Those of you who can, please be prepared to spend a bit of extra time this evening, as we need to load the 2 Mirage’s on the trailer tonight in preparation for the Gorge Race this coming weekend. The 2 Bradley’s will be left for practice.
As always, there will be refreshments in the back of my truck.
Practice is Wednesday morning at 5:45 am sharp. No practice Wednesday night due to Pickin and Paddlin. You need to be able to stay in the boat until 7:00 am at a minimum. If you can not, it is disruptive to the training to stop to drop folks off. First come first serve. If you are late and no seats, you won’t be able to have a seat that morning. If you are unable to make this practice, cross training on a kayak or SUP is great. Followed by swimming as the next best alternative.
This weekend is the Subaru Gorge Games on the river. There are SUP races starting at 10 am. There will be folks on the water dropping buoys etc. Therefore we will not be training on Saturday morning. We are rescheduling our weekend training session to Sunday morning at 8:00 am.
BOO will be hosting a clinic, this Saturday, June 4, with Lori Jorgenson. If you have already signed up, please show up at 7 AM (or a bit earlier) ready to paddle, and with a check for $60 made out to Bend Oregon Outrigger (or cash) and give it to Meg. If you would like to get in on the clinic, please contact me or Meg. This will take the place of our normal Saturday practice. Looking forward to seeing you.
This weekend, BOO will participate in the Rooster Rock Race at Rooster Rock State Park, just outside Portland on the Columbia River. We are taking two canoes as we have 2 women’s teams, 1 men’s, and, likely, 2 novice/mix short course crews competing. Attendance and training at practices has been stupendous. Everyone is very much looking forward to the race (I know I am) and competing with our BOO ohana. See you at the race.
Practices have been amazing with 4 boats out at most of the practices. Between experienced paddlers who have found the club and new-novice paddlers, Bend Outrigger is overflowing with great enthusiasm and vigor.
This weekend, Saturday April 23, 2016, We will head to Vancouver, WA for the annual Rusty Iron hosted by Pacific Outrigger Canoe Club. This year we are planning on taking (at least) 3 boats, including a women’s open, women’s masters and men’s crew. We sat our race crews on Monday’s practice and will again on Wednesday, followed by some “cheer” as we unrig and load boats for the trek to Washington.
I’m excited as can be about this first race with BOO and the whole team seems to be right with me. See you at practice.
Memorial weekend , May 23 – 25th, Bend Outrigger will be camping at Contorta Point Camground on Crescent Lake. Saturday night is a Potluck Meal! The weather should be sunny but probably pretty cold in the evenings. Camping is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights! Come any night you can or stay all weekend! Friends and Family welcome.
For us, our water has turned to frozen wonderfulness. We might get the occasional 52 degree days (like yesterday!!!) and we might get on the water for a quick OC-1 or SUP adventure. For the most part we’ve got our skis and shoes-with-screws for our frozen water outdoor play.
While winter wraps around us here in Bend, who’s going to warm water this winter? Please post your photos on our Facebook! Once outrigger paddling has changed our lives we are never the same – YAY – and we miss our paddling friends.
Outrigger paddling has allowed us a wonderful relationship with water. It’s given us a mix of the embrace of nature, of friendships forged through participation and often a shifting of perspective in the way in which you may have previously related with the elements around you.
On this Thanks giving week we can be grateful that we are linked to the tides and the moon’s influence on their rise and fall, the sun, wind, water and surface ripples all the way to the roaring waves and swells of the Columbia River (or Kaiwi Channel). Here’s to us all being on, in, under or near water, with paddle in hand.
As Bend is buried in the first real snow of the year and our club Va’as are blanketed in the white stuff, early spring season paddles seem a long way off. But before long we will be knocking out those 3-5 loop practices. Some team members are already in training.
Inez is building her cardio base while XC skiing up and down and all-around Meissner.
Judy and Ed have taken to snow shoes.
Lisa Jakubowski is working on shoulder stretching as part of her ice-scraping regimen. (Hula girl not so happy).
Before our coaches have us doing 4-6 change segments with our eyes closed, here is a treat you will watch more than once. The first time through the visuals will capture your interest so much that you won’t be able to read the words quickly enough. That’s okay. Watch it for the visuals, then watch it for the words. The insights are what we all strive for every time we connect with our paddle and practice what we love to do.