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Re: [seakayaking-35] New Meetup: Sept 20 - Kayak try outs and time trials in Kenmore & self rescue practice & BBQ

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Sent on: Wednesday, September 2, 2009 1:35 PM
Thanks!  This sounds awesome!  I can contribute my boat for those interested in paddling it (a Riot hybrid).  Is the date the 20th or the 16th?

Jerda Smeltzer

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--- On Wed, 9/2/09, Saul <[address removed]> wrote:

From: Saul <[address removed]>
Subject: [seakayaking-35] New Meetup: Sept 20 - Kayak try outs and time trials in Kenmore & self rescue practice & BBQ
To: [address removed]
Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 12:44 PM

Announcing a new Meetup for Seattle Area Sea Kayaking Meetup Group!

What: Sept 20 - Kayak try outs and time trials in Kenmore & self rescue practice & BBQ

When: September 16,[masked]:00 PM

Logboom Park in Kenmore
6100 NE 175th St
Kenmore, WA 98028

The weather is awesome and summer is in the air, so let's meet for a paddle on Lake Washington. We���ll meet at Logboom Park at 3pm for a 2-2.5 hours of trying different kayaks.

A lot of the group members have purchased kayaks so far in 2009 and quite a few have
not been satisfied. Many liked the stability when they first got their boat, but after a few months got tired of being slow. For those that are willing to buy their kayaks new, the sea kayak expos or symposiums work well. For those looking for a 5~10 year old used kayak, it's tougher to get a good comparison, since many of the models change. For those with good balance a narrower boat is usually faster, while those with poorer balance typically need to compromise a bit so they are comfortable paddling hard instead of bracing

To help people understand what older kayaks work best for them, I will post a few time trial paddles where you paddle a set course for time, switch boats and do it again. We'll record the data and I'll analyse it statistically so we can adjust for factors such as tiredness and wind variation. I'm thinking that each person will paddle 5 kayaks in a 2 hour period on a 10~15 minute long course. We will do this in heats and I plan on scheduling 20 minutes between the heats to allow for adjustmens, warm up and warm down.

The kayaks that I plan on bringing for this are:

Saul's Orange Necky Tesla
NWK Aqua - Discovery
Necky Arluk III
Blue Rec Polyethlene Rotomolded

Necky Tofino
Necky Arluk
Necky Nootka

If someone could bring one of the Pygmy models that would be helpful.
If Michael could bring his Seda Glider that would also be useful.
Since we will be rotating among the kayaks, initial assignments won't really matter.

We will do a DOE, recording the kayak, the kayaker, (kayaker size and experience) and the time to complete the course.
I will do the statistical calculations after the paddle and publish the results along with a report.

With the water still warm, we will also demonstrate self rescues for those of you wanting to do one of the upcoming San Juans trips.

Rating: This trip is rated ���protected��� or SK1.

What to bring:
What to bring:
o Prepare to get wet, You might want to bring a towel and change of clothes.
o Water bottle. There's water and restrooms at the park.
o Refreshments and snacks for afterwards
o Your sense of adventure and fun
Lights - at least one white light e.g. headlamp (not a strobe or flashing light) to be mounted on the kayak on worn on the person. Cyalume lights work great because they still work when wet. Fasten them to your kayak with duct tape.
Perhaps a power bar or dried figs to munch on.
Sense of Humor and fun.

If you decide not to show up, please email me, or change your RSVP or even phone me at least 3 hours before the launch. No shows for borrowed boats are a headache since that means we delay launch while someone drives the empty boat(s) back to my house - can't leave them on the trailer or they may find a new home while we're out paddling, and towing empty boats while we paddle isn't that much fun.

I'm sure all of you will have a fun paddle.



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