When 60 students from Central Kitsap High School took off in
double kayaks to look for jumping salmon, they had no idea how the
changing weather would make the trip more exciting.
Bill Wilson, who teaches environmental science, organized
Tuesday’s trip on Dyes Inlet near Silverdale. Lead guide Spring
Courtright of Olympic Outdoor Center shares the story in her
Reminder: Free stream tours from land are scheduled for
Saturday. See the story I wrote for
Tuesday’s Kitsap Sun.
By Spring Courtright Program Director, Olympic Outdoor Center
At 9 a.m. on election day, anyone peering through the fog at
Silverdale Waterfront Park would have seen 35 bright kayaks lined
up on the beach and 60 high school students preparing to
Central Kitsap High School environmental science students study
salmon in class, then are given the option to paddle with jumping
salmon on an annual Salmon Kayak Tour with the Olympic Outdoor
Center (OOC). For the last two years, 60 students have jumped on
This trip started about 10 years ago with about half that number
of students. I have been one of the lead guides for nearly all of
these tours. It’s always an adventure, but this year was one of the
more memorable trips because of the beautiful clouds and quick
change in weather. Continue reading →
The weather this spring hasn’t been very conducive for water
sports, but I have confidence that the heat will be on soon,
bringing boaters to the water along with those who love to be
While we’re waiting, take a look at some crazy tow gear that
takes old-fashioned wakeboards to an entirely new level.
The Sumo Tube from SportStuff is an inflatable Sumo suit that
you wear while gliding across the water. Most videos show a single
person being towed in a suit. But the first video on this page
shows a type of Sumo wrestling with two people in suits bouncing
off each other.
Another item that could well live up to its name is the Barf
Ball, which tends to spin over and over when the tow boat takes a
curve that brings the ball over the edge of the wake. The second
video purports to be the maiden voyage for this particular
This week’s “Amusing Monday” is an experiment of sorts. It’s
well understood that we humans often laugh when things surprise us.
If the people involved recover from an unexpected event, we call it
humor. If they don’t, we call it tragedy.
Some people find the following videos involving boat accidents
quite funny, as revealed in the comments that follow on YouTube.
Some people express concern for the people who were caught
I hope you find these amusing, since it appears that few of the
people in the videos were seriously injured. But I would be
interested to hear your viewpoints about what makes accidents
humorous — or not.
The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop rules
to reduce pollution from small-boat motors. For details, check out
the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web page on Gasoline Boats and
The latest round of regulations deals with carbon monoxide and
nitrogen oxides, since EPA has found that boat motors are a
significant source of air pollution.
Whenever I think about boat pollution, my thoughts go to the
killer whales that are followed by boats all day in the San Juan
Islands. The amount of pollution lying across the water must be
significant, though many of the whale-watch boats have switched to
cleaner engines. But that’s another story.
In today’s Kitsap Sun, reporter Rachel Pritchett desccribes an
emerging business that claims to have developed a catalytic
converter for boat motors that reduces hydrocarbons, carbon
monoxide and nitrogen oxide levels almost to zero.
See today’s story.
The business is seeking a patent for its device and may be one
of the first businesses involved in the Kitsap Sustainable Energy
and Economic Development (SEED) project at Olympic View
For the boaters among us, here are some tips from the EPA to
reduce emissions no matter what kind of motor you have:
Limit engine operation at full throttle.
Eliminate unnecessary idling.
Avoid spilling gasoline.
Close the vent on portable gas tanks when the engine is not in
use or when the tank is stored.
Transport and store gasoline out of direct sunlight in a cool,
Use caution when pumping gasoline into a container at the gas
Carefully measure the proper amounts of gasoline and oil when
Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance