Check out the trip report for Desolation Sound kayak group written by Joan Boxall on her blog: www.joanboxall.com
Check out the trip report for Desolation Sound kayak group written by Joan Boxall on her blog: www.joanboxall.com
Annual local event for kayakers, paddleboarders, individual and team ... New this year is the Half Island Challenge. Info here: http://www.bowenislandkayaking.com/events-item/round-bowen-challenge/
Paddling the Horton River in the Arctic:
The canoeists are Ted and Freda Mellenthin who live in Mission, BC. They are internationally known for all of the northern and arctic rivers they've paddled and they recently published a book. In 2007 Ted and Freda plus two other women paddled the Horton River from its source to its mouth. Then continued along Franklin Bay in the Beaufort Sea to Parry Peninsula, crossing the peninsula by going upstream on a creek and portaging over the mountains to the east side into Darnley Bay. From there they paddled to the community of Paulatuk and flew out on a scheduled flight. Ted and Freda join us to share their journey. It took them 26 days to paddle 728 kilometres.
Doors open at 7pm, meeting at 7:30. Public welcome.
This has become an annual event and is very much appreciated by the big and little brothers and sisters who participate. The event is popular with both boys and girls, and both organisations have more applications than we can manage. For logistical and safety reasons we run this event for one day only, and the boys and girls paddle doubles, partnered by their big brother or sister.
Volunteers are needed for this worthy day. Give a little of your time to give the kids a fun day on the water. Your duty will be to simply accompany the kids, one volunteer per double for a 2 hr paddle on Indian Arm. Your reward will be the obvious enjoyment of all who participate.
We will run 3 shifts, starting at 9.00, 12.00 and 2.00, with 4 volunteers per shift, so let me know which shift/s you would like. Volunteers and kids will be fed Pizza and fruit on return from their paddle.
Contact Maureen firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
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. Thanks
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.
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.
From Outdoor Recreation Council of BC,
The Forest Practices Board is seeking your feedback to improve their work as
the public watchdog for forest and range practices in BC. Given ORCs mandate
and shared interest in this regard, we have agreed to circulate a link to
their online survey.
As SKABC is a member organization of the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC,
I would like to pass this message on to our membership. Participation is
voluntary but I encourage you to share your views via the link below.
The survey is being conducted by a third party and the results shared on a
collective basis only. No email addresses or any responder information will
be collected, you will simply be directed to a web page. The survey should
take about 10 minutes.
Outdoor Recreation Council
"Promoting access to and responsible use of BC's public lands and waters for
public outdoor recreation"
Thank you club Safety Officer Bob Salo for the talk on Cold Water Immersion at the January club meeting. Here is some take home information: Cold Water Immersion Information for Paddlers
The Silver Paddle Award Winners for 2014:
Their awards were presented at the October AGM as recognition and a huge thank you for their volunteer efforts over the years!
History of The Silver Paddle and Orca Awards:
The Silver Paddle Award is given by the club executive to express gratitude for a member's valuable contributions to SKABC.
Past Silver Paddle Awards:
2013 Silver Paddle Recipients: Richard Jensen and Susan Jensen
2009 Silver Paddle Recipients: Bob Maher and Maureen Benzon
2008 Silver Paddle Recipients: Gayla Shulhan, George Prevost, Kallie Cunningham and Peter Kearney.
The Orca Award is a way of saying thank-you to many of the people who have made significant contributions not only to SKABC but to the sea kayaking community as a whole, SKABC instituted an annual award. Nominations for this award are sought from all club members between January and March of the year. The award may be presented at our April club meeting. The challenge is choosing one person from a large group of people who have made a difference.
2007 Orca Award: Cindy Dopson
2006 Orca Award: Tony Clayton
2005 Orca Award: Rick Davies
2004 Orca Award: Ray Pilman
2003 Orca Award: Harald Riffel
A huge thank you to these recipients. We hope to continue the tradition of presenting Orca and Silver Paddle Awards in the future.