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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on our website here: MAY 2015 DOCUMENT