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Meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month
(except June, July, August, and December)
7:00 p.m. at the Seattle R.E.I. flagship store.

2013-2014 Meeting Schedule
If you have any ideas for programs please contact
Ann Kruse or Linda Roubik

September 24, 2013 - Kayaking in the Land of the Kwakwaka'wakw

The Broughton Islands--the heart of the traditional homeland of the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nations people--lie between the northeast coast of Vancouver Island and the BC mainland, to the north of Johnstone Strait. There are dozens of larger islands and innumerable small ones, many of which are now part of the Broughton Archipelago Marine Park. Curtis Mobley and his wife Ann Kruse explored the southern part of the islands in August 2013. He will show photos of their trip, which included visits to the abandoned native village of Meem-quam-leese, a whale observation station, and a fish farm. Curtis will give tips on planning your own trip to this fabulous area.

October 29, 2013 - Kuiu Island

Kuiu Island is the 15th largest island in the United States. The island is 65 miles long and 6-23 miles wide and is located more or less in the center of the Alexander Archipelago, which compromises SE Alaska. It was also home of the Kake Indians, members of the Tlingit Tribe. Jim Corson and Gerry Basheim, with friends, circumnavigated the island this last July on a three week sea kayak trip. Come hear about Sea Otters, Humpback Whales, dead seals, Kake Indian-Puget Sound History Links and Pillars where there aren't any. Get help planning your own trip to this exciting island.

November 26, 2013 - Great Day Paddles Close to Home

Exotic kayak trips in far-away places can be wonderfully alluring, yet there's no need to haul out your passport to get in some great paddling in gorgeous settings. Here in Western Washington, terrific day paddles of many sorts beckon from close to home.

Carole Trout, one of the Seattle Sea Kayak Club's most popular program-presenters, will offer a glimpse of numerous nearby day paddles and their many attractions, in a digital slide show at the Nov. 26 SSKC meeting at the Seattle REI store.

January 25, 2014 - The Annual Trip-Planning Party

No, it's not a meeting as such - but it is probably the club's most important event of the year: our annual trip planning party. Know of a spectacular vista? Have an idea for a fun, community-oriented paddle? Want to share your favorite rock garden? Just want to learn more about what's involved in leading a trip? Come! Have pizza with us! Urban Duwamish explorer, Olympic Peninsula surfer, Friday Harbor daytripper, or hardcore WWTA trekker - it doesn't matter. We need all levels of participation, and would love for you to come. Full details are in the latest newsletter.

February 25, 2014 - From Hoonah to Sitka via Peril Strait! The East Side of Chichagof Island.

Once again, please join Back-eddy Jim Corson, Gerry The-Curmudgeon-of-the-North Bashein, and Tag-along Travis Keay, as they haul three additional and unsuspecting victims on their exploits of the modern SE Alaskan wilderness. Portage ancient Orca passages, beat down Peril Strait, skirt Deadman's Reach and find out where Back-eddy Jim gets his name as we navigate against the six knot Sergius Narrows (a word to the wise, NEVER leave your lunch behind).

March 25, 2014 - George Gronseth on Rescues and Towing

Once again, the Seattle Sea Kayak Club will offer a kayak skills lecture open to all, followed by on-water classes for our members - by none other than local legendary instructor George Gronseth of the Kayak Academy in Issaquah.

April 29, 2014 - Those Irresistible Islands: Why some paddlers keep returning to the Broken Group

When six Seattle-area paddling friends headed north last summer to kayak among British Columbia's Broken Group Islands, they weren't exactly venturing into new territory. Each had been there multiple times before.

Each also felt - as have many other kayakers - the almost irresistible allure of these small islands tucked into Barkley Sound along Vancouver Island's west coast. They'll explain that allure - illustrated in a digital slide show by Carole Trout - at the April 29th meeting of the Seattle Sea Kayak Club.

May 27, 2014 - T2 Seattle to Ketchikan

The Inside Passage is to paddlers what the Wonderland Trail is to hikers... or what climbing Denali is to mountaineers.

It's rarely paddled its whole length, from Seattle to Ketchikan, Alaska. It's fairly unusual to hear about a woman taking on this challenge. It's even rarer for a pair of women to paddle it together!

But Tracy Landboe and Traci Cole ("T2") are as intrepid as they come. They are both longtime kayak racers with the local Sound Rowers Open Water Rowing and Paddling Club. They know how to plan such an adventure, paddle hard, wilderness camp, catch a lot of fish... and have a lot of fun.

June 24, 2014 - OUR ANNUAL PICNIC

The Social Event of the season is on Tuesday, June 24. We gather between 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. and the pizza arrives at 6:30 P.M. (Hint: don't be too late or it will be all gone). Come to Magnuson Park on Lake Washington and look for shelter #1. Some of us will be coming early to hold the table.

 July - August, 2014 - Gone Paddling!!!! See you in September.

Previous Years' Programs

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