Get your oars in the water for Paddlefest on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (some classes and tours start at 9:30 a.m.) at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (free entry, classes $5-$10). It's a lovely day on the bay for learning to stand-up paddleboard, honing your kayak skills, maybe touring some Coast Guard rescue craft and enjoying outdoor music and food.
The Eureka Channel Fun Race launches at 12:30 p.m., so be prepared to cheer. More cheering and plenty of wincing is expected during the Kokotat Cardboard Kayak Race at 3:30 p.m. Well, you can actually start worrying at 2 p.m., when teams start building their sketchy schooners with cardboard and tape. Prizes go out for actually winning the race, but finishing with your head above water is impressive enough. The creativity and Titanic prizes are some consolation, too.