The Freshet, #62

April, 2015

Cold Water Boot Camp Video

Cold Water Boot Camp

The Fraser River freshet brings extremely cold water into the Bedford Channel.  Take the time to watch this video.

Cedar Cove Filming & Parking

Filming for Season 3 of Cedar Cove has started so crew and equipment will be in and out of the Bedford House and Marina Park parking lots over the next few months.  We suggest you car pool and come early as you might have a long walk.  Do NOT park in the parking lot at Lee's Market or behind the Tokyo Gardens/Red Velvet building.  Respect residential parking.

We need someone to build a start/finish line marker.  If you can replicate the plywood marker as shown to the right please contact

Is there a FLCC paddle or PFD lurking in your trunk or garage?  Forgot you had it?  Please bring them back and drop them off at the 'chicken coop' or the Paddle Sports Dock.

Voyageur News

Salmon River Voyager trip is coming April  25.  We need a trailer puller. It is a fun paddle with a potluck lunch. Contact Debi  at

Regular Monday & Tuesday evening and Saturday day paddles have started for the season.  Contact for info.

OC News

Huge thanks to the organizing committee, volunteers, and participants for helping make this year’s River Run such a successful event. A special shout out to Darryl & Jonathan for getting the docks pressure washed, Bill for a fresh coat of paint on the storage cage & tiller box, and to Pat of the Pencil Studio for her generous donation of gifts for the prize raffle. Results can be found on the club website at, as well as the CORA website.

Our newest addition to the outrigger fleet is currently residing at the canoe dock where it will remain for the next few weeks before heading out on a special journey. I will be sending out a separate note to all OC team contacts explaining details for the new boat.

As part of an OC fundraiser, Mother’s day hanging baskets, supplied by Clearview Garden Shop are available for purchase. Baskets are $25 ($7 from each basket sold will go to the OC division) and must be ordered by April 19th, contact Betty if you would like to place an order.

I am currently meeting with coaches and group leaders in order to gain information regarding the direction members would like to see for the OC division. Once collected, the information will be used to help develop a new comprehensive OC plan.

The spring/summer OC schedule is posted on line, please check to ensure your time slot is correct and make sure that if there are crews scheduled to go out immediately after you that the boats are back on time. Please remember to submit your Spring OC boat usage fees if you have not already done so.

If you are interested in purchasing a new OC paddle, please let me know, and it could be added to the Dragon Boat order that will be submitted to Western Canoeing in early May. If there is interest I will get prices. Check out for the products they carry.

Paddles up

Gralin Doubleday

Mooring boats overnight at the Canoe Dock:

• three 6/16s and Millenium stacked between the north and middle finger

• 2 Buks on the south side of the middle finger

• two OC6s on the north side of the south finger

• coach boat and DB 10 on south side of south finger

Don't leave boats exposed to the open river, ie. north side of north finger or west end of north side of middle finger.

One heck of a run! . . .  the  2015 FLCC River Run Regatta

Another successful River Run Regatta despite rain, hail and chilling weather.  Results here.


Fort Fury needs a steers person at least once per week.  Our current steers has a knee issue and has to withdraw this year.  We have a part time person who can fill in once per week so we need another who can steer Monday or Wednesday, 6.30-8.00 pm.  Contact Bobbie at if you can help.

Youth dragonboating teams need steerspeople.  Contact if you can help.

Pacific International Kayak Association – PIKA

I went to hear Sanford Osler talk about his book “Canoe Crossings –understanding the craft that helped shape British Columbia”. It was an interesting talk with a wonderful selection of photos covering the development of all the boats that we use today – and some which we don’t, such as the umiak, which is a sort of ‘cargo kayak’.

The presentation was the guest part of the regular monthly meeting of PIKA, an organisation that I had never heard of before. So I thought that I would tell all FLCC members about the existence of PIKA and the fact that they hold their monthly member meetings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from September to June at the Harmsworth Hall on 232nd St just south of the freeway.  

At each meeting they: receive an interesting presentation; announce their many kayak training sessions; plan their frequent outings; and make everyone aware of the many paddling opportunities in the rivers and seas around us.

In the main, these are not competitive paddlers, although when I told them about our River Run event for small boats, some were keen to accept the challenge.

Maybe you would like their activities as an adjunct to your FLCC membership – check out or ask me.  Jonathan Wilkins

The Derelict Boat Goes

Fearful that the derelict boat would break free in the upcoming freshet and damage our docks, Glenn and Jonathan, helped by Cheryl, Mark, Terry, Leo and
Steve, worked with Metro Vancouver parks to haul the boat away to the Great Harbour in the Sky.