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Greeting for 2014 and a welcome to all of our members

From: Saul_K
Sent on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 5:54 PM

A Happy 2014 to all of my paddling friends.I am looking forward to a fun year on the water this year, and hope to get out a little more than I did last year. With work keeping me super busy with a lot of international travel and my diving back into the team management role for our local Olympic Development Track & Field Club, Club Northwest, my paddling time has been a lot less than I like. I missed hosting our regular Christmas Caroling paddle due to a super busy work schedule and a broken arm, but my arm is healing up and I should be able to paddle again.

A big thanks to all of the assistant organizers who have been getting you guys out on to the water.A few of you have been leading paddles almost every week while unfortunately others of you have been swamped in your new jobs.

For 2014, I will once again make my fleet of kayaks available for most of the paddles that I lead and occasionally for paddles that others are leading.

Overall we have been doing a pretty good job on developing the skills that we need for the routes and trips that we like to paddle, we will continue with more informal classes this spring and summer.

Drysuits and Wetsuits, I will occasionally make those available, but need people to treat them more gently, last year I got my stack of drysuits back after spending over $2,000 on replacing gaskets and booties on 8 drysuits and had one of them tossed back into the car after only a single use, with it's brand new neck gasket ripped, going forward, on the days I make drysuits available I will need a volunteer to show people how to put them on and off, check to make sure people aren't wearing jewelry that might snag and check them after use to make sure they aren't damaged.

We will miss Sea Kayaker Magazine, a locally produced magazine that went out of business, they are having a garage sale of some pretty nice gear  Saturday, February 8th, from 9 am to 3 pm. Most of the gear came in for review and was used only briefly so it’s  still in very good shape. They’ll have garage-sale bargains on kayaks,  paddles (lots of carbon fiber), PFDs, camping equipment, dry bags,  deck bags, books, DVDs, charts, back issues of Sea Kayaker and more.  They also have lots of office equipment and furnishings to sell.6012 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, Washington 98107

I hope that all of you are taking advantage of the classes and pool sessions that the Kayak Academy and Washington Kayak Club have been offering, the pool sessions are an especially nice way to learn your roll and improve your bracing without freezing your butt off.

See you on the water soon

Saul Kinderis             [address removed] cell[masked]

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