Fraser Squadron is pleased to be hosting a presentation at the Richmond Yacht Club by Denis Barnett titled:
Rowing the Northwest Passage
bearing witness to climate change
|Date:||Friday, March 9, 7.30PM|
|Venue:||Richmond Yacht Club
7471 River Road
There will be a $5.00 charge per person at the door. Refreshments will be served.
Expedition member Paul Gleeson stands aboard the Arctic Joule as the high-tech rowboat is
guided into some tenuous shelter among chunks of ice on the shoreline of Sellwood Bay, N.W.T.
“If one could make it across the Northwest [Passage] in a single season, in a rowboat, it would scream to the profound effects climate change is having on the Arctic,” writes Kevin Vallely in the opening pages of his new book, Rowing the Northwest Passage: Adventure, Fear and Awe in a Rising Sea. The book, available today from Greystone Books, is an account of his attempt to row from Inuvik, N.W.T., to Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to draw attention to our warming planet.
Vallely and the three men — Paul Gleeson, Frank Wolf and Denis Barnett — who accompanied him on the 54-day, nearly 1,900-kilometre journey in the Arctic Joule may not have reached Pond Inlet, but between encounters with grizzly bears (yes, in the High Arctic), bowhead whales and muskox, they did see and hear how climate change is irrevocably altering the region and the way of life of the people who live there.
The passage below is excerpted from the book’s first chapter and sets the stage for a riveting, thought-provoking anthropocene-era adventure.
The tortured form of a decaying piece of ice glides past us and disappears again into the fog, a weary foot soldier returning home from some distant battle. The hair-raising action of the last couple days has frayed our nerves, and rowing our boat blindly around the Arctic headland of Cape Parry between large chunks of ice isn’t helping. The wind died at two-thirty this morning when a cold, stagnant Arctic air mass took its place and we jumped at our opportunity to move. This is the first calm weather we’ve experienced in days, and we treat it as a change in our fortunes. We couldn’t be more wrong.
While getting away on your very own floating palace to sit quietly and read a book is always at the top of the list, so are group get togethers. CRUISES!!!
This year Fraser Squadron has four cruises planned. Some with other squadrons and some with just ourselves.
If you have never been on a cruise before, perhaps because you don't know anybody. Fugg-ed-aboud-it! You'll probably run into your boating class instructor, or maybe somebody from your boating class, maybe it's the guy down the road from you who owns a boat. You never know who you will meet but you will have fun. Check out these dates and we hope to see you on the water.
Ladysmith Maritime Society
This is a joint cruise with Langley Squadron.
Ladysmith shopping is just a short walk from the marina. Enjoy shopping for antiques, collectibles and even groceries then return to the marina for a group get together on Saturday.
Saturday 5:30 - Potluck dinner at the marina BBQ area.
For reservations, contact the marina at:
Tell them you are with the Langley Squadron cruise.
Courses for Winter & Spring - 2018>
Boating 2 & 3 Combined
"Beyond Boating Basics" &
"Introduction Marine Navigation"
|Prerequisite:||Boating 1 (a.k.a. Boating Basics, or PCOC)|
Richmond: Course starts: 7 pm, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
12 Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm, January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, (Spring Break - weeks of March 22 to 29), April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, 2018.
|Locations:||Richmond: Steveston Harbor Authorities Trailers, South end of Trites Road.
To get there go south on #2 road, turn right on Moncton; turn left on Trites road; go straight till you come to the shipyard's gates. There are two trailers immediately on your left as you come through the gates. On the Left side, the first is an insurance company, the second is the class room. It has a sign on the front wall 'Western Maritime Institute'. Enter at the south end of the building.
Delta: Ladner Commmunity Centre, 4734 - 51st Street, Multi-Purpose Room
|Cost:||$330 individual registration, $ 250 for 2nd person of a family
For the Richmond course: Register online using Visa or Mastercard at http://www.boatingcourses.ca/
For the Delta Course: This course is offered through Delta Parks and Rec.
and use barcode = 400266
Note: Registration closes 1 week before the start of the course!
|Description:||This course combines the material in the Boating 2 and Boating 3 Canadian Power & Sail (CPS-ECP) courses to provide more in-depth knowledge of boating on local waters.
In this course includes global positioning and charts, the magnetic compass, conning, electronic navigation, handling a boat under power, ropes, lines and knots, anchors and anchoring, tides and currents, weather, etc. This course further explores navigation as you learn how to plot and label on paper charts as well as what the skipper should be doing before setting out and when under way, handling a boat under sail as well as your environmental responsibilities and electrical hazards, etc.
Questions: Call the Training Department at 604-786-5678
All courses are subject to minimum enrollment.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported
There has been a massive recall on a fire extinguisher that has been used since 1973.
As a member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons there is a long list of perks for YOU!
Okay, I have your attention and I have about ten seconds to keep your attention, here goes the elevator version of why you should renew your Fraser Squadron membership.
In many cases the amount of money you save on boat insurance will pay for your CPS membership, and as an additional perk, as a member of Fraser Squadron you will receive six copies of Pacific Yachting every year.
Well, that's six copies of Pacific Yachting for free. But, I see you are a discerning boater and you want more . . .
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