In 1981 Nigel Foster set off kayaking solo from Iqaluit on Baffin Island toward the south. His goal was to reach the next village to the south, Nain in Labrador, some 650 miles away. He didn't make it that far.

What happened when he crossed Hudson's Strait from Resolution Island to Lacy Island in the Button Islands off the northern tip of Labrador has been recounted in Raging Rivers, Stormy Seas, and more recently after a 2004 trip to continue from where he cut the journey short before, in the book Stepping Stones of Ungava and Labrador and more recently in On Polar Tides (FalconGuides)

However there is a lot more to the story than the fateful 40-mile open crossing. This site brings together some of threads that gave that journey the significance it earned in adventurers circles, and prompted Ray Rowe as the editor in the British Canoe Union Handbook of 1989 to describe it as; ...arguably the most impressive of any sea kayaking adventure in the world.

Times change and there has been huge progress in sea kayaking. Here then is a look back at sea kayaking at the sharp edge from 1981.