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October 2014   
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 From the Prez

By Dave Ortland 

WKC members: Long live the new Prez! We are very grateful that Sybille Fleischmann will serve as out next President. Sybille joined the club back in 2002 and has been very active helping with the basic Whitewater and roll classes. We also have several new board members who will work with Sybille to plan a full calendar of paddle trips, clinics, and fun events in general. Please thank all club leaders when you see them - board members, officers, committee members and chairs, newsletter editors, etc. - there would be no WKC without them. You can find who they are and contact them if you like by looking under the club info/committees tab on the website.

 Featured Trip

Diablo Lake Paddle and Optional Overnight: October 18 -19


Photo credit to Colin Reedy

Launch from Colonial Creek Campground on Highway 20 on Saturday morning. Return home Saturday evening, or drive to the leader's home in Mazama for an optional potluck dinner and overnight. Return home on Sunday via Highway 20 and stop for a hike among the larches above Washington Pass (weather permitting). Please contact leader for more details.

When:  October 18 - 19
Where:  Diablo Lake
Contact:  LaVerne Woods

 Upcoming Training

WKC 2014 Roll Clinic: October 4, 11, 18, 25

WKC’S annual Roll Clinic is now on the calendar and we will be at the EVERGREEN POOL again this year.....
There will be four morning classes at the Evergreen Pool, you can take just one or two classes if you like but will be limited due to signups for all four classes. There will be enough skilled instructors to accommodate both beginning students and those trying to improve their current rolling skills.
When: October 4, 11, 18, 25
Where:  Evergreen Pool, 606 SW 116th St, Seattle, WA
Instructor: Rhonda Schwab

 News and Events

 San Juan Preservation Trust is Requesting Volunteers

Bella French from the San Juan Preservation Trust is requesting volunteers for the fall season. Please join her stewardship team and sign-up for volunteer work days scheduled this fall.

October 25: Wild Edibles
November 14: Wild and Scenic Film Festival

West Coast BCU Week 2014: Sept 27 - Oct 9

Alder Creek Kayak & Canoe is hosting BCUNA Week on the West Coast! If you are interested in the finest training available in paddle sports, join our top notch coaches from the UK and US for the week! The event this year will be bigger and better than ever!!! We have some AMAZING coaches on the way from all over the world including: Rob Yates, Gordon Brown, Nick Cunliffe, Steve Macdonald, Matt Nelson, Jeff Laxier, Shawna and Leon, Rob Avery, Karl Andersson, and others!!

Lumpy Waters Symposium: October 10 - 12 

Oregon's Premier Sea Kayaking Symposium is taking place October 10 - 12.  Lumpy is a three day celebration of sea kayaking with coaching aimed at advanced beginners, early intermediates, and advanced level paddlers, looking to improve their skills on the beautiful Oregon Coast. Top coaches come from all over the world, making Lumpy Waters the premiere opportunity for dynamic ocean paddling instruction in the U.S.  Reserve space now.  Classes are filling fast.

 Autumn Gales Rough Water Training: October 10 - 12 

Join Kayak Waveology and Internationally known BCU Coaches, including Nigel Dennis, for the 6th Year of the Autumn Gales event in Stonington, Connecticut. Autumn Gales is a rough water sea kayak training event for intermediate and advanced paddlers. The event is timed with the higher current flows of Fishers Island Sound to take advantage of the tide races in the area.

BCU Training: October 8 - 12
Main Event: October 10 - 12

 Volunteers Needed on the Skykomish River: October 18 - 19

The whitewater downriver race to select the 2015 National Wildwater Kayak team members will be held on the Skykomish River October 18-19th this year. Safety boaters are needed for the sprint and classic events. The race will start BELOW Boulder Drop and end below Fisherman's. For the classic race (about a 20 minute course), the first racer will start at 10:30 am on Saturday. Since we're not expecting a huge crowd, you could be done by 11:00! You could then play your way down the river. Sprint's (each will take about 2 minutes) will be at Fisherman's Rapid and start at 2:30 pm Saturday. Each racer's second run will start at 3:30 pm. On Sunday there will be sprint runs at Railroad Bridge rapid starting at 10 and then at 11. That's it!

Paddling Year Round in the Pacific Northwest: October 23

By Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme 
Besides the solitude and the excess of campsites of your choosing fall, winter and early spring are by far the most beautiful, wildlife-rich times of the year to paddle. For these trips to be enjoyable memories there are many things to consider not least of which is staying warm and dry. In this class / slide show we will explore the whys and hows of paddling in the “off” season. From our trip around Iceland to our many years of winter paddling in our region we will share our experiences of how we make “lemonade out of lemons” to truly love “off” season paddling. We will also reveal our favorite places to

 Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium: Jan 30 - Feb 1

Join us for the 7th annual GGSKS and an exciting weekend of sea kayaking in one of the most spectacular and dynamic locations in the world -- the Marin Headlands and San Francisco Bay. Develop your skills among the exquisite rock gardens, tidal currents & surf, or just come for the scenery & thrill of paddling around the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the San Francisco waterfront. Whatever your intentions, you're sure to learn new skills, meet new paddlers and have a good time in California.

 Canoe & Kayak Calendar of Events for 2014


Check out cool kayaking events going on around the rest of the country.  

Link to Events

Lifetime WKC Member, Donald L. Olson, Has Passed Away

Donald L. Olson, a lifetime member, passed away on Sept. 20th, 2014 at age 86. He was quite active in the Washington Kayak Club when he was younger and enjoyed all aspects of the club. He was primarily active in sea kayaking.

There will be a memorial service October 7, Tuesday, at 2:00pm at Fauntleroy Church, UCC. The address is 9140 California Ave. SW., Seattle, WA 98136. Phone number is 206-932-5600.
Thank you for paddling with us Don.  Your love of the water lives on in all of us.

 Recent Trip Reports

 WKC Luau 

 By Dave Ortland

Two weeks ago on Sept 20 we had an epic event at Hobuck Beach in Neah Bay - the first club Luau and Beach party. Tomas Tabisola prepared an amazing Hawaiian feast including a roast pig. Ineze Arlene and Hilary Barnes helped prepare the side dishes for Tomas' menu. We declare them to be Knights of the WKC for their heroic efforts! At least 40 club members and guests attended and contributed potluck to the feast, music, and camaraderie.

 Cedar River Float

By Mike Grijalva
Starting our float at the park above Hwy 169 and under the bike trail(old railroad bridge), we floated about a mile to this obstruction. A high bank on river left gave way when the clay soil became supersaturated with water, and all the earth and trees came down and across the river. This section has been closed to the public since that time, but Sgt. Knauss of the King Co. Marine Division gave our WKC trip permission to go down through this area. We floated under the first trees, but had to get out and walk around trees that span the river just below here.

 San Juan River Trip

By Mike Grijalva

A group of river folks that ran the Main Salmon last year together, had so much fun, that we did another river this year. 9 teens and 8 adults headed to the San Juan River in S. Utah about the middle of August.

 La Push 7 Day Coastal Paddle

By Bill Porter

Paddled with a group of WKC (Washington Kayak Club) friends launching at the Quileute River Marina in La Push, WA. We paddled to Mosquito Cove some 11 miles to the south, which was our intended campsite. Fog... lots of sea fog in the mornings and fairly brisk winds in the 15-25k range in the afternoons for most of this trip. Highlight was loads of warm sunshine each and every day.

 Paddling Panama’s Pacific Coast - The Gulf of Chiriqui

By Colin Reedy
Mandatory non-disclosure agreement.
This article reveals little known exotic locations for epic kayaking yet to be developed or even much populated. By reading this information you promise to do your utmost to maintain their confidentiality... and get there someday soon. That being said, check this out.

 Lake Chelan Shakedown

By Brenna McVety 
Lake Chelan has long been on my list of kayaking adventures. This summer, I finally had the time and weather window to to make that trip happen. I checked in with Dave Ortland, WKC President, shortly before departing. I let him know I was heading to Lake Chelan. I would load my kayak onto the ferry and ride to Stekehin, then paddle 50 miles back to Chelan. Simple lake with lots of campsites. No big deal, right? He indicated there was a very good chance I would not make it...


Copyright 2014 Washington Kayak Club

President: Dave Ortland,
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety,

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