• 9th September 2008 - By adventuresofgreg

    245.164 km !!

    I am trashed right now – back at the cabin after a few hours of sleep. I finished a total of 42 laps + 1.9 km of a 43rd lap equaling a total of 245.164 km This final number is unofficial because the 1.9 last partial lap needs to be adjusted for GPS error, and all of it needs to be ratified by the IHPVA, but it should end up close to that.

    Much more when I recover – until then, thanks to an AWESOME CREW!! and also to you all for following.

    Greg Kolodziejzyk

  • 19 Comments to “Unofficial Record!!!”

    • john mancenido on September 9, 2008

      Congratulations Greg!

      Even though I was only watching the numbers change on your site's dashboard it was very suspenseful and exciting nonetheless.

      I'm looking forward to seeing your account of the successful record setting ride!

    • Anonymous on September 9, 2008

      Yea!!! How to go Greg, we knew you would do it. Carol Tom and Ry

    • Myles Gaulin on September 10, 2008

      Well done, Greg! Now enjoy some R&R for the next 10 weeks or so, and I'll see you at IM AZ! 😉


    • David Tangye on September 10, 2008

      Oh darn, I missed it. Could you whip round again?


    • Anonymous on September 10, 2008

      Greg, you came so close, but did not quite make it!!! Carter's GPS was 152.48 miles. About 1 mile farther than you. at 6 mph, he would have been 10+ minutes ahead of you.


      Carter's rules for Guinness were different than yours. He was only allow to report 150.34 – Distance in a straight line between surveyed bouys. Guinness did not allow his turns to count. Over 2 miles of them!! You had a circle track and counted every inch you moved.

      You won on paper, but I feel you know the reality is you have not traveled further over water in 24 hours by human power than the kayaker!!!

      None the less, I have to say both you two are in a league above all the rest. Hats off big time!!!

    • Anonymous on September 10, 2008

      Well that's a big wet blanket on the crowd… Thank god he delivered the message with exclamation points to feign requisite excitement.

      GK – Nice work. GS

    • Frank Eeckman on September 10, 2008

      Whatever it is, congratulations for a job well done.
      Time to take a break before the ironman!

    • "the Dude" on September 10, 2008

      Excellent challenge. The 'straight line between buoys' comment may be true, I don't know, but it makes no sense to me; the whole distance powered by human power is the real quest. After all, "flat water" is curved and so are "straight lines" on a lake or ocean, since we live on a spherical globe. It's nonsense to not accept every stroke propelled from start to finish.

      But then, I don't make the rules, and unfortunately, I don't make the beer either!

      Cheers to you, Greg, clan & crew!


    • Anonymous on September 10, 2008

      The comment on the GPS versus markers is nonsense. Greg cannot help it if Carter's ski has the turning circle of the Queen Mary and he has to travel further to cover the same distance made good.

      This was an issue detailed extensively in determining the optimum rudder size. Greg paid a speed/distance penalty for the ability to turn precisely when he wanted. The penalty more than exceeds the difference in Carter's GPS.

      What's on paper counts and the notion of diminishing the effort by bringing up bogus comparisons that aim to diminish the effort is simply poor form.

      It would be great if one could find a 300km dead straight canal to do these trials in so the boats did not need to turn but the fact is they do and that is a key function of the craft. Turn poorly and you get penalised by having to go further to cover the ground.

    • Carter Johnson on September 10, 2008

      Us lunitics must stick together, I have been working with and following greg on this and cannot clearify enough that 150miles for me is final as GPS is not reliable. Everyting else is just myth and urban ledgend.

      The dude, "Easy man, I have a beverage". I make beer too. Look me up if you are in cali.

      Off the the deep Amazon tomorrow for some brutal raft racing.


      Carter Johnson

    • Adventures of Greg on September 10, 2008

      Hey anonymous poster / wet blanket thrower: I used the SAME distance measuring method as Carter. We had to have our buoy marked course professionally surveyed and I had official observers posted at various points around the course COUNTING LAPS. My final distance of 245 km had NOTHING to do with GPS measuring. In fact, I did have a GPS on board and I believe that my actual distance (as measured by GPS) was about 155 miles.

    • CSS on September 10, 2008

      The teachers and students of Calgary Science School salute you Greg. You have inspired us all through your skill, fortitude, and determination. Thank you for taking the time to visit with us and we look forward to witnessing your next amazing accomplishment. You have shown the world what remarkable things can be achieved with HUMAN POWER!

      The students and staff @ CSS

    • Jeff Hoyt on September 10, 2008

      To Anonymous wet blanket thrower:

      Greg won the right to claim SUPER HERO status by having the greatest distance traveled around a professionally surveyed (not GPS) course as recognized by Guinness and the IHPVA. Turning radius and distance do not count since that would depend on the inexact measurements of a GPS device.

      Saying that a circular course conveys some special advantage over an oblong one around just two bouys is a specious argument. On both courses each boat ends up turning the same 360 degrees for every lap. If you want to argue that Carter did more turns because of his shorter course, which resulted in 66.5 laps versus Greg's 42+ laps, then that has some merit. But that only means that Greg planned better and still broke the record within the spirit and letter of the rules. Obviously Carter will have to plan a bigger course to reduce wasted distance in turning if he wants to mount a future challenge to Greg's record and not be known as the Titan of Turns.

      What I found of interest was the following email Carter sent to Marek around August 2006, which portends a probable challenge to anyone breaking his record:


      I mentioned that I would get back to you when I heard from Guinness, Finally, just this morning, my record attempt is official.
      Unfortunately they did not Recognize my GPS distance of 152.48 miles, but rather the distance between the buoys on the Surveyed course of 150.34. Can you believe over 2 miles of turns!!! Whooh, lots of that was due to a very poorly placed end buoy that required me to go around a large bed of reeds.

      Other issues were a 15 to 20 knot winds for the first 15 hours of the event. This made for some brutal traveling and significant energy expenditure. I also ended up taking over 45 minutes out of the boat with Stomach issues and lost both venturies on my Huki S1-X surfski at hour 12 during one of my bathroom stops.

      It took me over 2 months to recover from this event, but I will gladly do it again to defend the record if necessary. I feel 160+ miles is well within reach for me on a lake with no winds and buoys that are set up better.


      Whatever happens, Greg is still the world record holder of Human Powered Boats!! I also declare him the:

      He-man of Human Power
      Prophet of Propeller
      Messiah of Muscle Motion
      Prince of Pedal
      Count of Critical Power
      Knight of the Never Ending Night
      Lance of the Lake
      Greatest of Gregs

    • Richard Hodgkins on September 10, 2008

      Congradulations Greg

      The leg (vs) arms debate will go on forever. Most people only dream of what Carter and you have accomplished.

    • Carter Johnson on September 10, 2008

      I hope my original post was clear. Simply put, I am saying that I will never claim more than 150miles, Which Greg bested without any room for possible dispute, excuses or tarnishment in my mind.

      Snick, grin, smirk, Smile, But I will be back with 160. Woooooo haaaa

      Good to be alive.


    • Adventures of Greg on September 10, 2008

      Go for it Carter!! Thanks so much for your help, support and inspiration. You are a pretty cool guy. I think 160 miles is doable if you plot a good course and find a day where you aren't battling 20 knot winds.

      I hope I can return the favor and help you break my record.

      Cheers, and life IS good!

    • Patrick Lor on September 11, 2008

      As Carter has eluded to, Greg's course was also surveyed, and like Carter, he only gets credit for the distance that is measured buoy-to-buoy. Greg also traveled extra distance that was not counted, but this will always be the case until portable GPS unit are accurate enough to satisfy the governing bodies.

      Regardless, what Carter and Greg have done is amazing. I'm hoping for a head-to-head race one day – these guys would push each other and go an extra 10 miles.

    • "the Dude" on September 14, 2008

      In case you wanna go for another spin (dry cycle this time), there's another HPV ride here: HPV one tenth mach

    • Michael Lampi on September 15, 2008

      Congratulations, Greg, on a great job!

      It looks like you had a really well organized support team, too, which certainly makes a difference in this sort of effort.

      How is your recovery proceeding?

      Michael Lampi

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