Coconut Wireless – June 2018

Work Party + General Meeting

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 12pm @ Petaluma Site

Aloha members! We will be having another all-hands gathering on Saturday, July 14th starting at noon at our Petaluma site. Please try your best to attend and spend the afternoon with us, we’re aiming to get a lot done:
1. Potluck and BBQ – We’ve been training hard and bringing our energy to all the regattas and races. Let’s take reward ourselves with some good food and hang out before the Sprint Championships! Please bring your favorite dish to share or something to throw on the grill.
2. Work Party – There are a few housekeeping items we need to take care of at the site: junk and debris removal; load up a canoe to tow away for repair; clean out the OC1 rack; and general site clean-up.
3. Alcatraz Race Planning – The big race we’re hosting on August 4th is coming up fast! We’ll be talking about specific tasks and duties and delegating them out to everyone. It’s work, but it’s also a lot of fun and a great way to showcase our sport and our love of the Bay. We’ll need everyone to help make this happen!

The location to the Petaluma Site is behind the Foundary Wharf in Petaluma (link to map). You may park in the parking lot on Saturdays, and then enter through the gates at the corner of the lot.

Mandatory Safety Clinic

June 23/24, 2018, 11am @ 101 Surf Sports

There have been a couple of unfortunate incidents (link , link , link) in recent weeks within our paddling community that makes our awareness and practice for safety more important than ever.

The HNOCC board, coaches, and a couple of members with subject matter expertise have been working hard to put together this safety clinic for your well-being. Please sign up for either one of the clinic days on Teamstuff and we’ll see you then!

This is a mandatory session for all – you may not be cleared to race long-distance events if you do not attend the Safety Clinic. If you can not attend either of these days, please let us know at [email protected]

He’e Nalu at the Sprints

Cheehoo! Go He’e Nalu!

Race Season Logistics

Canoe Loading & Unloading

With regattas and races happening almost every weekend from now until September, please remember that we all have to set aside time to load and unload our canoes in order to be race-ready. You should assume that loading & unloading times happen for any week that we have a race unless the board announces otherwise.

Thursday evenings at 7pm is the designed time for loading at Loch Lomond in San Rafael. If you are racing that weekend, please come to help unrig and help load the boat onto the trailer. Even if you’re not racing, please come lend a hand to make it quicker and easier.

Sunday mornings at 9am is the designated time for unloading at Loch Lomond in San Rafael. If you are practicing Sunday mornings (Men, Novice groups), find out from your coach if you might be starting practice from Loch Lomond after you unload and rig the boats. Even if you’re not practicing, please come lend a hand to make it quicker and easier.

Round the Rock: Alcatraz Challenge

Race Host Prep & Planning

Round the Rock is on Saturday, August 4th, 2018 and we’re stoked to be hosting this iconic race for the 22nd year! Check out the race website ( if you haven’t already and tell all your friends an family and invite them so they can see what you’ve been up to!

For this epic event to happen there’s a lot of work to be done. We typically get 70+ crews participating with visitors from Hawaii, Australia, Canada, SoCal, and the east coast. Here are the various aspects of the race we need to work on, and we will go into more detail on specific tasks at the meeting on July 14th:
1. Race Logistics
2. Site Logistics
3. Registration
4. Food & Drink
5. Merchandise
6. Raffle
7. Vendor Support
8. Awards

Wyatt has already spoken to some of you about taking on specific roles after a recent survey. If anyone else has time and an affinity to jump in and help with any of these categories before the meeting, please contact us at [email protected] and we’ll make it happen!

Donations Needed! – There is one thing that everyone can pitch in to do starting today and that is to collect donations for the raffle. Every year we put together an amazing raffle with two dozen gift baskets… the raffle is almost an event itself! Please don’t be shy to ask your favorite shops, your work, your friends, or anyone who may have products to donate. In previous years we’ve had items ranging from paddles and paddling gear, hydration and packs, spa and wellness items, wine & beer, hotel & restaurant gift certificates, a bicycle, almost anything you can imagine. HNOCC is a non-profit organization and we are more than happy to proudly feature brands’ logos on our website if they wish as they make a donation to our fundraiser.

As you collect donations, please let the board know in person or drop us a quick note at [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) and we will arrange to pick it up and store it until the race date.

Newcomer Paddles

2nd Sunday of Every Month

The June Newcomer Paddle was a success! We had 10 stoked paddlers join us on a beautiful Sunday morning and we look forward to the next Newcomer Paddle to share our aloha.

We will continue to host regular Newcomer Paddle sessions throughout the season on the 2nd Sunday of the month. The next session is on July 8th, 2018 at 11am @ 101 Surf Sports. Please extend the invitation to family and friends to come and try it out, and also sign-up for an upcoming Newcomer Paddle session in Teamstuff to be an ambassador. Mahalo!

Mahalo Nui Loa

We’d like to give a special thanks again to Sue Pearson for leading our Recreational Paddle sessions and welcoming recent new members to our ohana. Special thanks again to Les Scanlan for taking care of our equipment, patching up Hokuloa and rebuilding our trailer lights for safe transport. Finally, a huge shoutout to our novices for bringing all the stoke to every practice and race. We love you all! Mahalo!

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