Boat Control Clinic


Boat Control Clinic - Lake Washington: Concrete Beach

Introduction to boat control in wind and waves.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 25 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2.5 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

Meet at Concrete Beach, north of the mountaineers Seattle program center.  We will meet in the parkinglot which is EAST of the boat storage corral.  (Sail Sandpoint is at the WEST/NORTH end, so,  not there).

Come early enough to prep your boat and gear for start of clinic at 9am.

The clinic will last about 3 hours, at which point I expect most people to be tired of pushing their boat around and ready to get off the water.

This clinic is an introduction to paddling in wind and waves.  You'll have the opportunity to paddle into conditions of wind and waves with safe exit to calmer conditions.  You'll learn how your boat handles and how to make your boat do what you want.

Wind is forecast to be 10-15 knots, with stronger gusts.  Increasing through the morning.

Concrete beach should be a good venue for this clinic.  The launch site is in a protected cove. From there we can venture into increasing conditions.  At the eastern tip of Sand Point, conditions can get confused.  On the southern side, we can use the swimming beach to practice landings.  (I'm not anticipating conflict with swimmers).  

Here are some of the topics we will cover

  • Boat trim
  • Use of skeg
  • Best strokes for turning into and away from the wind.
  • Paddling at various angles to the wind, maintaining control.
  • Landing and launching through wind waves.
  • Communicate by voice, whistle, and VHF radio

This is an introduction.  No prior experience in conditions is necessary.  At this site, we can increase the difficulty of conditions gradually.  When you reach your limit, you can turn around.  What skills everyone is able to practice will depend on your starting point, and just how rough the conditions actually are.  

Be prepared

  • Some difficult paddling into the wind
  • Capsize and assisted rescue

Note on rescues:  We will use a modified version with increased distance between the swimmer and rescuer.  It is not our intention to do many rescues, but you should be willing to be rescued and assist someone else.  To reduce potential exposure, everyone should be able to re-enter their (stabilized) boat efficiently.  


Lake Washington

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Sea kayaking essentials.

Optional equipment, if you have it:

  • Paddling helmet
  • Whistle
  • VHF radio
  • Tow line
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