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March 2015   
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
Dear WKC members,
I hope you were able to join one of our trip planning parties in January. Our trip leaders put together a great program for 2015 and our clinic chairs have already posted the information for the Beginning Whitewater Course (February/March) and the Basic Sea Kayaking Class and more advanced courses. This year you will also find several trips introducing kayak fishing.

February 26th at the WKC General Meeting Susan Conrad will share slides and stories from her 1,100 mile solo kayak journey up the Inside Passage of British Columbia and Alaska. This event is free and open to anyone interested.

March 3rd WKC and the Mountaineers we will be hosting adventure sea kayaker Justine Curgenven, who will be introducing her new film "Kayaking the Aleutians".

For details on all these events check out the 2015 Events Calendar

We are also looking for a volunteer to help coordinate a WKC picnic. Please contact me for details.

Thanks to all of you who volunteered to lead a trip, teach a clinic or support our events in any other way!


 Featured Trip

Burrows and Allan Island: March 21

Photo credit to Gregg M. Erickson
Burrows and Allan Islands offer an easily forgotten playground just a short paddle from shore. Rocky shorelines and tide rips make this a fun place to play and we’ll be sure to make the most of our time on the water.
We’ll head out of Washington Park (or elsewhere) in the morning to navigate the islands, take a leisurely lunch on Burrows while the flood builds and then find a bit of current to play in before heading back to the cars.

Plan for 6-8 miles with ample opportunities for poking around.
When:  March 21
Where:  Meet in Washington Park, Anacortes 
Trip Leader: Christian Kaufman



 Get Fit Go Faster Paddling Clinic: March 21 - April 25

This clinic series is for everyone! In six weekly paddling sessions, build power and efficiency in your forward stroke with a progression that will get you to a race, help you shed a few pounds or prepare you for an upcoming trips. Clinic's begin Saturday March 21st and continues for the next five Saturday's. 
When: Saturdays, March 21 - April 25
Where: Lake Sammamish State Park, Tibbett’s Beach
Contact: Bill Porter

Canoeing for Kayakers: March 22

Geared for the kayaker who wants to apply paddling strokes to a single blade and move a boat around, as a solo paddler and as a team in tandem. This course will provide the foundation, whether interest is purely to gain knowledge for family outings, extended flatwater camping trips, or whitewater trips.
When:  Sunday, March 22
Where:  Enatai Boat House on Lake Washington 
Contact: Mike Germani

Swift Water Rescue and Safety: March 27 - 29

Instructor Casey Garland has taught this topic for decades in the U.S. and other countries.
When:  March 27-29
Where: Cedar River at Landsburg
Contact: Mike Grijalva
The emphasis of the program will be on assessment of the incident, and executing safe rescue scenarios, rope work, and techniques for extraction.  Participants are invited to share personal experiences and analyze incidents you have been involved in.  

 WKC Beginner Sea Kayaking: June 5 - 7

Remember, what happens in class, stays in class...
Join us for a weekend of FUN and ADVENTURE as you
develop your techniques and skills on the water!
When:  June 5 - 7
Where: Coronet Bay Learning Center, Deception Pass
Contact: Rhonda Schwab
This course will provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking. You will develop, refresh, and improve basic skills which are essential to paddling:

- Effective Paddling Skills
- Safety and Hazard Awareness
- Capsize Recovery Techniques
- Navigation, Tides and Currents
- Gear, Equipment and Clothing

 Pool Sessions: Tukwila, Shoreline & Tacoma

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered in Tukwilla, Shoreline, and Tacoma.  
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.  
Check the Event Calendar for upcoming dates:
If you have any questions about pool sessions:

 News and Events


Presentation: Kayaking the Aleutians with Justine Curgenven on March 3

Upcoming Seattle presentation brought to you by:
Washington Kayak Club, 
Washington Water Trails Association
with thanks to The Mountaineers
When:  March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Justine and Sarah were “alone for 101 days in one of the windiest, roughest places on earth, these two women are swept away from land by unknown currents, pounded by rough seas and approached by bears. Experiencing an edge-of-your-seat journey, they gain a rare insight into themselves, the rich wildlife and the lives of the few people who live in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.”

Storm Gathering USA - Trinidad, CA: March 6 to 8

Storm Gathering USA events are sea kayak symposiums designed for those wanting to take their skills to the next level. Organized by Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer, the symposium aims to bring together sea kayakers from all over the globe to celebrate the ocean that we love so much. Classes will emphasize skills development for paddling in challenging conditions, which may include surf, rock gardens and open crossings. Coaches this year include; Nigel Foster, Rob Avery, Bryant Burkhardt, Cate Hawthorne, Pat Kuthe, Ben Lawry, and many more...

 WWTA Announces Two New Initiatives for 2015

The WWTA Education Series will be held each month through to the fall of 2015 as an ongoing fundraiser for WWTA.
Since 2002, when WWTA first added detailed site information to their website, access to that information has been restricted to WWTA members. 
WWTA is excited to announce that all detailed online water trail site information will be OPEN TO ALL-COMERS as of January 2015!

 WKC Adds New Category: Kayak Fishing

By Tomas Tabisola 
Greetings fellow fishermen (women included) and kayakers.  This is simply to let you know that WKC has opened a new category within Sea Kayak Trips -- Kayak Fishing.  This is for fishermen who like to kayak and kayakers who like to fish.  I'm one of the former who learned and enjoyed how to fish at an early age.  Sign up below to join our first trip.

 Kayak Polo Players Wanted in Kirkland

There is a group of intrepid folks who play kayak polo every Wednesday at 6 pm in Kirkland, and we need more players. Location is Marsh park at NE 67th and Lake Washington Blvd. We communicate thru a Yahoo Group creatively called "Kirkland Kayak Polo" to determine if we have enough players each week. You just show up on time with whatever you want to wear and a suspicious guy in a van provides paddles and sit on top kayaks. It is free and there are no waivers to sign. We don't keep score.
Photo credit to Ashley Landis

 Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities with San Juan Preservation Trust

Bella French is looking for volunteers to assist with spring activities for the SJPT.  
Upcoming SJPT Volunteer Dates
March 18: Weeds on Woodchips on San Juan Island
March 26: Sowing Seeds on San Juan Island
April 18: Beach Clean Up on Lopez Island
May 3: Nursery Tour on San Juan Island
Late June: Seed Collectors' Training on San Juan Island

 8th Annual SCUBA and H2O Adventure Show: April 11 - 12

The show will be held on April 11-12th at Seattle’s Pier 91 (Cruise Ship Terminal) in downtown Seattle. The cruise terminal offers a large beautiful space that is easy to get to and conveniently located downtown. The entrance is called "Paddlers Cove" and features all kind of watersports; Paddling, SUP, kayaking, kayak fishing, swimming, etc.. Be sure to check out the demo pool and seminar room for skills workshops.

 Port Angeles Kayak and Film Festival: April 18 to 19

This is the only event like it in the country, highlighting and promoting ALL categories of paddling, from sea and lake to river and surf. Only at the Port Angeles Kayak & Film Festival can you learn about kayak fishing, take an Eskimo rolling class, get educated on tides and currents, learn how to land your craft in surf, watch remarkable films of folks doing amazing feats.

Looking to Buy/Sell Used Paddling Gear?

Maybe kayaking isn't your sport.  Need to sell some gently used gear?  Looking to purchase some paddling treasure?  Check out the new WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers.  Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:

Washington State Ferries Now Accepting Reservations

The WSDOT is now accepting reservations for the following ferry routes:
- Port Townsend/Coupeville
- Anacortes/Sidney B.C.
- Anacortes / San Juan Islands (beginning Jan. 5, 2015)
Reservation holders are prioritized.  Up to 80 percent of sailing capacity can be allocated to reservations, which means drive-up passengers may wait through multiple sailings for space, if they did not make reservations ahead of time.  Keep this in mind for upcoming kayaking trips and plan ahead.

 Changes to Posey Island State Park Campsite Reservations

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission would like the boating public to know about changes to campground reservations for Posey Island State Park, a small one-acre marine camping park near Roche Harbor on San Juan Island. 
The changes go into effect in January and include limits to length of stay and number of visitors allowed:  

 Paddlesports North America: BCU Assessment Calendar

Thinking of earning a BCU paddling award this year?  Paddlesports North America (PNA) was formed in 2013 to provide access to British Canoeing (formerly known as the British Canoe Union or BCU) paddler awards and coaching certifications in North America. PNA emphasizes paddler proficiency and safety as well as environmental awareness while promoting broader participation in paddlesports, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.

R2AK - Do You Have What It Takes?:  June 4

Race to Alaska.  Sail, row, paddle 750 cold water miles from Port Townsend to Ketchikan.  First place prize is $10,000.  Do you have what it takes?
Strategize with fellow WKC members, then register if you dare...

 Safety Corner

Steve Exe and Mike Grijalva are the Safety Co-chairs for the WKC. Contact them if you have safety concerns for our rivers. Please read and use the River Hazards Forum on WKC Forums page.  
The Cedar River can be accessed in the “Landsburg”area, where gates are hung for the Spring Slalom Race, held each year by our race division of the WKC. This is an excellent place to practice, in a short but challenging class 2 section, complete with surf waves.
Please make yourself aware of this recent legislation introduced in Washington State. This bill has "unintended consequences" for so many boaters, floaters, paddlers, and fisher folks .... far reaching statewide and will involve city and county road and street ends ...

 Recent Trip Reports

 Check out the new Trip Reports  tab to see more WKC kayaking adventures.  

 Discovery Bay: Winter Paddle

By Brenna McVety

After spending some time recently in Sequim and Port Townsend, I realized I had never paddled Discovery Bay. This is a beautiful, protected body of water with few public places to launch boats - which means no boat traffic. It is a perfect spot for a winter paddle.

 Winter Break Paddle: Orcas Island

By Bill Porter
Very convenient to rent cabins at West Beach Resort which was our salt water launch spot for Saturday's trip along the west side of Orcas Island. Launching at 9:30 we paddled up to and around Pt. Doughty on our journey to Orcas Island International Airport. Magnificent views of Patos, Sucia, Matia and Clark islands and in the distance the Canadian islands with their snow peaked mountains.

 Improving Combat Rolls


By Kanako Iwata-Eng

I am not a certified kayak instructor. As a graduate of the WKC Beginner Class in 2012, I don’t have a lot of experience, either. My paddle strokes, boat control, and river reading skills need improvement, and I flip a lot. But I have one skill that often wows my fellow boaters – my combat rolls.

 God's Pocket

By Dave Ortland

Five paddle pals and I explored the north end of Vancouver Island for seven days last August. We traveled from Port Hardy to Cape Sutil and back while circumnavigating Nigei Island. This area is becoming a very popular place to paddle, and for good reason. It is easily accessible, the scenery is magnificent, and the paddling is fairly protected from the large swell of the outer coast. One must be prepared for windy and rainy conditions. Fortunately we did not encounter much wind or rain. Hopefully this trip report will help you plan your own excursion.


 Lake Crescent: Winter Paddle

By Brenna McVety

Lake Crescent is a deep, glacially created lake known for its brilliant blue, clear water. It is located in the Olympic National Park, approximately 17 miles west of Port Angeles. It is about a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Seattle, including a scenic ride on the Bainbridge ferry. This is a great winter paddle to consider, when conditions at the coast become too rough.

 Hood Canal Salmon and Winter Bird Watching Paddle

By Linda Cooley
The winter birds have returned, the salmon have begun their migration upstream, and power boats are tethered and dry-docked for the winter. Grab your camera and binoculars and join us on the quieter side of the Salish Sea to enjoy nature’s bounty.


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Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Sybille Fleischmann
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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