Freshet #57

October, 2014


Dragonboat Team Recruitment

FAST & FURIOUS   (Senior B Women) Are you looking to take your DB game to the next level and paddle competitively at Nationals in Welland, Ontario in June 2015?

F&F are seeking women who are age 49 plus by June 1st 2015 (IDBF rules) with 1 year paddling experience and the willingness to learn and work hard.

Contact Jan Choquette  for more info

FORTIFIED  Are you interested in paddling with, or helping to steer some 55+ aged paddlers on a well-coached, competitive rec dragon boat team in 2014-15?

The twenty-two men and women of FORTified hope so, as they are looking for two more paddlers and a steersperson to complete their team roster.

Please contact Terry Linden (captain; email: and/or Sandy Ferguson (coach; email: byWednesday October 23 to be considered for inclusion, or for more information.

SENIOR MIXED COMPETITIVE  (60 by March 2016)  Are you interested in training with other paddlers to go to IDBF Club Crew Worlds 2016 in Adelaine, Australia?

Please contact Al at if you are interested. 

KINDRED SPIRIT  Long standing recreational team looking for paddlers and a steer.  Contact Jackie at


Notes from FLCC Executive

The river is low, yellow cottonwood leaves are fluttering to the ground and the fall and winter paddling season is underway! Take care when the docks are icy and the river channel dark and misty in the early morning or evening. Paddle safely with lights!

Our new FLCC “harbour” on the riverfront is now completed. WOW! What a significant improvement to our dock infrastructure. A rousing paddle salute to the DEPC (Dock Improvement Project Committee) from all your fellow FLCC paddlers.

Congratulations to the FLCC athletes (sprint youth and adults) who competed in the Pacific Cup and the Bantam/Masters Championships at Whonnock Lake at the end of September. Well done!

Thanks to Connie Thompson for her service to the FLCC as Vice Commodore. Connie recently stepped off the board and John Spencer has been appointed to fill the role of Vice Commodore for the remainder of the term.

Many, many thanks to organizer Cheryl McIntosh and her merry band of volunteers who organized and hosted the highly successful Cranberry Day Voyageur Races October 11. Bookings for this event sold out well in advance with crews participating from all over Metro Vancouver. The Cranberry Day races are a very important community event for the club and raise the majority of the year's operating funds for the Voyageur division. An event like this cannot take place without the help of many volunteers. A hearty thank you to everyone! The next large scale event requiring volunteers will be the River Run OC races next spring.

Have you noticed the attractive Club signage posted on the docks? Thanks to Cec Welk, Caroline Kessler and Pat Calder for looking after our public image so well.

Click for the September Executive minutes.  Password is flcc

Cheers, Susan on behalf of the FLCC Executive


Sunday dragonboat drop-in restarting this week.  Email to get on the list.  Cec Welk will be coordinating to list.


OC News

Thanks to all who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the OC division meeting. The main focus of the meeting was to determine if there is interest in a club OC program. A monkey survey will be sent next week to poll all OC paddlers since the attendance did not represent all the paddlers.  Another meeting will be scheduled once results from survey have been evaluated.

VOLUNTEERS are required for the OC Division in the following areas: Repairs and maintenance, River Run (and perhaps another race) and Fundraising/Corporate sponsorship. The CORA annual general meeting with be held on November 9th. Please see the CORA website for more details.

If you are able to help with SANDING, VARNISHING, PART REPLACEMENT or PAINTING please sign up here


"Canoe Crossings"

Hear the talk - meet the author

Join author Sanford Osler for a fascinating look at the ancient and seemingly simple watercraft
that helped shape British Columbia. Sanford has been involved with canoes from childhood and
has paddled in virtually all the types of craft covered.

Canoe Crossings describes the length, width and depth of the relationship British Columbians have had with canoes, kayaks and dragonboats. The book covers the history of dragon boating in China, its introduction to North America and the impact it has had in British Columbia.  

City of Langley Library
Saturday, Oct 25
2 pm– 3 pm
Fort Langley Library
Wednesday, Nov 19
7 pm–8 pm
Maple Ridge Public Library
Saturday, Nov 22
2 pm– 3 pm