Shop Local!

This Saturday, November 28, is shop local day. The Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center is offering an introductory membership for $50, which will include a punch card for three learn to paddle canoe/kayak sessions and three dragonboat practices. This is good for a year and can be used at Squires Landing Park right here in Kenmore.
Not only is this local but it’s also an excellent way give someone you love an opportunity to get out, exercise and witness the beautiful nature that surrounds us.
To purchase go to; under donate add a note and we’ll get you a certificate that you may use or give as a gift.

Waterfront Wednesday!

WEDNESDAY November 11 —– Noon until 3:00 PM

Come enjoy an afternoon paddling with your children (if you don’t have children come anyway).

Since many children are out of school with the Veteran’s Day holiday, we thought it’d be fun to have a hot dog BBQ and paddle just because.  We may have some mini races or perhaps even a scavenger hunt on the water.

If you’re interested or have some fun ideas let us know. If you could let us know how many will be in your group that will give us an idea of how much food to get. Also if you have a paddle and/or a folding chair bring them as well. Contact us at

Since this is very last minute KWAC will provide the hotdogs and buns if you would bring chips or a dessert to share.  The weather will probably be rain but we have that covered!

Hope to see you!

October Open Practice

KWAC is scheduling open practice sessions for canoe, kayak, and surfski paddlers. Paddlers who own their own equipment are welcome to tag along with those who use KWAC equipment.

All paddlers using KWAC equipment must be KWAC members, have paid their annual facilities fee, be USACK members, and be approved by the KWAC board for the specific boat they would like to use.

Life jackets must be worn or carried in your boat at all times. This applies to anyone (general public or KWAC members) paddling at an official KWAC practice. The practice schedule is designed to integrate with the existing Dragon Boat schedule. Space is limited on the Dragon Boat to 20 paddlers.

Date Day AM PM Notes
1-Oct Thu None 6:00 Dragon Boat No canoe/kayak today
2-Oct Fri None 4:30 canoe/kayak
3-Oct Sat 8:00 canoe/kayak 4:30 canoe/kayak
4-Oct Sun 10:00 Dragon Boat 4:30 canoe/kayak
5-Oct Mon None 4:30 canoe/kayak
6-Oct Tue 8:00 canoe/kayak 4:30 canoe/kayak
6:00 Dragon Boat
Be a stud! Do both workouts!
7-Oct Wed None 4:30 canoe/kayak
8-Oct Thu None 4:30 canoe/kayak
6:00 Dragon Boat
9-Oct Fri None 4:30 canoe/kayak
10-Oct Sat 8:00 canoe/kayak 4:30 canoe/kayak
11-Oct Sun 10:00 Dragon Boat 4:30 canoe/kayak

Kenmore ~ Cascade Distance Race

*** CANCELLED! ***

Saturday October 31 at 10 AM
• Start and finish at Squires Landing Park in Kenmore – 7353 NE 175th Street, Kenmore, WA 98028
• Registration opens at 8:00 and closes at 9:30 – if you can let us know ahead of time that you are coming and what event you will race, that would be helpful
• Two distances will be offered – 5km and 10km on the Sammamish River, which winds through Kenmore and Bothell. 1 lap for the 5km and 2 for the 10km.
• Entry fee is US $10
• Age groups are U12, U14, U16, U18, Open, Masters (over 30)
• Races are open to all kinds of human powered craft up to 25 feet in length

2015 Canoe/Kayak Sprint Team Trials Results

Kenmore~Cascade Canoe & Kayak Team athletes qualify in strong positions at the US Team Trials.

May 24 & 25th saw K~C in Oklahoma City for US Team Trials.  Races were conducted on this international course over 200, 500 and 1000 meters.  Six K~C athletes vied for positions on the US Team – Doug Ritchie, Emmanuel Beauchard, Ben Karlinsey, Spike Kane, Hannah Pennington and Alana Nichols.  Sheri Baker and Dan Henderson were there to support the athlete’s efforts.

In the Senior (open) category, Emmanuel placed 4th in K1 (single kayak) Men 1000 meters in a time of 4:00.526.  Teamed up with Hawaii’s Kaleikoa Kaleoaloha, he also placed 4th in K2 (double kayak) Men 1000 meters in a time of 3:56.366.  In the K1 men 200 meters, Emmanuel placed 8th in a time of 41.577 and 5th in K2 again with Kaleikoa in 38.971.  These great results earned him a place on the US U23 (under 23 years old) Team for the World Championships in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal in July, as well as the World Cup regatta in Duisburg, Germany next month.

Ben Karlinsey placed 4th in K1 Men Junior (under 18 years old) 1000 meters in a time of 4:19.166.  Ben did not make the final in K1 Men Junior 200, but his strong showing in the 1000 earned him a place in the pool for K-4 Junior Worlds.

Alana Nichols and Hannah Pennington placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the K-1 Woman Para KL2 (use of arms and torso but not legs) class in times of 1:05.125 and 1:05.363.  These places and times qualified both for starts at the Duisburg, Germany World Cup regatta next month.

While both Doug and Spike raced well, they did not, nor were they expected to, qualify for berths on the US Team.  The great value in their competitive experience was to learn more about USACK and the Trials process and understand the K~C development needs.

“All our goals for this trials were met,’ commented Kenmore~Cascade Head Coach Dan Henderson.  ‘The team really stepped up and had a great showing.  We couldn’t be more pleased.  Ben was competing for a spot in the K-4 – exactly where we hoped he would be selected.  Hannah and Alana are headed for World Cup in Duisburg, Germany.  Emmanuel has been selected to the U23 team for World Championships and did so well, he was selected to race K-1 Men Senior at the Duisburg World Cup.  It’s just solid all around.  Thanks to the entire KWAC and Kenmore community for your support, we couldn’t have done this without you!”

Find your Olympic Dream!  Beginners’ classes start next Tuesday.

Team Trials

Today the team and boats arrived in Oklahoma city.


Racing will take place April 24-25; live video of races will be available here:

Junior (Ben Karlinsey), U23 (Emmanuel Bouchard), Senior (Doug Ritchie) race on Friday (1000m) and Saturday (200m). These trials are for Junior and U23 World Championship, Senior World Championships, and Pan Am Games.

Paracanoeists (Hannah Pennington, Alana Nichols,, Spike Kane) try for the Paracanoe World Cup on Saturday morning (200m).

Go Kenmore~Cascade!