Qaannat Kattuffiat

Qaannat Kattuffiat was instrumental in the kayaking renaissance in Greenland. Not very long ago the ancient Greenlandic kayaking skills were in serious danger of being lost forever. In fact many of the techniques were lost but to one man, Manasse Mathaeussen, the dean of Greenland kayaking.

Although in his seventies, Manasse was able to teach and amazingly, still perform the full repertoire of ancient maneuvers. Thankfully the club was able to bring together the veteran seal catchers with an eager band of students and the knowledge was passed on to a new generation.

Today, many West Greenland towns sport their own affiliated kayak club and promote the ancient skills of kayak building and capsize recovery as well as fostering self-respect, pride of their ancestors and awareness of Greenland's cultural contributions to the world.

What's in a Name?

The word "qaannat" is the plural of qajaq (kayaks) and Kattuffiat means "club or organization". Therefore the term Qaannat Kattuffiat literally means the kayaks' club.

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Past Greenland Kayaking Championships

 

Schedule for the 2007 Kayaking Championship in Ilulissat Qajaq Ilulissat Logo

The 2007 competition will be held July 8-14, in Ilulissat, Greenland. Foreign kayakers of all skill levels are invited to participate! Special thanks to Maligiaq Padilla of Qajaq Sisimiut and Tom Milani for this information.

 

Schedule for the 2006 Kayaking Championship in Sisimiut

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English) -- click on a flag at the top of the document to select a language section. Special thanks to Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk for this information. The 2006 competition will be held July 10-16, in Sisimiut. Foreign kayakers of all skill levels are invited to participate!

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Schedule for the 2005 Kayaking Championship in Paamiut

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English) -- click on a flag at the top of the document to select a language section. Special thanks to Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk for this information. The 2005 competition will be held July 12-19, in Paamiut. Foreign kayakers of all skill levels are invited to participate!

 

Schedule for the 2004 National Open Kayaking Championship in Qaqortoq

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English). Special thanks to Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk for this information. The 2004 competition will be held July 8-14, in Qaqortoq, south Greenland. Foreign kayakers of all skill levels are invited to participate!


Schedule for the 2003 National Open Kayaking Championship in Nuuk

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English). Special thanks to Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk for this information. The 2003 competition will be held July 6-12, in Nuuk, Greenland's capital city. This area is named after the Greenlandic word for promontory and is surrounded by mountains and fiords. Congratulations to Maligiaq Padilla on his victory!

 

Schedule for the 2002 National Open Kayaking Championship in Ilulissat

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English/German). Special thanks to Hans Kleist-Thomassen of the Nuuk Kayak Club for this information. The competition will be held July 8 - 13, Ilulissat (Disko Bay Region). This area is renown for its spectacular icebergs.



Schedule for the 2001 National Open Kayaking Championship in Nanortalik

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English/German). Special thanks to Kaleraq Bech, Qaannat Kattuffiat, and Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk for this information. Qajaq Nuuk Logo


Your Invitation to the YEAR 2000 Greenland Kayaking Championship

Provided by Lars Peter Danielsen and Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk.

 

Final Results of the Year 2000 Greenland National Kayaking Championships.

QU-2000 was the first competition where foreigners where invited to compete. The American team included Cindy Cole, Harvey Golden and Greg Stamer. The competition ended on 07/31/2000.

 

Discount Travel Information for Competition Participants

Provided by Hans Kleist-Thomassen and Qajaq Nuuk.

 

The Schedule for the YEAR 2000 NATIONAL OPEN KAYAKING CHAMPIONSHIP IN NUUK

Text in (Greenlandic/Danish/English/German)
Special thanks to George Dyson and Hans Kleist-Thomassen of Qajaq Nuuk for this information.