Quest Updates

A note from Nicole

By on June 21, 2016

Hello Paddle Quest 1500 Supporters!

65 days and over 1400 miles later and John is in Portland! Can you believe it?!? Yesterday, the privateer tall ship Lynx fired a cannon shot to welcome him into town. John still has about 50 miles to go to reach the terminus of the Maine Island Trail at Kittery Point and complete his journey.

There will be a triumphant paddling finish in Kittery, Maine to celebrate his wonderful achievement. The finale celebration will take place at noon in Kittery Harbor on Friday, June 24th! The location will actually be on Fishing Island which is the official terminus of the Maine Island Trail. It is a very short kayak or row from the town dock. Here’s a view of Fishing Island from Google Earth.

We’d love to have everyone come out and join the fun! The forecast looks great and we’ll have a boat to take folks out to Fishing Island. You’re also welcome to launch your own kayak or boat from the town dock or the Traip Academy boat ramp and meet him as he comes into the harbor to finish at Fishing Island around noon. We hope to have a floatilla of boats to accompany John to Fishing Island and the end of his journey. Please contact me, Nicole Connelly, at or 207-776-5689 for more details.

Thank you ALL for your enthusiastic support of his first-ever expedition!





John Connelly
Kayaking in Maine

In April of 2016, I’ll launch on a 75-day river/ocean odyssey that will carry me over 2 countries, 4 states, 22 streams, 58 lakes, and 1500 miles. As leader of L.L.Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Schools for 10 years and a former member of the US Canoe & Kayak team with numerous whitewater first-descents to my credit, I believe I am uniquely qualified to meet this challenge.

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