Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sweeeet Sponsor List!

At last, the 2010 official list of DP Dash Sponsors and non-profit partners. Please, if you dig the Dash, show your love for these truly supportive organizations by buying their stuff. They’ve sent raffle prizes, helped out with OAC’s expenses, and some are even bringing display booths of their stuff right to the Dash. Check out this impressive list, and thank you thank you to all our sponsors –

Alki Kayak Tours

Aquasports Paddle Center

Bluewater Kayak Works

Body Boat Blade International

Cascade Designs

Cathy Federici Massage

Canoe & Kayak Magazine

Danuu Kayak & Canoe Covers

Kayakers Go Coastal

Kayak Academy


MTI/Palm Equipment

Northwest Kayaks


Olympic Outdoor Center

Olympic Raft & Kayak

Outdoor Adventures

Perfect Wave Surf Shop

Ruby Creek Boat House

Sea Kayaker Magazine

Snap Dragon Designs

Stohlquist Waterware

University of Sea Kayaking

And… the Dash has partnered with these non-profits – looking for your support to advocate for the paddling experiences you love!

American Canoe Association

Leave No Trace

Washington Water Trails

Dash safety

Really... this was safer than it looks... Sean Watson photo

Here are a few reminders as we get close to race day. The weather and sea state are predicted to be mild but there are still hazards out there. You can minimize your personal risk by using good judgment and following a few simple guidelines.

-- You must WEAR a CG-approved pfd and carry a whistle during the race.

-- You are responsible for your own safety. Be aware of the conditions, and use your judgment on whether you can handle the sea state. Do not take risks beyond your ability that would put your friendly safety boaters in danger.

-- Be prepared for immersion in extremely cold water.

-- If our crew does need to assist you, your rescue is our first priority. This may mean your equipment gets lost or damaged if we are on the scene taking care of you.

-- Know the course! If you haven't paddled it, check your charts, ask experienced paddlers for advice, and take a look at the Secret Pirate Map and accompanying narrative on the Dash Blog.

Stay updated on the weather and wind conditions at NOAA’s site right here. Be sure to tab down to “Northern Inland Waters including the San Juan Islands”.

Have fun, be safe. We’ll see you out there!

172 racers - and still 2 more days to register!

As of Monday morning, 11/29, we had 172 racers on the roster. LOTS of tandems this year… including a Hobie pedal tandem, which will CRUISE!

Here’s the list. If you have a (+1) next to your name, it means you registered one or more paddler besides yourself and we don’t have the name. So please contact Bill Walker at deceptionpassdash@gmail.com with the name of your extra paddler.

Patrick Aio

Seth Albanese

Kimberly Allen Shoreline, WA FSK-W

Harry Allen Bremerton, WA SK-M

Gerardo Andaluz Blaine, WA SK-M

John Anderson Seattle, WA SK-M

Kim Andersson Portland, OR 2SK-W

Karl Andersson Portland, OR FSK-M

Brian Arndt Anacortes, WA pedal-M

Morris Arthur Bellingham, WA 2HPK-M

Debbie Arthur 2HPK-M

Dan Baharav Bellingham, WA 2SK-M

Nadja Baker Zimmerman Anacortes, WA 2SK-mx

Marianne Banks Anacortes, WA SK-W

Cheryl Batty Bellingham, WA 2OC-mx

Greg Bawden Duvall, WA HPK-M

Julie Beck 2SK-mx

Terri Bedford Folsom, CA SK-W

Jeff Bedford Folsom, CA SK-M

Darrel Bednark Seattle, WA Pdbd-M

Trista Bilmer Vancouver BC

Brian Boatman Bellingham, WA 2OC-M

Erik Borgnes Sequim, WA

Thomas Borst Marblemount, WA SK-M

Kevin R Bowman Bellingham, WA FSK-M

Andy Bridge Sultan, WA 2SK-mx

Geoff Briggs Port Orchard WA 2OC-M

Timothy Burke Olympia, WA SK-M

Cate Burnett Index, WA SK-W

Larry Bussinger Bellingham, WA HPK-M

Wendy Carter Bremerton, WA OC1-W

George Cartmill Seattle, WA SK-M

Gary Cassulis Vancouver BC 2HPK-M

Sherri Cassuto Seattle, WA SK-W

Matthew Charles Issaquah, WA SK-M

W. Scott Cheney Mount Vernon, WA 2Pedal-M

Tracy Clapp Duvall, WA 2SK-mx

Paul Clayton Seattle, WA SK-M

Paul Clement Bellingham, WA HPK-M

Michael Cline Seattle, WA FSK-M

Traci Cole Kenmore, WA HPK-W

Susan Conrad

Clement Corbiell Lakewood, WA OC1-M

Suzy Cornell 2SK-mx

David Couvrette Kenmore, WA HPK-M

Brent Couvrette Woodinville, WA HPK-M

Setsuko Cox Lynnwood, WA SK-W

Chuck Curry Bainbridge Island, WA FSK-M

Carl Darmer Olalla, WA FSK-M

David Desertspring Gig Harbor, WA SK-M

Drew Dixon Langley, WA SK-M

Keith Doorenbos Seattle, WA SK-M

James Dougherty Shoreline, WA SUP-M

Reivers Dustin

Andrew Elizaga Tacoma, WA

Peter Englander Portland, OR SK-M

Ted Eugenis Portland OR SK

Joe Ferguson Mukilteo, WA OC1-M

John Fiddler Seattle, WA HPK-W

John Flynn Seattle, WA HPK-M

Minnie Fontenelle Seattle, WA OC1-W

Terry Fox Issaquah, WA FSK-M

Heath Foxlee 2SK-M

Shawna Franklin Eastsound, WA

Robert Freelove Everett, WA SK-M

Leon P Gander New Westminster BC SK-M

Ryan Gander (+1) SK-M

Jeff Gassen Seattle, WA SUP-M

Michael Germani Tacoma, WA SK-M

Eric Gerstl Bellingham, WA 2OC-M

Sean Gibson Vancouver BC 2HPK-M

Greg Gilbert Seattle, WA SUP-M

Alison Graham Point Roberts, WA SK-W

Mark Greengo SeaTac, WA SK-M

Barbara Gronseth (+1)

Arthur Hamm (+1) Des Moines, WA

Michael Hammer Mount Vernon, WA 2OC-mx

Michael Hammer Registered twice? 2OC-mx

Ed Hand Renton, WA

Blake Hanley SUP-M

Thomas Hanny Kirkland, WA

Vance Hashimoto Honolulu, HI OC1-M

Matt Hayes Port Orchard, WA 3SK-M

Jeff Hegedus Bellingham, WA HPK-M

John Holtman La Conner, WA OWII-M

Wayne Horodowich Mill Creek, WA FSK-M

Troy Husband Burlington, WA FSK-M

Fred Inman Dupont, WA

Andrew Jaquiss SK-M

Joseph Kaftan Seattle WA HPK-M

Lance Kahn Bremerton, WA 2OC-M

Nick Karras Mount Vernon, WA 2Pedal-M

David Kau Eastsound, WA SK-M

Megan Kelly

Jasen Keya Honolulu, HI OC1-M

Don Kiesling Seattle, WA Pdbd-M

Jeffrey Knakal Mill Creek, WA 2OW-mx

Theresa Knakal Mill Creek, WA 2OW-mx

Angela Knightley Seattle, WA 98136 SUP-W

Sherman Krantz Bellingham, WA SK-M

Ken Kroeger Seattle, WA OC1

John Kuntz Poulsbo, WA

Tracy Landboe Shoreline, WA HPK-W

Paul LaPointe Woodinville, WA SK-M

Michael Lee Burbank, CA 2OC-M

Rick Lingbloom Bellingham, WA 2HPK-M

Alan Lipp Bellingham, WA OC1-M

Eric Long Spanaway, WA SK-M

Danniel Longboatshortboat Quathiaski Cove, Quadra Island, BC, Canada HPK-M

Alan Marshall Kirklnad, WA SK-M

Ed Matkovick Issaquah WA SK-M

Christopher May Woodinville, WA SK-M

Patrick McCarty Portland, OR SK-M

Perry McGinity

Erin McSween Oak Harbor, WA

Eric Mead 2SK-M

Robert Meenk Olympia, WA OWIII

Eric Miller

Heather Nelson Bellingham, WA HPK-W

Brandon Nelson Bellingham, WA HPK-M

Gabriel Newton

Robb Nichols Anacortes, WA FSK-M

Troy Nishikawa Redmond, WA OC1-M

Larry Obryant Lopez Island, WA

Deborah Orth Gig Harbor, WA SK-W

David Ortland Bellevue, WA FSK-M

Ayu Othman Seattle, WA SK-W

Brian Page Vancouver BC

Mark Peele Tacoma, WA SK-M

Douglas Peele Gig Harbor, WA FSK-M

Dean Peterson Seattle, WA HPK-M

Maureen Peterson Seattle, WA SK-W

Bill Porter Kirkland, WA SK-M

Pam Powell Graham, WA SK-W

Scott Prato Aberdeen, WA SK-M

David Price Woodinville, WA 2SK-mx

Thom Prichard Bellingham, WA HPK-M

Don Rice Sequim, WA 2SK-M

Jiri Richter Seattle, WA HPK-M

Aaron Rinn Edmonds, WA 3SK-M

Michael Riordan Eastsound, WA FSK-M

Glenn Rogers Gig Harbor, WA 3SK-M

Henry Romer Olympia, WA SK-M

Aubrey Rosenthal 2SK-mx

Greg Routt Seattle, WA

Holly Rutledge Bellingham, WA SK-W

James Schultz Duvall, WA HPK-M

Rembrandt Smith Anacortes, WA SK-M

Chris Smith

Leon Somme Eastsound, WA

Jerry Sowder Washougal WA SK-M

Melissa Spangler Seattle, WA SK-W

Sam Stroich Walla Walla, WA HPK-M

David Thompson

Jesse Varsi Anacortes, WA FSK-M

Scott Vesey Seattle, WA

Forrest Wells Bainbridge Island, WA FSK-M

Peter Wells Bellingham, WA 2OC-M

Megan White Lynnwood, WA

Beau Whitehead Bellingham, WA

Marc Whitlock 2HPK-M

David Willett Bellingham, WA SK-M

Maxine Williams Shoreline, WA

Warren Williamson Stanwood, WA FSK-M

Ernie Wong Seattle, WA OC1-M

Jodi Wright Portland, OR 2SK-W

Ron Wright Portland, OR SK-M

Robin Yakhour Brush Prairie, WA FSK-W

Jim Zimmerman Anacortes, WA 2SK-mx

Friday, November 19, 2010

Racer Count -- 143!

With just over two weeks to go we have 143 racers registered. This is an awesome showing – keep those registrations coming in, and remember you have just two days to pay the low entry fee of $45. After midnight Sunday the 21st of November, it’s $70 per racer… and we can’t guarantee you’ll get a prized Dash tee shirt.

Here’s the list – where it says “+1” it means the person signed up for two but we don’t have the second name yet.

Kimberly Allen Shoreline, WA

Harry Allen Bremerton, WA

Gerardo Andaluz Blaine, WA

John Anderson Seattle, WA

Kim Andersson Portland, OR

Karl Andersson Portland, OR

Morris Arthur +1 Bellingham, WA

Peter Babler Seattle, WA

Dan Baharav Bellingham, WA

Nadja Baker Zimmerman Anacortes, WA

Marianne Banks Anacortes, WA

Greg Bawden Duvall, WA

Terri Bedford Folsom, CA

Jeff Bedford Folsom, CA

Darrel Bednark Seattle, WA

Trista Bilmer Vancouver BC

Brian Boatman +1 Bellingham, WA

Erik Borgnes Sequim, WA

Thomas Borst Marblemount, WA

Kevin R Bowman Bellingham, WA

Andy Bridge Sultan, WA

Timothy Burke Olympia, WA

Cate Burnett Index, WA

Larry Bussinger Bellingham, WA

John Calvin Point Roberts, WA

Wendy Carter Bremerton, WA

George Cartmill Seattle, WA

Sherri Cassuto Seattle, WA

Matthew Charles Issaquah, WA

Norman Clapp +1 Duvall, WA

Paul Clayton Seattle, WA

Paul Clement Bellingham, WA

Michael Cline Seattle, WA

Traci Cole Kenmore, WA

Clement Corbiell Lakewood, WA

Suzy Cornell

David Couvrette Kenmore, WA

Brent Couvrette Woodinville, WA

Setsuko Cox Lynnwood, WA

Chuck Curry Bainbridge Island, WA

Carl Darmer Olalla, WA

David Desertspring Gig Harbor, WA

James Dougherty Shoreline, WA

Andrew Elizaga Tacoma, WA

Peter Englander Portland, OR

Joe Ferguson Mukilteo, WA

John Fiddler Seattle, WA

John Flynn Seattle, WA

Terry Fox Issaquah, WA

Heath Foxlee

Shawna Franklin +1 Eastsound, WA

Robert Freelove Everett, WA

Leon P Gander New Westminster BC

Ryan Gander (son)

Greg Gilbert Seattle, WA

Mark Greengo SeaTac, WA

Arthur Hamm +1 Des Moines, WA

Michael Hammer Mount Vernon, WA

Ed Hand Renton, WA

Thomas Hanny Kirkland, WA

Vance Hashimoto Honolulu, HI

Jeff Hegedus Bellingham, WA

John Holtman La Conner, WA

Wayne Horodowich Mill Creek, WA

Troy Husband Burlington, WA

Fred Inman Dupont, WA

Lance Kahn +1 Bremerton, WA

Manolis Karras +1 Mount Vernon, WA

David Kau Eastsound, WA

Jasen Keya Honolulu, HI

Don Kiesling Seattle, WA

Jeffrey Knakal +1 Mill Creek, WA

Angela Knightley Seattle, WA

Sherman Krantz +1 Bellingham, WA

Ken Kroeger Seattle, WA

John Kuntz Poulsbo, WA

Tracy Landboe Shoreline, WA

Paul LaPointe Woodinville, WA

Michael Lee Burbank, CA

Rick Lingbloom Bellingham, WA

Alan Lipp Bellingham, WA

Eric Long Spanaway, WA

Alan Marshall Kirklnad, WA

Christopher May Woodinville, WA

Patrick McCarty Portland, OR

Perry McGinity

Erin McSween Oak Harbor, WA

Eric Mead

Robert Meenk Olympia, WA

Heather Nelson Bellingham, WA

Brandon Nelson Bellingham, WA

Troy Nishikawa Redmond, WA

Larry Obryant Lopez Island, WA

Deborah Orth Gig Harbor, WA

David Ortland Bellevue, WA

Brian Page Vancouver BC

Mark Peele Tacoma, WA

Douglas Peele Gig Harbor, WA

Dean Peterson Seattle, WA

Maureen Peterson Seattle, WA

Bill Porter Kirkland, WA

Pam Powell Graham, WA

Scott Prato Aberdeen, WA

David Price +1 Woodinville, WA

Thom Prichard Bellingham, WA

Don Rice Sequim, WA

Jiri Richter Seattle, WA

Michael Riordan Eastsound, WA

Henry Romer Olympia, WA

Greg Routt Seattle, WA

James Schultz Duvall, WA

Rembrandt Smith Anacortes, WA

Chris Smith

Jerry Sowder Washougal WA

Melissa Spangler Seattle, WA

Sam Stroich Walla Walla, WA

Jesse Varsi Anacortes, WA

Scott Vesey Seattle, WA

Forrest Wells Poulsbo, WA

Peter Wells Bellingham, WA

Megan White Lynnwood, WA

Beau Whitehead Bellingham, WA

Marc Whitlock

David Willett Bellingham, WA

Maxine Williams Shoreline, WA

Warren Williamson Stanwood, WA

Ernie Wong +1 Seattle, WA

Jodi Wright Portland, OR

Ron Wright Portland, OR

Robin Yakhour Brush Prairie, WA

Jim Zimmerman Anacortes, WA

Please call or email with your questions or concerns – see you out there on race day!

Bill Walker

Ruby Creek Boathouse LLC



Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lodging & Camping at the Dash

Check it out. Lodging for the Dash features some nice local places.

Coachman Inn was a sponsor of the 2009 Dash – in Oak Harbor http://www.thecoachmaninn.com/index.html Special note for Coachman Inn guests: You GOTTA go next door to Frank’s Place for breakfast. Frank is from Hawaii and really digs two things: US Military collectibles, and SPAM. Pretty much every menu item can be ordered with Spam. And Elvis is just outside the door (unless he’s traveled to a gig in town).

The Cap Sante in Anacortes was also a sponsor of the 2009 Dash. http://www.capsanteinn.com/

Or try the Fidalgo Inn on Hwy 20 where you turn to head south for DP - http://www.fidalgocountryinn.com/

The closest lodging to the Dash is Campbell Lake Lodge - http://www.lakecampbelllodging.com/index.php

Or, if you’re going to tough it out and camp, the campsite loop at Bowman Bay next to the start-finish line is closed for the season. But the main campground across the bridge is open all year and you can get more info at:

http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Deception%20Pass …just be clear on the warnings about the Sound of Freedom from NAS Whidbey down the road. The north end of the runway is just 2.5 miles from the park and you may hear jets any time of day or night.

The Fidalgo-Whidbey area is a beautiful place. Take your time and look around.

Volunteer job list - 2010 Dash

Feel like helping out with the 2010 DP Dash? Well we’d love to have you. As our thanks, you’ll receive a Dash tee shirt, a warm meal, and one raffle entry for some awesome prizes. Here are some areas where you can contribute, and names of people to contact:

Safety boaters: If you’re trained and experienced in rough-water rescue scenarios, and willing to let Blair grill you a little bit on your skill level, this is a fun and challenging part of our volunteer crew. The racers will love you for being out there. Please contact Blair Corson, info@outdooradventurecenter.com or 425-883-9039.

Safety crew, 2007 Dash... thanks guys!

Race operations, Check-in & Timing – please pick two of the following 4 jobs, depending on your schedule and availability.

Please contact Bill Walker, rubycreekboathouse@gmail.com or 206-940-6269.

2-3 people for Thursday night 12/2 at Ruby Creek Boathouse in Anacortes, sorting tee shirts and preparing boat numbers and other essentials.

3-4 people for Friday night setup at Bowman Bay, about 3pm til dark or a little later – help with tents and arranging the check-in area; early-bird check-in and possible boat corral setup.

8-10 people for Saturday check-in 9am-1pm: verify racer info; collect waivers; hand out tee shirts, boat numbers & raffle entries; assist racers with boat numbers.

6-8 people for Saturday timing & results, on the dock, noon-4pm: Set up timers’ tent area, record finish times and compile results. Dress warmly, this is a chilly job.

Food and raffle – please contact Kathy or Jared Corson, info@outdooradventurecenter.com or 425-883-9039.

Setsuko is racing this year... can anyone replace her soup? Naaa, didn't think so. (thanks, Ramblin Lamb Photography)

Current volunteer list – please let me know if I got anything wrong. Land-based folks, please let me know which will be your second job:

Safety boaters: Beth Bielstein, Rhonda Schwab, Bob Weathers, Bob Burnett, Ken Biddle, Jeanette Rogers, Cathy Haggerty, Leslie Mix, Jim Oosterhof, Max Stevens, & Power Boat Pilot Capn Tom Dillard.

Thursday night: -- room for 3

Friday night: -- Karen Scharer, Whende Keatts & room for 2 more

Sat check-in: Dede Chinlund, Cathy Federici, Whende Keatts, Elise Mebel, Karen Scharer, Linda Sanford, Kathleen Murphy, Mary Oosterhof, Tim Hallmark, Debbie Gillaspie, Marty Houser

Sat timing: Tim Hallmark, Mary Oosterhof, Debbie Gillaspie, Rich Knapton, Cathy Federici, Linda Sanford, Marty Houser, Kathleen Murphy & Denny Lange

Thanks everyone, see you out there!

Boston Bob says "calling all happy paddlers... get on out here!" (thanks, Ramblin Lamb Photography)