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Re: Misprint in the latest Sound Rowers Newsletter

Dale Reed <dale-reed@...>
 

There is a misprint in the latest SR Newsletter for the Lake Sammamish
race.

Also the course arrows point counterclockwise, but the words say clockwise.

Both long and short courses show clockwise at http://soundrowers.org/ so
clockwise is probably correct.

Using an analog clock of course. Dale
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$ dale-reed@... Seattle, Washington USA $


Seattle hosts 2005 PNW Wildwater Training Camp Feb. 26-27!

Traci Cole <watersprite@...>
 

From Jenny Goldberg:

Wildwater Training Camp*
*Febuary 26-27, 2004*

<>What's Wildwater Racing? It's the same as Downriver Racing.
Basically, there's no @#!$?! gates to get in your way! It's any event
on a whitewater river where the object is to find the fastest lines
through the rapids and take the shortest time to get from the upstream
start to the downstream finish. ** In 2005, the PNW is hosting 8
wildwater races as part of the NW Downriver Cup Series. Here's your
opportunity for a free introduction to this fun and challenging sport.

<>"Wildwater is at once one of the most physically demanding of
paddlesports, because it requires its participants to be strong over
the course of four to five miles of class three to four whitewater,
yet it also requires strategic acuity to balance raw power and speed
with execution and timing: zen-like cognition mixes with the burning
in the furnace". http://usawildwater.com/

Want to learn more? *A wildwater clinic will be held on Lake
Washington and on a local area river on the weekend of Febuary 26-27*,
*2005. * Day one will be a series of flatwater workouts and video
sessions, with coaching.
Day two will consist of several river runs and a time trial on the
river in the afternoon.

Learn stroke technique and some race strategy on day one, and river
running/water reading skills on day two.

Your coaches will consist of the best, reknown, and skilled wildwater
coaches and racers in the PNW, such as Seth Eisner, Matt Lutz, and
Andy Bridge.

Saturday will be appropriate for all ability levels, but Sunday may or
may not be held on a river appropriate to novice wildwater paddlers
(river selected will depend on water level, weather, and the skill
level of the majority of participants).

Cost: FREE
Contact Tom Wier at wierc1@... <mailto:wierc1@...> or
425-232-3038 to register. Lunch will be provided both days.
Tentative Schedule:
Saturday
9:00 Meet at Seth Eisner's house on Mercer Island (intro and schedule
review)
9:30 Long aerobic paddle
11:30 on-water paddling Intervals with video 12:30-2:30 Lunch and
video analysis <>3:00-4:00 video analysis and coaching; discussion of
next day's itinerary.
Sunday
9:00 meet at river TBD
10:00 begin practice run #1
11:30 practive run #2
Lunch
2:00 Time Trial on river

** The term *"wildwater"* in the old days was used synomously with
"whitewater." In the world of whitewater racing however, the Europeans
coined the phrase *"wildwater"* to mean racing against the clock
through class III-IV whitewater (about 4 miles) in those funny-looking
but fast fiberglass boats. For awhile, the same sport in "American"
was called
*"Downriver"* racing to differentiate it from the other whitewater
event, slalom. Now, even Americans use the term *Wildwater,* but often
keep the term *"Downriver*" to mean the same kind of race but in any
other type of whitewater boat other than the specialized *wildwater
*boat. Within the last half decade or so, the sport of *wildwater*
internationally has introduced *sprint* events in addition to the long
20 minute course. So you will often hear* "classic" wildwater* (the
old fashioned long race) and *"sprint" wildwater* (a 1.5 to 3 minute
race) as different types of *downriver* events<>


--
Jennie Goldberg
League of Northwest Whitewater Racers
3048 62nd Avenue SW
Seattle WA 98116-2706
206.933.1178
www.nwwhitewater.org


Re: participation numbers

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

I dropped off a Sound Rowers calendar (printed on photo glossy paper)
with the manager at the Pocock Rowing Center yesterday, and a schedule
(page #2 of the calendar) at the Lake Washington Rowing Club with the
manager there.

Perhaps a few more of these distributed in the appropriate club houses
and kayak shops might help to increase the numbers, too.

Any word on the 2005 edition of the Sound Rowers poster?

--Michael

--- In SoundRowers@..., "Laura Jackson" <kekbeka@h...> wrote:
Steve (Bennett...) -
thanks for the info on participation. It's been amazing to watch the
LaConner Race grow. We are anticipating making record quantities of
soup yet
again this year.

[...]
From: Steve Bennett <bennett_seattle@y...>


Your concern about declining numbers, however, may be
a little contrary to reality. While The Great Cross
Sound numbers are down (this was discussed quite a bit
at the Annual Meeting) a brief study of race
participation in 1998 and 2004 revealed these numbers:


In 1998 556 boats carrying 702 human engines
participated in our 15 races. In 2004 736 boats
carried 1011 racers in 16 races. (the San Juan
Challenge is not included in these figures) Looks like
we're doing pretty well, but surely not enough to
preclude inclusion of more folks through mentoring.

Thanks for making us think.


SR Insurance update

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

Martin Myers appears to have solved the insurance problem for this
year. I have received two of the three indemnification certificates I
need for the Lake Sammamish race, and Martin is working on getting me
the third one.

Thank you, Martin!

Race directors, if you need to provide proof of insurance for permits
or participation by outside organizations, contact Martin.

FYI.

--Michael Lampi


email address

Larry Goolsby
 

Do any of you paddlers have the email address for Dale Mckinnon? She is the person that rowed from Alaska to Bellingham and she is looking for support in organizing a race out of the Fairhaven area around May 1st. There is an article about her in our newsletter.
Thanks
Larry Goolsby
largoo1@...


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Re: email address

Steve Wells <steve@...>
 

I have... greyhead@...
E-mail Address(es):
  greyhead@...
 
 
Steve Wells
Evergreen Rowing LLC
www.evergreenrowing.com

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Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 11:27 PM
Subject: [SoundRowers] email address

Do any of you paddlers have the email address for Dale Mckinnon? She is the person that rowed from Alaska to Bellingham and she is looking for support in organizing a race out of the Fairhaven area around May 1st. There is an article about her in our newsletter.
Thanks
Larry Goolsby


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Re: SR Insurance update

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

--- In SoundRowers@..., "Michael Lampi" <lampi@m...> wrote:

Martin Myers appears to have solved the insurance problem for this
year. I have received two of the three indemnification certificates I
need for the Lake Sammamish race, and Martin is working on getting me
the third one.

Thank you, Martin!

Race directors, if you need to provide proof of insurance for permits
or participation by outside organizations, contact Martin.

FYI.

--Michael Lampi
For those of you whom I did not contact directly via e-mail, there has
been quite a flurry of activity in the past couple of days regarding
Sound Rowers' insurance coverage.

It turns out that our would-be insurance through US Rowing did not
cover paddlers. We ended up getting insurance through the Masters
Rowing Association. The MRA seems to be the only organization that
can cover paddlers and rowers. They will cover pretty much any human
powered boats - even pedal boats. :-)

If any Sound Rowers member is currently a member of the Masters
Rowing Association, please make that fact known ASAP as it will
reduce our costs. As a side benefit, each SR member will have MRA
"racer membership" and be eligible for discounts at other MRA
sponsored events.

We will also need to get signed MRA waivers as soon as possible from
each SR member that we can forward to the MRA.

Nonmembers will have to pay $8 for insurance at each race, though
the various race directors might roll this into their nonmember racer
fee. I know that for Lake Sammamish I'm going to have to raise the
rate for nonmembers to $15. Who knows? It might even cause more folks
to join Sound Rowers, as the break even point is about 3 races.

Details regarding the basic program can be found at the MRA web site:
http://www.mastersrowing.org/articles.cfm?action=read&cat=1&column_ID=393

Some additional benefits:
1. No additional fees for our races.
2. No additional fees for indemnification certificates.
3. Volunteers are included in the coverage, whether they are SR
members or not. They just have to sign the MRA waiver.

I think there will be some discussion about this at La Conner this
weekend. Martin Myers and I will be available to try to answer any
questions anyone might have.

See you there!

--Michael Lampi


New file uploaded to SoundRowers

SoundRowers@...
 

Hello,

This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the SoundRowers
group.

File : /MRA REGATTA WAIVER1.pdf
Uploaded by : guru1957 <lampi@...>
Description : MRA Waiver Form

You can access this file at the URL:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoundRowers/files/MRA%20REGATTA%20WAIVER1.pdf

To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:
http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/groups/files

Regards,

guru1957 <lampi@...>


Lake Sammamish Race Fees Updated

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

With the changes in our insurance I've changed the fee structure for
the Lake Sammamish race to be $7 SR members, $10 MRA members, $15
nonmembers. It does not matter how many people are in a boat.

There is a bigger budget this year for food & drink. If anyone has a
particular item they would like to see please send me a note and I'll
see what I can do.

NO PROMISES!! :-)

--Michael Lampi


La Conner photos updated

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

I swear that there must be something strange going on in the vicinity
of Goat Island that has an effect on my digital camera.

This year the camera decided to change from JPEG image capture to RAW
image capture. This normally takes several different button presses
and menu operation to take place.

Last year in about the same location the camera started overexposing
everything.

The result of the RAW versus JPEG capture meant that my auto downloader
didn't recognize a bunch of photos. It was only when I went back to
double check why some photos weren't there that the problem was
discovered.

Another weird thing is that the camera changed back to JPEG capture
when I switched memory cards for the shots at the hall.

Anyway, there are about 25 more photos from the return trip to the
finish line now available in the album.

Enjoy!

--Michael Lampi


New file uploaded to SoundRowers

SoundRowers@...
 

Hello,

This email message is a notification to let you know that
a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the SoundRowers
group.

File : /MRAsafetyguidelines.doc
Uploaded by : guru1957 <lampi@...>
Description : MRA Safety Guidelines

You can access this file at the URL:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoundRowers/files/MRAsafetyguidelines.doc

To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:
http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/groups/files

Regards,

guru1957 <lampi@...>


MRA Safety Guidelines

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

I just uploaded the MRA's Safety Guidelines to the FILES section.

If anyone wants to comment on them, I'm sure the MRA folks would like
to hear your feedback.

--Michael


Volunteers Requested for Lake Sammamish Race

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

The Lake Sammamish race needs a few volunteers to make it a success. I
need a couple of people to handle registrations, sign setup and
removal, racer number spotting, timing and whatnot. Especially the
whatnot. :-)

I know that this is often handled in an ad hoc fashion at other SR
races, but as a newbie race director I need the warm & fuzzy feeling
of having the people ready for these tasks in advance of the day of
the event.

Also, as this is my first time directing I will NOT be racing; rather,
I'll be filling in where needed, ordering the pizzas (or whatever) for
the volunteers and, maybe, taking photos of the racers from the finish
line area.

Thanks!

Michael Lampi
(425) 861-6700 (office & cell #)
(425) 641-3941 (home)

P.S. Does anyone know who has the signs directing cars to the start of
SR races? Do I need to come up with my own?


New poll for SoundRowers

SoundRowers@...
 

Enter your vote today! A new poll has been created for the
SoundRowers group:

I'd like a sanity check. Our insurance
costs are $8 for each non-member. Is $15
per person too high a price to charge
non-members for the Lake Sammamish Sound
Rowers race?

o Yes, without question
o Yes, if you add the $5 State Park fees
o No, because it includes lunch
o Not at all, you should charge more!


To vote, please visit the following web page:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoundRowers/surveys?id=1644650

Note: Please do not reply to this message. Poll votes are
not collected via email. To vote, you must go to the Yahoo! Groups
web site listed above.

Thanks!


New Poll - Nonmember fees

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

I've started a poll to see what people think about the rate structure
implemented for the Lake Sammamish race and how it affects nonmembers.

If you have strong feelings one way or another, I'd like to hear what
you have to say.

Thanks!

Michael Lampi
Lake Sammamish race director


race fees

evergreenrowing <steve@...>
 

I appreciate the poll and the concern it represents. I wish there
was a "no... but" option!

I feel we should continue our policy of reduced fees for juniors.
With our bank balance, I feel we should subsidize the cost of
participation by kids. I suppose it's possible their insurance is
provided by their own club? But whether or not they have other
coverage, it seems the per capita nonmember fee adds up too much
when a group from a club shows up.


Re: race fees

Michael Lampi <lampi@...>
 

Point taken, and I have to agree re: juniors.

I've asked Traci to add a "non-member junior racer discount" of $3
to the Lake Sammamish race fee schedule.

Michael Lampi (206) 774-5971
Open Water Cycling, Inc. (206) 331-3980 FAX
2667 170th Avenue SE lampi@...
Bellevue, WA 98008 www.openwatercycling.com

-----Original Message-----
From: evergreenrowing [mailto:steve@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 09, 2005 9:56 AM
To: SoundRowers@...
Subject: [SoundRowers] race fees




I appreciate the poll and the concern it represents. I wish there
was a "no... but" option!

I feel we should continue our policy of reduced fees for juniors.
With our bank balance, I feel we should subsidize the cost of
participation by kids. I suppose it's possible their insurance is
provided by their own club? But whether or not they have other
coverage, it seems the per capita nonmember fee adds up too much
when a group from a club shows up.


Any Surfskis for sale in SoCal?

Sean Clancy <sjclancy@...>
 

Sufski for Sale in L.A.?

My friend who lives half-time in Seattle, and half-time in Hollywood, is looking for a used surfski in the LA area.  This will be his first surfski. He's 5'10 or so.  Anyone know anyone or any message boards for LA?  I told him about KOA and the other big ones but that's about it. 

He should have bought mine: I sold my Findeisen X for only $700 a few months ago! Deals are out there if you look...

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Race fees

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Race fees

Steve Bennett
 

1. No $15 is not too high. It represents a fee that
is comensurate with cost. It reduces by $3 the rate
we have charged non-members in the past.($7
members;$10 non-members) That $3, which has
contributed to the growth of our treasury will no
longer be coming come back to us. That should be
considered.

2. By the same logic, non-member kids will be paying
nearly half what members pay; and we lose the other $3
as well. I suggest a youth membership fee of $15 and
no discount for race fees.

3. Has anyone looked into group use fees for the
parks?



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