Annual Harrison River trip to watch Salmon ...More
The SKABC Executive is announcing details of the Annual General Meeting which will be held Tuesday November 3. Doors open at 7pm. Meeting starts at 7:30. Snacks and drinks will be provided for this special night.
Location: Museum of Vancouver 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9
In addition to club business and socializing, we'll play a couple of rounds of 'what would you do if...." - safety and communications scenarios led by the inimitable Rick Davies.
Here is the list of items to be covered at the business portion of the AGM:
1. Call to Order
2. Determination of a Quorum
3. Adoption of minutes of previous AGM held Nov 4, 2014.
4. Approval of Agenda
5. President’s report
6. Report of Treasurer & acceptance the 2014/15 financial statements.
7. Reports of Directors and Executive
8. Presentation of Awards
9. Election of Directors & Executive
10. Membership fees
11. Other business
Please sign in at the door -- we'll do a count to make sure we have a quorum for elections. If you would like to volunteer or nominate a member for a club office, please contact a member of the nominating committee: Rob L: email@example.com, Bob M: firstname.lastname@example.org or Simone A: email@example.com
ATTENTION to all the generous volunteers who have assisted in making this club successful this year..
Also.. To all members who will consider volunteering in the coming year....
Please attend the volunteer appreciation party to mingle and
dine on Saturday Oct 17 from 6 to 9 pm ay the Hollyburn Sailing Club.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring only your mess kit and beverage of choice.
Peter Kearney will provide fresh salmon, and the club will provide the rest.
Boreal Muktuk Kevlar Kayak for sale: $2500. Wheeler also available: $50.00.
Please contact Christine Joffres at Christine.email@example.com (preferred) or at 604-563-6617 if you are interested or have any questions.
Thanks to Exec Member Karin Hartner who forwarded this info from Living Oceans:
When weather closed in on our expedition team on the Scott Islands this past weekend, we had to leave bags filled with plastic and Styrofoam marine debris on the shoreline. Living Oceans needs your help urgently to recover the bags before a high tide picks them up and sets them adrift, posing a hazard to navigation and sea life in the North Island area. We need to get back out there now, and that means more helicopter time than we’d budgeted for.
Can you please help us with even a small donation? We need to raise about $4,500 for a half-day with West Coast Helicopters and about another $1,000 for hauling the debris. More details at http://www.livingoceans.org/initiatives/emergency-appeal-stranded-debris-bags
The Training Committee would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who contributed to a successful Training Program this year. The courses were well attended. Survey responses identify that participants found the courses enjoyable and valuable tools to enhance their year's paddling. A number of new instructors stepped forward and instructed courses this year.
There still are a few openings in the Safe Surf Landing and Launching Course being offered over the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. The instructors are Mark Kelly and Peter Kearney. Hostel style accommodation is blocked out at the Whaler Point Guesthouse for participants. This course will provide the skills and knowledge for those interested in paddling on the West Coast of Vancouver Island or other areas with surf conditions to get on and off the water safely. Please contact Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org to be a participant in this great course.
We hope to meet before the volunteer dinner on October 17th with all members interested in providing input into next year's Training program. There will be a short review of the 2014/15 courses and we will spend time developing a framework for the 2015/16 program. Please bring your ideas on how to improve next year's program. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved passing on skills to other members. Perhaps you have an idea for a new course that the club could offer. We look forward to your input.
SKABC is participating in the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup again this year on October 3rd. As paddlers this is an opportunity to help keep a paddle area clean. Again this year we are doing our effort at Pitt Lake and Widgeon Creek in Pitt Meadows.
Volunteers are needed for two hours Saturday October 3rd. We will be meeting at Grant Narrows between 9 and 9:30am on Saturday morning for registration.
Garbage bags will be provided for the cleanup. Gloves are recommended.
Please email Linda at email@example.com or Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
All members if you are interested in a multiday trip in from Quadra in early Sept please checkout the trips list and contact the organizer here
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Submitted by Maureen Benzon.
On behalf of everyone who participated in the Big Brothers / Sisters event on Saturday I would like to thank the volunteers who spent some or all of the day making the day a great success. The weather cooperated and we made sure everyone was well coated with sunscreen. The morning and noon shifts were delighted to see purple and leather sea stars on the Strathcona rocks, and the afternoon shift had fun with the incoming tide assisting the paddle home. With the current with us and the wind at our backs (and the call of hot pizza waiting) we flew back to Panorama beach. Boats were rented from Deep Cove Kayak, who generously loaned us any extra equipment we might need, and The Raven Pub went out of their way to ensure the pizzas were ready for the teams as we returned from our paddle. 24 young people accompanied by their older “sibling” were able to get out on the water for a 2 hour paddle and I personally would like to thank skabc for sponsoring this event.
Volunteers: Randy Chatterjee, Graham Lorimer, Stephany Ratzlaff, Joan Boxall, Sandy Rubin, Linda Schwartz, Ashley McDonald and Herb Prufer please see the thank you cards below from the boys and girls.
At the club June meeting, a cheque for over two thousand dollars was presented to the BC Marine Trails Network Association. The funds raised will be used for the improvement of kayak camping sites in Howe Sound. Thanks to all the organizers of the Reel Paddling Film Festival, film goers and generous sponsors for helping make a contribution to preserving BC coastline for recreational use.
Our activities are preceeding the "Sea to Sky Marine Trail Opening”. Details:
Events on June 14, 2015
Sea to Sky Marine Trail Opening
Starts: 3:00 pm
Ends: 5:00 pm
Location: Oceanfront Nexen Beach, Squamish
Description: On June 14 in the Sea to Sky Marine Trail will be opened on Nexen beach in Squamish, followed by an opening in Gibsons on June 28.
More info about this event is in this Squamish news article: http://www.squamishchief.com/news/local-news/new-sea-to-sky-marine-trail-being-created-1.1818678
The Sea to Sky Marine Trail is a network of marine trails for human powered crafts (kayaks) in the Howe Sound, with access to 10 camp sites. This multi-day camping trip opportunity is part of the Trans Canada Trail.
The Sea to Sky Marine Trail is a partnership between Recreation Sites and Trails BC, the Squamish Nation, BC Parks, the BC Marine Trails Network Association, the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Sunshine Coast Regional District.
The BCMTNA website is https://www.bcmarinetrails.org for anyone who might want to join or contribute directly.
Posted Quarterly - May to July, 2015 Edition - http://www.skabc.org/
Dear Members, A big thank you to all for renewing your membership and supporting all of the wonderful programs, courses, training and trips to date. Having just returned from the club sponsored trip to Pender Island, I'm really excited about all of the upcoming adventures including visits to Howe Sound in support of the BC Marine Trails initiative and others to follow to the Broken Islands and to Kyuquot Sound. Safety is always at the top of the list and what better way to prepare then a self rescue and assisted rescue session sponsored by the club. Or perhaps attend a club meeting held the first Tuesday of every month at the Museum of Vancouver. Come and meet people keen to paddle and even keener to share their experiences and learn ways to keep safe on and off the water. And for those who really want to experience getting their feet wet why not volunteer by assisting or leading a trip, or perhaps joining the executive? Your club officers can help steer you in the direction you want. The key to making the Sea Kayak Association of BC a great experience is to get involved! Happy and safe paddling to all of you!
Roxanne Rousseau, President SKABC
Trip / Training Reports:
Sea Kayaking in Desolation Sound with Sea Kayak Association of BC (SKABC) May 15, 2015 - May 19, 2015 - by Joan Boxall
Six single kayaks plus one Feathercraft double (& their eight occupants) shouldered the Victoria Day Long Weekend, beating the rush to Desolation Sound on a cloudy Friday, returning on a sunny, warm Tuesday. Launching at Lund Harbour for $3 apiece with pay parking nearby, we fuelled up on soup and sandwiches at Nancy’s Bakery and Café before relishing a late-afternoon playtime at Copeland Islands Marine Park. Our first night’s camp was Okeover Provincial Campground, chowing down on homemade chili.
From Okeover Launch’s $5/day parking, we wound our way up Okeover Arm and lunched (halfway) at Hare Point before rounding Zephine Head for an hour-long crossing of Desolation Sound, making for North Curme Island where we filled the remaining tent platforms (a group was already there).
After an initial disappointment at not acquiring the 'penthouse', we soon made the 'downstairs' kitchen our own. Karin set up a tarp, for the rain that never came, in the same way we west-coasters carry umbrella insurance. We all used the same pit toilet, hauled in our kit (supplies) and caboodle (water) and hauled it out.
Some of us swam in the ‘Sound’, drying on warm granite, and marveling at the diversity of wildflowers and seaweed, before savoring another delectable stew, hors d’oeuvres and dessert.
Sunday morning’s entertainment was a lone sea lion floating off our swimming rocks with his flipper akimbo. Every so often, he’d sigh contentedly from his daydreams with sensitive blond whiskers skimming the surface, roll over and start again. Thermo-regulating is what he was doing…catching a few rays to warm up, then submersing to cool off.
The daytrip took us to Prideaux Haven. Looking down Homfray Channel to Mount Denman’s pinnacle dancing in and out of the clouds, we passed Otter Island and went between Melville and Morgan Islands, past Eveleigh to picnic on one of the islets’ mossy banks, before returning along the mainland shore. More swimming and good eats included locally picked and steamed oysters in lemon juice, slurped off the shell! A scrumptious curry followed.
Monday, we paddled to the little beach near Unwin Lake, walked the 15-minute trail which branched left and bridged a small marsh, before arriving at our freshwater swim and picnic spot.
Our approach brought us past Otter Island along the cliff wall, around Bold Head where we lingered along the cliff wall, staring wide-eyed at low-tide-exposed sea anemones, sea cucumbers, sea squirts, vermillion and purple sea stars, worm castings, sculpins, sea urchins, chitons, nudibranchs, and, where water-protected, hundreds of blooming moon jellies and thousands of tiny comb jellies called sea gooseberries.
The group determined that we’d seen the occasional Pacific sea nettle more than the Lion’s mane jelly, which is, after all, the world’s largest known jellyfish species. Our sightings were bells (a jelly head) from salad to dinner-plate size, with more distinctive amber-colored heads than the larger Lion’s mane species. We’d appreciate fellow paddlers’ verification on this one.
Wherever we dabbled, so did diving ducks such as mergansers and Harlequins, and seabirds such as eagles and Glaucous-winged gulls. Marbled Murrelets popped up and down in their dark brown breeding plumage.
Tuesday, we arose before the Rufous Hummingbirds for a high-tide set-off, and ebbed down Desolation Sound into the open arm of Okeover. With a short stop at Hare Point, we disembarked and headed over to Lund for a shower, a snack and a vehicle launch via Saltery Bay and Earl’s Cove ferries to Horseshoe Bay and the comforts of home. Thanks to SKABC’s volunteer trip leader, Karin Hartner for a super trip. Article available on blog at http://www.joanboxall.com/
Weather Course: Learning Made Fun and Easy by Rose Sirois
I have always liked looking at clouds, laying on my back in a field or from the window of a plane, for instance. On May 9,10, a fortunate group of SKABC members learned to look at clouds through new eyes: cirrus clouds are paddlers' friends, while cumulus and nimbus... not so much.
Rick Davies assisted by Rebecca Abernethy delivered a great course on weather, providing participants with a range of knowledge tools to help make a go, no-go decision. Fortunately, there was not much 'weather' to deal with on the weekend, making North Thormanby island an easily accessible destination from Halfmoon Bay.
We listed to numerous marine weather radio forecasts - - - and learned one of the best ways to not fall asleep listening to the monotone recordings... take notes! Not everyone hears the same message - so having notes to compare is very helpful. If you want to know the difference between radiation and sea fog; or learn why fetch is important to kayakers...take the weather course!
Navigation Course: Learning made fun and easy by Rose Sirois
I joined SKABC last year to connect with a community of paddlers after leaving Vancouver Island. As it had been a couple of years since I did any serious, multi-day trips, I thought a good way to tune up, get out on the water and meet some people would be to sign up for some courses. The first one up was navigation, led by Rick Davies, assisted by Bob Salo and held on gorgeous Galiano Island, April 18-19.
The weather was fabulous, making our classroom of driftwood and grass a most comfortable venue. To keep things moving, (and prevent us nodding off in the warm afternoon sun), Rick used nature's blackboard to explain the big picture of the moon's effect on tides and currents, the difference between true and magnetic north and more.
The course centered on using true bearings, consequently we left the slide rule and calculator at home. Knowing the magnetic declination or variation for our area and using a simple formula, navigation using a compass was revealed to be a straightforward technique. Of course, taking bearings while floating on the briny in your boat is a trick! We spent Sunday in our crafts, taking bearings at every opportunity. Anybody watching from a distance night have thought we were terribly lost.
We learned the value of transits (or ranges); practical tips for reading a chart and situating ourselves in the real world .... and that there are many good cooks in the club! Saturday night's potluck was a feast that lasted hours, during which new friendships were made and acquaintances deepened. I highly recommend this course!
1) Paddlefest by Barry Dutour
MEC is sponsoring Paddlefest again this year. It will be on July 4th at the Jericho Sailing Centre. SKABC would like to have a presence at Paddlefest by way of a club booth. We are looking for volunteers to host the booth and provide information about the club as requested. The shifts will be 830-10, 10-12, 12-2, 2-4, 4-530. The first shift will set up and the last shift taking down the display. It's great day to be in the sun and meet other paddlers and would be paddlers. If you can volunteer please contact Barry at email@example.com.
2) 'Round Bowen Challenge by Peter Kearney
It would be a good event for all the forward stroke participants to enter!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Kayaks, surf skis, paddle boards and more!
Join more than 100 paddlers in a race to circumnavigate Bowen Island’s picturesque coast in what has been called the West Coast’s biggest one-day kayak race.*
3) Howe Sound Marine Trail Sites by Mick Allen (director, BC Marine Trails Network Assoc. - westcoastpaddler.com)
A photo that was taken on the way to do work at one of the seven new Howe Sound marine trail sites on Monday, May 25, 2015. The small pod consisted of at least one adult [but probably two] with 2 juveniles. The photo was taken as we just passed the west end of Anvil Island in route to a site called Thornbrough Channel. We have spent several days working there and anticipate at least a few more.
Short Notice Paddle Forum:
Connect with other members to plan paddles here: http://www.skabc.org/short-notice-paddles/. Club members can browse what's listed or subscribe to receive emails when new messages are posted.
by Nancy More
Do you have a recipe that you are particularly proud of for kayak camping? Want to share it with others? Send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include them here and raise the average level of kayak cuisine on our trips.
We all know why we gave up backpacking and took up kayaking. It was the ability to eat fresh food everyday. But sometimes you need an emergency dried food dinner (to replace the 15 pound salmon that your paddling partner promised they were going to catch) or when you are out for enough days that fresh food is no longer a viable option.
Here’s a recipe lifted from backpacking that provides lots of protein, good flavour, and doesn’t take much time or fuel to prepare.
Cashew Tajine (provided by Gail Gislason) Serves 2-4 people
2 Tbsp garlic powder
1-2 tsp celery salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cinnamon
2 Tpsp chicken stock powder
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
Boil ~ 4 c of water and add dried vegetables like:
Onions (can be bought in spice section of any grocery store)
Red &/or green peppers
Rehydrate for ~ 5minutes (I sometimes steam snow peas near the end of the 5 minutes)
Add 1 c dried apricots chopped, the spice mixture, 1-2 c cashews and mix. Then stir in 60-80 g of couscous per person. Let sit and rehydrate. You may need to add more boiling water to fluff up the mixture.
Quantities can be adjusted based on the number of people you are serving.
Information to Share:
Over Age 50 Kayakers - Challenges and Solutions:
by Rick Davies: (604) 519-0477 or email@example.com
Posted on our website here: MAY 2015 DOCUMENT
Check out the trip report for Desolation Sound kayak group written by Joan Boxall on her blog: www.joanboxall.com
Our group of seven traveled in 4 vehicles from Horseshoe Bay to Snug Cove, Bowen Island on the 9:00 am ferry sailing and then drove over to Bowen Bay on the west shore of the island. The day was sunny and the marine forecast was for 10 to 15 knot northerly outflow winds in the morning switching to southerly inflow winds of the same velocity for the afternoon.
Perhaps because this was the first trip of the year for most of the group we were a little late in getting ready to leave the beach. At 10: 30 we left the beach and headed toward the east point of Worlcombe Island heading into what was already a 10 knot westerly. Nancy had trouble keeping on course because a balky rudder on her kayak but with Earl’s help arrived safely at the rendezvous in the lee of Worlcombe Island. The wind had increased to an estimated 15 knots by this time. Nancy, Ashley and I stayed on the lee side of Worlcombe and reunited at the west point with Gaila, Charity, Heather and Earl who paddled the bumpy outside shore. We headed towards the southern tip of Pasley Island instead of crossing the mile to Popham Island in the rather hectic seas that would have been on our beam. The south point of Pasley was quite bumpy with the wind waves surging over the rocks off the point and we managed some minor surfing as we paddled along the shoreline before crossing over to the north end of Hermit Island. The paddling was easier in the lee of Hermit before landed for a warm sunny lunch break out of the wind on the beach at “Little Hermit”. Earl and Heather helped Nancy fix the rudder problem before we left the beach.
After leaving our lunch stop we paddled north past New Islet and around Ragged Island in a helpful following wind and sea and enjoying the views of the mountains surrounding Howe Sound and the sight of the resplendent white and shining mass of Mount Garibaldi in the far distance. As we set course across Collingwood Channel for Bowen Bay the wind dropped to an almost imperceptible breeze allowing a relaxed and pleasant paddle on the home stretch.
Arriving back on what was now quite a well populated beach we packed up and headed for the pub noting in passing the long line up for the 4 pm ferry. After refreshments in the very busy pub we headed for the line up fully expecting that we would not make the 5 pm sailing but much to our surprise we had a clear run down to the dock and managed to get the last spaces on what was fortuitously a delayed sailing: a perfect ending to an enjoyable day of paddling on a warm sunny day. All the participants in the companionable and pleasant group were positive about the trip. This is a good and deservedly popular destination beginner or ‘first of the season’ trip for mid April and beside the wonderful views has the added attraction of plentiful sightings of migrating sea birds, seals and sometimes, as on this occasion, sea lions. I hope to be available to lead this trip foe SKABC IN 2016.
Participants were: Charity Reddington, Nancy Flexman, Gaila Eddie,, Ashley McDonald, Heather Kirk, Earl Elliott and myself. Three people cancelled out just prior to the trip. Tony Clayton, Trip Leader
We have a new online Forum to help you connect with other SKABC members to plan paddling trips. This is going be a great way to plan impromptu trips and get on the water with other SKABC members. You can find the Forum on the SKABC website in Hot Links and under the Trips menu. (You must be logged in to the website to have access to the Forum.)
How it works:
If you want to plan a trip, go to the Forum page and create a new Topic. In the Topic Title area, include your destination and the date. Next, click in the text area below the title and add more information. Include contact information in your posting or just ask anyone interested to reply to the posting. (Only current club members can see the forum, read topics and reply.) When you're done click Submit.
Anyone that has Subscribed to the Forum will receive an email with the contents of your Forum posting.
If you are Subscribed to the Forum and receive an email about someone’s trip – do not reply to the email. Instead, go to the Forum page and post your reply there. If you want to receive copies of all comments posted to a particular Forum topic, click on “subscribe” when viewing the topic.
How to Subscribe to the Forum:
Go to “Edit My Profile” (top right corner when you are logged in to the website). Scroll way down to the bottom and click on the box for “Call Out Notice”. (Some of you may already be Subscribed – just make sure there is a check mark in the box.) When you are Subscribed to the Forum, you will receive an email whenever a new Topic is posted, but you won’t get any emails for replies to a Topic unless you post a reply or subscribe to that particular topic. This helps manage the volume of emails.
Take a few minutes to read the instructions at the top and bottom of the Forum page. Note that all activities arranged through the Forum are unofficial paddles neither organized nor led by SKABC, and are not covered by club insurance. Participants are responsible for their own safety at all times.
The Forum will be moderated by the Trips Committee and inappropriate posts may be edited or removed at the Trips Committee’s discretion. If you have any questions about the Forum, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Paddle and Dinner Saturday May 2nd
Members and non-members welcome. Basic paddling skills required for the paddle.
Launch at … Deep cove in Panorama park.
- 3 paddle destinations to choose from. Advanced, intermediate
- boat rental available at Deep Cove Kayak Rental.
Meet at 9am and launch by 10 am. Details about the launch and what to bring are below. Contact email@example.com with questions and to register for paddle by April 29th.
Dinner… Hosted by SKABC at the home of Mike and Kim Mattinson
2724 Violet st North Vancouver, starts at 4 pm.
Bring…your mess kit and byob.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp for the dinner.
Non-member guests are welcome and will be expected to sign a liability waiver.
We have 3 separate paddle destinations:
1) for most of us doing our first paddle of the year-Twin Islands Marine Park
2) Thwaytes Landing--there will be a headwind coming back
3) Silver Falls--for the super keener stronger paddlers
There will be designated volunteer paddle leaders to keep small groups safe and organized.
Safety gear--eg-wet and dry suits and effective spray skirts a must.
Bring a picnic lunch.
Launch Location: Panorama Park-Deep Cove. Warning--since there are many morning hikers parking is at a premium and car-pooling is encouraged. Some paddlers will like to launch at Strathcona Park--please let me know if you are doing so and please meet us at Deep Cove.
Launch time: 10 AM at the latest--If you are not ready to go by 10, you will be left behind. If you require a kayak rental, these are available next door at Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak (SKABC members receive a 10% discount). Please reserve ahead, pick up your boat and equipment and paddle over to Panorama Park to meet the rest of the group.
Please RSVP and address questions to Karin at email@example.com by April 29th indicating which paddle you would like to join--1, 2 or 3 AND if you will be renting a kayak at DCCK.
Please let Karin know if you can be small group leader.
Here's a video on the Contact Tow -- another option that wasn't covered in the April meeting. (Thanks Bob S and Joan M ! ): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otEmFcTTrIU&sns=em
SKABC has received its annual invitation to participate in a special clubs event on April 21 from 7-9 pm. This is held at the West Broadway location.
Everything in the store will be 10% off including boats and bikes. Discounted and online items are not included. You are able to put items on hold for 48 hours before the event.
As the store will be closed during the event, we have to provide numbers of participants for staffing purposes so you are asked to RSVP if you intend to shop.
The Turning the tide group is inviting SKABC members to participate in their 2015 paddle in the gulf islands.
Turning the tide
As long as the Salish Sea faces threats from industrial development, we will paddle, sail, swim and peacefully protest. Join us July 24th to the 28th for another voyage linking our islands in solidarity to protect the Salish Sea.
Register at http://turningthetide.ca/register/
This is a sharing of information about an event that members may be interested.
Members should be aware they are participating as member of the public.