Great River Amazon Raft Race 2011 Blog

by Captain Bill

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 2011 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 71st 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, 7th October 2011, and finish at the Fishing club in the City of Iquitos on Sunday, 9th October 2011 mid to late afternoon. Each 4 person crew will paddle a raft they built themselves the day before the race (6th October). 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.

Route of the 2011 Great River Amazon Raft Race

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. In 2010 a record number of teams competed from 18 different countries including Persian Storm from Iran, led by the intrepid extreme sports star Amin Adili. Amin and his team are hoping to compete again this year.

Constructing balsa rafts before the Great River Amazon Raft Race

Happy rafters in the shade on a well constructed raft

Well dressed crew at the Great River Amazon Raft Race

Race Information 2011

Itinerary/Arrival And Departure Info

All foreign teams must be in Iquitos by Tuesday 4th October 8:00 p.m. for the “Rafters Get Together” and reception at The Amazon Explorers Club located on the Malecon overlooking the boulevard and the river.

Thursday 6th October

At 7:30am you will leave by bus for the 2 hour drive to Nauta where there will be a civic reception at 11:00am in the Plaza de Armas; 12:00 noon, lunch provided; 1:30pm, all competitors cross the river by boat to Isla de Pescadores (Fisherman’s Island), 
2:00 pm each team constructs their own raft with local help if required, 
6:00pm, dinner for competitors (provided), 
7:00pm Fiesta with music and dancing on the beach. 
You will sleep overnight on the beach in tents provided by the Nauta City Council.

Friday 7th October

Breakfast will be provided at 7:00am, and at 
8:30am, all rafts start the race together, in mass, from the beach to the isolated village of Porvenir, a distance of 36 miles, (average time 6.00 hours). Dinner will be provided at 6:00pm; 
all participants will sleep in tents, that are provided.

Saturday 8th October

Breakfast will be provided at 6:30am. All participants start in mass at 7:30am; 
this 2nd leg of the race is to the town of Tamshiyacu, a distance of 41 miles (average time of 6.30 hours). Dinner will be provided at 6:00pm. There will be a Grand Fiesta at 8:00pm. All participants will sleep in the school on mattresses that will be provided.

Sunday 9th October

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

Party and Prize ceremony will follow the finish at the Fishing Club. There will be a Rafters Party at the Amazon Explorers Club at 8:30pm.


(1) Each team must consist of 4 persons.

2) Substitution is allowed, but with a time penalty of 2 hours per substitution. Each team is allowed to have up to 3 substitutes.

(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) Any raft with more 5 klms to go at 5.00 p.m.each day will be towed to the finish line with a time penalty of 2 hours. Any crew refusing the tow will NOT be allowed to compete the next day.

(10) Each team will be allocated a raft number which must be displayed on the raft at all times.

(11) The Judges’ decision will be final.

*Foreign teams will be allowed local help building the rafts if necessary*

Items Needed On The Raft


Long pants


Sun screen

Foam rubber for seats

Broad brimmed hat*

Long-sleeved shirt(s)*

Gloves, gardening or similar

First aid kit

Insect repellent


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 2010 Bethan Bayrass and her Action for Cancer team raised over $10,000US for cancer sufferers in the UK.

Inscription/Entry Fee for Foreign Teams

The Entry Fee is $150US per person with up to 7 paddlers per crew including substitutes.

Included is; transport by bus to Nauta, 8 balsawood logs and other construction materials, life jackets, paddles , treated drinking water and all meals. Also mattresses, tents provided for Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October. All crews will sleep on mattresses in the school gymnasium in Tamshiyacu on Saturday 8th October.


1. Email your information, including team name, captain name, team members, nationalities – or as much as you know for now. See addresses for email below.

2. We send you an email with a link which will take you to PayPal.

3. In PayPal, you may pay thru PayPal or with credit card. Each transaction should include $25 for processing, whether paying for your team or an individual. If you would prefer to pay by MoneyGram, or Western Union it’s easy. When you send in your information, ask for the details of how to pay by MG or WU.

4. Pay for team of 4 – $600 USD (+ $25 processing per transaction)
OR pay for individual to raft $150 (+$25 processing per transaction) per person
OR to be on support boat $150 (+ $25 processing per transaction) per person for front row seat to cheer for your favorite team in raft-race.

Meals included for rafters and for support boat participants.

If you are repeating from a previous race, please share experience with new rafters. This official blog is the best place to find and share info. Read the comments below for more information. If you have a question ask it in the comments below.

Articles on the Captain’s Blog about previous raft races, located under the category amazon river raft race, are an education for you to learn from.

Join us on Facebook at Amazon Rafting Club and join our group as participant or friend. Help our membership grow!

Send your entry email to Linda Flynn or Morten Bruun Jensen, CC both of them to make sure you receive the attention you deserve. Their email addresses are below;

Linda Flynn = (space in address is an underscore)
Morten Bruun Jensen =

5. Include a short bio of your team and your hopes for adventure with your entry if this will be your first time.

Mike Collis and Carsten Korch are valuable sources of information and are available for news releases, promotional events, interviews, etc. Their email addresses are below.

Mike Collis =
Carsten Korch =

Thank you!

Additional Information

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

Peru Experience, for unique journeys and unforgettable memories.

Living In Peru, news from Peru.

Great River Amazon Raft Race sponsored by;

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Entry Fee include accommodation in Iquitos ?
No it does not.

Is the water provided during the race safe to drink ?
The water provided is bottled and is safe to drink.

Is it necessary to attend the Rafters Get Together on the Tuesday evening before the race ?
No its not but you will miss a great party.

Can we buy the things we need in Iquitos or should we bring them ?
Iquitos is a modern city and you can get everything here.

Can you recommend hostels in Iquitos for us ?
Yes we can.

Can we use our own professional type paddles and life jackets ?
Yes you can.

Can we bring our own tents to sleep in ?
Tents are provided for everyone but you can bring your own if you like.

Are there any restrictions of the way the raft is constructed ?
Not really but you must use all 8 logs and they must be adjacent to one another but not necessarily touching one another. 4 x 4 are not allowed.

Can we use wire or plastic straps instead of rope to tie the logs together ?
Yes you can.

Can we build a shelter on the raft ?
You can put anything you like above the waterline like a shelter or plastic chairs but sails are not allowed.

How will substitutes get from from one stage to another ?
Substitutes and spectators will travel on the Support Boat. They will all treated as paddlers and will be provided with accommodation, food and water during the 4 days of the event at a cost of $125US per person.

Will there be any prize money ?
Yes there will be prize money but the amounts depend on how many teams take part.

If someone is sick during the race will there be medical staff with the race ?
Yes we always have medical staff with us, and fast speedboats for evacuation if needed.

Where will rafters keep their belongings during the race ?
Rafters belongings will be stored on the support Boat under police guard.

Is there cellphone coverage on that part of the Amazon ?
Yes 80% of the course has cellphone coverage but not all.

The Amazon Rafting Club

Amazon Rafting Club

The Amazon Rafting Club was informally formed after the 2006 Great River Amazon Raft Race. Membership Fee = *FREE*

President 2010 – 2011 is Linda Flynn who was the Captain of the fastest foreign team in 2010.

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 2010-2011

Sweet Gringa Linda Flynn, the only 4 time competitor and the only two time president of the Amazon Rafting Club, 2010 and 2011

Gringa Linda Flynn, four time competitor in the Great River Amazon Raft Race, is the president of the Amazon Rafting Club now for the 2nd year running.

Past Presidents

2006-2007 Dale Baskin USA

2007-2008 Robyn Tkatch Canada

2008-2009 David Kelly

2009-2010 Linda Flynn

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{ 105 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rusy sprenger March 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

Mike , nice to hear from you . I am looking at my schedule and possibly might be able to make another go at it. We really enjoyed it last time . One major question about you’re above information . In the third paragraph …….. on the third day of the race …… You say we will start on Friday 7th, 2011 and finish on the 9th 2010 ………. WELL IF YOU CAN GET ME BACK TO OCTOBER 2010 I am in for sure . Nothing like getting a year back . Hope all is well . Give Bill and Marmaleta a hello , Anthony a orange soda and tell Golbert I will see him when I get there . rudy

2 Amin Adili March 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Hope to see all rafter Friends there…
Thank you Mike, Thank you Linda

3 Gringa Linda March 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm

HI RUSY – above comment – they say you can’t go back – but, why go back when the 13th GRARR needs you… thanks for nice comment – but, you in person – better! Share the info with folks like you – real adventurers – why keep it all to yourself – we need you! Keep in touch and let us know when you have chosen the name of your 2011 team!

4 Gringa Linda March 23, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Amin – above comment – it would not be the same without you! Can’t wait to see you again – why not bring 2 teams this year! It’s is already shaping up to be an incredible year – and some really great people already joining us! See you in October – are you in shape? Well…… we know you are – but, this year – let’s see you win some money! Luv ya, man! Holla’ at me! We need to update the website! but, would really just like to hear from you! Think I have someone to help with website, but, need a little direction to make the changes – we appreciate so mucy that you created the website for ut! AND the LOGO! Fantastic. Chau for now!

5 Gringa Linda March 23, 2011 at 11:44 pm

MEET and GREET party – it’s decided – this year should be a real jungle party – Bill Grimes with Dawn of the Amazon and the Amazon Explorers Club will host – and he is already making big plans – you don’t want to miss this “pachanga” – jungle slang for great get-together – he’s already talking band – what? Like I said – Bill always goes all out if his name is associated with an event – a great supporter of the race for many years – GRACIAS – what a welcome suprise to have the best providing an event that none of us gringos will forget! Bring your “tore up from the floor up” dancin’ shoes – at least – we don’t paddle the next day!!! Thanks for the support, Bill! VAMOS YA – Let’s do it!

6 Gringa Linda March 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

RUSY – ok, now I get it – my bad – I will correct my error using 2010 instead of 2011 –
hey – just did it to get someone’s attention – and YOU WON!
Muchas gracias, amigo – thanks for participating on the OFFICIAL BLOG – let’s get the blog off to a good start, right!! Chau for now…

7 Frank Roome March 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Hi – we are going to enter 2 teams – made up from friends around the world – South African, Irish, British and USA. We’ve got commitment from 6 people so far – and putting pressure on the others to confirm! Looking forward to it.
Thanks for putting this together.

8 Gringa Linda March 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Fantasic news Frank – you are our kind of people – full of adventure – can’t wait to meet your people – and wow – from all over the world! This race just keep getting bigger and better – will post asap the method of sending entry fees. Please send team names and captains, if you have them for our tentative roster! Thanks so much – keep spreading the word, please – more the merrier – especially knowing you are the only one suffering! jaja

9 Gringa Linda March 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

MEANT to say – with all of us together, we know we are NOT the only persons suffering – but, of course, that’s relative – to the incredible feeling of completing the race!

10 robert March 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

hi all,hi sweet linda.gosh i feel the vibes will i go for a third time on the water.still have the scars on my rear !!! a read trophy naturally only the best of friends get to see,,
i feel the mighty water calling my name yet again,,,,,i miss you all.
to those of you who wonder do i or dont i go.let me tell you this it really is a life time opportunity to experience something very special and meet people who just may influience your life all for the better,walk proud become a member of this exclusive club,dont just do the talk when you can do the walk,,life is for living and to hell with those who say any different.rob

11 Gringa Linda March 30, 2011 at 11:48 pm

ROB – our Irish inspiration – what a competitor and usually for others more than himself – rafting to help a young girl in Iquitos with health problems –
Well, look, my man – WHAT YOU GOT – BRAAANG IT ON – LOOK, you are the only one close to my record – you got 2 and I got 4 times – I’m going for 5 – VAMOS YA – bring yourself and your brigade of rafters – you still can’t catch me!
I sincerely cannot wait to give you a big Gringa Linda hug – ain’t nothin’ like ’em, brother. We can’t wait for you to bring that incredible enthusiasm – I’m gonna really need you to p’ss me off – just a little, so I am certain to finish the race AND leave you in the DUST on the Amazon River – not everyone can do that! Biggest-baddest-best EVER! No FAINT OF HEART allowed!

12 Amin Adili March 31, 2011 at 12:22 am

Linda – Thank you dear Linda, I am in shape and I am really to join you but as you know travel to there for Iranian Citizen is so difficult ,and I know if I want to come there , I put you and mike in trouble.
But I relay want to come and I am trying to do it . I am ready to update GRARR and teach you how to update it for this year. You can send me email for first step….
Vamos amigo…
my personal website :
English version is coming soon.

13 Gringa Linda March 31, 2011 at 8:20 pm

AMIN – GREAT NEWS to have PERSIAN STORM team back for 2nd time – we just love having you and your group – really a great sharing of cultures last year!
And, we thank you again for creating our website – we appreciate you helping update the site, too – we’ll talk soon!
Your website is incredible – great photos, too.
YES, please share the news of the 13th GRARR – together, we’ll make it the BIGGEST, BADDEST, BEST grarr EVER!

14 rudy sprenger April 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

Linda , just got the computer back , glad you got the 2010 /2011 . I think you are doing a great job . Just one more thing , It is RUDY not RUSTY . Hope to see you all soon .

15 Gringa Linda April 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hi Rudy – my apology -thought that was you – but…. glad to hear from you – will you be here this year for the race? Didn’t we talk about sponsorship…….. just remembering………. The ball is in your court now. We need your enthusiasm – you are a great supporter for years!
Share the word – and send us some teams from your neck of the woods!

16 Gringa Linda April 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm

YEA – we have a NEW RECORD of teams entered – we have 12 TEAMS in MARCH for the first time! USA, AUSTRALIA, IRELAND, PERU, IRAN – so far!
We love breaking records and you help us do just that! Last year 9 teams in April for a new record!
So – CELEBRATE – thanks to the 12th team for making February our goal next year! Get your paddling arms ready – and your constitution strong!
WE ARE GOING TO RAFT THE AMAZON RIVER FOR 3 DAYS! AND, become part of an elite group in this world!
Bragging rights free!
Join us! Not for the faint of heart!

17 Aaron April 4, 2011 at 12:47 am

Linda! Team So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes will be back and stronger than ever! Actually we’ll be exactly the same. 🙂

18 Gringa Linda April 4, 2011 at 3:47 am

NEWS – from Bethyn Barrass, 2010 participant – sharing her experience with friends on Amazon Rafting Club Facebook Group. Bethyn’s team brings us to 13 teams already this year!

Last year, team Action4Cancer took part in the GRARR, it was the most incredible experience and we are looking for four crazy people to take part in this years GRARR in representation of team Action4Cancer. A4C is a non profit organisation set up in the UK in memory of anyone who has ever lost their lives to cancer. We aim to improve the suffering of both the family and the patient in hospitals and hospices. If you would like to be part of team A4C, please get in touch and we will post you a sponsorship pack.

19 CHUCK HALEY ( AMAZONCHUCK) April 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Hi Mike, Bill & Gingo Linda,
Look for me Oct.1st. . I Iwill see you atnt. of 10/1 for a beer at
La Noche Rest. Can you give me any information on the support boat we will use? Will we use the same boat–Don Antonia,as this was easy to get on and off of?
Can you get JUan to go by the la Casona hotel any reserve me room #1
for two weeks? I will be uploading some fotos of the 2010 race, the reason I was waiting was I was waiting on the list of winners, but I quess that isn,t going to happen so I am sending it,so everyone that was in the 2010 race,and all the new rafters can check out what they are getting into.

20 Mike Collis April 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

This is great news Chuck, the raft race would’nt be the same without you.
The answers to nearly all of your questions can be found in the FAQ section of the raft race blog. No problem here’s the answers ;
All substitutes, supporters ans spectators pay the same per person as the rafters $125US. This includes food, water, a place to sleep either in a tent or in a hammock on the Support Boat. The only difference is all substitues and specators etc., will traval from one stage to another on the Support Boat. I think we will be using the same boat as we did in 2009 the “People of Peru’s” own boat.

See you lst October Chuck.

21 CHUCK HALEY ( AMAZONCHUCK) April 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Hi Mike
Sign me up for the support boat. Let me know how and when to send the payment. The $125. covers the boat and all meals on boat during race? and where will the support start from.

22 Randall redenius April 13, 2011 at 11:27 am


For the 4th consecutive year I’ve been unable to put together a team, so if you know of a team that needs an additional person, please advise. On On thanks randall redenius

23 Mike Collis April 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

Hello Chuck,

All supporters, substitutes and spectators leave with the paddlers by bus from the Plaza 28th Julio on Thursday 6th October at 8.00 a.m.

24 amy April 13, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Hi all! This sounds AWESOME!!! I’d love to do this. I live in Lima but I don’t know anybody yet who’d be as excited about this as me. If there is a team that needs a strong, fun, motivating, gringa from Canada with loads of water/outdoor adventure experience please let me know.

25 Gringa Linda April 15, 2011 at 1:01 am

WATCH for HOW TO ENTER announcement very soon – it’s easier than ever this year – Paypal OR credit card! Watch for official info and enter your team or teams now! Announcement forthcoming – your team entry will encourage others to make the decision!

The Faint of Heart Need Not Apply!

ALSO – great news above from Chuck, Randall and Amy! Your enthusiasm is contagious! Thanks for posting!!!

26 Gringa Linda April 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm

GRARR WEBSITE: Website will be updated soon and announced. Long story…

TEAMS: More teams want to sign up now – more than a dozen – the info about sending entry fee announced very soon – payment can be made by Paypal or credit card.

Gringa Linda’s email address – problems with it opening – working on it – if no response – please understand – got a Backdoor entry access, but, even it does not open every time! I will either have corrected or get new address – thanks for understanding. I got in briefly today – and did see TEAMS WANTING TO ENTER!!!!!! but, it quit before I could answer!

27 Gringa Linda April 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

1. Email your information, including team name, captain name, team members, nationalities – or as much as you know for now. See addresses for email below.
2. We send you an email with a link which will take you to PayPal.
3. In PayPal, you may pay thru PayPal or with credit card. Each transaction should include $25 for processing – pay for team or individual.
4. Pay for team of 4 – $500 USD (+ $25 processing per transaction)
OR pay for individual to raft $125 (+$25 processing per transaction) per person
OR on support boat $125 (+ $25 processing per transaction) per person for front row seat to cheer for your favorite team in raft-race.
Meals included for rafter and for support boat participants.
5. Include a short bio of your team and your hopes for adventure, if your first time.
If returning, please share experience with new raters.

The official blog is the best place to find info –also, previous event blog submissions are an education as well.
Also, join us on Facebook at Amazon Rafting Club and join our group as participant or friend. Help our membership grow!
Send your entry email to Linda, Mike, and Carsten – here are the addresses:
Linda Flynn = (space in address is an underscore)
Mike Collis =
Carsten Korch =

28 darren April 21, 2011 at 11:23 am

Hey guys
Darren here.. So I completed the amazon race in 2008 under the brotherhood team , had an amazing time and we gave it a good crack .. Think we did pretty well! .. Anyways an email popped up reminding me of the event and the desire to do something silly was sparked up again. However I don’t have a team!! .. So I’m keen to throw myself out there anyone looking for a teammate for the race drop me a line.
I’m based in london, 29 years old south african, and pretty keen on adventure!! Hope to hear back soon!
Good luck all

29 Gringa Linda April 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm

You are certain to have a team – we already have couple folks looking – so, this is the place to post this message! Fantastic – bring some of your buddies, too, like the grand group from last participation!!!
Let’s see if these persons contact you here – if not – we will get y’all together – so, ABSOLUTELY – we will be very glad to see you again!
Also, check the Facebook Amazon Rafting Club – become of FRIEND of our group, please – and post there – looking for a team – AND remember, don’t leave your other adventurous friends out!!!

30 Gringa Linda April 21, 2011 at 11:11 pm

LOOKING FOR A TEAM? POST if you want to participate and don’t have a team – you are not alone – thru here or on Facebook group – you can find other adventurers just like you – we GUARANTEE you will have as team. Also, you can enter by sending your entry fee – one person is $125 – and guarantee your spot this year – before all the spots are filled.
Facebook – Amazon Rafting Club – please join our group and help our numbers grow – almost 800 now – since LAST YEAR!

31 Mike Goody April 22, 2011 at 9:04 am

Hey Linda,
I’ve just gotten out of hospital after a transtibial amputation of my left leg 🙁
So i’m not entirely sure on how quick my progress of rehabilitation is going to be over the next few months. On the plus side, I’ll be going to Headley Crt (Military Rehab in Surrey) on the 3rd May, so i’ll be in the best place …to ask if its an achievable task to join you crazy cats on what sounds like its going to be an epic adventure racing :-p
Mikey x

32 Gringa Linda April 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Like they say in the military to get folks to join… – WE WANT YOU!
We want you and your team! More, we want what the message of your participation would show – more – we appreciate what you and your brothers in the military do – thank all of you!
Please stay in touch – look forward to meeting you and your esteemed colleagues!!! Thanks Mike – REALLY!
It will be another epic adventure – although nothing to compare to your experience – but, still – what a hoot! It is an incredible feat to finish! You are in our hearts – and we look forward to seeing you – y’ all on your own team’s raft – gracias, amigos!

33 Marc Plumet April 24, 2011 at 10:07 am

Hola Linda,

I’d like to book for two persons on the support boat, two nice places to put my hamacs not too far from Mike, so I’ll be near the beers 🙂

– Tania Sanchez
– Marc Plumet

I also plan to have a sponsored raft at the name of the restaurant and I guess Cedric Gilleman would participate.

34 Gringa Linda April 25, 2011 at 12:05 am

MARC and TANIA – Hope you got my response thru email – we are so HAPPY you will be cheerleaders this year – it is SOOOO important! Honest!
Please see instructions above for HOW TO ENTER – easy – and we’d love to meet you thru our blog – how in the world did you arrive to participate this year; where y’all from; let’s enjoy this blog so graciously hosted year after year by Bill Grimes, long time supporter and host to this year’s parties – this is the place! It is fun to meet a person on the blog, form idea of the person, then, MEET THEM!
And THEN, see them AFTER THE RACE! What a brother/sisterhood we are – and you two will be veterans of, too.
Amazon Chuck – see above – will demonstrate his method of support – we could NOT imagine doing the race without AMAZON CHUCK!
Thanks again – see you – support boat is how I started – well, you might raft the next time!

35 Gringa Linda April 25, 2011 at 12:25 am

DON’T HAVE A COMPLETE TEAM? Meet and form team thru our blog! At least 4 people already are hoping to connect! Each person pays $125.
This is the first year we are accepting single entries – so
y’all can become part of our incredibly elite group, who have survived the feat of rafting 3 unforgettable days (a “hurt so good” kind of thing) or cheered us on – and many folks have rafted more than once … WHY?
We have our reasons…
Come let the spirit of the Amazon River touch you – as truly, it is a mutual embrace – and it will happen.
¡Qué bueno, no? That’s really cool – chévere!

and/or on Facebook group Amazon Rafting Club. Join our group!

36 Gringa Linda April 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

KEEP THOSE CARDS AND LETTERS COMING FOLKS – we are loving all the early interest in the raft race this year – be sure to get your entry in, too!
REMEMBER, you can send your entry even if you don´t have a team yet – you WILL find others in similar circumstances. See above for instructions.
ALSO, the SUPPORT boat has much interest – send your entry to cheer us on, if not rafting. $125 includes food – I STILL can´t believe 4 day cruise on the Amazon River for $125? Well, grab your spot while spots are available!

37 Gringa Linda May 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

NEW ENTRY SYSTEM and YOUR TEAM ENTRY! – Is the new entry system working for you? If you need another way to send entry – we need to know – now. This year it’s thru Paypay or Paypal with credit card. We want to accomodate all teams – so, here is the place to let us know!!!!!
See above for instructions in post #27.
We had 12 teams at end of March – new record – last year 9 in April – and entry process was not complete – so, you “DARING DOZEN” – let us help with your team’s entry! Holla’ at us….. let’s make it official and get the official roster up and running!!!

38 Gringa Linda May 5, 2011 at 3:28 am

3 NEW TEAMS – Canada, South Africa and USA – get your entry in today ! See above for entry instructions – and, we will also have bank transfer option or other to accomodate your team!
Get your teams’s name listed now – get off the fence – if not now, when!
Not feeling faint, are you! Save that for the last 100 yards of the race!
Braaang it on!

39 Captain Bill May 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi, Bill here, thanks for coming onto my Captain’s Blog to learn more about the 13th annual Great River Amazon Raft Race. I’ve published more than 350 articles about Iquitos, the rivers, and the rainforest. There is a lot of valuable information on this blog that I am going to help you find. For instance be sure to click this link and read More Than Just A Packing List, for some suggestions. Three items you should be sure to bring are sun screen, (the kind that won’t wash off), insect repellent for early morning and evening, (you probably won’t need it during the race) and a personal flashlight with extra batteries. I will be commenting on this Great River Amazon Raft Race 2011 Blog two or three times a week with some tips to help make your experience in Iquitos and on the river better so stay tuned and good luck.

40 Gringa Linda May 11, 2011 at 12:47 am

Gracias to BILL GRIMES, great supporter and partner in crime. The Captain´s Blog is famous due to the wealth of information and interesting stories and accounts of life in the jungle!
PLUS, we will have a heck’u’va welcome and adios party at his café on the boulevard this year.
All tips are appreciated for our participants – gracias, amigo!
Who can resist such an education – and just by reading the Captain´s blog – AND for FREE!

41 Captain Bill May 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Hey again; Did you know Iquitos Peru Is On Lonely Planet’s List Of The Top Ten Cities To Visit In 2011

This charming river port, jungle city on the fringe of civilization was a secret most travelers had never heard of. That all changed when the popular Lonely Planet Travel Guide announced they had “discovered” the wonders of Iquitos, and broadcast them around the world. CNN picked up on the rush and ranked Iquitos 3rd on their top ten list, behind New York and Paris. Do you know charapita? It’s a hot pepper, a hot Iquitos woman, a hot raft race, a hot city…charapita city. Come see what it’s all about…

42 Volunteer Latin America May 20, 2011 at 4:07 am

Information about the Great River Amazon Raft Race 2011 has been posted on the Latin Lounge. I hope you get a few teams via our blog or Facebook.

43 Gringa Linda May 20, 2011 at 5:39 am

1st official team on 2011 GRARR roster!
Team Belgium 1; Captain Marc Plummett; Belguim and Peru
Just couple days more and all UPDATED, NEW ENTRY INFO will be listed here.
I have been contacted since March by about 25 teams – SO, when the info is posted…. jump in and get the early-entry discount and tons of kudos for being bold and adventurous.

44 Captain Bill May 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

I recommend arriving a few days early or staying a few days after the race because You Could Love Iquitos Peru

45 Gringa Linda May 20, 2011 at 11:53 am

YES – ARRIVE EARLY – acclimate to the jungle and get last minute items – PLUS – attend the Welcome Party – at Amazon Explorer’s Club on the Boulevard, Bill Grime’s place – you don’t want to miss this “pachanga” – PARTY! Attend the Tuesday night party – Wednesday is free – Thursday, we travel to Nauta for reception and RAFT BUILDING and B-B-Q on Fisherman’s Island! PARTY ON!

46 CHUCK HALEY ( AMAZONCHUCK) May 22, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Hi Bill , Mike , Linda
I,m back from China and I already have my ticket to Iquitos. I will be in the afternoon of Oct. 1 . See you at the la noche rest. or at Bills
Amazon Cafe about 7P.M. I can,t wait to be back in Iquitos again. Did you check out the photos of the 2010 race? I will be back down there with my cambera in hand again.
Can one of you get Juan to get me room #1 at Hotel La Casona Iquitos
Calle Fitzcarrald 147 | Plaza de Armas, Iquitos Iquitos1, Peru for OCT> 1 To Oct 16

47 Gringa Linda May 24, 2011 at 3:15 am

Almost 20 TEAMS entering so far!

Hi RAFTERS – it’s getting hot down here in the jungle – with teams rushing to get the early entry in – very soon, we’ll have 20 teams – AND by WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY THIS WEEK, the new process should be complete – will post here – so you can get your entry paid! It will be simple and fast! CALLING ALL TEAMS! SIGN UP NOW!

48 Captain Bill May 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Hi again, If you decide to stay an extra day or two before or after the race, here are your Top 10 Things To Do In Iquitos Peru.

49 Tripper Sauer May 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Did the race last year. Met some wonderful people and had a good time, but just a forewarning to anyone who has never it done the race before, the statement “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.” did not hold true last year. Over 10 hour days we saw a safety boat no more than 2-3 times. It’s better than nothing, but don’t expect immediate attention.

50 Gringa Linda May 30, 2011 at 8:17 pm

Comment on rafter support boats –
Thanks to a past participant giving a headsup to rafters that rafter support was not up to par last year – We organizers were the most disappointed about this; and, we have new system with new people.
Thanks, because, this is how things change – it was at the very top of our agenda for first meeting. Rafters speaking out helps everyone.
Please rest assured that rafter support will be available and evident thruout the race – we organizers participate, too, and all of us want first-class support! Thanks again for the heads-up.

51 Gringa Linda May 31, 2011 at 2:24 am

NEW SUPPORTER – Bienvenidos to VOLUNTEER LATIN AMERICA and thanks to Stephen – see their Events category on the Latin Lounge blog.
Their are now friends also of our Amazon Rafting Club Facebook group. Gracias!
I predict we have a team this year that heard of us thru you good people. Why not say hi and thanks with a virtual visit to our new supporter.
PLUS, Stephen shared the info with friends – on their Facebook Group, PLUS, PLUS on LONEY PLANET, Stopodo and Gumtree! Let’s check them out and show our gratitude.

52 Gringa Linda May 31, 2011 at 2:28 am is NOW UPDATED – check it out!
Tell your friends!
Make a comment!
Holla’ at us down here in the jungle!

53 Gringa Linda May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Raft-race 2009 VIDEO –
YOU might see yourself – or as you will be 1st week of October, 2011 – video has 3 parts at LIVING IN PERU site and also, posted on Youtube. Enjoy – remember – the FAINT OF HEART NEED NOT APPLY!
Consider yourself FOREWARNED – fellow adventurers!

54 Gringa Linda June 1, 2011 at 12:41 am

RAFTERS – you should receive email from me with instructions for entering now – possible the 1st one did not send – had some address formatting problems, but, will watch for your official entry; THEN, we can list you officially! Watching for your entry now!
Can’t wait to meet all of you, too!

55 gringa Linda June 7, 2011 at 9:55 pm

NEWS – WE HAVE 3 teams REGISTERED and PAID and just heard the CRAZY CUYS are COMING BACK – more later!

56 Gringa Linda June 8, 2011 at 1:14 am

TWO new teams – are….
#1 LAST YEAR’S WINNERS (USA and South Africa) with Captain Frank Roome and
#2 formerly Drinkers with a Paddling Problem – now named – FAINT OF HEART (USA) with Captain Peter Sprengelmeyer!
WELCOME – AND braaang it on, y’all!
We salute you brave adventurers!
Share the wealth and tell all your crazy friends!

57 Gringa Linda June 8, 2011 at 1:17 am

Don’t forget our 3rd team….
CANADA + ONE, Captain Robert B Vincent, Canada – keep ’em comin’ y’all!

58 Gringa Linda June 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm

PROMOTING OUR EVENT and involved in organization and promotion.
Our new colleagues with GRARR 2011 are promoting our race on their site called The PERU EXPEREINCE. Carsten and Morten have the popular and well-read online magazine called LIVING IN PERU – in English and full of information – very popular among expatriates and geared to what’s happening in Lima, as well as all of Peru. AND Living in PERU has participated in the race.
Great sites to check often!!!

59 Gringa Linda June 9, 2011 at 12:21 pm

AMAZON RAFTING CLUB – on Facebook – now over 800 members!

YEA – YEA – our group has surpassed 800 members – thanks to YOU – from its creation Jan 2010 – gracias amigos – YOU are what WE are about! Get your entry fee in now! Make your dream official! See you at the starting line!

60 Gringa Linda June 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

GREAT MEETING last night with all involved with the organization and promotion of our event!
Reps from the regional government, our new colleages this year from Lima mentioned above, plus our regulars here in Iquitos!
Lots of planning and goals for the future – watch out – you have definitely NOT seen the last of this event! It gets bigger and better each day – because of YOU – braaaang it on!

61 Gringa Linda June 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

gringa Linda made a MISTAKE –
the website above for the PERU EXPERIENCE is wrong – here is the correct URL –

Amigo Bill, our blog host – please change above – to avoid misdirection to the site! Hi Linda, I made the correction…Bill
Check it out and see our banner and info about GRARR 2011.

62 Captain Bill June 9, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Hello, your plans are coming together, now you need a place to stay. Click this link to Hotels Of Iquitos Peru, Reviews, Rates, Recommendations.

63 Gringa Linda June 10, 2011 at 1:55 am


“What do you get when you mix PEACHES and DONKEYS?”

Give it a shot – Post your best answer – then, STAY TUNED…..
for the official response!

64 chuck haley June 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

A Georgia Donkey

65 chuck haley June 12, 2011 at 5:32 am

Hi Linda
Heres a rewrite to my answer
see you in Iquitos for my prize HaHa!!!

66 Gringa Linda July 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

HEADS UP – will post soon the official list of teams enters 2011 – these are paid teams – so, we have twice as many who have pledged to participate – so, get your entry fee in now – until July 15, you can save $ – so, don’t delay!
$125 per person on team or on support boat! What a deal! 4 days touring the Amazon for $125 per person – spread the word! Don’t let your friends miss out!

67 Gringa Linda July 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

From, rafters in 2010, Isis, and team mate, Andreas, are stoked for 2011! Get the low-dow on their revealing Youtube video – direct evidence that one raft race can be ADDICTIVE!
Knowing what’s coming; they’re still PUMPED!
Y’all bring it – GAME ON!
Like we say at Amazon Rafting Club…
If ya’ can’t paddle with us badd-and-back, braaang-it-on, choke-on-my-wake, adventure crazies – cheer us from the boat! That’s how I started!
The video make me swear to start working out – TOMORROW!
Join us and bring buddies – it’s not as much fun to suffer without them!
Hey, I remember these guys – dey ain’t kiddin’!

68 Gringa Linda July 9, 2011 at 4:15 am

Amazon Rafting Club includes bragging rights to every participant – so, as I like to teach by example. Let me start!
Gringa Linda’s BEST BRAGG!
I’ll fess up – if all goes well – I’ll attempt the monster Amazon River for the 5th time with my team ¡VAMOS YA! (Let’s go already!). Always wanted to be famous for a minute…so, here’s my chance.
I am the only foreigner to have rafted 4 times!
There, I said it! Feels damn good!


Well, I’m bragg hunting first week in October – let’s trade braggs at the Adios Party – and – I promise – after the ordeal – oops, I mean race – most likely, you’ll feel like I do – young, strong, and happy!
This incredible feeling lasts only about a year, though – so, maybe 2012?

69 Gringa Linda July 9, 2011 at 5:02 am

Amazon Rafting Club News – MASSIVE MEDIA
Enthusiastic and innovative, our new colleagues from just sent raft-race info to over 30,000 subscribers!

Plus, on behalf of GRARR 2011, Carsten and Morten placed post cards in over 140 cafés and bars around Lima, and distributed posters to schools/universities.

As we have never reached that many people with the ENTER button or any other manner, I am anxious to see how our numbers are affected. Let’s beat the 50 teams record from last year.

Amazon Rafting Club salutes you; and we appreciate this massive publicity push – a great addition to support on the expatriate news magazine online at – gracias amigos!

Find articles about the raft race, photos, comments, news, video, links and more at these two sites!

Do a search on Living in Peru to find numerous commentaries by past participants and observers of our event – entertaining reading!!!

70 Gringa Linda July 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm

NATIONALITIES thus far planning to raft:
Australia, Canada, England, Iran, Perú, USA

USA leading in representation on 18 teams with entire group or at least one person from USA on team this year out of 30 teams promising to join us!

In 2010, we had the following nationalities:
Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Panama, Perú, USA
Some 25 teams had rafters from USA last year out of 50.

Let us know if I left your country out – apology if I did !
Represent your country – sign up now!

71 Gringa Linda July 10, 2011 at 4:39 am

NATIONALITIES in the line-up for 2011 – CORRECTION!
Sorry for oversight – but, South Africa is on my list – it was late!!
Frank contacted us last year with the promise that we’d meet in 2011 – he absolutely kept his word and found a 2nd team!
#1 Last Year’s Winners – USA/South Africa
#2 Faint of Heart – USA (name change – formerly, Drinkers with a Paddling Problem)
Sounds like these are our kind of folks!

And hello to Frank’s 2nd team – FAINT OF HEART !
But…… out motto is……

I love it! Can’t wait to meet this group!!!!

72 Gringa Linda July 10, 2011 at 10:49 pm

NATIONALITIES addition for 2010 list of rafters:
Australia, Austria, Canada, England, France, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Norway, Panama, Perú, USA

+ Belgium and Colombia!

Thanks for letting me know rafters – must not have looked at the last roster! Hope to see you this year – or meet teams that you told about this great adventure! Spread the word! and keep in touch!

73 Gringa Linda July 11, 2011 at 8:55 pm

If you need a team mate to help form your team – please contact me now – several people have asked and some already entered individually – we just need to get them together – often, these are some of the most interesting and fun-filled teams – friends forever – or not……. haha
Let us know…… with permission to share your contact info with others in similar situation – OR for Morten Bruun Jenson.
Morten is our colleague handling the entry fees and tons more!

74 Gringa Linda July 15, 2011 at 2:32 am

2011 GRARR official team roster as of Wed. July 13

1. Ancash Ladies Do it Better by Jessica Gilbert
2. Team Young Money by Julia Mote
3. Wild America by Tina Montalvo
4. Last Year’s Winners by Frank Roome
5. Fainted hearted by Peter Sprengelmeyer
6. Canada+one by Robert B Vincent
7. River City Donkey Show by Chris Cobb
8. (Team Name) by Elizabeth Franco
9. The Brown Team by Nancy Luna
10. (Team Name) by Alexandra Thurston
11. Ancash is Better by Will Ruff
12. Balsa Ghostriders by Ian Arzeni
13. (Team Name) by John Caldwell
14. Gladys by Erin Dougherty
15. (Team Name) by Eric Edward DeDonato
16. Last of the Mochicans by James Slattery
17. Las adelitas by Veronica Aparicio

HOWEVER, will be adding several more who committed to raft as soon as the entry process completes. Keep tuned in!

75 Gringa Linda July 15, 2011 at 2:43 am

VOTE for the Amazon as one of the New7Wonders of the World!

To all the Raft Racers, we invite you to join the campaign, to elect our beautiful AMAZON as a Natural Wonder of the world.
Please visit
and choose “AMAZON” as a first option.

Message from a raft-race veteran with the regional government, ROSA EMMA, whom you will meet soon!

76 Captain Bill July 15, 2011 at 8:50 am

This is a good start for a great race. I’m looking forward to meeting all of these adventurers

77 Mike July 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm

The Starting line as of !5th July 2011.

1. Ancash Ladies Do it Better by Jessica Gilbert – USA
2. Team Young Money by Julia Mote – USA
3. Wild America by Tina Montalvo – USA
4. Last Year’s Winners by Frank Roome – USA/UK/South Africa
5. Fainted hearted by Peter Sprengelmeyer – USA
6. Canada+one by Robert B Vincent – Canada
7. River City Donkey Show by Chris Cobb – USA
8. (Team Name) by Elizabeth Franco – USA /Peru
9. The Brown Team by Nancy Luna – USA
10. (Team Name) by Alexandra Thurston – USA
11. Ancash is Better by Will Ruff – USA
12. Balsa Ghostriders by Ian Arzeni – USA
13. (Team Name) by John Caldwell – USA
14. Gladys by Erin Dougherty – USA
15. (Team Name) by Eric Edward DeDonato – USA
16. Last of the Mochicans by James Slattery – USA
17. Las adelitas by Veronica Aparicio – USA

78 Gringa Linda July 22, 2011 at 2:47 am

ADDITIONS to the 2011 RAFT-RACE ROSTER! (see previous post)

18. Crazy Cuys by Phil Henderson – Australia/USA/Peru
19. The Peachy Asses by Mark Stephen Curnow – UK/USA
20. Pues by Nikki Eller – USA
21. Velocirafters by Courtney Anglin – USA/Peru
22. De la Selva, sus Tiburones!! by Carlos Kouri – Peru
23. (Team Name) by Amber McKean – looking for team members
24. Spanky and the Spanksters by Jeffrey Sigler – USA
25. Help Them Hope by John Whelan – Peru

Contact me if any info should be otherwise; gracias!

79 Gringa Linda July 23, 2011 at 12:08 am

SURPASSED # OF TEAMS IN JULY last year – let’s go for the record!

Mike reminded me tonight that last year at this time in July – we had 17 teams signed up – well, we have 25 now…… so, we ought to surpass our highest number of teams ever 50 last year – which allowed me win the bet with Mad Mick – that I would beat him in my first year as race coordinator….. help us break the 50 team mark this year! Braaaang it on! We are going for 75 – the faint of heart need NOT apply!

80 Gringa Linda July 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

RAFTERS for 2011 – please POST ON OUR BLOG – here!

Help us all get an idea of who our competitors are – ok to brag!
Let’s get this blog going! There is much info to share!


81 gringa linda July 26, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Amazon Raft Race 2011: Teams officially entered as of 7/26/2011

1. Ancash Ladies Do it Better by Jessica Gilbert – USA
2. Team Young Money by Julia Mote – USA
3. Wild America by Tina Montalvo – USA
4. Last Year’s Winners by Frank Roome – USA/UK/South Africa
5. Fainted hearted by Peter Sprengelmeyer – USA
6. Canada+one by Robert B Vincent – Canada
7. River City Donkey Show by Chris Cobb – USA
8. (Team Name) by Elizabeth Franco – USA /Peru
9. The Brown Team by Nancy Luna – USA
10. (Team Name) by Alexandra Thurston – USA
11. Ancash is Better by Will Ruff – USA
12. Balsa Ghostriders by Ian Arzeni – USA
13. The Poop Deck Part Doo by John Caldwell – USA
14. Gladys by Erin Dougherty – USA
15. (Team Name) by Eric Edward DeDonato – USA
16. Last of the Mochicans by James Slattery – USA
17. Las adelitas by Veronica Aparicio – USA
18. The Crazy Cuys by Phil Henderson – USA/Peru/Australia
19. The Peachy Asses by Mark Stephen Curnow – USA/UK
20. Pues by Nikki Eller – USA
21. Velocirafters by Courtney Anglin – USA/Peru
22. De la Selva, sus Tiburones!! by Carlos Kouri – Peru
23. (Team Name) by Amber McKean – USA
24. Spanky and the Spanksters by Jeffrey Sigler – USA

82 kathy July 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Hi kathy here from the San francisco Dragon healers dragon boat team. We did the race in 2008 and we are still bragging !!!

There is nothing like the experience…only the strong survive !!!

Enjoy !


83 gringa linda August 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Hi KATHY from the San Francisco Dragon Healers dragon boat team – thanks for posting – we love that – and – well, don’t hold out on your other dragon boat buddies – spread the word – share the glory – show them what bragging is really about!!!
Who else do you know who has rafted 3 days on this incredible, majestic, uncontrolled river on balsa raft built by 4-member team – WITHOUT previous instruction? Now that’s what I’m talking about – I think dragon boat rafting is incredible – but, then, well, there’s the Amazon… right, Kathy? I’m talking BRAGGING RIGHTS!
Send us your buddies – and, this year – the majority of teams entered are from the USA – over half!!! This calls for MEDIA ATTENTION!!! ¡VAMOS YA! – USA! Some reporter is just waiting for this story! Luv ya Kathy – braaang it on!
WE WANT TO HEAR from you – past rafters – post here and show your support for the NEWBIES! and us oldies, too!

84 gringa linda August 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm

DAVID KELLY and team EASY LIVING, 2008, WINNERS FIRST TIME AS FOREIGN TEAM, plus new record time –
CHALLENGE has been ISSUED BY THE record-holding PERUVIAN TEAM – they want to leave you in their wake –
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE between gringo team and Amazon Indian team!!!!!!!!

yes, the Increibles (or Invincibles) EASY LIVING beat both teams who had won each year prior – yes, the team y’all BEAT – BIG TIME – from whom your team stole the 1st place spot with a new record for the race – well, they want another go at you and your team in 2011 – and – on the traditional style balsa raft this time! AND as Andy Howard can swear – no using logs belonging to previous rafters this year! What a hoot, no? Well, let’s do it! Braaaang it on, bubba! Hope to hear from you!

85 gringa linda August 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm

and team Captain David Kelly:

Hi Linda, thanks for the tease-out on this. 🙂 One day we’ll come back down to the GRARR for a re-race and re-uniting with the Increibles, Invincibles, the Delfinos, and the other great paddling teams of the Amazon. It won’t be this year due to other life and race commitments. We’ll continue to hold our experiences with GRARR (the warmth of the people, the natural beauty of the surreal jungle, the awesome scope of the Amazon River, the richness in culture, the adventure of the unknown, and the intensity of competition) as one of the true few life-time gems of experiences. I’m so glad you’re getting more and more people to come and experience the same..

86 Patti August 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Hi all
I am in San Francisco and I volunteer with VIDA – based in SF and LIMA. We are a non-profit that ships 35-50 containers of donated medical supplies and medical equipment to Latin America every year – with Peru at the heart of it all. If a team is looking for a great cause – supporting VIDA’s efforts is in need. I can hook you up with the team in Lima or USA for more deets if there is a fit!

Thanks and good luck to all! Patti

87 Gringa Linda August 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Be sure to check out our FACEBOOK group – AMAZON RAFTING CLUB – for latest information – and to join our group with your friends – we are going to go over 1,000 before the race 1st week of October!
¡VAMOS YA! – Let’s go already!

88 Gringa Linda August 23, 2011 at 11:51 am

rafters in 2010, Isis, and team mate, Andreas, are stoked for 2011! Get the low-dow on their revealing Youtube video – direct evidence that one raft race can be ADDICTIVE!
And, they will raft this year – GAME ON!
Like we say at Amazon Rafting Club…
If ya’ can’t paddle with us bad-and-back again, braaang-it-on, choke-on-my-wake, adventure crazies – cheer us from the boat! That’s how I started!

89 Miranda August 26, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Hey, right now I have a team of three girls from the US we are just looking for one more, is there anyone else looking for a team??

90 jeremy sprenger September 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Dad and I came in 2008 best vacation mind and strength test ever the amazon river will really try to beat you. We finished gotta say I almost didn’t . We will return

91 jeremy sprenger September 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Thinking 8th place last time was great hopefully room on your boat mike. Maybe have white sand party half way !

92 Gringa Linda September 7, 2011 at 6:57 pm

PLEASE check out our Facebook group with lots of activity comments, photos, more… you might see yourself – we’re gearing up for our great adventure – hope to see your smiling face – well, 1st day anyway…. pain…..

93 James Shrimpton September 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Could you please urgently send me the names and nationalities of the reat Amazon Raft Race team named The Crazy Cuys, plus any other available minformation about them – did they compete last year, and nifg so where vdid they finish? etc. Many thanks. James Shrimpton, journalist, Brisbane Australia

94 gringa Linda September 8, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Hi to Miranda – post above – did you get any responses for 4th member for your team – please check out our Facebook group – there’s a couple teams looking for another member!

Sorry, if I missed your post – IT’S GETTING crazy here – this close to the race – but, we want you team!
write us – or

95 gringa Linda September 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Hi Jeremy – great to hear from you – seems this year – more people checking out the Facebook – but, well, always glad to see posts here – always – especially like yours – if you are coming this year – and want to stay on support boat – let us know – we’re getting down to the wire! Let us know – you guys are great cheerleaders for us!
chau for now

96 gringa Linda September 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

CAPTAIN’S MEETING with in-depth program of raft-race info!
Captain’s meeting this year on Tuesday night at the Amazon Bistro Restaurant on Tuesday night, Oct 5, 7 pm. It’s our first year for such an in-depth program with tips/warnings/maps, including PowerPoint presentation by our river-guide/expert, Raul Petit, who speaks English! Captains will receive packet of info to share with team members. Meeting location overlooking river on Malecón – see photos at this link of Captain Bill’s Dawn of the Amazon Blog: Plus, Amazon Bistro has a team with one member rafting the 2nd time!
More info announced at the Welcome/Bienvenidos party at Dawn on the Amazon Café on Boulevard, Tuesday night.

97 gringa Linda September 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Welcome Party on Tuesday Oct 4
Captain’s Meeting on Wednesday Oct 5
Please make not of this information!

98 gringa Linda September 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

BALSA BACK-RELIEF raft chairs: Modified plastic chairs – order NOW!
Chairs are used to alleviate back fatigue during grueling, 3-day, 112 mile competition.
Many rafters prefer back support; locals. Gringa Linda has rafted without support and with kayak seat; then, she invented the raft-chair.
Armless, plastic lawn-chairs have legs cut off. Holes are drilled in seat sides to attach, and in seat for drainage. Attach with nails or screws or secure with rope/wire (not included).

Set of 4 = $60. Cost breakdown per set: 4 chairs $40 (25 soles/$10 each), plus transport for modification and delivery = $12; and, tip for provider= $8.
Delivery and payment before leaving for Nauta at Plaza 28 de Julio, Oct. 6th
No last minute requests, please.
Contact or send message to Linda Flynn thru Facebook.
Service is separate from GRARR 2011.
NOTE: Twelve chairs already requested before announcement by returning participants!
See photo on Facebook group Amazon Rafting Club

99 RUDY SPRENGER September 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm

BILL GRIMES , MIKE AND THE GREAT gringa LINDA , hope all is well . I am still locating a flight and it looks as though I just might make it . Are there any options on a support boat yet ? Son Jeremy can’t make it this trip and I wouldn’t raft without him so I am considering rafting this one with the camera . Mike , Bill , what are my options ? How is my little buddy Golbert ?

100 Captain Bill September 29, 2011 at 8:54 am

Hi Rudy,

It’s great to hear from you, hope you can make it to this great race again. I don’t know for sure about boat space but I feel like they will squeeze you and your camera in somehow:) I’m afraid your good influence on Golbert was short lived:(

101 J-Lynne October 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

I am participating this year in the race and was wondering if we needed to bring our own sleeping bags… Tents are provided but what about sleeping bags and such?

102 Helmut November 24, 2011 at 6:10 am

Does somebody know when the next rafting (year 2012) is? We, a german team, would like to take part next time.

103 Captain Bill November 24, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Thanks for contacting us about joining in on the 2012 Great River Amazon Raft Race. The exact dates and details will soon be finalized. The raft race has gotten bigger and better each year for 13 years and the organizers plan for this to be the best race yet. We hope you can join in the adventure.

104 luis March 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm

why mid Sept? Why not Oct last in past?

105 Captain Bill March 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Hello Luis, thanks for contacting me. It was only October last year. Before it was September. Thanks for asking.
Cheers, Bill Grimes

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