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Jamestown Canoe Journey Blog 

June 13, 2009

Everyone arrived promptly at the John Wayne Marina for this Saturday’s canoe practice. It was a lovely warm day with a breeze that would be utilized by the pullers later in the afternoon. After a smudging ceremony and instructions given by Marlin, TWO CANOES were put in the water. This was the first time that there were two canoes, but because so many pullers are coming to the practices each Saturday, more than one canoe is needed. It was also the first time for this year’s pullers to try out pulling in the Laxaynəm. The crew for each canoe was:

Laxaynəm: Irv Mortensen, Caleb Champagne, Sherry Macgregor, Candy Burkhardt, Andrea Champagne, Nikki Sather, Kissendrah Johnson and Skipper Marlin Holden.

Unnamed canoe: Heather Johnson-Jock, Jorene Dick, Charlene Dick, John Bridge, Taya Dancel, Audrey McWalter, Marie Champagne and Skipper Paul Bowlby.

The two canoes traveled out across Sequim Bay to the beach on the east side. This was the opportunity for everyone to practice putting up the mast and untying the sail for each canoe. The sail for the Laxaynəm has been used on earlier canoe journeys including sailing to Cowichan last summer. John brought his sail to use on the unnamed canoe and it worked very well.

Both canoes went out into the center of the bay under puller-power, and then the sails were unfurled. It was definitely exciting to be under sail speeding across the water. Instead of sitting on the wooden seats it was necessary for the pullers to sit on the floor of the canoe while the sail was up. And what a welcome break from pulling! Everyone is hoping for accommodating winds on this year’s canoe journey to Suquamish.


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