Re: Bellingham Inaugural Regatta - June 15, 2013


Well, Steve, please explain then how including more categories than any other sprint regatta is not about inclusiveness? I think rather than commenting on the fact that a first time race director, doing an amazing job, is not doing even more, we want to thank him for his efforts and hope he will keep it up.

And by the way, ever been to Lake Placid International? I've seen surf skis there, and outriggers. No SUPs, but I have not been there in two years, and SUPs exploded exponentially during this time, I'll be able to report in a month on what I see this year.

From: "Steve Bennett"
To: "Vadim Kin" , "SoundRowersGroup"
Cc: "Dan"
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2013 11:12:44 PM
Subject: Re: [SoundRowers] Bellingham Inaugural Regatta - June 15, 2013


If you wanted to be fair, you would acknowledge that you have also never been to a sprint regatta that has had an SUP category, or an Outrigger Canoe category, or a Surf Ski category (except for outrigger-specific sprint regattas).

As a long time Sound Rowers junkie, I have become all about inclusiveness.  I think it is more fun and better for the world of amateur watersport.

So I think it's great that this event is way more inclusive than the typically narrow-focused USACK sprint regatta, and because of that I bet it'll be way more fun. Which makes me feel it's even more unfortunate that this fund-raiser's inclusiveness was not extended to the world of sea kayaking, which has more active participants in the northwest than the other three paddlesports combined.

Of course I am Pollyanna enough to also wish that, as they extended their inclusiveness to SUP, Outrigger, and Surfski,  they did so also to Dugout canoe, as the Bellingham area can boast of some of the greatest dugout sprinters in the world.


On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 8:37 PM, Vadim Kin <v.kin@...> wrote:
To be fair, this new club is a sprint club, and this is a sprint regatta.

I have not been to a sprint regatta that had a sea kayak category. Here in Seattle, we only do sprint boats on Green Lake, and we spread it over two days.

The fact that Dan is able to fit all these events, and get it done somehow in one day, is amazing.

My $.02.

On 6/6/2013 10:55 AM, Steve Bennett wrote:
I see no place for sea kayaks here.  While you include SUP's? and surf-skis.  .  . and outriggers. . .and paracanoes? That is surely unfortunate.

Steve Bennett

On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:56 AM, Dan <dbahar40@...> wrote:

A Reminder: Bellingham Canoe & Kayak Sprint Team (BCKST) will host its inaugural Regatta Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Lake Padden. The Regatta is open to sprint C/K, paracanoe, surfski, OC, and SUP. The Regatta is open to all ages.
If you race, here is the basic info: Location- Lake Padden, west entrance. Registration starts at 7:30 AM; entry fee is $20, and the first heat starts at 9:00 AM sharp. Adults can enter as many events as they can handle. There will be 200m, 500m, 1000m, 2K, and 5K races. HPK and OC can participate in 500m, 1000m, and 5K. SUP can participate in 1000m and 2K. The first adult (Open) K1 heat is anticipated at 10:AM. The first HPK and OC sprint heats are at 10:15 AM. The first SUP heat for 1000m is about 11:00 AM. So be sure you register early to be ready to get to the start line on time. The 2K and 5K distances are kept for the end, at around 4:30 PM for the 2K and 5:00 PM for the awesome 5K competition. Events schedule and start times will be available at Registration.
Please visit the BCKST website for a detailed explanation of how the Regatta is scheduled to run.
All proceeds from the Regatta go to BCKST scholarship fund. Please come and support.

See you at Lake Padden, June 15. Dan Baharav

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