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February 2019  Join Our Club
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 From the Prez

By Jenefer Monroe
Washington Kayak Club had an amazing 2018 with a healthy uptick in trips taken and paddlers that enjoyed those trips.

We had 1,844 paddlers enjoying 269 trips, a great increase over previous years as shown here.

See below for the TOP 10 list of 2018 Trip Leaders that got us to these numbers (click HERE for full list). THANKS CREW!

Let’s make 2019 an even stronger year, sign-up for the upcoming trip planning parties Jan 12th for Whitewater, and Jan 26th for Sea.

At the whitewater party we will do a drawing for the 2018 quarterly winners for those folks here that ran whitewater trips. Good luck everyone!

Reminder: Our Speaker Series kicks off on January 23rd when Hank Laudau shares stories of his adventures during a 4715 mile, 7-year kayak trip from Fort Clatsop on the Pacific Ocean to St Mary’s on the Atlantic. Details can he found here.

See you on the water!

 Featured Trip

Anacortes to Bowman Bay - Jan 20

A leisurely trip exploring a superb scenic stretch of coast with caves and tide pools. We will meet at 9am to set up a car shuttle and paddle one way from Cabana Park in Anacortes to Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park (remember your Discover Pass). Or we may go the other way depending on the wind direction.

The route will go along the scenic E side of Burrows and Allen Islands, out to Richardson Rocks, then cross to Biz Point for lunch. Then we will explore caves and rock gardens, head out to Deception Island, then Back to Bowman Bay. About 8 nm total distance with at least two stops along the way. Currents are expected to be light but (hopefully) there may be some eddies here and there.
When:  January 20
Where: Cabana Park in Anacortes
Contact: David Ortland

Register Here 


WKC Pool Sessions: Shoreline, Tacoma, Tukwila

Continue to build your skills at weekly pool sessions offered by WKC in Tukwila, Shoreline, and Tacoma.
The fee for weekly pool sessions is $10 for WKC members and $15 for non-members.

 **Please use the ONLINE 
REGISTRATION to sign-up and pay.**

Check the Events Calendar for upcoming dates:

If you have any questions about pool sessions:

 Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course: March 9-31

Wanna give the gift that keeps on giving?!

The annual WKC Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Course opens for registration Jan 1st!

If you have been wanting to learn how to Whitewater Kayak, this course is for you!  The course is designed for the person with no prior boating experience. You will learn basic paddle and bracing strokes, how to roll a kayak, river hydrology, and safety, all in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Last year this class filled in 3 days! In order to expedite the sign-up process, you can register to be a member of the club beforehand and then register for the course on Jan 1st.

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News and Events

2019 WKC Trip Planning Parties

WKC Whitewater Trip Planing Party
Saturday, January 12

We will run the South Fork of the Snoqualmie, class II+, and then rally at Jenefer and Bram's in Preston for the 2019 White Water Trip Planning Party. It should be a great year , with you all leading trips, changing lives.

The club will be providing pizza, desert, and non-alcoholic beverages. Not necessary, but if you would like, please bring a side dish to share (dessert works too). BYOB if desired.

Please bring your calendars, ideas for this years clinics, and ready to plan a super fun year of kayaking!!!

Register Here
WKC Sea Kayak Trip Planning Party
Saturday, January 26

Lets dream up some sea kayak trips for the coming year. Main course food provided, BYO salads, desserts, beverage welcome. Start at 3:00, come when you can. Leaders and followers welcome.

There will be a simple Pre-Party Paddle near the meeting place, launching late morning if interested. Meeting place TBD. Details provided to registrants.

Register Here

 WKC Winter Speaker Series with Hank Landau: Jan 23

WKC has scheduled a series of four speaker presentations this winter. Check back for remaining dates and locations:

Series 1

Hank Laudau recently completed a 7 year kayak trip from Fort Clatsop on the Pacific Ocean to St Mary’s on the Atlantic. He traveled a total of 4715 miles, 3947 of them by kayak with the rest on portages, paddled 19 rivers and waterways, traversed 31 dams and touched on 17 states. He also traveled a route that began with Lewis and Clark's return route to St. Louis, headed to Mobile along the Ten-Tom Waterway and used the Suwannee and St Mary’s Rivers to traverse Florida.”

Date: January 23rd, 2019
Location: College Club Seattle
11 E. Allison Street, Seattle 98102
Time: Meeting starts at 6:00 pm

Event Details

Series 2

SnoKing Marine mammal response team will be presenting on February 27.

Check back for details!

Kayak Polo is Back!

Play kayak polo in the Tukwila Pool. All boaters welcome; you'll need your own boat, PFD, skirt, swimsuit, towel - we have everything else you need.  
All are welcome! Register in advance via WKC Events Calendar.

Contact:Chris Brubaker
Phone 5132388805
What is kayak polo? Here's a good video and description:

Watch Video

More Info

 Save the Date: Northwest Paddling Festival May 10 - 11

Mark your calendar! Come join us for the 9th Annual Northwest Paddling Festival at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. This is the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, bringing paddle sports retailers, manufacturers and paddlers together in one location!

Questions? Contact Joan Collins
Boat Show Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Event Details

 Following Freya: Circumnavigation of North America

Last year Freya Hoffmeister began her legendary circumnavigation of North America in Seattle, kayaking north to Kodiak, then returning to Seattle and paddling south to Oregon. She plans to paddle south for three months to California before returning to Alaska and continuing through the Northwest Passage.  She will repeat south and north legs yearly, until she arrives in New York.

Freya is inviting qualified paddlers to join her on various legs of the trip.  Check link below to see itinerary and availability.

Follow Freya

Bon Voyage, Freya!

 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:

Contact Steven Exe for more information.

San Juan Seven Challenge

WKC Seven Rivers Challenge - November 2018 Update

By Kanako Iwata-Eng, 7RC Cheerleader

We launched the Seven Rivers Challenge in 2015 to encourage our members to venture out to run rivers other than our routine runs – Snoqualmie, Skykomish and Green. We give nice stickers designed by a kayaker, Zeus Rudner, to members who registered online and participated in WKC trips to the 7 eligible rivers – Nisqually, Nooksack, Sauk, Sol Duc, Stillaguamish, Wenatchee and White Salmon. Here is the current standing:

Doug Knapp and I completed all 7 rivers and received the Big 7 stickers in 2017.
Becca Nissley, Bill Petty, Seton Staples and Wil Aguilar have completed 6 rivers. One more to go!
Bob Menard, Bryan Fry, Claire Hews, Eva Bailey, Jeremy Wells, Jim Hunter, John Kelly, Ken Stallman, Pete Stevens and Tobey Seslar have completed 5 rivers. Keep going!

The program will continue in 2019. You don’t see enough 7RC trips? Organize one!

Happy Paddling!

If you have any questions or suggestions about the Seven Rivers Challenge program, contact: 
Kanako Iwata-Eng

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.

Recent Trip Reports

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

 Thanks for 20 Years!

By Mike Grijalva

Thanks, WKC, for 20 years. I moved to Issaquah and joined WKC more than 20 years ago, and have paddled many days, with about 100 different WKC members. I've enjoyed them all and could not imagine a better bunch of boaters. We are so lucky to have the Middle/middle, the Green and Skykomish in our backyard. I have racked up many days paddling them every year.

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 Team Petty Adventure - Metolius

 By Kanako Iwata-Eng

Occasionally, people describe a river as a “gem”. For me, no river is more gem-worthy than the Metolius. Its headwater bubbles up from the ground; crystal clear cold water creates a small pool and starts the river. This spring water guarantees enough water for boating even in the dry months of the year.

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 Turn Island

 By Tina Marie

My trip began Thursday evening car camping in Washington Park. The smoke from the BC wildfires created a stunning crimson sunset. Concerned about wildfire smoke I bought everyone a N95 respirator, glad to say it wasn’t needed.

Friday morning we caught the 9:35 am ferry to Lopez Island, stopped off at the Lopez bakery in the village. We continued onto our launch location in Fisherman’s Bay at public beach access located in Lopez village off weeks road.

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Turn and Shaw Island

By Mark Steward

Day 1 we launched from Lopez Island and paddled up the coast to cross to Turn Island. It was one of the most fun crossings I’ve had. There was a lot of confused water and good conversation on the way. Upon landing on Turn, we discovered that Tina’s raccoon fears were real.

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President: Lynn Paquette
Vice President: Jenefer Monroe
Secretary: Bill Porter
Treasurer: Jackie Brown
Editor: Brenna McVety

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