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November 2014   
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 From the Prez

By Sybille Fleischmann
I am honored to serve as WKC president for the next year and to plan, together with the board and you, many new activities to keep WKC traditions alive. Over the winter we are preparing First Aid and CPR classes, a First Aid Kit packing party, and a class on "gourmet cooking on kayak trips".
This is your club. Please let us know what activities you would like to see happen at the club. Feel free to join us at the next board meeting on November 20 to share your ideas or send me an e-mail.

A huge thank you to Dave Ortland who injected the WKC with new energy and volunteered so much of his time over the past years to initiate new activities, polish the WKC website and lead the club.

Thanks to all the paddleboard members and all our volunteers who keep classes, trips and pool sessions running smoothly!

Looking forward to paddling, surfing and playing with you on whatever water we can find.


 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

With Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme 
Last month, Shawna and Leon from Body Boat Blade presented tips for paddling in the "off" season in the Pacific Northwest.  They encouraged paddlers to enjoy the solitude of fall, winter, and early spring, suggesting these are the most beautiful, wildlife-rich times of the year to paddle. For these trips to be enjoyable there are many things to consider, including; planning for weather, accounting for shorter daylight hours, understanding seasonal changes in tides, and devising creative strategies for staying warm and dry. From their trip around Iceland to many years of winter paddling in the PNW, Shawna and Leon shared experiences of how to truly love “off” season paddling. 
Thank you Shawna and Leon!  


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

 9th Annual Deception Pass Dash: December 13 - 14

The PNW's most adventurous winter race! Each December, this challenging 6 mile course takes paddlers through the swirling waters of Deception Pass! You don't need to be an expert paddler to participate - race organizers simply ask that you prepare (practice paddling, rolling, rescues, etc) and make safe decisions about your paddling ability on the day of the race (based on actual conditions). All racers should have significant paddling experience and proven self-rescue skills.  $55 per racer (price goes up to $70 on 11/20/14)
11/15 Update:
- Racing clinics and Demos will be held on Saturday, and the race is Sunday morning (starting gun at 8:40am).
- Dash organizers are looking for volunteers to assist with the race.  If you are interested, please contact:
     Dave Ortland:
     Steven Exe:
Make plans to race with other WKC members in the discussion forum, then register for the event:

 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?
Strategize with fellow WKC members, then register if you dare. 

 Register Today

Golden Gate Sea Kayak Symposium: Jan 30 - Feb 1  **EVENT CANCELED**


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

 Cypress Island Surf and Turf

By Peter Babler
An October 3 Sea Kayaking trip around Cypress Island, with stops at Pelican Beach and a hike on the Eagle Cliff Trail to the summit lookout.

 My First Annual Lumpy Waters Trip

By Tomas Tabisola
I first heard about Lumpy Waters last year when I won a certificate for Basic Skills Sea Kayak Class for Two at a Washington Waters Trail Association Auction Dinner. In googling Alder Creek to get its phone number, I saw a video and photos of the Fifth Annual Lumpy Waters Symposium on its website and it looked like everyone was having a great time. I knew immediately I wanted to be part of it.

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

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