast, Loose and Lovely Melissa Papka USA

2. Boris Titov Rodrigo Diaz Peru

3. Real Dude Boyz Kail Zuschlag USA

4. Pirahna Bait Si or No? Andrew Baber USA

5. Avanzando Julianne Scott USA

6. Ju Yao Grant Adams USA

7. G.E.M.S .Gringo Enfrentando la Muerte NathanLadd USA

8.Oar We There Yet? Sue Song USA

9. Speedy Brujas? Tiffany K Winkleman USA

10. Serious Diorrder Steven Winkleman USA

11.The Bloodsucking Catfishes Nicole Thomas USA

12. Team Apus Tim Pansini USA

13. Oars0me4some Christopher Enerson USA

24 Kate Hagstrom July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hi Mike could you add us!
Los locos Amigos de Mack Kate Hagstrom Capitan Canada eh!
thanks
Katie

25 Mike Collis July 16, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Raft No. Raft Name. Captain. Nationality.
1 .Fast, Loose and Lovely Melissa Papka USA

2. Boris Titov Rodrigo Diaz Peru

3. Real Dude Boyz Kail Zuschlag USA

4. Pirahna Bait Si or No? Andrew Baber USA

5. Avanzando Julianne Scott USA

6. Ju Yao Grant Adams USA

7. G.E.M.S .Gringo Enfrentando la Muerte NathanLadd USA

8.Oar We There Yet? Sue Song USA

9. Speedy Brujas? Tiffany K Winkleman USA

10. Serious Diorrder Steven Winkleman USA

11.The Bloodsucking Catfishes Nicole Thomas USA

12. Team Apus Tim Pansini USA

13. Oars0me4some Christopher Enerson USA

14. Aquaholics NO kA OI Scott Lee USA

15, Los Locos Amigos de Mack Kate Hagstrom Canada, Brazil

26 Kaz July 17, 2012 at 1:06 am

Can I please join? Does anyone need another team mate? I almost qualify for the “fastest ole’ fogey” team, but not quite… however I’m fit & healthy & in Peru – travelling! About to go to the mountains in Cusco to build a greenhouse for a village with a bunch of teenagers, so will be out of email contact from 19th July to Aug 7th……. PLEEZE someone need me!
Kaz ….
on a year’s sabbatical seeking adventure – here’s my blog:
http://www.kazjaz.com
kaz@pacific.net.sg

27 Mike Collis July 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

Line Up as of 18th July

Raft No. Raft Name. Captain. Nationality.
1 .Fast, Loose and Lovely Melissa Papka USA

2. Boris Titov Rodrigo Diaz Peru

3. Real Dude Boyz Kail Zuschlag USA

4. Pirahna Bait Si or No? Andrew Baber USA

5. Avanzando Julianne Scott USA

6. Ju Yao Grant Adams USA

7. G.E.M.S .Gringo Enfrentando la Muerte NathanLadd USA

8.Oar We There Yet? Sue Song USA

9. Speedy Brujas? Tiffany K Winkleman USA

10. Serious Diorrder Steven Winkleman USA

11.The Bloodsucking Catfishes Nicole Thomas USA

12. Team Apus Tim Pansini USA

13. Oars0me4some Christopher Enerson USA

14. Aquaholics NO kA OI Scott Lee USA

15, Los Locos Amigos de Mack Kate Hagstrom Canada, Brazil

16. Treiblolz Antony Wright England

28 Mike Collis July 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

Sorry Antony Wright,
I did not know your team was multinational and included Germany and Scotland. Revised line up below

Raft No. Raft Name. Captain. Nationality.
1 .Fast, Loose and Lovely Melissa Papka USA

2. Boris Titov Rodrigo Diaz Peru

3. Real Dude Boyz Kail Zuschlag USA

4. Pirahna Bait Si or No? Andrew Baber USA

5. Avanzando Julianne Scott USA

6. Ju Yao Grant Adams USA

7. G.E.M.S .Gringo Enfrentando la Muerte NathanLadd USA

8.Oar We There Yet? Sue Song USA

9. Speedy Brujas? Tiffany K Winkleman USA

10. Serious Diorrder Steven Winkleman USA

11.The Bloodsucking Catfishes Nicole Thomas USA

12. Team Apus Tim Pansini USA

13. Oars0me4some Christopher Enerson USA

14. Aquaholics NO kA OI Scott Lee USA

15, Los Locos Amigos de Mack Kate Hagstrom Canada, Brazil

16. Treiblolz Antony Wright England, Scotland & Germany.

29 Dale July 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I captained a team in the 2006 race and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. If you want to have some serious adventure and see a remote part of the world then I really encourage you to sign up.

That said, the phrase “The faint of heart need not apply” is not entirely for marketing effect. You will be going into a remote area and should be reasonably self sufficient. There were times when we didn’t see another human for a long time, and there are real hazards involved. I’m not suggesting that it’s terribly dangerous, but when you’re off the grid in the Amazon it’s wild country.

You can read about my experience here if you want:
http://www.accidentalexplorer.com/?p=27

Mike and Bill (and everyone else in Iquitos) deserve a ton of credit for keeping this event going. One of the most overlooked aspects of doing the race is the cultural experience. Unlike most sporting events it really transcends sport and requires you to interact with the community around you, to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and in many cases get to know the locals who know the secrets of being successful!

Oh, and for those of you who are thinking about going but don’t have a team… I showed up in Iquitos just before the race, put together a makeshift team, and we somehow managed to win the “Fastest Foreign Team” division. So go for it!

I’ll be back to do it again sometime!
Dale

30 Captain Bill July 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Hello Dale, and thanks for posting. Right now I am awash with good memories of the year you raced and won the trophy and of getting to know you and your crew and the camaraderie, and how we have stayed in touch through our blogs. Isn’t that a big part of the race? Would it have been as important with out the friendship? I don’t think so…

Best wishes,
Bill

31 Kate Hagstrom July 26, 2012 at 10:59 am

Dale, my friend John Henry Mack paddled with you that year. He died in 2007. He was one of my dearest friends. We are paddling this year in his honor. We will be bringing a John Henry Mack trophy with us, we haven’t decided what to do with it yet but will make sure it is something fun! Our team is from Langley BC with a wonderful man from Brasil that is helping a Amazon Reserve build a better life for themselves.
See you all soon.
Katie

32 Dale July 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Kate, just reading your post makes me want to return to Iquitos this year, even if I don’t race! Being on a team with “Montana John” was one of the absolute highlights of my experience. Like Bill said above, the race is really about the friendships you create that last a long time. When Mike sent news to me about John’s passing in 2007 it felt like I had lost a longtime friend. By the way, I’m from Seattle and get up to Vancouver quite often. We should try to meet up before you go to Peru! You can contact me through my website http://www.accidentalexplorer.com.

33 LeeAnn August 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

I paddled this race in 2010… it was really an amazing experience. My post-race ramblings and a few pictures can be found at http://kungfubucketlist.blogspot.com/2012/02/great-amazon-raft-race.html. I hope that when I pass through Peru again next year to take part again!

34 Anton August 19, 2012 at 7:59 am

Hi Everyone, we are a European team entered as Team Treibholz, Dirk the German member of the group recomended the name and said it meant Elite Rowing crew. We also have a Scottish member (Kyle) who lives in Norway and finally there is myself (Anton(y)) and Martyn who are English. As we live so far apart we are keeping a facebook page with video blogs for all our followers so feel free to join:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/415716345126546/
Aswell as the raft race we are hoping to tour around a bit and we have also been in contact with the Peru Rowing Federation and hope to row and also coach some young athletes while we are there.
Anyway we look forward to meeting everyone soon,
Much love and GSTQ
Lord Antony Wright

35 Stacy August 20, 2012 at 10:09 pm

We r looking for another female for an all women’s team (foreign).

36 Steve Emerson August 25, 2012 at 5:11 am

Please note the Oarsome4some team leader is Chris Emerson and he is English.

37 David Edwards September 11, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Once again, Good luck to all the rafters this year. I haven’t taken part, although I spent 3 days in 2008 reporting on the event, only to have my magnetic tape corrupted at customs. As Mick and Bill say, this is a hardcore Olympic event. All the very best to all involved in reporting, participation, and organisation. I love you all. :)

38 Sandy J September 24, 2012 at 1:12 am

Will you be posting results anytime soon? I’d love to see how everyone did.

39 Greg Harris October 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Does anybody know what the 2013 dates will be for this race? Thanks, in advance.

40 Ian Nyquist December 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

What are the dates for the 2013 race? I’ve got a team assembled and some members of my team need put in for the time off now in order to ensure attendance. Thanks!

41 Ian Nyquist January 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Yo. Anybody out there? Hello?

42 Captain Bill January 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

Hello Ian, thanks for contacting me. The regional government will set the dates for the raft race. So far there is no word on that. Until then, we are waiting. When the information becomes public I will post a new article for the 2013 raft race. Thanks for your interest.

My best,
Bill Grimes

43 Jessie W March 3, 2013 at 12:03 pm

looking forward to hearing about dates for 2013!

44 Captain Bill March 3, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Hi Jessie,

So are we! The government tourism office will set the dates. They don’t seem to get it…

45 Steven N. Bray June 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

Hi Bill,

I’m a TV producer, looking to get in touch regarding filming an episode of a cool adventure / race series during this year’s Amazon River Raft Race.

Just sent you an email, but in case you don’t get it, it would be great to chat.

Regards,

Steve

steve@hlp.tv

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