Debbie Natelson of Soundrowers Open Water Rowing & Paddling Club recently sent info on the upcoming race across Puget Sound:
Join Sound Rowers Open Water Rowing & Paddling Club for the annual Great Cross Sound Race, Saturday August 23, 9am. This race is open to all human powered boats: rowing shells (fixed dory to sliding seat shell); canoes/outrigger canoes/war canoes; kayaks/surfskis, pedal boats, paddle boards. Mass start; 7.6 mile course begins and ends at the Alki swimming Beach, proceeds west towards and around Blakely Rocks off of Bainbridge Island, then south to the Decatur Reef Buoy, then back east to Alki Beach. THe race is exciting with variety of boats and usually offers some navigational challenges in addition to distance (general summer boat traffic wake, ferry boats, tides, currents, and prevailing wind. At some point in triangular course you are battling the conditions. Coast Guard approved flotation device, whistle, and ability to self rescue in cold water required. Non members welcome. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:15. For directions/further information on this race and other Sound Rowers races, www.soundrowers.org. Race Director, Jeff & Theresa Knakal, 425-338-9441.