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November 2014   
Check out our new Kayaking Resources tab: One stop for all the information you need to go paddling! 

 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

Rivers and Camping on the Olympic Peninsula: Thanksgiving Weekend 


This is a 20+ year old annual Thanksgiving weekend trip to the Olympic Peninsula hosted by Bill Petty.

Rivers and camping are determined by skill of group and water flow. It is all decided on the fly based upon the sum of all conditions. Potential rivers include Humptulips, Matheny Creek, Wynoochee, Sol Duc, NF Calawha, Dungeness, Dosewallips, Elwha - in no particular order. Let's paddle!

When:  November 28 - 30
Where:  Olympic Peninsula
Skill Level:  SK II+/III - IV
Contact:  Bill Petty

 Upcoming Training

Pool Play: Tukwilla, Shoreline, and Tacoma

WKC’S Annual Roll Clinic took place this year from October 4 to 25.  Congratulations to recent graduates who learned that mastering the second half of the roll is much more challenging than the first half.  
View more images from the Annual Roll Clinic:
Keep working on that roll!  

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

WKC General Meeting: Paddling Year Round in the Pacific Northwest

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
When: Thursday, Oct 23, 2014, 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM
Where: Mercer Island Library - Large Conference Room

 WWTA Fall Paddling Seminar & Gear Swap: November 1 - 2 

24 CLASSES! 12 classes per day, in four 90-minute sessions. Three classes to choose from per session, something for everyone, from complete novice to long-time paddler. Our INSTRUCTORS are top-notch, experienced and renowned in the paddling community.

A Gear Swap and WWTA’s Annual Membership Meeting Saturday evening; Sunday night wraps up with an inspiring paddling film festival, hosted by Blazing Paddles organizer Susan Conrad!

 9th Annual Deception Pass Dash: December 13 - 14

The PNW's most adventurous winter race! Each December, paddlers converge on Deception Pass State Park near Oak Harbor for this fun weekend challenge.

 Washington State Ferries Now Accepting Reservations

 The WSDOT is now accepting reservations for the following ferry routes:
Current Routes:
- Port Townsend/Coupeville
- Anacortes/Sidney B.C.
- Anacortes/San Juans for Executive (commercial only)
- 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.

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?

 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.

November 14: Wild and Scenic Film Festival

 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

 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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