This 30' cedar-strip 15-person canoe (C15) had its launching and inaugural paddle on May 12th of this year. After the launching it was shipped to London, England to participate in a parade of indigenous canoes from around the World that takes place each morning before the Olympic paddling events begin. The crew who will be paddling the boat—14 paddlers and their coach as coxswain—won the right to represent Canada last Summer at the National Canoe Kayak Canada championships in Welland, Ontario. The paddlers are from the Cheema Aquatic Club in Waverley, Nova Scotia.
Reminiscences about racing war canoes at summer camp gave Rex Rothing and Bot Clinefelter the idea to build a war canoe (or two) of their own. After searching for plans on the internet, without any luck, they discovered Adney and Chapelle's book "The Bark and Skin Boats of North America, " which contained a plan for a large voyageur canoe. They used white cedar for planking on ash frames, and then 'glassed and epoxied the hull. Gwen Tisdal caned all of the seats. KIKI holds 13 paddlers and 2 passengers.