Hello! Advice, connections, for sale etc.


We are a community in the Salt Lake area and needless to say, there are not many clubs/ resources around here.

We planned to host a Dragonboat race on a lake in our community but soon realized our 66 acre lake did not lend itself to dragonboats.

We host a fun Luau each year and thought about bringing outrigger races to our community.

looking for resources-

Is anyone aware of a company/ club that hosts local races?

What is the best resource for finding used boats/ gear stateside?

If we were to purchase a few boats- can someone recommend a brand manufacturer? 4-5 person

Thanks in advance for any help/ information



Coast Guard judge suspends Portland Spirit captain after close call with rowers

By FOX 12 Staff Posted: Dec 13, 2017 2:09 PM EST Updated: Dec 13, 2017 2:09 PM EST

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A Coast Guard administrative judge has suspended a Portland Spirit captain for three months after a close call with rowers on the Willamette River in October.

The judge found in favor of the allegations in a Coast Guard complaint against Lowell Gillespie Jr. on Monday.

The incident occurred on Oct. 29. Rowers were participating in the Portland Fall Classic near the eastern span of the Marquam Bridge when the Portland Spirit came toward them.

Race organizers said that section of the river was cordoned off for the event and the center span of the bridge was wide open. They also said the captain never sounded the horn.

The rowers involved in the incident were in the novice division.

The company that operates the Portland Spirit initially suspended Gillespie for 90 days, describing his actions as a “lapse in judgment.”

Gillespie was also disciplined in August 2015 after piloting the Portland Spirit toward dozens of people in boats, kayaks and paddle boats during a Redbull Flugtag event.

In that incident, the company said people in the water were blocking the channel, despite several warnings about the potential danger.

In the most recent case, the Coast Guard reported Gillespie filed an uncontested answer to the court and admitted he was negligent in failing to take positive action to avoid a collision with two recreational rowers.

Gillespie’s merchant mariner credentials have been suspended for three months.

“As per navigation rules, the master had the responsibility to not only avoid a collision but also to alter the course or speed of the Portland Spirit in order to not impede the passage or safe passage of the rowers,” according to a Coast Guard statement.

Copyright 2017 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.


Property Share in Wailuku, Maui

To the Northwest Paddling Community,

We have a small 1 bdr condo in Wailuku on the Island of Maui that we would like to share. It is about 10 min from Kahului Harbor, and about 20 Min from Sugar Beach in Kihei. It has been recently renovated and fully furnished and equipped kitchen to help http://buylevitra.net make your stay as economical as possible. It also has wireless internet and telephone. We are offering this plus the use of our car for under $500 for a week. We also have a reduced monthly rate.

Please contact Marti Traver MHCC
call or text 503-239-0765

Sherri Cassuto memorial, June 18 at 10 am at Magnuson Park, Seattle

Sherri Cassuto

Aloha all,

Some of you might know that Sherri Cassuto has died after a long and hard battle with cancer last months…I wanted to let you know about her memorial service in Seattle at Magnuson Park on June 18 at 10 am….more details below.

Those of you who knew her don’t need to have me explain who she was… A warm big smile would great you and a long hug followed. Her accomplishments in the paddling, rowing, marathon canoeing and surf skiing world were numerous and impressive to say the least and she was the most humble person about all that. She will be greatly missed by lots and lots of people and sweet memories of such a wonderful person will linger long after she passed.

Please respond to Susan (info below) should you plan to attend.


Here is more specific information about Sherri’s event

Please rsvp to ssbroome@hotmail.com by June 12th if at all possible so she can get a good headcount.
If you aren’t quite sure if you can attend the event yet, don’t let that stop you. 🙂
Please feel free to come by… There should be plenty of food.

Potluck requests as of now:
Quiche, egg dish, cheese, salami & cracker plates, bread like items (muffins, loaves, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, bagels & cream cheese etc.)
Of course this isn’t request list isn’t written in stone…If you have a favorite please bring it or whatever is easiest for you. And if you find yourself in a situation where it’s hard to bring something, no worries. Your presence is the most important.

Please bring serving utensils. Plates, utensils for guests, cups, napkins provided.

Other details: @10:00am
Shelter 1 @ Magnuson Park on Lake Washington

I-5 Southbound: Take the NE 45th st exit.
Turn left onto NE 45th.

I-5 Northbound
Take the NE 45th st exit. Turn right onto NE 45th St

Shelter 1: Continue Until NE 45th Runs into Sandpoint Way. Turn left onto Sand Point Way NE. Continue on Sand Point Way until the light at NE 65th Street. Make a right onto NE 65th Street. Follow directional signs inside park to shelter # 1. South of the boat ramp on Lake Washington. Look for handmade signs as well…

  • We will set aside time into the event to hear from Sherri’s circle of friends. We will start with designated speakers but then open it up to the group assembled.
  • We are also having an area set aside for any mementos or photos you wish to bring and share.
  • Lynn Holmes has volunteered to compile a memory book. If you would like to write a favorite memory of Sherri on an 8.5 × 11 piece of paper and bring to event, Lynn will compile them in a book and give to family @ a later date. There will be some paper and pen @ the event but if you want to create it beforehand and bring, great! It is a surprise for Susie.
  • This is a park setting so feel free to bring folding chairs for seating. There are benches inside the shelter too.
  • Is there anyone who would volunteer to film this event? There are friends that can’t attend and were inquiring. The thought is to get it posted to YouTube so they can view it. If you can, please email me: ssbroome@hotmail.com soon so I can confirm….(As of 6/9 no one has volunteered. If someone in you group could that would be great!)


Winter Series Race #3 – MHCC

Race: Port of Kalama, PNWORCA 2016 Winter Series, Small Boats race  #3

Date:Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Location:  Louis Rasmussen Park, 268 Hendrickson, Kalama WA 98625

Race Description: The race is on a very fast course with strong downstream currents in the main channel and weaker upstream currents in a back channel behind Sand Island.  It will start/finish about ½ mile upstream from the world’s tallest totem pole and proceed downstream to the bottom of Sand Island. It will continue behind the island to its upper end and finish on a downstream leg to the start/finish line.  The course is approx. 6.0 miles.  This is the 3rd of 7 races in the Winter Series, with the first 5 place finishers in each division earning points for end of season awards.

Read more here.