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Ballard Elks Paddling Club’s – BEPC Halloween Paddling Race & Costume Contest

Ballard Elks Paddling Club’s – BEPC Halloween Paddling Race & Costume Contest

BEPC Halloween Paddling Race

Here is a reminder that registration for the BEPC Halloween Paddling Race is open, and the forecast is good!

The BEPC Halloween Paddling Race will be a fundraiser for Rainier Scholars, a comprehensive 12-year program that provides access and opportunity by bringing together academic preparation, leadership development and personalized support for hard-working, low-income students of color.

Open to all human powered water craft – SUP, kayak, surf ski, outrigger, prone, peddle, etc.

Covid-19: The race format follows Phase 2 guidelines. Distancing and masks will be practiced on shore with distancing on-water. We ask that there’s no loitering on the beach before/after the race.

There will be a long course (~12k) and a 5k short course, with a mandatory safety meeting at 9:30AM on Saturday, October 31. Costumes are optional and highly encouraged! All racers must pre-register at the link below:

https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=224609

2020 Season Prizes
After the Halloween Race (whether you participate or not) stop by our booth in the parking lot. We will have some announcements about our fundraising efforts, a “standings” report for the summer 2020 race season, and best of all — PRIZES for everyone.

Big thanks to our sponsors for donating awesome gifts: Kavu, Northwest Outdoor Center, Ray’s Boathouse and Urban Surf.

Questions? bepc827@gmail.com

Ballard Elks Lodge Re-Opens August 21 – 4pm

Ballard Elks Lodge Re-Opens August 21 – 4pm

Ballard Elks Lodge Re-Opens

On Friday August 21st, the Ballard Elks Lodge #827 will re-open for members only.

Social Quarters Hours:
Kitchen Hours: Phone Hours: Phone Number:
Mon-Thur – 3 pm to 10pm Mon-Thur 5 pm to 9 pm – Limited menu most Tuesdays
Rental Tue-Fri
2 pm to 6 pm
(206) 251-2441
Fri & Sat – 3 pm to 12am
Sunday – 10 am to 10pm
Fri & Sat 5 pm to 9 pm
Sunday 10 am to 9 pm
Office Mon-Fri
10 am to 3 pm
(206) 784-0827

 

Members Only Parking

  • Parking will be open only for Ballard Elks members
  • And participants of the Ballard Elks Paddling Club’s Monday Night Race
Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827

Support Ballard Elks Lodge #827 – We know that money is tight for a lot of people right now, however if you are able –  Please consider a donation to the lodge. 

Any amount is greatly appreciated.  All money collected will go to the operating fund to cover much needed operating costs.   

Thank-you in advance!

Donate to the Building Fund

Skyler Palmer: Tidal Currents and Marine Navigation Thurs to 7:30 – Zoom

Skyler Palmer: Tidal Currents and Marine Navigation Thurs to 7:30 – Zoom

THURSDAY AT 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Zoom Talk: Skyler Palmer: Tidal Currents and Marine Navigation

Public Hosted by 

Ballard Elks Paddle Club
THURSDAY – SKYLER PALMER ZOOM TALK
Thursday evening 7/23 at 7:30p BEPC will host a talk by BEPC member and expert sailor and paddle boarder Skyler Palmer on how to plan for paddling trips and races by using tidal currents and marine navigation for making smart decisions. Skyler gave this talk last November and it was so popular and useful we decided to offer it again. This is going to be a terrific talk – don’t miss it!
Where to Meet:
Due to Phase 2 restrictions in place as of 7/20 this meeting will need to be held over Zoom. We are sorry for the late change!
Entry Fees
-Free for BEPC members but donations always welcome!
$10 for non-membersdonation options: PayPal to bepc827@harryo.com, mail cash or check payable to Ballard Elks to: Harry Oesterreicher, 5016 20th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Proceeds donated to the Elks Scholarship Fund.
BEPC BOARD MEMBERS
Nick Papa – President
Skyler Palmer – Vice President for Race Events
Lisa Rider – Vice President for Non-Race Events
Jim Bohn – Secretary
Harry Oesterreicher – Treasurer

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Race Tonight 7pm –

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Race Tonight 7pm –

Ballard Elks Race Series #4
Safety meeting: 6.30pm
Start: 7pm
Register Here:
Reminder: last week we had a handful of racers who didn’t pre-register, and also wanted to pay with cash.
We want to include and accommodate everyone, but COVID makes this difficult. We cap our races at 24 entrants, and have introduced online payments to simplify registration and reduce person-to-person contact. With the largest daily increase of cases in WA last Thursday since COVID began, we encourage all to pre-register and won’t be able to accommodate walk-ups until conditions improve.
If you didn’t pay last week, that’s fine. If you feel like making a donation to the Paddle Club, here’s a Paypal link to do so.
Paypal for donation: bepc827@harryo.com

July Membership Meeting Will Be on Zoom

Things are moving forward at the Lodge as we adjust to Phase 2 of being open. Larry is back in the kitchen cooking up some awesome specials. The Social Quarters is back open and expanded into the Lodge Hall. It is offering some semblance of normalcy for us. Thank you to all who have come down to enjoy the facilities and pay your dues so far.

That being said, we have decided to hold this month’s Lodge Meeting via Zoom. Last time we had almost 40 people attend via Zoom. Since gatherings of that size are still limited, I felt this to be the safest option for our members. We will look at a hybrid in-person/Zoom option in August as things progress.

Jul 14, 2020 7:30 PM

If you would like to attend, please email Sean Reddy at ExaltedRuler@BallardElks.org for the Zoom link. Please note that your membership must be current to attend, and include your membership # in the email.

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Monday Race – July 6

Ballard Elks Paddling Club Monday Race – July 6

Summer Race Series #2: July 6th, 7pm
Mandatory skippers meeting at 6:30PM
to go over course and safety guidelines.

1) Signup link: https://www.webscorer.com/register?raceid=216215
2) Cost: $5 for Elks (use discount code BEPC when checking out) $10 for non-members.
3) Max cap: 24 racers

Get it awn! Last week’s revival of the BEPC summer race series was hectic – that wind and current and chop!

This week we’ll extend the distance to 6K – about 3.7 miles – with a Palmer custom course that should give everyone a little bit of everything. Hoping for some fun breeze to ride back into the channel.

Treasurer Harry O has solved a known friction and moved out payment systems online. Paddle Club Members MUST use discount code BEPC to get membership price, otherwise the cost will be $10.

Our pre-race routine will follow last time’s successful and safe format: masks on until on the water, will launch in heats set day of the race, drafting is OK, pass at safe distance, and in all circumstances off water maintain physical distancing.

It takes a village, or in this case a flotilla!