Date   

Rowing Regatta info.

Shane Baker
 

 
 
Saturday & Sunday - April 12-13, 2014

Lake Stevens, Washington

1500 & 1000 Meter Racing

Juniors, Masters, Novice and Open Events

Flat $25.00 Entry Fee per Competitor (includes taxes)

Visit our web site to download the Entry Packet OR Register ONLINE here!
 
 
Tony Scoringe
LSRC Regatta Director
(425) 870.3743
regattadirector@...


Progress report on Whatcom AIS program

Reivers Dustin
 

A note to those who are following the Whatcom County AIS workings. First: who's who in the zoo -

WAKE: Ed Alm

BBOP: Jill Komoto (also has technical background in invasive species programs)

Surfskis & boat sales rep: DJ

Canoes: David Shearer (also has contacts at COB - City Of Bellingham)

Event Organizer: Peter Marcus (also, Soundrower contacts & has chops as marine spill responder)

Event Organizer: Duncan Howatt (also has contacts w/ Whatcom Co. and Ski-to-Sea organization)

quasi - Legal: Simon Brownlie. somewhat pro-forma, pro-bono, anti-formality. (not a client/attorney situation)

town crier (scribe): rd

wanted: native people's representation. Note: technically they are the only genuine native species so all this fuss may not interest them.

Situation: 1) COB offered a draft proposal that would address handling 'events'. 2) Permiting/Inspection is expected sometime in April (dates have been moving around) 3) Online review certificate would waive fee for paddlers. 4) Whatcom Rowing Assoc (WRA) is working the issue seperately. 5) WWU - Lakewood is working the issue seperately. 6) priority effort on the ability to self-inspect so we can handle large events (this resolution may ease other agenda items such as owners of many boats, launching from your own or a friend's waterfront, etc.)

Progress: Meeting 3/26/14 - we reviewed COB proposal and especially Jill's draft counter-proposal. (Line by line). Some of our hot items: 1) keep wording simple. 2) we can't accept indemity clause (if anything COB should endemnify us). 3) specific agreement for non-motorized, human powered (need to sharpen this definition of terms and keep us out of the motor boat issues). 4) we intend to assist implementation in any non-fungible way possible. 5) we do not accept the idea of useage fees. 6) a good model is Tahoekeepers.

Next: get our counter-proposal to COB asap. Set up a discussion with them - probably in about two weeks.

My two bits: 1) I sense that City/County did not anticipate our coordination to this level. They still aren't sure just how bad-ass we are. DJ's plan is good: play nice until we need to show them some stick. 2) watch the money (sooner or later they will come after funds because the AIS program will cost. Note that power boat use halved last year because of AIS inspection/fee program - who's paying for this?)

rd


Whatcom County AIS situation report

Reivers Dustin
 

A note to those who are following the Whatcom County AIS workings. First: who's who in the zoo -

WAKE: Ed Alm

BBOP: Jill Komoto (also has technical background in invasive species programs)

Surfskis & boat sales rep: DJ

Canoes: David Shearer (also has contacts at COB - City Of Bellingham)

Event Organizer: Peter Marcus (also, Soundrower contacts & has chops as marine spill responder)

Event Organizer: Duncan Howatt (also has contacts w/ Whatcom Co. and Ski-to-Sea organization)

quasi - Legal: Simon Brownlie. somewhat pro-forma, pro-bono, anti-formality. (not a client/attorney situation)

town crier (scribe): rd

wanted: native people's representation. Note: technically they are the only genuine native species so all this fuss may not interest them.

Situation: 1) COB offered a draft proposal that would address handling 'events'. 2) Permiting/Inspection is expected sometime in April (dates have been moving around) 3) Online review certificate would waive fee for paddlers. 4) Whatcom Rowing Assoc (WRA) is working the issue seperately. 5) WWU - Lakewood is working the issue seperately. 6) priority effort on the ability to self-inspect so we can handle large events (this resolution may ease other agenda items such as owners of many boats, launching from your own or a friend's waterfront, etc.)

Progress: Meeting 3/26/14 - we reviewed COB proposal and especially Jill's draft counter-proposal. (Line by line). Some of our hot items: 1) keep wording simple. 2) we can't accept indemity clause (if anything COB should endemnify us). 3) specific agreement for non-motorized, human powered (need to sharpen this definition of terms and keep us out of the motor boat issues). 4) we intend to assist implementation in any non-fungible way possible. 5) we do not accept the idea of useage fees. 6) a good model is Tahoekeepers.

Next: get our counter-proposal to COB asap. Set up a discussion with them - probably in about two weeks.

My two bits: 1) I sense that City/County did not anticipate our coordination to this level. They still aren't sure just how bad-ass we are. DJ's plan is good: play nice until we need to show them some stick. 2) watch the money (sooner or later they will come after funds because the AIS program will cost. Note that power boat use halved last year because of AIS inspection/fee program - who's paying for this?)

rd


Bellingham Bay results, Jetty registration

watersprite
 

Corrected results for the Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race are now posted on Webscorer, and linked to the Sound Rowers results page.


Registration for Jetty Island will be available by this weekend.


Traci/webmaster


Bellingham Bay Rough Water race photos now online

Michael Lampi
 


B'ham Bay rough wtr race

Reivers Dustin
 

We're expecting actual rough water for the race this morning.  It should be our typical 25mph from South.  The shape of the course puts us downwind in the outside (more exposed) leg and along shore going upwind.  The waves will be less going along shore.  There's maybe a 1/4 mile stretch from the dry-dock to the Post Point buoy we are exposed to big conditions from the left-front quarter.  Peter is a seasoned race director and will look at the racers as well as the conditions - he's short-coursed us before when it's iffy.  For newer paddlers with limited rough water experience there's no points off for turning around and being first to get cookies and coffee. 

 

Link to local wind/weather.  The most representative wind gauge is "locust beach" which I notice was not recording when I sent this message.  There's a slick looking animation called "TJ's Wind Model" 1/2 way down the left side. (You'll have to study the islands to get oriented)  ....

http://www.bellinghamkiteboarding.com/wind.php

 

rd


Re: Whatcom boat inspection program

debbie natelson
 

Reivers, you are most welcome and thank you and all the Whatcompaddlers, Wake, BBOP, City Staff, and all attending parties for making such a good cooperative -- and proactive effort. Sorry I've not responded to your email all day. Cramming on some job apps and in one-track mind. Oh how sick I am of myself and describing all the things I have done in my career.  Zebra mussels have never seemed a sexier topic. :)

Steve, thanks for checking in on the situation -- and sending those links.  Believe me, Reivers, WhatcomPaddlers, and much of the Bellingham non-motorized boating community are well aware of those links and getting even more indoctrination from programs all over the country.  The situation is very real and B-ham is being very proactive about it.

I'm giving the short version now as I am in midst of yet one more cover letter - gag, but will update you all with more details soon.

The situation:  The zebra mussel (native of the Caspian Sea) and its cousin the quagga mussel are indeed, invasive aquatic species that inhabit and take over fresh water lakes, creeks and streams. Lakes in the Midwest, California and other areas are severely impacted by this invader.  Fortunately, neither Lakes Whatcom nor Samish are infested -- at this time. But because a threat exists -- as does when there is a known presence in other Western states (drivable distance), and even some in WA State, (Columbia River, Capital Lake) --  then there is potential spread by boats visiting infected waters and then entering Whatcom Co. lakes, then all efforts must be made to prevent infestation.  Aggressive efforts at prevention are the law.   In terms of triage, prevention is given higher priority than control.  Nip it in the bud.

Invasive species control is always cheaper and easier to carryout preventatively, rather than curatively!

All non-motorized boats (except SUPs) -because they have the potential to spread the invasive species from infected waters to Lakes Whatcom and Samish, will soon have to be inspected and then stickered with an approved permit tag -- in order to paddle/row on these waters.

Why just these two lakes and the big scare?  These lakes are a Pubic Water Supply!
While invasive mussels can be a threat to water quality; native shellfish species; and recreation -- there is a much bigger, more $$$ issue at stake, one that makes agencies react. Invasion of zebra mussels can potentially threaten the infrastructure which brings water to 95% of homes around Lake Samish and  about 96,000 Whatcom County residents from Lake Whatcom.  Yes, the City and County are quite motivated to keep these invaders out -- as should be many citizens who depend on these water sources. Not to mention the general ecology of the lakes.

Whatcompaddlers will send more info soon, but the gist of the program is about education:  getting the public to know how the critters get into and on boats -- and how they/we can remove them and the steps to prevent chance for a hitchhiker on your boat.

There will (by next month, April) be an online training about the zebra mussels that non-motorized boaters can/should take.  And by taking this course, this will give you a $10 credit which will negate the cost of the permit (which is also $10 for non-motorized craft). So, it is currently FREE to non-motorized watercraft.  While there is fear that the agencies will soon jack up the fee for our types of boats, b
elieve me, an educated boating community, practicing proper boat "hygiene"  can prove of greater value to the City and County than the cost of the permit fees.

So what are these permits and how will a visitor -- such as all the many boats that come up to Whatcom and Samish for SoundRowers races get these permits and inspections? Sounds daunting, I know, but it will be easier to comply than you think.

Whatcompaddlers are working with the program administrators to hopefully, have deputized citizens (Whatcompaddlers, Wake Kayakers, Whatcom Rowing Assoc members, etc) who can do the inspections (and trainings if necessary) before the races.  For those of you who used to do the beloved and now sadly defunct San Juan Challenge, remember how we used to have to get a boat/pfd/whistle inspection Before start of the race?  Well, see living proof that it can be done. There were many boats in those races but with proper organization, as they had we all got inspected-- even procured a whistle or better pfd -- and the race went of without a hitch.

Your job -- as helpful SoundRowers -- exemplary stewards of the Puget sound waters (fresh and saltwater)  will be, (once the online training course is available), to take the little training.   That will really speed up the process, save you $ - and get you and your clean/dry boat through the inspection line pronto.

While it may seem like a bit of a hassle, no more so than having to get a Discover Pass which is for a really good cause.   Just think of the great public shoreline access discover passes help to provide.  You could do it online or at a retailer.  Similarly, you can take the invasive aquatic species prevention training online before the race and speed things up -- or get the info at the park day of race. But that will hold things up a bit.

While the potential for non-motorized boats to be a vector for spreading  these invasive mussels and their larvae is much lower than for power boats -- especially ones that are left in the water, tied at a dock -- the threat is still there.  (SUPs are currently exempt here in WA.)  Think about it -- for anyone who has paddled a regular sea kayak or any boat with an enclosed cockpit.  It you are launching from the water, which you must do at Lake Whatcom, you can scoop up water and sediment into your booties/sneakers as you get in the boat.  Water gets inside the cockpit for variety of reasons. And then getting out of the boat -- especially after long paddle or race, another opportunity to get water into the cockpit This is especially when tired or less experienced paddlers try to step out to the side of their boats, they lean on edge and let water in.   Sometimes someone offers to help you carry boat al the way up to the car. You snap at chance and toss the boat up on the car, sometimes with some water still in it.

In the reverse -- if you were coming from an infested water body back to Whatcom or Samish, you might choose to dump at the shoreline the water that was sloshing in your boat, just before getting in.  Ooops, you just contaminated Lake Whatcom.  The potential is lower, but still very possible for non-motorized boats to transfer adult mussels or microscopic larvae.

re: taking the training course, which you will be sent more notice about (and in a much cleaner, more organized fashion. I am now just spouting off in between resumes, apps, and cover letters).  Please do take the online training.  If you are a water enthusiasts, as I think all of us are as SoundRowers and Paddlers, then this aquatic invasive species issue will come up again, even if you don't go to the Lake Whatcom or Samish race.  You too can be proactive about preventing such infestations. 

And I strongly encourage not only get the training, but make an extra effort to attend these Bellingham races -- proudly flaunting your permit label on your boat.  Just imagine the collective statement we can make with flotillas of non-motorized boats plying the lakes, all in compliance -- and hopefully, showing up the motorized boat world. 

 Thanks for bearing with this long email.  But important info.

More to come in more easily digestible formats.  Something is screwed up on my Yahoo email, ever since they supposedly updated it with new and improved.  Now I can't Bold or Italicize, or highlight anything.  And cursor keeps hopping up to top of email. 

Hope you are all gearing up for Bellingham Bay Rough Water Race this weekend.  Don't worry, no permit nor invasive species training needed for this race.  Just you, your seaworthy craft, and zest to test your well honed rough water skills.

Ciao,
Debbie


On Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:07 PM, steven wort wrote:
 
Coming a little late to the conversation, but I am wondering what has recently changed that makes this such a hot issue all of a sudden?
 
Is there some new Invasive Species that everyone is running scared from, or just new legislation trying to catch up on the Zebra muscle problem?
 
FYI, I found the WA AIS site here - http://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/
 
which has links to recent reports to legislature.  The 2012 report is here http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01392/
 
Is this really about inspection, or more about the permit fee with the goal of raising funds to pay for other elements of the program? (recommendation 4 in the 2012 report)
 
Cheers,
Steve
 
 
To: deborow1@...
CC: SoundRowers@...
From: reivers@...
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:32:08 +0000
Subject: Re: [SoundRowers] Whatcom boat inspection program

 
Thanks for showing up Debbie.  As you heard we just took our beginning step:  mainly to get a few of us set up to speak with the city/county about how to make this work. 
 
the points we are looking for consensus on:
-cooperate to protect local waters
-protect and facilitate events in local waters
-handle multiple boats for area paddlers/rowers
-advance the cause of human powered use
 
there is some tension about this issue.  The driver is a really huge threat to water supplies, property values, use of the lakes.  (I had no idea how serious this was a month ago.)  Lake Mead is infested and forced to spend $20 MM per year just to keep water supplies functioning.  Bellingham has a wide open exposure to the problem.  On the other hand, no human powered boats are registered or licensed.  Enforcement on the water is a lost cause.  We need to get something in place that stops the bugs at point of entry.  Procedure only works because people make it work. 
 
I'm pretty sure soundrowers is going to find themselves engaged in future. 
 
rd

From: "debbie natelson"
To: reivers@..., SoundRowers@...
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:48:44 PM
Subject: Re: [SoundRowers] Whatcom boat inspection program

Not sure if any other SoundRowers members from the south are coming, but, I will try to be there as well.  I had written out a whole email response, offering some food for thought or perhaps just some other perspectives and with some questions  but alas, techno gremlins invaded and email vanished into ether before I could send it.  (unreliable Internet at my house).  If time permits, I'll try to recap before the meeting, but more likely will just express in person.

Debbie Natelson


On Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:50 PM, "reivers@..." <reivers@...> wrote:
 
Lake Whatcom and Sammish lake are planning to subject kayaks, canoes, rowing shells to inspection/permit fee summer of 2014.  We are sensitive to this potential hassle for our cherished visiting competitors.  We just found out and after letting our blood cool a bit, we're working out a response.  Any Soundrower members will be welcome at the meeting refered to below.  Also, I'll attempt to monitor your replies to this message for any input to our plans.  You can also post on whatcompaddlers group. 
 - - - - - -
NEWS: We need a meeting with everyone possible right after the Wed Niter next week. A dedicated few paddlers found about about this permitting thing and have been working it. Duncan offers his offices:
Mt Baker Rec Offices / 1420 Iowa Street. Next to the Gym. 7:30pm Food will be on hand (donations?)

We need everyone in human powered craft: WAKE, WRA, Autumn Rose, Nooksack paddlers, Kai Pana OC club, Kayak Polo, Sound Rowers, visitors, residents ... BBoP: Jill is on this and she's our SME (Subject Matter Expert: AIS is Aquatic Invasive Species).
Background: we're being messed with because we are unknown to politicals. The powerboats yelped last year and the politicals are responding. AIS sources are Capital Lake (in WA), Columbia river, Eastern lakes in U.S. The program will start along with fishing season (no inspections for a while yet). The program is not solid yet, but something like: every watercraft gets a sticker (with serial number). A sticker costs $10 for non-motorboats. I think $30 for powerboats. Certificate from an on-line tutorial gets $10 credit.

Plan: right away build OUR plan, get buy in from you folks, slam it down in front of City/County. Our plan will focus on: 1) protect events (Wed Niter, Whatcom Classic, Lake Sammish race). 2) provide for mulitiple boats (I have three that I might paddle). 3) facilitate visitors, guests, instruction events (i.e. Greg B classes). Some ideas around this are to nominate auditors or examiners within our paddling/rowing groups and keep ability to provide stickers to handle visitors who show up for Wed Niter or other event. Later in our plans we can find what other communities with this problem are doing and refine. For any success our plan has to be nailed in the next week or two.

Backstory: We've been crapped on, but let's judo this thing - play nice. at first. First of all, we love these waters and most of us are active super-responsible citizens. Many of us have scientific or technical backgrounds and truly understand the basis. Also, we want recreation in Whatcom County to thrive. Second: we can make this work to some advantage. If they are going to poke us, then we have some ideas for improvement around here dammit. Third: we have an advantage since our boats are not registered and don't require boatlaunch. If it comes down to it, we can throw down some righteous civil disobedience.

Last thoughts: No letters to the editor, if you know people in paddle/rowing groups get the word to them. WAKE club just found out (and they have lots of skin in this - i.e. Swap Meet). Another thing: because this is so time sensitive try to get your two bits out at this meeting or to the message board. There's just a couple of people carrying the ball right now and we can't really do Roberts Rules debate crap with 75 people. Oh, and can someone put a sedative in Rick Lingbloom's beer for the evening. He's such a flamethrower (if you know Rick you know that he's about the most even-tempered guy there is.)

rd

 
 
 
 







Re: Whatcom boat inspection program

steven wort
 

Coming a little late to the conversation, but I am wondering what has recently changed that makes this such a hot issue all of a sudden?
 
Is there some new Invasive Species that everyone is running scared from, or just new legislation trying to catch up on the Zebra muscle problem?
 
FYI, I found the WA AIS site here - http://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/
 
which has links to recent reports to legislature.  The 2012 report is here http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01392/
 
Is this really about inspection, or more about the permit fee with the goal of raising funds to pay for other elements of the program? (recommendation 4 in the 2012 report)
 
Cheers,
Steve
 
 

To: deborow1@...
CC: SoundRowers@...
From: reivers@...
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:32:08 +0000
Subject: Re: [SoundRowers] Whatcom boat inspection program

 
Thanks for showing up Debbie.  As you heard we just took our beginning step:  mainly to get a few of us set up to speak with the city/county about how to make this work. 
 
the points we are looking for consensus on:
-cooperate to protect local waters
-protect and facilitate events in local waters
-handle multiple boats for area paddlers/rowers
-advance the cause of human powered use
 
there is some tension about this issue.  The driver is a really huge threat to water supplies, property values, use of the lakes.  (I had no idea how serious this was a month ago.)  Lake Mead is infested and forced to spend $20 MM per year just to keep water supplies functioning.  Bellingham has a wide open exposure to the problem.  On the other hand, no human powered boats are registered or licensed.  Enforcement on the water is a lost cause.  We need to get something in place that stops the bugs at point of entry.  Procedure only works because people make it work. 
 
I'm pretty sure soundrowers is going to find themselves engaged in future. 
 
rd


From: "debbie natelson"
To: reivers@..., SoundRowers@...
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:48:44 PM
Subject: Re: [SoundRowers] Whatcom boat inspection program

Not sure if any other SoundRowers members from the south are coming, but, I will try to be there as well.  I had written out a whole email response, offering some food for thought or perhaps just some other perspectives and with some questions  but alas, techno gremlins invaded and email vanished into ether before I could send it.  (unreliable Internet at my house).  If time permits, I'll try to recap before the meeting, but more likely will just express in person.

Debbie Natelson


On Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:50 PM, "reivers@..." wrote:
 
Lake Whatcom and Sammish lake are planning to subject kayaks, canoes, rowing shells to inspection/permit fee summer of 2014.  We are sensitive to this potential hassle for our cherished visiting competitors.  We just found out and after letting our blood cool a bit, we're working out a response.  Any Soundrower members will be welcome at the meeting refered to below.  Also, I'll attempt to monitor your replies to this message for any input to our plans.  You can also post on whatcompaddlers group. 
 - - - - - -
NEWS: We need a meeting with everyone possible right after the Wed Niter next week. A dedicated few paddlers found about about this permitting thing and have been working it. Duncan offers his offices:
Mt Baker Rec Offices / 1420 Iowa Street. Next to the Gym. 7:30pm Food will be on hand (donations?)

We need everyone in human powered craft: WAKE, WRA, Autumn Rose, Nooksack paddlers, Kai Pana OC club, Kayak Polo, Sound Rowers, visitors, residents ... BBoP: Jill is on this and she's our SME (Subject Matter Expert: AIS is Aquatic Invasive Species).
Background: we're being messed with because we are unknown to politicals. The powerboats yelped last year and the politicals are responding. AIS sources are Capital Lake (in WA), Columbia river, Eastern lakes in U.S. The program will start along with fishing season (no inspections for a while yet). The program is not solid yet, but something like: every watercraft gets a sticker (with serial number). A sticker costs $10 for non-motorboats. I think $30 for powerboats. Certificate from an on-line tutorial gets $10 credit.

Plan: right away build OUR plan, get buy in from you folks, slam it down in front of City/County. Our plan will focus on: 1) protect events (Wed Niter, Whatcom Classic, Lake Sammish race). 2) provide for mulitiple boats (I have three that I might paddle). 3) facilitate visitors, guests, instruction events (i.e. Greg B classes). Some ideas around this are to nominate auditors or examiners within our paddling/rowing groups and keep ability to provide stickers to handle visitors who show up for Wed Niter or other event. Later in our plans we can find what other communities with this problem are doing and refine. For any success our plan has to be nailed in the next week or two.

Backstory: We've been crapped on, but let's judo this thing - play nice. at first. First of all, we love these waters and most of us are active super-responsible citizens. Many of us have scientific or technical backgrounds and truly understand the basis. Also, we want recreation in Whatcom County to thrive. Second: we can make this work to some advantage. If they are going to poke us, then we have some ideas for improvement around here dammit. Third: we have an advantage since our boats are not registered and don't require boatlaunch. If it comes down to it, we can throw down some righteous civil disobedience.

Last thoughts: No letters to the editor, if you know people in paddle/rowing groups get the word to them. WAKE club just found out (and they have lots of skin in this - i.e. Swap Meet). Another thing: because this is so time sensitive try to get your two bits out at this meeting or to the message board. There's just a couple of people carrying the ball right now and we can't really do Roberts Rules debate crap with 75 people. Oh, and can someone put a sedative in Rick Lingbloom's beer for the evening. He's such a flamethrower (if you know Rick you know that he's about the most even-tempered guy there is.)

rd

 
 
 
 





Re: Whatcom boat inspection program

Reivers Dustin
 

Thanks for showing up Debbie.  As you heard we just took our beginning step:  mainly to get a few of us set up to speak with the city/county about how to make this work. 
 
the points we are looking for consensus on:
-cooperate to protect local waters
-protect and facilitate events in local waters
-handle multiple boats for area paddlers/rowers
-advance the cause of human powered use
 
there is some tension about this issue.  The driver is a really huge threat to water supplies, property values, use of the lakes.  (I had no idea how serious this was a month ago.)  Lake Mead is infested and forced to spend $20 MM per year just to keep water supplies functioning.  Bellingham has a wide open exposure to the problem.  On the other hand, no human powered boats are registered or licensed.  Enforcement on the water is a lost cause.  We need to get something in place that stops the bugs at point of entry.  Procedure only works because people make it work. 
 
I'm pretty sure soundrowers is going to find themselves engaged in future. 
 
rd


From: "debbie natelson"
To: reivers@..., SoundRowers@...
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:48:44 PM
Subject: Re: [SoundRowers] Whatcom boat inspection program

Not sure if any other SoundRowers members from the south are coming, but, I will try to be there as well.  I had written out a whole email response, offering some food for thought or perhaps just some other perspectives and with some questions  but alas, techno gremlins invaded and email vanished into ether before I could send it.  (unreliable Internet at my house).  If time permits, I'll try to recap before the meeting, but more likely will just express in person.

Debbie Natelson


On Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:50 PM, "reivers@..." wrote:
 
Lake Whatcom and Sammish lake are planning to subject kayaks, canoes, rowing shells to inspection/permit fee summer of 2014.  We are sensitive to this potential hassle for our cherished visiting competitors.  We just found out and after letting our blood cool a bit, we're working out a response.  Any Soundrower members will be welcome at the meeting refered to below.  Also, I'll attempt to monitor your replies to this message for any input to our plans.  You can also post on whatcompaddlers group. 
 - - - - - -
NEWS: We need a meeting with everyone possible right after the Wed Niter next week. A dedicated few paddlers found about about this permitting thing and have been working it. Duncan offers his offices:
Mt Baker Rec Offices / 1420 Iowa Street. Next to the Gym. 7:30pm Food will be on hand (donations?)

We need everyone in human powered craft: WAKE, WRA, Autumn Rose, Nooksack paddlers, Kai Pana OC club, Kayak Polo, Sound Rowers, visitors, residents ... BBoP: Jill is on this and she's our SME (Subject Matter Expert: AIS is Aquatic Invasive Species).
Background: we're being messed with because we are unknown to politicals. The powerboats yelped last year and the politicals are responding. AIS sources are Capital Lake (in WA), Columbia river, Eastern lakes in U.S. The program will start along with fishing season (no inspections for a while yet). The program is not solid yet, but something like: every watercraft gets a sticker (with serial number). A sticker costs $10 for non-motorboats. I think $30 for powerboats. Certificate from an on-line tutorial gets $10 credit.

Plan: right away build OUR plan, get buy in from you folks, slam it down in front of City/County. Our plan will focus on: 1) protect events (Wed Niter, Whatcom Classic, Lake Sammish race). 2) provide for mulitiple boats (I have three that I might paddle). 3) facilitate visitors, guests, instruction events (i.e. Greg B classes). Some ideas around this are to nominate auditors or examiners within our paddling/rowing groups and keep ability to provide stickers to handle visitors who show up for Wed Niter or other event. Later in our plans we can find what other communities with this problem are doing and refine. For any success our plan has to be nailed in the next week or two.

Backstory: We've been crapped on, but let's judo this thing - play nice. at first. First of all, we love these waters and most of us are active super-responsible citizens. Many of us have scientific or technical backgrounds and truly understand the basis. Also, we want recreation in Whatcom County to thrive. Second: we can make this work to some advantage. If they are going to poke us, then we have some ideas for improvement around here dammit. Third: we have an advantage since our boats are not registered and don't require boatlaunch. If it comes down to it, we can throw down some righteous civil disobedience.

Last thoughts: No letters to the editor, if you know people in paddle/rowing groups get the word to them. WAKE club just found out (and they have lots of skin in this - i.e. Swap Meet). Another thing: because this is so time sensitive try to get your two bits out at this meeting or to the message board. There's just a couple of people carrying the ball right now and we can't really do Roberts Rules debate crap with 75 people. Oh, and can someone put a sedative in Rick Lingbloom's beer for the evening. He's such a flamethrower (if you know Rick you know that he's about the most even-tempered guy there is.)

rd

 
 
 
 




Re: Whatcom boat inspection program

debbie natelson
 

Not sure if any other SoundRowers members from the south are coming, but, I will try to be there as well.  I had written out a whole email response, offering some food for thought or perhaps just some other perspectives and with some questions  but alas, techno gremlins invaded and email vanished into ether before I could send it.  (unreliable Internet at my house).  If time permits, I'll try to recap before the meeting, but more likely will just express in person.

Debbie Natelson


On Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:50 PM, "reivers@..." wrote:
 
Lake Whatcom and Sammish lake are planning to subject kayaks, canoes, rowing shells to inspection/permit fee summer of 2014.  We are sensitive to this potential hassle for our cherished visiting competitors.  We just found out and after letting our blood cool a bit, we're working out a response.  Any Soundrower members will be welcome at the meeting refered to below.  Also, I'll attempt to monitor your replies to this message for any input to our plans.  You can also post on whatcompaddlers group. 
 - - - - - -
NEWS: We need a meeting with everyone possible right after the Wed Niter next week. A dedicated few paddlers found about about this permitting thing and have been working it. Duncan offers his offices:
Mt Baker Rec Offices / 1420 Iowa Street. Next to the Gym. 7:30pm Food will be on hand (donations?)
We need everyone in human powered craft: WAKE, WRA, Autumn Rose, Nooksack paddlers, Kai Pana OC club, Kayak Polo, Sound Rowers, visitors, residents ... BBoP: Jill is on this and she's our SME (Subject Matter Expert: AIS is Aquatic Invasive Species).
Background: we're being messed with because we are unknown to politicals. The powerboats yelped last year and the politicals are responding. AIS sources are Capital Lake (in WA), Columbia river, Eastern lakes in U.S. The program will start along with fishing season (no inspections for a while yet). The program is not solid yet, but something like: every watercraft gets a sticker (with serial number). A sticker costs $10 for non-motorboats. I think $30 for powerboats. Certificate from an on-line tutorial gets $10 credit.
Plan: right away build OUR plan, get buy in from you folks, slam it down in front of City/County. Our plan will focus on: 1) protect events (Wed Niter, Whatcom Classic, Lake Sammish race). 2) provide for mulitiple boats (I have three that I might paddle). 3) facilitate visitors, guests, instruction events (i.e. Greg B classes). Some ideas around this are to nominate auditors or examiners within our paddling/rowing groups and keep ability to provide stickers to handle visitors who show up for Wed Niter or other event. Later in our plans we can find what other communities with this problem are doing and refine. For any success our plan has to be nailed in the next week or two.
Backstory: We've been crapped on, but let's judo this thing - play nice. at first. First of all, we love these waters and most of us are active super-responsible citizens. Many of us have scientific or technical backgrounds and truly understand the basis. Also, we want recreation in Whatcom County to thrive. Second: we can make this work to some advantage. If they are going to poke us, then we have some ideas for improvement around here dammit. Third: we have an advantage since our boats are not registered and don't require boatlaunch. If it comes down to it, we can throw down some righteous civil disobedience.
Last thoughts: No letters to the editor, if you know people in paddle/rowing groups get the word to them. WAKE club just found out (and they have lots of skin in this - i.e. Swap Meet). Another thing: because this is so time sensitive try to get your two bits out at this meeting or to the message board. There's just a couple of people carrying the ball right now and we can't really do Roberts Rules debate crap with 75 people. Oh, and can someone put a sedative in Rick Lingbloom's beer for the evening. He's such a flamethrower (if you know Rick you know that he's about the most even-tempered guy there is.)
rd
 
 
 
 



Whatcom boat inspection program

Reivers Dustin
 

Lake Whatcom and Sammish lake are planning to subject kayaks, canoes, rowing shells to inspection/permit fee summer of 2014.  We are sensitive to this potential hassle for our cherished visiting competitors.  We just found out and after letting our blood cool a bit, we're working out a response.  Any Soundrower members will be welcome at the meeting refered to below.  Also, I'll attempt to monitor your replies to this message for any input to our plans.  You can also post on whatcompaddlers group. 

 - - - - - -

NEWS: We need a meeting with everyone possible right after the Wed Niter next week. A dedicated few paddlers found about about this permitting thing and have been working it. Duncan offers his offices:

Mt Baker Rec Offices / 1420 Iowa Street. Next to the Gym. 7:30pm Food will be on hand (donations?)

We need everyone in human powered craft: WAKE, WRA, Autumn Rose, Nooksack paddlers, Kai Pana OC club, Kayak Polo, Sound Rowers, visitors, residents ... BBoP: Jill is on this and she's our SME (Subject Matter Expert: AIS is Aquatic Invasive Species).

Background: we're being messed with because we are unknown to politicals. The powerboats yelped last year and the politicals are responding. AIS sources are Capital Lake (in WA), Columbia river, Eastern lakes in U.S. The program will start along with fishing season (no inspections for a while yet). The program is not solid yet, but something like: every watercraft gets a sticker (with serial number). A sticker costs $10 for non-motorboats. I think $30 for powerboats. Certificate from an on-line tutorial gets $10 credit.

Plan: right away build OUR plan, get buy in from you folks, slam it down in front of City/County. Our plan will focus on: 1) protect events (Wed Niter, Whatcom Classic, Lake Sammish race). 2) provide for mulitiple boats (I have three that I might paddle). 3) facilitate visitors, guests, instruction events (i.e. Greg B classes). Some ideas around this are to nominate auditors or examiners within our paddling/rowing groups and keep ability to provide stickers to handle visitors who show up for Wed Niter or other event. Later in our plans we can find what other communities with this problem are doing and refine. For any success our plan has to be nailed in the next week or two.

Backstory: We've been crapped on, but let's judo this thing - play nice. at first. First of all, we love these waters and most of us are active super-responsible citizens. Many of us have scientific or technical backgrounds and truly understand the basis. Also, we want recreation in Whatcom County to thrive. Second: we can make this work to some advantage. If they are going to poke us, then we have some ideas for improvement around here dammit. Third: we have an advantage since our boats are not registered and don't require boatlaunch. If it comes down to it, we can throw down some righteous civil disobedience.

Last thoughts: No letters to the editor, if you know people in paddle/rowing groups get the word to them. WAKE club just found out (and they have lots of skin in this - i.e. Swap Meet). Another thing: because this is so time sensitive try to get your two bits out at this meeting or to the message board. There's just a couple of people carrying the ball right now and we can't really do Roberts Rules debate crap with 75 people. Oh, and can someone put a sedative in Rick Lingbloom's beer for the evening. He's such a flamethrower (if you know Rick you know that he's about the most even-tempered guy there is.)

rd

 

 

 

 


Loss of a great waterman.

Shane Baker
 

It is with great sorrow that I have to write that we in the Pacific Northwest lost a great friend and waterman earlier this week. Dean Williams, Sn, of Chilliwack, British Columbia, passed away on Tuesday, Feb 25. Dean is survived by his wife, Elina, son Dean, Jr, and daughter's Andrea and Jessica and if I can get it correct, 17 Grandchildren and one Great Grandchild.
I met Dean in the early 1980's racing on Puget Sound, he in various dugout canoes and me sea in kayaks. We formed a great and lasting friendship. Dean grew up on Bainbridge Island and later moved to Chilliwack.  Dean's water skills are second to none, and I think of him as one of th finest people I have ever met.  One race we did from Fay Bainbridge SP to Poulsbo when the wind was blowing about 30 knots. Dean showed up in a low freeboard dugout canoe. I mentioned he was crazy but he raced any way. I lent him my bailer but I'm not sure how he could have possibly bailed and kept is canoe upright. He later told me he stopped on shore 5 times to empty out the water. Another great memory is one of the early Round Bainbridge Races. Dean showed up with a 6 man dugout and 5 children all around early teens. They blessed the canoe and started racing. While they were on the water one of the elders from the local Indian community smoked salmon the traditional way over an open beach fire on cedar boards. They did the 26 miles, landed, again said some prayers, again  involving the canoe, then ate. I was touched.  Many more memories to share. It is tough to say goodbye to such a  fine young man. RIP my friend.
Shane Baker.


La Conner race photos now online

Michael Lampi
 

The photos I took at La Conner yesterday are now online:  http://soundrowersphoto.org/photography/2014/La%20Conner%202014/index.html

Traci will get the new link posted shortly.

Thanks again to all the folks who made it a wonderful day!

Michael Lampi

P.S. Ok, Greg, I *did* take 1030 photos - but I pared it down to a miserly 800. With so many folks out on the water and the beautiful scenery it was hard to pick which ones to drop.


La Conner

watersprite
 

Register for the La Conner race online and save $5 on race day!  This does not commit you to race.  Don't forget it is also time to renew your Sound Rowers membership.


Race Registration: http://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=16874


Membership Form: http://soundrowers.org/docs/membershipForm.pdf


Race Calendar posted at row2k.com

Steve Wells
 

The 2014 races are now posted at row2k.com. We'll also be posting race results there this year.


Happy New Year and La Conner Race

watersprite
 

It's a new year, and the La Conner race is less than a month away!  Online registration is open, and to encourage you to sign up we are adding a $5 surcharge to day-of-race registration.  So keep your fees down and register here:  http://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=16874.  No commitment and very easy.


Also, did you know that you can set up a profile on webscorer, and see all your race results in one place?  https://www.webscorer.com/secure/signin?&ReturnUrl=http://www.webscorer.com/profile - check it out.


-Traci


Limited number of 2014 Maas Rowing Calendars available

Michael Lampi
 

I have a limited number (3) of Maas Rowing calendars available for the first three people who ask for them.

Merry Christmas!

Michael Lampi


Revised Agenda

Tyler Peterson
 

Sound Rowers and Paddlers Members,
Attached is the revised agenda for the annual meeting tomorrow.
10:00 AM at Lake Washington Rowing Club
910 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA
 
We will be looking for a new Webmaster for 2015 and a new Publicity Manager for 2014.
 
I'll see you then,
 
Tyler Peterson


Sound Rowers Annual Meeting

Tyler Peterson
 

Attention Sound Rowers Members,
 
Our annual meeting is set for a week from today at Lake Washington Rowing Club's Fremont Boathouse in Seattle at 910 N. Northlake Way 98103.  The meeting will start at 10:00 AM and should not last more than a couple hours.  Feel free to being any refreshments you would like to share with the others in attendance.  Please review the attached agenda and minutes from last years meeting for this meeting on Saturday.  It is always my goal to keep this meeting on track and moving forward while at the same time considering all points of view.  Typically in sound Rowers meetings we have several good ideas but after the meeting there is limited follow through.  If you do make a suggestion for something, don't be surprised if you are asked to at least help implement it.
 
The Lake Washington Rowing Club has a public dock open for all non motorized craft and you are welcome to bring a boat down for a row or paddle pre or post meeting.
 
Thanks,
 
Tyler Peterson
Sound Rowers President
 


Evergreen Rowing

watersprite
 

Steve is out getting a whole new group onto the water. What an enabler!

 

http://www.tacomastrength.com/news/post/row-your-boat-11242013