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 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: 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.

Looking for some extra fun? Check out the La Conner race

Start : February 6, 2016 9:45/10:00 AM
Distance: 7mi
Meeting: 9:15 AM

Course Description: The course heads down the Swinomish Channel, west past Goat Island, around “Can C-1” (the green buoy), and returns to the start. If the weather is foul the course may be altered to a more sheltered area.

Find out more here:

PNWORCA Winter Series #2 – Jericho


Approx. 10km-12km course will be determined race day, depending on conditions. If it’s a westerly, paddlers will line up near the pier at Jericho Sailing Centre, race to the bell can and back – the first Bell Can Blast of the year! This is race 2 of 7 races in the Winter Series, with the first 5 place finishers in each division earning points for end of season awards.

9:00 am Registration opens, upstairs at the Sailing Centre, either in the members lounge or the northwest room.
10:40 am Safety and Paddlers’ meeting
11:00 am Race starts
12:30 pm Awards

Find out more at Jericho Paddling Winter Series

Golden Gardens Beach Distance Race

Golden Gardens Beach Distance Race
August 8, 2015
Golden Garden Beach Park
8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA

Hosted by: Hui Wa’a O Puget Sound OCC
Distance:  12 miles Loop Course
Divisions: Men, Women, Mixed: Open, Masters, Sr. Masters, Golden Masters, Kupuna and Unlimited


  • 8:00-9:30am – rigging and registration
  • 9:30 am – Steerspersons’ meeting
  • 10:00 am – Women’s & Mixed OC6 Race Start
  • Approx: 12:00 pm – Men OC6 Race Start
  • Approx. 2:30 pm – Awards/Raffle

Read more here

Na Po’e O ke Kai Sprint Regatta

Na Po’e O ke Kai Sprint Regatta
May 23rd, 2015, Green Lake, Seattle, WA
Races Start at 8am
500, 1000, and 1500 meters sprints
in 6-man & 1-man Outrigger Canoes

ENTRY FEE: $18.00 per Adult Crews – $6.00 for Junior Crews or $3 per OC-1. If paying by check, make payable to: Wakinikona Hawaiian Club

NOTE: Please pre-register all OC1 & OC-6 events by Wed, May 20 using the Sprint Registration Form on the PNW-ORCA website, and e-mail to Brenda at Your lane assignments will be posted on race day at the officials’ booth. Each racing crew must complete a Sprint Entry Form and submit payment to the registration desk.

Read more here

Manu K. Baker Regatta

Kikaha O Ke Kai Outrigger Canoe Club
Hosts our 9th Annual Manu K. Baker Regatta
(2016 World Sprint Qualifying Event)

May 16th, 2015 – Races Start at 8am
Spanaway Lake Park Spanaway, Washingtion

500, 1000, and 1500 meters sprints on 6-man & V1/OC1-Rudderless Outrigger Canoes

NOTES: Please pre-register all V1/OC1-rudderless & OC-6 events one week prior to race day and e-mail Brenda at Your lane assignments will be posted on race day at the official booth.

New Info: We added a 2nd division for overall points for clubs with 20 entries of OC-6 crews or less to be awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Trophies.

Canoes Availability: Kikaha will have two extra OC-6 canoes to loan out – please contact Boy for more info.

Read more here