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NEWSLETTER  

May 2016  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
We challenge you!

This month we are launching a new challenge. The WKC seven river challenge is challenging whitewater kayakers to dust of their kayaks and explore Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaquamish, Wenatchee and White Salmon on upcoming WKC Trips.

For sea kayakers this is the time to get started or advance towards the San Juan Seven Challenge. There are several circumnavigations in the San Juan Islands posted in April and May at different skill levels. I am looking forward to crown the first San Juan Seven Circumnavigators.

Not yet ready for the challenge? Need new equipment or flatwater practice before you are up for the challenge. Join us at the Northwest Paddling Festival May 6 and 7. WKC volunteers are needed to help with kayak trips and other activities at the festival.  Details here. Your assistance is appreciated!

Happy paddles,
Sybille

 Featured Trip

SJ7 - Vendovi Flower Show: May 1

 
We will ride the big currents this weekend. On Saturday, we will ride the flood up Bellingham Channel to Vendovi Island and visit the flower meadows on the S side. Then onward to the DNR campground near the S tip of Lummi where we will spend the night. On Sunday we will ride the ebb down the W side of Cypress, visit Strawberry Island where there yet another spectacular flower meadow, the return to our cars.

This trip could qualify as a Cypress+Sinclair circumnavigation - a twofer!

When:  May 1
Where:  Launch from Washington Park
              Anacortes, WA
Trip Leader: David Ortland
 
 See our Events Calendar for more upcoming trips!

 Training

 WKC River Rescue Course: May 28 - 29 


Dr. Whitewater, Casey Garland, will again present a river rescue course for WKC members. The emphasis of the program will be on the assessment of an 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.
 
When:  May 28 - 29
Where: Mike's House & Cedar River, Issaquah
Contact: Mike Grijalva
 
 

 WKC Basic Sea Kayaking Class 2016: June 3 - 6


This course will provide beginners with a safe and fun introduction to the sport of sea kayaking.
 
When:  June 3 - 6
Where: Coronet Bay Environmental Learning Center                Deception Pass State Park
Contact: Rhonda Schwab
 
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
 

 WKC Advanced Skill's Development & Wilderness Camping Class: June 24 - 26


Develop and expand your current Sea Kayaking skills and judgment. In this class, you will learn efficient paddling and boat handling technique, effective capsize recovery skills and correct bracing techniques, which includes a new section; Wilderness Camping! 

When/Where:
· Thursday, June 24 - Washington Park, Anacortes
· Friday, June 24 - Pelican Beach campsite
· Saturday, June 25 - Deception Pass campground
· Sunday, June 26 - Bowman Bay
 
Contact: Rhonda Schwab
 

Surf Zone Clinics For Surf / WW / SOT And Sea Kayaks: Aug 13 - 14

 
Photo credit to Sean Watson
The surf zone is an amazing environment for developing many kayaking skills at once and it can be a fun place to learn! Improve bracing, balance and edging skills and progress in stroke proficiency. You will learn new techniques for reading moving water and have opportunities to practice the skills in a supportive environment. For more advanced paddlers, begin to learn, improve or refine surfing maneuvers and skills.
 
When:  August 13 - 14
Where:  Neah Bay / Hobuck Beach
Contact:  Hamp All
 

 Intro to Surf and Rock Gardens: August 14

 
Photo credit to Gary Luhm
Introduction to kayak handling skills and strokes in moving water along a coastal environment - where the sea meets the shore. Learn how to read the water, develop skills to maneuver your kayak through some surf, and in moving water in rocky environments. Learn to identify safe zones, play zones, transition zones, and hazard zones.
 
When:  August 14
Where:  Neah Bay / Hobuck Beach
Contact:  Deb Volturno
 

News and Events

 Support WWTA and Give BIG then Support the Future of Paddling!  May 3 & 5

From now until May 3rd you have an opportunity to GiveBIG to strengthen WWTA efforts.
 
And, on May 5th you're invited to an event at REI Seattle: Washington Paddles Sports: A Path to the Future. All paddlers welcome, it's an opportunity to share your vision for the future of paddlesports. Show up early and from 5:00-7:00 you'll have a chance to chat with paddling organizations and agencies and will receive an REI 20% coupon when you fill out a brief survey!

Register Here

 Northwest Paddling Festival: May 6 - 7

The largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the festival brings paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and athletes together in one location!

Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear, the Northwest Paddling Festival is a can’t-miss event for any paddling enthusiast.
 
 
Volunteers are needed!  Represent the club and offer a hand at the event to fellow paddlers.  Your time is greatly appreciated!
 
 

 20K Race Redmond to Kenmore: May 21

Come participate in the Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center (KWAC) race from Redmond to Kenmore on Saturday, May 21st.
 
This year marks the second year of competition for all human powered boats along the Sammamish River, (a.k.a. the slough). The distance is approximately 20k.  
Open to all hand powered watercraft: canoe, kayak, SUP, outrigger, dragonboat.
 
PRIZE MONEY for top place in each category!

For further information, you may contact Sheri Baker at 206-353-9256 or email info@kenmorewac.org.

Come to win or come for fun!
 
 

 WKC San Juan Seven Challenge

We love circumnavigating islands and want to encourage more paddlers to join the fun, so we have launched the San Juan Seven Challenge. 
The seven islands selected for the San Juan Seven challenge are San Juan, Orcas, Lopez, Cypress, Guemes, Lummi, and Stuart

You can circumnavigate the islands in any order that you like and can take as much time as you need or want to circumnavigate each island. To qualify for badges you need to circumnavigate the island during a WKC trip that has been announced on the WKC website.
 
Upcoming WKC Trips:
May 7: Washington Park to Friday Harbor
 
Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge
  

 WKC Seven Rivers Challenge

WKC members who participate in club trips to the seven designated rivers will receive collective paddle/boat stickers designed by a whitewater kayaker and artist Zeus Rudner. 
 
Challenge yourself to get all seven stickers! When a member completes all seven rivers, he/she will receive a finisher’s sticker. To make it easy to keep track, participants must register for the club trip online.

The designated rivers and in Seven Rivers challenge are: Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee, and White Salmon
 
Upcoming WKC Trips:
May 1: Middle Sauk (Class III+)
May 15: Lower Peshastin/Wenatchee Combo (Class II/III)
 
 

Northwest Slalom Cup Race Dates 

 
The Northwest Slalom Cup continues in 2016.  Highly valuable points are awarded at each race. The best 6 out of 8 race results are totaled for fabulous awards. Come out and compete or just learn some whitewater slalom moves and have some fun!
 

 2016 Kayaking Events

 
Don't miss out on these great opportunities to enjoy the water.  Start planning your 2016 kayaking adventures now!
Sea Kayaking Event Links and Dates:
 
 Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium  May 2 - 8
 SSTIKS (S.Sound Trad. Inuit Kayak Symposium)  June 10 - 12
 Hobuck Hoedown  October 1 - 2 
 Gales Storm Gathering - Michigan  October 6 - 9 
 Lumpy Waters - Oregon  October 7 - 9 
 
WW Kayaking Event Links and Dates:
 Chilliwack River Festival  May 6
  Little White Salmon Race  May 7
 Lochsa River Madness  May 27 - 30
 North Fork Championships
 June 16 - 18
 Payette River Games  June 17 - 19
 Wausau Jackson Freestyle Clinic & Midwest Freestyle Championships  August 18 - 21
 Hobuck Hoedown  October 1 - 2

 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 WKC Classifieds Forum to list your items or to purchase kayaking gear from fellow paddlers.  Easy to follow instructions for posting items included below:
 
  

Schedule for ACA and PNA (formerly BCU) Paddler Certifications

Thinking of taking your paddling skills to the next level?  Become ACA or PNA (formerly BCU) certified this season. Special awards signify specific paddling, safety and leadership skills at different levels and in various craft. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further trainings. Improve your skills or become a certified coach and lead others on the water:
ACA Certification
Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling.  River, coastal, and surf kayaking certifications offered.
 
PNA Certification
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, including canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard.
 

 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.  

 Remembering Wolf Bauer

 By Mike Grijalva

The best boating trips I have ever been on, involved a group of experienced people who looked out for each other's safety. Many of the people I would consider in this category I have met thru clubs that promote training and leadership in the sport. The man who started the first boating club in the Seattle area, which is now known as the Washington Kayak Club, was Wolf Bauer. This man who recently passed away, was a leader in many areas of sport, and his life story is inspiring. I think you would like this book.
 
 

 Recent Trip Reports

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

 Possession Sound Whale Hunt: March 19


By David Ortland
 
On March 19, the Vernal Equinox this year, I led my annual whale hunting trip out of Mukilteo On this occasion the famous grey whale Patch hunted us instead. Fifteen paddlers set out on a lovely calm day from the new park next to the Boeing pier in Mukilteo. I like to take a lot of paddlers because some are needed for whale bait. It works.
 

 SJ7 - Cypress Island Circumnavigation: March 18


By Bill Porter
 
We launch at 8:05 am on a beautiful 37degree morning under bright sunny skies from Young's Park on the north end of Guemes Island. Headed west then south paddling down Bellingham Channel towards the south end of Cypress Island.
 

 

Outdoor Adventures First Aid/CPR Training for Kayakers


By Tomas Tabisola
 
If you've never been to Index, a little town on the Skykomish River, you'll have to visit it next time you want or need to take a short road trip, put in for a WW adventure, go fishing for salmon and/or steelhead, spend the night in a haunted hotel, or just have lunch at a rustic cafe on the river run by Bill and Karen Corson. 
 

 Team Petty Adventure - Lower Dosewallips


By Kanako Iwata-Eng

On Friday, February 12, 2016, Captain Bill Petty, Pete, Doug, and I headed to the Dosewallips. Our original plan of running the Hamma Hamma was postponed due to the high water combined with our unfamiliarity with the river. Because three of us had just run the Lower Dosewallips on last New Year’s Eve, we thought it wouldn’t be too bad. A Port Angeles boater Colin joined us at the take-out, Dosewallips State Park.
 

 River Helper Training Day


 
By Shanna Gachen
 
What a fun day at the pool, followed by a session on the Snoqualmie River Powerhouse section. The goal for the day was to train the helpers who have volunteered to assist with the 2016 WKC Whitewater Kayaking Course. It also gave the instructors the opportunity to refresh our memories and try out new teaching techniques. 
 

 Team Petty Adventure - New Year's OP


By Renee Paradis
 
I had the best time bringing in the New Year in 2016 – I joined Bill Petty, Kanako, and crew for a class II/II+ adventure weekend on the north Olympic Peninsula. A perfect level of difficulty for me, since I haven’t really kayaked in over two years.
 
 

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Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Sybille Fleischmann president@washingtonkayakclub.org
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety newsletter@washingtonkayakclub.org



 
 
 
 
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