The Freshet, #72

November 9th, 2016 
Editor:  Bob Anderson

FLCC has enjoyed a very busy and fun summer and early Fall.  Here are some of the highlights!

CLUB:  Many hands make light work...

Hats off and a big “Thank you!” to volunteers who took on the tasks of:

• Cleaning up the storage areas in the basement and in the boathouse on the Paddlesport Dock.  Your efforts have re-made these into actual usable spaces once more!

• Bailing of boats on the Canoe and Riverside docks – it’s been a very wet Fall so far, and doesn’t look to be getting any drier.  Thanks to all who take a little bit of time to bail the boats.

...but FLCC still needs your help!


FLCC is a great club because of its large pool of willing volunteers!

At times FLCC needs special help to get things done.  We ask you to be part of a list of people who have skills that can assist us in keeping our club functioning, equipment looked after, and docks safe.  This is not intended as a full time job for anyone and many hands make light work as the saying goes. You would not have to do things yourself or organize things necessarily, (although that would be wonderful) but could be required to direct people to do what is needed. For example, some wood paddles need refinishing, so we need someone who knows how to do this so they can direct and help others do the work.


We are looking for help with:

• Wood working (e.g. building an ama rack, a paddle rack, etc.)

• Paddle Refinishing

• Safety Equipment ( e.g. maintenance of first aid areas)

• Boat Repairs - (e.g. fibreglass, seat refinishing)

• Dock Maintenance (replacing boards, add cleats, cleaning)

• Clean up (tidy storage areas)

• Boat Bailing

• Log Jam Removal

• Powerwashing dock

• Outrigger Canoe Division committee members

 If you can help out, please contact:  Dianne at

Dock Expansion Project

Ten club members including members of the previous dock committee (who stewarded in the improvements to the Canoe Dock) and representatives from the DB, OC, FW and Voyageur divisions and FLCC executive have been meeting through the Fall to help design and kickstart the building of a dock expansion immediately to the west of the existing Paddlesport Dock.  This is a result of a recently awarded water licence through the Township sought by FLCC for this expansion. 

Discussion and planning include:

• basic design, size and location - and access and extra storage and ramp or hoist or some other system to get the boats out of the water.  Intended storage for OC6 and OC1 canoes on the dock (OC1's in cantilevered racks) as well as moorage for coach boats

• plastic versus wood decking

• new dock linked to existing Paddlesport dock via 8' walkway with locking door.  Power and water extended from present Paddlesport Dock

• dock design, to date, will allow for storage of up to 4 OC6s and consideration of temporary storage of DB’s for cleaning, the small boat storage and up to a dozen people using the dock.

If you have ideas or questions, please contact any of the executive.

Safety: Emergency Pull-out Locations Map

 Dragon boat and other safety-conscious paddlers knowledgeable about appropriate spots to pull over on the river in the case of a medical emergency requiring an ambulance have worked hard these past months to produce a superb map and step-by-step process approved by first responders to direct them to your emergency.

As the graphic illustrates, your having navigated your canoe to one of the 11 locations on the Channel, you need only ask the 9-1-1 operator: “I need an ambulance at  “Common Place Names, Fort Langley Canoe Club, pull-out location number X”

The emergency responders will know where this location is and be able to respond accurately to your location.

These pull-out location maps will be distributed to all DB teams and Voyageur crews to be part of their First Aid kits, and, will be attached to all DB and OC canoes in the FLCC fleet.

CKBC Meeting and Award to FLCC!

Friday through Sunday, November 11-13 features the Canoe Kayak BC Annual Meeting in Burnaby which features presentations on “Publicity and Social Media 101, ” “Complying with Changes to the BC Society Act,” and “Shared Best Practices,” the latter including a presentation by our own Emily Raymond, FW coach, on “Best Practices for the Kayak Fit”!  Members of the FLCC executive plan to attend these sessions.

CKBC has awarded FLCC with the CKBC Club Hosting Award for their work delivering the Flat Water Sprint Kayak and Outrigger Canoe races at the 2016 BC Summer Games.  It will be presented at the 2016 CKBC Awards and Scholarship Banquet on Friday November 11 in Burnaby and will be received on behalf of the Club by Grant Rawstron, Flat Water Sprint representative.

Santa and Elves needed! 

Fort Langley Dragonboat arrival and tree-lighting, Saturday November 19

As in past years, FLCC has the weighty responsibility of getting Ol’ Saint Nick to the Riverside Dock via dragonboat in time to greet the kids, wander down Glover Street to the Community Hall, and lead the countdown to the tree-lighting there.

This year the tree-lighting ceremony is planned for Saturday November 19 at about 5:15 PM.  We will meet at the dock at 4:30 PM with all our “elf” ears and jingle bells on!

 However: we need someone to play Santa, and, lots of elves to get Santa from the Canoe Dock to the Riverside Dock.  Can you help?

You will DEFINITELY be off Santa’s “Naughty” list if you sign up to be part of the Santa DB team as Santa or an elf!  Contact Cheryl at:

 It’s open to all club members – also plan to join us and bring your kids and grandkids to whisper into Santa’s ear at the Fort Langley Community Hall!



Dragonboating 2016: a year that  . . . .

• began with a bang, with Titanium taking two silvers and a bronze at the IDBF Club Crew World Championships in April in Adelaide, Australia

• didn’t really have a freshet in the Channel

• welcomed Ex-Sighted, a vision-impaired team to the flotilla

• saw DB10 paddling established in the channel

• brought home the bling, with FLCC teams successfully paddling in regattas around the province

• ushered in, what may be, Canada’s first 70 plus, women’s team

• FLCC was chosen as site of Canadian National Senior B clinic November 27-28

So here’s to looking forward to the off-season paddling, cross-training, and great paddling for 2017.

Canadian Senior B Team Camp

FLCC, November 26-27, 2016.


The Canadian Senior B National Dragon Boat Team will be competing in China 2017 at the World Nations Dragon Boat Championships scheduled to take place in the City of Kunming, China,  August 23-27, 2017.

The Canadian Senior B team camp in preparation for the World Dragon Boat Racing Championships will be held November 26th and 27th in Fort Langley, BC and is open to all Outrigger and Dragon Boat Club Paddlers in good standing with Dragon Boat Canada.  This is a great opportunity for novice to experienced paddlers interested in a greater, competitive level:

• Receive firsthand information on National team requirements from knowledgeable, proficient and skilled world class coaches.

• Participate in on-water and dry land training based on team protocols for respective age divisions.

• Video analysis and stroke assessment will be provided.

Coaching staff:
Peter Buday, Program Director, Senior B Mixed and Open
Bruce Raymond, Program Director, Senior B Mixed and Women
Emily Raymond, Regional Coach,  Fort Langley Canoe Club

It is a considerable honour for FLCC to be chosen to host the two day program.  It is also a great opportunity for our paddlers to attend a National level clinic.  See poster below for details. 

The program consists of Dragon boat practices, OC timed Trials, both 350 and 400m, Paddle Erg timed trials in 500m and 1000m distances, as well as bench press, chin up and possible run test 1200m.  The final program for the camp will depend on the facilities, as well as the number of participants, and even the weather!   The participants' abilities will also determine the direction of the camp program.


For more information and to register, contact:  
Connie Mellaart at:

Summer highlights from Sprint

Summer 2016 was a great success for FLCC sprint. We had exceptional increases in the number of participants in the Canoe Kids Summer Camp and TOL classes. 77 people participated in our beginner classes throughout May-August; compared to 47 in 2015. The Sprint Head Coach implemented a new Sprint Summer Program and the KayakFit program offering paddling everyday throughout the summer. A strong group of 20 athletes paddled everyday in the Sprint Summer Program and raced at provincial, national and international regattas. In July, FLCC proudly hosted the BC Summer Games where 6 FLCC athletes competed.  During August, FLCC sprint made history at the Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Nationals 2016 in Dartmouth N.S with podium finishes in 3 events. We had a total of 32 points for 24th overall out of 40 clubs from across the country. We look forward to next season to continue to build on our success from this summer.

And, our own Emily Raymond, FW coach, contributes a presentation “Best Practices for the Kayak Fit Program” at the CKBC “Best Practices” session, Sunday, November 13.


Small Boat Regatta

Our FLCC OC Division hosted the Second Annual Small Boat Regatta on October 29.  More than 30 small boats lined up to race the rain (and, an approx. 9 km course around Brae Island) and included V1, OC1, OC2, and marathon canoes and kayaks in Novice, Masters, Senior Masters and Golden Masters divisions.


Please plan to attend the CORA 2016 AGM, Sunday, November 27th,  1:00-3:30 PM, Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery St., Vancouver, BC.)

The AGM will report on 2015 activities, review the new budget, nominate and vote in CORA Board Members and discuss business plans and future goals.  All CORA members are welcome & encouraged to attend.  Check out link: 


40+ aged mens crews and 2017 IVF World Distance Championships

CORA is canvassing our membership  to see if there are any 40+ mens crews interested in representing Canada at the upcoming 2017 IVF World Distance Championships.

Please view the attached poster and the link below.  Please forward to any of your members/crews that may be interested.

For more information check out:


After several memorable summer paddles, the Voyageur group geared up for a busy October.

EDGE Program

The voyageurs helped host the canoeing portion of the  Edge high school program in mid-October.  A beautiful sunny day was laid on for 80 students from Langley secondary schools who explored the Channel and Kanaka Creek in the sunshine via voyageur canoe.

Cranberry Festival

Each year, the highlight is the annual Cranberry Festival races, this year the 21st Annual Cranberry Races held October 9.  Again, thanks to the wealth of FLCC volunteers, it was a great success!  A total of 24 teams braved the rainy weather to compete for bragging rights after 2 heats and the final, highly anticipated pumpkin race!  As well, the chili contest was a highlight with 6 tasty entries with impressive prizes: 1st place won $30, 2nd $20 and 3rd $10!


Tuesday October 25th was the last Tuesday paddle of the season followed by a potluck dinner featuring everyone’s “mom's mom’s best friend’s dish” to share.  We will continue with Saturday morning paddles throughout the winter.


Voyageur Canoe Trip Planning Meeting
Debbie Scott is having  a canoe trip planning meeting for 2017 trips, on November 9th at 7pm.

Voyageur Brigades in 2017 are celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary so are planning brigade trips stretching across Canada, sea to sea.  Several members have expressed interest in various portions of the route – see the route at:  (Voyageur Brigade Society 2017 Canadian Voyageur Brigades’ Web Sites of Brigades from Sea to Sea)

And, they are listed below. Let’s try to get some Fort Langley Teams  together!

East to West:

• St. John River Canoe Brigade – Florenceville to Saint John

• Chimeda 2017 (Paddling Together) -   Gatineau River,  Maniwaki to Ottawa

• Ottawa North Wind – Mattawa to Ottawa on the Ottawa River

• Ottawa South Wind – up the Ottawa River from Montreal

• Ottawa West Wind Canoe Brigade  -  Kingston to Ottawa on the Rideau Canal

• Fort Edmonton Canoe Brigade – from west of  Devon to Victoria Settlement on the North Saskatchewan

• Athabasca River Voyageur Canoe Brigade  – Jasper to Fort Assinboine

• Sunshine Coast Canoe Journey – from Egmont to Vancouver on the Salish Sea

If you are interested in participating in these trips or trip-planning, please email Debbie Scott at or Grant Rawstron at