Three Anacortes NIA fitness instructors will give the community an opportunity to experience a taste of NIA during free classes offered this summer in Causland Memorial Park.
The classes, starting this Saturday, noon to 1 p.m., are designed to be fun celebrations of music, community, family, creativity and physical fitness.
Other classes will be noon to 1 p.m. July 13 and Aug. 24 at the park, 710 N Ave.
“I’ve used these movement techniques in a variety of class and workshop settings for both wellness and personal growth,” said Debbie DuPey, who along with Wendelyn Rue of Studio 1010 and Heather Hovis of the Anacortes Center for Happiness came up with the idea of the free classes.
The Anacortes Yacht club kicked off June with its 26th annual Windermere Regatta sponsored by Windermere Real Estate. The weekend of June 8-9 was packed with two days of Performance Handicap Racing Fleet and One-Design buoy races. Thirty-two boats and sailors from up and down the northern coast came out to compete in the Grand Prix qualifier.
This year’s regatta consisted of five competitive fleets.
Fleet W1 was almost not a fleet at all, as Impulse from Port Townsend was trapped in her homeport due to abnormally low tide. The skipper and crew waited it out to join Osprey, Son of Raven, and Kinetic Ki to race in the multi-hull division. In the end, Osprey, a home-built beauty, was able to pull an overall win.
Anacortes Middle School students will host Japanese guests this summer and travel to Nikaho during summer 2014. The group is the largest beneficiary of the proceeds from the Anacortes Sister Cities Association Doyle Geer Golf Tournament. Front row, from left: John Harrison, Conor Powell, Aliyah Zullo, Morgan Billow and Savannah Zullo. Back row: Katie Ryerson, Bradley Miller, Ryan Frost, Brenna Perry, Giulia Wood, Ellie Harrison and Sadie Leavitt.
Anacortes senior Liz Crookes has been named the Northwest Conference softball MVP, heading a list of Seahawk spring sports athletes earning postseason honors.
Corey Freedman is in a boat-building class all his own.
Anacortes has long been home to yacht manufacturing and shipbuilding. The industry’s roots stretch back decades. Freedman’s craft goes back a bit further — some several thousand years.
Freedman builds traditional kayaks from the Aleutian islands (baidarkas), which impressed Russian explorers with the perfection of practical and artful design as early as the 1600s, as well as traditional Greenland kayaks and wider umiaks, whose history can be traced back 20,000 years in various cultures around the world.
His most popular model, the baidarka, was used by islanders in the Aleutians to hunt and voyage.
Freedman uses methods and materials that have been around since long before the industrial age, along with a couple of robust, homespun modern substitutes where tradition would call for animal parts. But the style, spirit and process is the same. So is the result — a custom, handcrafted vessel.
Freedman said ancient island subsistence fishing cultures of the past didn’t build boats at all, really.
“It has a mouth, it has a tail, it has ribs and skin,” he said. “They built a prosthesis to make themselves into a sea mammal.”
Young sailors and mentors headed out from Seafarers’ Memorial Park Saturday morning for the Pacific Challenge.