Aloha He’e Nalu Paddlers!

We are bringing back the “Coconut Wireless”, the official He’e Nalu Club newsletter, now in digital form. The Board of Directors and Coaches would like to welcome you all to the 2018 paddling season. Before the season officially begins we have a few announcements and reminders to share…

2018-19 Board of Directors

The current Board of Directors officially took office in January. It is our goal to share information openly with the club membership and we hope you will do the same with us. We now have a dedicated email address for the board, so please feel free to send your questions or comments to [email protected], or you can reach out to individual Board members at the email addresses listed below.

President: Nicole Sholly, [email protected]

1st Vice President: Tim Cornwell, [email protected]

2nd Vice President: Wyatt Wong, [email protected]

Treasurer: Maureen Chapman, [email protected]

Secretary: Heather Ivey, [email protected]

Coaching Team

Our coaches are committed to making this a fun and successful 2018 season. The preferred contact for each coach is listed below:

Women’s Coach: Shannon Hartnett, 415-902-0641, [email protected]

Assistant Women’s Coach: Richie Lambert, 707-782-8829, [email protected]

Men’s Coach: Josh Luria, 415-272-6800 (good for call or text), [email protected]

Novice Coach: Lisa Bell, 707-338-7396, [email protected] (email preferred)

Keiki Coach: Mike Smith, 707-774-1907, [email protected] (text or email preferred)

Practice Schedule

Regular season practices will be starting before you know it. Below you will find the schedule for each group, as well as open paddling in San Rafael. There are plenty of opportunities to get out on the water!

Women’s Practices in San Rafael – starting Saturday March 10th

  • Tuesday 6 pm on the water (OC6)
  • Thursday 6 pm on the water (OC6)
  • Saturday* 8:30 am on the water (OC6)
  • Petaluma practice schedule to be announced

Men’s Practices in San Rafael – starting Wednesday March 14th

  • Monday 6 pm on the water (OC1/OC2, OC6 Sprint)
  • Wednesday 6 pm on the water (OC6)
  • Sunday* 8:30 am on the water (OC6) (already underway)

Novice Practices in San Rafael/Petaluma – starting Monday March 19th

  • Monday 6-8 pm (OC6) San Rafael
  • Wednesday 6-8 pm (OC6) Petaluma
  • Sunday 6:30-8:30 am San Rafael OR Petaluma (OC6)
  • All practices in Petaluma are tide-dependent. Teamstuff will be used for updates/changes to practice location.

Keiki Practices in Petaluma – starting Thursday March 1st

  • Tuesday 4-6 pm (OC6)
  • Thursday 4-6 pm (OC6)
  • Saturday 10 am on the water (OC6)

Practices Open to All in San Rafael

  • Friday 9:30 am on the water (OC1/OC2)

* Note: During sprint season, Women’s practice will move to SUNDAYS at 8:30am; Men’s practice will convert to “alternative craft” (OC1, OC2, OC3, surfskis, or OC6 if available, etc.)

Winter Paddling

Saturday March 3rd will be the last winter paddling session. A big mahalo to Sue Pearson for leading the group in San Rafael throughout the off-season. This is a great way to stay in shape during the off-season (not to mention a lot of fun).

Season Calendar

Check out the 2018 season calendar to get a head start on planning your availability and participation in the NCOCA regattas and long distance races. Did you know there will be two new long distance races this season? More exciting details coming soon!

Race Secretary

We are looking for a volunteer (or two) to be the Race Secretary for the 2018 Season. The Race Secretary is responsible for completing online registration before each race and on-site registration at each race. Please contact the Board if you are interested in helping out with this important role.

Waivers and more!

Have you signed your 2018 NCOCA waiver yet? If not, please do so today by clicking here: NCOCA Smart Waiver 2018. Everyone needs to have a waiver signed before getting in a canoe.

Other steps to join and access the club resources if you have not already:

  1. Create an account on the Members site and sign our club membership form.
  2. Pay Membership dues, when the time comes.
  3. Request Teamstuff access.
  4. To sign up for practices using Teamstuff, download the iOS app or Android app
  5. Find us on Facebook.

Boats and Waterways Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey for the state Boats and Waterways project: The last time this survey was conducted in 2002 there was NO representation of non-motorized users. It’s imperative that we, as paddlers, are counted and considered in any maintenance and development of waterways. NOTE: In the survey, there is a question that asks you to put a dollar value on your waterway. This question is not an ask to charge or increase fees, do not put $0; this question is to assess how much we value our waterway so they can properly prioritize and allocate support and funds. Please put some $$$ value for our waterway and make it count!

Coming up…

Keep an eye out for announcements about the following:

  • General Membership Meeting
  • Canoe Blessing
  • Membership dues

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