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Fun and safe kayaking through trips, education, skill development, and conservation


March 2015   
Check out our new Kayaking Resources tab: One stop for all the information you need to go paddling! 

 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann 
Dear WKC members,
Spring is here!
Time to check your kayaking gear and get some spring paddling in. 
I am excited about the upcoming trips and clinics and hope you can join us to go island hopping, wildflower and whale watching, or canoeing, or learn something new about river safety, rescues, or surfing.  March Calendar of Events
About that spring cleaning ...if you find that some of your kayaks haven't been paddled in years or you just want to get rid of some old gear to make room for new gear, you can buy, sell, trade or give away equipment in the WKC Classified Forum. Sign in from the upper right corner on the WKC website and click on the "Forum" tab. New paddlers who are participating in the WKC beginning courses will he happy to snatch-up your hand-me-downs.

See you on and around the water!

 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. Clinics begin Saturday March 21st and continues for the next five Saturdays. 
When: Saturdays, March 21 - April 25
Where: Lake Sammamish State Park
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, 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

 WKC Incident Management, Eddies and Currents, Rescues and Towing Clinic

What is an incident? Anything that needs urgent attention. Could be as simple as needing to take a shore break, or as major as a heart attack. What could go wrong? What can you do about it?
When: June 6 - 7
Where: Bowman Bay and Coronet Bay
The most common incidents are the ones you want to have necessary training and equipment for: Examples include; hypothermia, cuts, dry suit tears, broken paddles, capsizes, sea sickness, broken boats, bad weather, and so forth …

 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


Storm Gathering USA - Trinidad, CA: March 6 - 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...

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

Build a Kayak at The Center for Wooden Boats

The Aleut Ikyak, also widely known as the Baidarka, has been used for thousands of years as the primary method of transportation in the Aleutian Islands. It is the acme of Arctic Native design. Build your own boat, designed to fit your skill level and body type. No experience required!

Session 1: April 4-12 at Cama Beach
Session 2: June 27- July 5 South Lake Union
Session 3: September 12-19 at South Lake Union

Washington Water Trails Association: Upcoming Events

WWTA 2015 Dinner and Live Auction
Take a trip on the wild side and join WWTA for an entertaining evening playing for a wide selection of treasures, delicious food & drink, with lots of good company. This year’s dinner will be held at the Elks in Ballard, with a water view. Register today! 

When: Saturday, April 18 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
WWTA 2015 Rendevous Program
Stimulate your child-like curiosity with study groups about the current state of salmon and rivers in Western Washington, then go paddling on these special waterways!  First two of six classes/trips scheduled between April and September:  
April 21:  David Montgomery, Author of King of Fish
April 25:  Paddle the Deschutes River/Budd Inlet
May 12:  David Butterworth, Olympic National Park
May 16:  Paddle the Elwha River

 Volunteer to Clean-up Washington's Coast: April 25

Online registration is now open for 2015’s Washington Coast Cleanup. Get your friends and family together, make it a weekend and help clean one of over fifty beaches along the coast and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Make 2015’s WCC the most successful beach cleanup in the state’s history!

When: Saturday April 25th
Where: 50 Beaches across WA Coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca

 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

 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 - 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.

 Northwest Paddling Festival: May 8 - 9

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. Attendance is free to the public. If you’d like to demo canoes, kayaks and SUPs at the event from the beach, there is a nominal $7 demo fee for the day.

SSTIKS Registration Now Open: June 12 - 14

South Sound Traditional Inuit Kayak Symposium (SSTIKS) is a family friendly weekend event featuring some of the best instructors and competitors in Greenland-style kayaking.  
Note: The registration policy has changed. Pre-registration only. No "at event" registrations will be accepted.
Photo credit to C. Reedy

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...

 Bird of the Month: Killdeer

By Gary Luhm 
A bird of mudflat and shore in winter, and parking lots and open fields in summer, the Killdeer is our most common plover, a type of shorebird with short bills and big eyes. The brownish-colored Killdeer has longish wings, sports two black breast bands and shows a long white wing stripe and orange rump in flight.

 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.  
Klickitat River Safety Concerns

The Klickitat River is a wonderful resource that you may want to explore. It requires a drive of about 4+ hours, but you are then in a lovely valley on the sunny side of the mountains. The access road likely won’t be covered by snow this year, so the season may start in April, instead of Memorial Day. 

 Recent Trip Reports

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

 Guemes Island Circumnavigation

By David Ortland

Seven WKC paddlers spent a beautiful day circumnavigating Guemes Island on Feb 22. The goal of the trip was to learn how to navigate San Jaun currents. This was a day with a southward strong ebb of 3.5 knots through Bellingham Channel, producing moderate eddies and rips to play around in. 

 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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