OAR Northwest Project
The OAR Northwest project follows four men, gold medal Olympian Adam Kreek, Writer Jordan Hanssen, Filmmaker Markus Pukonen, and whitewater rafting guide Pat Fleming as they row from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, Florida. The expedition is a Guinness World Record attempt which will span nearly 4000 nm. The four rowers have given themselves between 60 and 80 days to complete their mission and have created programs by which schools and students can follow their expedition and interact with them. The team will row continuously, 24 hours a day, for the duration of the expedition. They will row in pairs while the alternate pair rest/sleep and take care of mission tasks. The team has engaged in collaboration with the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance research division which will monitor their sleep and performance over the course of the trip.
During the Salish Expedition Kreek, Hanssen, Pukonen and Greg Spooner (Spooner will be helping from the ground for the Africa to Americas trip) circumnavigated Vancouver Island while the Centre’s research team tested the Readiband, developed by Fatigue Science. The Readiband is a wristwatch that logs the sleep/wake/rest cycles of the rowers and includes software that analyzes levels of fatigue and cognitive performance throughout the day. The research will compare the subjective self-assessments of fatigue and performance to the objective results from the Readiband device. The primary objective of the research project is to develop simple robust methods for monitoring and analyzing performance and fatigue under physically strenuous and psychologically demanding circumstances where there is substantial cumulative sleep deprivation. While the primary goals of the research team will focus on the ability of the four athletes to perform at a high level while on four hour shifts over the course of the expedition, secondary objectives will look at the athletes cognitive function.