Saturday, August 07, 2010

Fleet of Albacore

The next 2010 events dinghy race at Hollyburn Sailing Club is the Laser Cup and Albacore "Tuna" Cup to be held on 15-Aug-2010 between 1:00PM and 5:00PM. All boats and sailors are welcome.

The Uffa Fox designed Albacore is a 15ft plaining dinghy that is popular with Holyburn Club members. Albacore, Wayfare and Enterprise are all very similar boats with the Wayfare being the longest at 15' 10". The Enterprise is the smallest at 13' 3".

The races start at 1:00PM with a skippers meeting at the head of the ramp around 12:30PM. The day winds up with socializing and banter over the days events in the club house around 5:00PM.


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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dinghy Races at Hollyburn Sailing Club

Mirror Sailing Dinghy

The next 2010 events dinghy race at Hollyburn Sailing Club is the Summer Series #1 and the Mirror Series #2 on Sunday 25-Jul-10.

The Summer Series is open to boats of any class whereas the Mirror Series is for the Mirror class, 10’ 10” (3.3m) prams that are popular with many Hollyburn Club members. The Jack Holt designed Mirror, carries a crew of two and is one of the smallest boats to use a spinnaker. The blunt pram bow and distinctive red sails are the easy marks to spot a Mirror.

The races start at 1:00PM with a skippers meeting at the head of the ramp around 12:30PM. The day winds up with socializing and banter over the days events in the club house around 5:00PM.


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Friday, July 16, 2010

Sea Drift washes up on West Bay Beach

High winds around West Vancouver on the morning of Monday 12-Jul downed trees, knocked out power to thousands of residents and blew a yacht onto the beach at West Bay.

Just after 10 a.m., West Vancouver police and firefighters were called to a stretch of West Bay beach, where an apparently 42-foot ketch rigged Sea Drift had slipped from its moorings in the rough weather and washed up on the rocky shore. We do not know the fate of the private yacht but hope the owner was able, on the next high tide, to refloat her with minimal damage.

If you are the owner of the Sea Drift or have additional details please post a comment below.


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Photo - thanks to the NS News

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stanley Cup Visits GVRD

The Holy Grail of Hockey starts a tour today of GVRD with a Saturday side trip to Pentiction. The giant silver mug freshly inscribed with the names of the 2009-10 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks is in BC from 14-Jul to 18-Jul. Each ‘Hawk gets to spend a day with the trophy in his hometown.

The Stanley Cup will make the first of five BC appearances with a stop in Surrey, along with former Blackhawk Colin Fraser. Today's festivities include a community event at Central City Plaza from 12:00 to 15:00.

The tour continues Thursday, with Troy Brouwer riding a zamboni in a North Delta parade, taking Lord Stanley's mug to Sun God Arena.

It's Brent Seabrook's turn on Friday, taking the Cup to Delta Secondary School and to the Delta Hospital starting at noon.

On Saturday, Norris trophy winner Duncan Keith will bring the hardware to his hometown of Penticton, showing it off between 12:00 and 13:00 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

And finally, on Sunday it's Maple Ridge's turn with Andrew Ladd holding a community event, starting at noon, at Cam Neely Arena.

If you are in any of these areas get your camera and get out to snap some pixels of Lord Stanley’s mug.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Conservation of Water in West Vancouver

From June 21 to Sep 21 West Vancouver receives the least amount of rainfall which means there is less water in the Eagle Lake and Capilano reservoirs. West Van residents are required to conserve water by keeping outdoor sprinkling to a defined schedule.

The District has lawn sprinkling regulations that are in effect from June 1 to September 30.

Sprinkling is permitted between:
4 am – 9 am & 7 pm – 10 pm

Even-numbered addresses: Wednesday & Saturday
Odd-numbered addresses: Thursday & Sunday

Remember to update the timer on your sprinkler system to keep your lawn green but remain within the mandatory sprinkling hours.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Facts about Park Royal Mall

Did you know Park Royal was Canada’s first covered shopping mall? Park Royal, the part we now call the North Mall, opened in 1950. The original anchor store was Woodwards.

Being located near the British Properties, developed by the Guinness family, Park Royal was named after a London, England suburb where a Guinness’ brewery was located.

Park Royal’s South Mall opened in 1978. The Village opened in 2004. All three elements of Park Royal provide 1,000,000 square feet of retail space and is home to 280 stores.

Check out Park Royal online - Click here



Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lighthouse Park - Point Atkinson

Situated at Point Atkinson in West Vancouver, Lighthouse Park is 75 hectares of virgin rain forest and popular with local residents.

There are a two significant firsts for Lighthouse Park.

Point Atkinson, named by Captain George Vancouver, is the site of Canada’s first manned light stations in 1874. The beacon light was first lit on 17-Mar-1875. The current lighthouse was built in 1912 on the granite foreshore. The light is a dramatic landmark and can been seen from three viewpoints in the park. The image above shows the 60 foot light tower from West Beach.

Point Atkinson was also the site of one of the first European colonies on the Pacific west coast of what is now Canada. The first Caucasian child born in West Vancouver was on 25-Apr-1876. His name was James Atkinson Woodward, son of the first lighthouse keeper, Edwin Woodward.


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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Blackhawks Series Status

Game 1
Game 2
Game 3
Game 4
Game 5
Game 6

Blackhawks 4 Canucks 2 - 2010 Season Over! 12-May-10 Cancuks fans utter the words, for the first time in 2010, "Maybe next year." A fine tradition of Spring since 1915.

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

No it is not time to believe.

3-May-2010 Blackhawks 4 Canucks 2

Canucks go into the Third Period up 2-1 and promptly give up three goals including a shorthander. Only one thing to say: "No it is not time to believe."


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Sunday, May 02, 2010

It is time to believe?

1-May-2010 Blackhawks 1 Canucks 5

I have not written about the Vancouver Canucks in a very long time. The definition of a long time is the time elapsed since Dave Nonis was the GM and that does seem like a very long time ago. I was finding the emotional investment in West Vancouver’s NHL team a losing venture. It seemed the resources expended did not match with the dividends paid. The ownership change / dispute and the installation of an ex player agent as the GM, at the time, did not seem to be sound hockey moves. I think I was justified in being skeptical.

Last year’s exit in the Stanley Cup tournament second round to Chicago was after a 5-3 Game 1 win. That series the Nucks held home ice advantage. The final result was Hawks in six with the Chicago crew outscoring Vancouver in the final three games 13 to 8. Thus the hatred of The Fratellis’ Chelsea Dagger – and if I hear it three or four times over the next four or five games, I’ll think it is nice catchy tune. But an average of 4.33 times per game over three games as in ’09 and I’m not responsible for the brick though the HD TV. Opps there is that emotional investment again.

What is different this year?

Goal – Nucks’ Luongo then, now and forever. Since stopping a Game 4 Frolov break away, when the game and series was still in question, Bobby Luo has looked solid. Hawks’ then Khabibulin now Antti Niemi or Cristobal Huet. Either of the Hawk goalies could get hot but edge here is in Vancouver’s favour.

Defense - Nuck’s are banged up with Mitchell, Rome and even call up Nolan Baumgartner out of the line up. New comer Andrew Alberts proved he can be a penalty liability in the LA series. And Shane O’Brien proved he can be wing nut at most every opportunity. With top-top D-men like Campbell, Keith and Seabrook give the edge to Chicago.

Top Line – Nucks Sedin times two and Mikael Samuelsson vs. Toews, Kane and Bickell? If I were a GM, I’d take Toews and Kane over the wonder twins, but Samuelsson is on a mission to prove something. Henrick is a legit contender for the Hart Trophy and already has the Art Ross. That said if the going gets ruff you know Toews and Kane will be up for it and you suspect the twins will disappear. Which will prompt Burrows return to the top line? Let’s call this one a draw.

Forwards – Vancouver has four fast and solid lines. Kessler, Burrows, Raymond, Wellwood, Bernier (sometimes) all make up a sold core of second liners. Rypien, Grabner and Hansen provide a creditable fourth energy line. Pavol Demitra seems to be the only Canuck forward still searching for his role. Glass and Hordichuk are healthy scratches that can be called in if the series gets ruff. Chicago has Hossa, Madden, Sharpe and Ladd as their second tier core. Marian Hossa is a real wildcard as he can win games on his own or not be heard from (much like Wellwood). I’d wager that Vancouver’s core forwards are the ones that will, or will not, win this series. In Game 1 all four lines scored. If that pattern continues Vancouver will win.

Grit – Burrows has a real claim on top irritant in the league. Rypien is a good middle weight. Kevin Bieksa and Shane O’Brien can hold their own with the best. For Chicago, Ben Eager has the top penalty minutes followed closely by Byfuglen. I believe this area is also one where the Canucks are stronger than they were in the 2009 match up. Byfuglen is going to take trips to Luongo’s kitchen. I recommend the follow up be for one of Vancouver’s fourth lines to dance him to the sin bin for five on every incident. I suspect this is a trade off Vigneault / Bowness, and Luongo for that matter, would all accept.

Bench / Box – No changes on the bench or up in the management box. Vigneault vs. Quenneville. A pair of veteran bench bosses. Neither has won a cup. Vigneault likely has a better support cast with Bowness running the defense and Ryan Walter running special teams. Stan Bowman under the guiding hand of hockey management guru, and his Dad, Scotty Bowman is impressive. Just look at the results for Chicago since the days of “Dollar” Bill, son “Rocky” Wirtz and Dale “I forgot to sign the paperwork” Tallon at the helm. From the outside looking in it appears Rocky has decided to sign the cheques and leave hockey operations to the Bowmans. Vancouver was a good team for Brian Burke and struggled with Dave Nonis. At this point, even more so if Vancouver were to advance to the conference finals, it is safe to argue that Mike Gillis and his crew of Law Gilman, Lorne Henning and Dave Gagner have lifted the team to a slightly higher success level than Burkie did. And let us never forget, it was Nonis who got us Luongo. No edge either way.

In my opinion the Nucks have the tools to win this series over the Chicago Blackhawks. Will they? No idea. But I intend to be glued to the HD TV every second night until we find out.


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Saturday, May 01, 2010

2010 Stanley Cup Playoff Referees

The second round 2010 referees are, in descending order of experience, Bill McCreary (26 years), Paul Devorski (21), Stephan Walkom (20), Dan O’Halloran (15), Brad Watson (14), Dan O’Rourke (11), Tim Peel (11), Kelly Sutherland (10), Kevin Pollock (10), Marc Joannette (10), Eric Furlatt (9) and Chris Lee (9).

Active referees with over 700 games of experience not invited by the NHL to participate in the second round of the playoff are Don VanMassenhoven (1003 games), Dave Jackson (1002) and Dennis LaRue (862). One might wonder why these senior officials are not participating in the 2010 Stanley Cup tournament.

Comparing number of games officiated with the number of playoff game assignments we find three officials who are unique in their capabilities. McCreary, Watson and Pollock are the only officials with a ratio of playoff games to regular season games greater the 0.15 and over their careers have officiated more than 10 playoff games per year. The NHL seems to place a lot of trust in these officials.

Dan O’Rourke (434 games), Chris Lee (444) and Eric Furlatt (460) are the least experienced officials, each with less than 500 games, to steward this year’s tournament. Furlatt seems to be an exception here as with only 9 years in the league he has already amassed 38 playoff assignments.

All data was extracted from the NHL Officials Home


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Monday, April 26, 2010

Parks Master Plan Working Group

Do you feel you have something to contribute to West Vancouver’s Parks? Mayor Pam and her gang of taxmen are seeking volunteers to contribute to the districts Parks Master Plan. As a volunteer member of the Parks Master Plan Working Group you would help to set immediate and long term direction for the management and enhancement of our parks, trails and open spaces. If you feel you have something to contribute visit the West Vancouver District web site for more information including a downloadable application form.


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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

North Shore Black Bears

Well it is about that time of the year when again we will see our friendly trash seeking North Shore bears return from their winter slumber. West Vancouver residents, and those particularly above the highway, are reminded every spring of the fact that bears share our community. While black bears are typically just a nuisance on rare occasions that neighbourhood bear can turn dangerous.

Foraging on garbage, picking through bird feeders, damaging property and licking those bits of steak off your unclean barbecue are all things that lead to our annoyance.

Bears that become accustomed to human surroundings often find themselves in a dead end confrontation with a Conversation Officer.

Black bears are not typically dangerous to an adult human. Panic calls to 911 or the Provincial ORR line are typically not warranted for a black bear that is just passing through or even taking a rest on your lawn. When you do believe a black bear is a potential treat then these resources can be called upon. I suggest your first call be to the North Shore Black Bear Network as these guys deal with local bear issues every day.

We all love to see and then talk about these lovely wild animals. So the North Shore Black Bear Network website offers some of these tips for limiting negative interactions with black bears.

- Put your garbage out on the day of pick-up only, never overnight. Store your garbage bins in a secure garage or in a bear-proof container (wooden and garden sheds or bin enclosures are easily damaged by bears)

- Clean your garbage bins on a regular basis with ammonia or vinegar. Clean and dry the bins so as to not create a chemical hazard for your trash man.

- Double bag smelly garbage like diapers and if necessary freeze it until pickup day

- Pick fruit from trees before it falls.

- Take down bird feeders during bear season; there is plenty of natural food for birds throughout the year and you can attract birds by providing a flower garden, bird bath or nesting boxes.

- Add lime to your compost and do not compose: Meat and fish scraps, Fruit or other sweet remains, including Cooked or seasoned food.

- Remember to clean your barbecue after each use.


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sailing at Ambleside

Funny want you can find on the Internet. Even funnier when what you find is yourself. A lady has a blog about her travels. A post includes her trip to Ambleside Park for the Sarah McLachlan, Neil Young and Sheryl Crow concert in September 2009. She took some pictures including the one below. The pretty robin’s egg blue E2050 sail is our Enterprise dinghy. The crew and I were staging prior to the first heat of the Glenfidich Cup.

Just at the start of the race we picked up a huge piece of kelp in the rudder, cleared it and soon after discovered the lower hinge, it is called a pintal, had broken. With no rudder control the race day was over and we scored a stellar Did Not Finish, followed by four Did Not Starts (DNF, DNS, DNS, DNS, DNS) in the five races for the cup.

Not such a bad day as you can see there was plenty of sun and a nice breeze. After limping back the beach the crew resorted to tanning. After the races we had BBQ and met a lot of older Hollyburn Sailing Club (HSC) members.

When the day was done, I remember asking the crew if they had enjoyed themselves. The answer: “alot of old people Dad.” It was a fair comment. It is interesting to me that HSC each summer trains hundreds of youths in sailing. Over the years thousands have been through the CYA White Sail program at HSC. I suspect many of these young sailors are the children of HSC members. Yet on a sunny late summer afternoon you will find a few older professionals tending their boats, with very few accompanying sons or daughters at the club.

In my opinion this is quite a shame for three reasons:

1) Dinghy sailing is an excellent way to teach young adults a sense of responsibility, judgement and decision making. This is even more so when racing is involved. Plus a little competive spirt never hurt anyone. Did it?

2) The HSC has a fleet of coop and training boats that are often not used outside of the training program. Graduates of the training program should be encouraged to make use of these boats on a modest fee for use basis. Greater numbers of young people active in the club would give it a refresh.

3) As Mayor Pam Goldsmith-Jones and her gang of taxmen have unanimously decided that the Ambleside public boat ramp is no longer in their interests and a new fish taco stand is, a significant resource supporting salmon sport fishing off the Capilano River by West Vancouver residents is to be closed this year. One would think increased use of the HSC facilities by a new West Van generation is essential to the longevity of the club.

Thank you for taking time to read my blog.


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Monday, April 19, 2010

Changes at Gleneagles Golf Course

Gleneagles Golf Course, located in West Vancouver, has introduced a new online booking service for the 2010 season. Tee times for up to four golfers can be reserved up to 30 days in advance. There is a requirement to register for the service that can also be completed in a few seconds online at the district’s www site.

For online tee reservations at Gleneagles click here

Online reservations are not the only thing new at Gleneagles. Opening 2-May-2010, Gleneagles will feature a new bistro style restaurant. The first day of business will be 2-May-2010. The bistro, which is privately operated, will open early to accommodate early morning tee times. The location is off the sixth fairway facing the ocean with a sweeping view of Larson Bay. The restaurant has 738 square feet of space allocated plus additional patio seating.

Gleneagles Golf Course is located at 6190 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, B.C., V7W 2S3 Telephone: 604-921-7353 | Fax: 604-921-8721.


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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Dinghy Race at Hollyburn Sailing Club

Hollyburn Sailing Club will be hosting a long distance dinghy sailing race from their club house at Ambelside Beach in West Vancouver to Starboat Cove at Lighthouse Park. The race is scheduled for 11:00AM on Sunday 25-Apr-2010.

Check out Hollyburn Saling Club's other sailing events on their newly formated web pages Click this link


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