Enumclaw, WA - Katey has always gravitated to any water activity. Growing up sailing with her father in Florida, the San Franscisco Bay area and Houston Texas Lakes, with much of the Texas sailing in club racing, she has alwyas loved the excitement of racing. She chartered a 30' sailboat in the Virgin Islands for a week (bareboat), owned an 18' SolCat catamaran and sailed that for a few years in lakes and off the beaches in Texas. After moving to the Pacific Northwest she didn't have access to sailing but needed to get out on the water so she built a wooden kayak (Pygmy) with her father and has kayaked in the Puget sound for day and camping trips, including going through the Tacoma Narrows. That experience taught her that wind trumps current when you are in a kayak. She has taken week long flat water river kayak trips down the Green River in Utahm, enjoys cycling and has participated in the Seattle to Portland ride, and the Courage Classic twice which is the three day ride over Snoqualmie, Blewett, & Stevens Pass. She enjoys camping and hiking in the Northwest. She also loves to travel and has been to Mexico, Hawaii, France, and Germany and is currently planning a trip next year to Italy. Although she has been to Canada, she has never been to Victoria and can't think of a better way to get there than on a sailboat with 3 other new friends and a fleet of other boats.
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Kenmore, WA - While he's old enough to know better than to join the R2AK; he has no intention to listen to those doubts. His first boating experiences were as a small child, first in rubber rafts and paddle boats; then good old Grumman aluminum canoes, Kleppers (both fiberglass and folding), and other kayaks. And of course a variety of ferries …. He then discovered that it is possible to move along the water without paddling by putting white triangles above the decks of boats of Snark Sunflower and Mayflower, Laser, Capri 14, RS Visions, HobieCats and small keel boats. He's completed numerous races on Lake Washington and has ventured onto the bays of the Mexico and California Gulfs. As a member of the Renton Sailing Center for three years, there is no other sailing center that comes close to its group in terms of fun people and accessibility to all. He holds Advanced Status with the Center and in 2016 will be serving as a dockmaster and assistant instructor.
Rover Advisor - Robert (Rob) Nicholson
Lucky enough to have a father who was an avid sailor, racer and cruiser, He's spent his whole life doing the same. Most of Rob's sailing experience is throughout the Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, including many trips to Victoria and beyond. He currently has a Hunter Vision 32' while his racing experience is all buoy and regatta racing. Rob has a USCG Master Captains license, 100 ton with sailing and towing endorsements and like the entire team, belongs to Renton Sailing Center. In 2015 he was a volunteer (Minion) for the R2AK team. What a great experience for our team to pull from. Thank you again for your leadership and guidance.
Maple Valley, WA- Looking for a new and challenging sport, Loren recently rediscovered sailing. It was, after all, the first racing experience he participated in as a Boy Scout. As a life long thrill seeker, back country skiing once provided his excitement, until the snow ran out. He was always looking for new forms of excitement and enjoyed wake boarding, water skiing and power boats. After a move to the desert, far away from all the water of the Pacific Northwest, a new inspiration was found in off-roading, street bikes and dirt bikes, however, the real fascination with wind and air started from skydiving, which led to flying and eventually back to sailing. After returning to the Northwest, he returned to sailing in 2015 and continues to push the limits of the wind.
Skipper - Rebekah Padgett
Having only sailed a few times with friends before obtaining a U.S. Sailing Basic Keelboat certification, Rebecca enjoys spending as much time as possible on the water. She started sailing dinghies with the Renton Sailing Center (RSC) in 2012. In 2015, she obtained her American Sailing Association certifications in Basic Keelboat Sailing, Basic Coastal Cruising, and Bareboat Cruising. In addition to being a freshwater sailor out of Lake Washington, she's cruised throughout Puget Sound, the British Virgin Islands, as well as exploring Chesapeake Bay. As an active member of RSC, she has participated in Tuesday night beer can races, organized an annual shoreline cleanup, assisted with teaching small boat sailing classes, and recently became Vice President.