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Bow and Stern - March 1, 1991

Bow and Stern - - March 1991

Bow and Stern

March 1991

AN ACA ACTIVITY CLUB
A Message from the President

Fellow Paddlers,

We have come to the end of a truly dismal winter, and now hope for a much better spring. This year will hopefully see new names on schedules, committees, and in office. The executive committee is making an effort to enlist those people who, for several years have been on lists of those wanting to help out but who how never been asked. Fresh ideas are needed and wanted.

We are also in the midst of a debate as to how we are to be involved environmentally. As paddlers and users of the world's resources, we have some, responsibility. The question to be answered is how that can be properly joined with our main purpose, having a good time. A well stated policy must be formed to guide those who speak an our behalf, a policy that states those principles we agree on but does not lend our name to movements that are not strictly the concern of a paddling club.

Our club is aging end maturing. Many of us now play in rapids where we once felt mere survival was a great accomplishment. Some have stayed behind, content go enjoy lesser perils. There needs to be a place and a schedule of events for all levels of enjoyment. This year's spring whitewater schedule attempts to provide that variety. The more people for whom we can provide a good experience, the more we will find willing to get involved.

Let's hope for some water to do it all!

Mike

NVCC CANOE SCHOOL

The NVCC canoe school will be held at the end of March this year. The tentative schedule includes a classroom session (Friday evening, 3/22), a pool session (Sunday, 3/24), and a river trip (Saturday, 3/30). You should contact Mike Fullerton (456-8701) or Rich Larsen (876-6828) to sign up, and to learn the final schedule and details. in addition to the formal part of the classes, we have also scheduled 'easy' whitewater trips in early April, to allow the students more opportunities to practice their skills. it is envisioned that the classes will allow instruction in either solo or double canoe paddling, but this will to some extent depend on the level of interest. Make your wishes known as soon as possible.

In addition to the school, Rich Larsen is willing to maintain a list of people interested in teaming up with partners for the April trips. There will be no associated instruction, but it will provide a chance for interested people to get out with some new partners, and perhaps practice some of the lessons learned this year or previous years in the class. Again, how this evolves will depend on interest. It could provide the chance for novices to progress to intermediate skills.

Who's Who of NVCC

		President		Mike Fullerton		456-8701
		Vice President		Sheri Larsen		878-6828
		Treasurer		Sue Sonchik		878-4408
		Secretary		Charlie Thompson	878-2536
		Membership		Sue Sonchik		878-4408
		Whitewater Schedule	Peter Alden		863-6585
		open Boat Clinic	Chuck Thompson		878-2536
					Rick Davis		063-2438
		Closed Boat Clinic	Jay Appleton		425-2821
		Conservation / Water Resources	OPEN
		Bow & Stern		Cathy Chamberlain	863-3067

If you are interested in participating in Executive Committee activities - please get involved. Call Mike and offer your suggestions!

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE FORMS

EVERYONE-please check your address label and phone list entry and call or send any corrections to Sue Sonchik. Thank you!

Sue Sonchik
Treasurer/Membership Chair
NVCC
14 Forest Road
Essex Junction, VT 05452-3818
878-4408

NVCC PERSONALs

FOR SALE

Millbrook MJM (Kaz's ser. no. 0001)
Kevlar, 2 years old
This boat has been repaired several times, but is still In good condition. It's fragile, but responsive. A good boat for a technical paddler.
Thigh straps and knee pads installed.

Mike Fullerton 456 - 8701 (PM) 476 - 4115 (Days)
Price Negotiable


MAD RIVER ME
Lime green
with air bags
$500
Call RICK GOMEZ 244 -6308


Anyone interested in a GARAGE SALE for all the miscellaneous boating "stuff" you have accumulated and don't use? Contact CATHY CHAMBERLAIN 863-3067


Have you named your boat? One way to create an identity as a 'team' is to have a name ... If you and your boat are often at odds with each other ... maybe you need to consider your relationship!

Some that I have heard of:

Sun of a BeachBlew by you Too
Ready Oar KnotRiverwurst
Blazing PaddlesOar Masters

Any contributions to the next edition of this newsletter should be sent to: Cathy Chamberlain L-10 Stonehedge Drive South Burlington VT 05403 863-3067 - hand written or "camera ready"

Trip Reports

Missisquoi River Trip: August 1990

Leader: Sheri Larsen
Participants: Robert, Hildegard, Katrin and Julia Preisser, Sheri Larsen, Olga Vrana and Carol Hignite.

The starting point for this trip was a rest area and boat launching site on Rt. 78 west of Swanton. Since it was a windy day, we decided to paddle upstream against the wind and then take a side channel that was less windy. After canoeing in this channel for an hour or so, we stopped for lunch, turned around and paddled back to our cars.

Although we had a pleasant time, we were a bit disappointed that we didn't see much wildlife. Perhaps a better time to paddle in the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge would be September after the birds start migrating.

Hudson Gorge Trip: September 22, 1990

Leader: Sheri Larsen
Participants: Jim and Diana Dunn and guest (Diana's brother), Rob Farley, Sheri and Rich Larsen, Adrienne Brown, Diana Wormwood, Eric Bishop; Poppy Gall, Marvie, Bob and Tao Campbell.

Because the level of the Hudson River was low, we started out early in order to paddle with the "bubble" (from the dam release on the Indian River) as long as possible. The skies were sunny at the start, and we expected good weather for our trip.

Paddling with the "bubble" on the Indian River is always a challenge, especially in the fall when you haven't done any whitewater paddling in a while. The Indian proved a little too much for one kayaker who went swimming. Once we got to the Hudson, the paddling went smoothly and there were no mishaps.

The only real problem of the day was the deteriorating weather. Because the skies were very gray, we had a quick lunch. Shortly after lunch, the sprinkles began. The sprinkles then turned into a heavy downpour. (For a time, those of us in open canoes were bailing more rainwater than river water!) Fortunately, the rain didn't last too long and we were able to dry out before we got to the takeout. Despite the rain, we all had a good time.

We oppose paddler users fees

11 Discovery Road
Essex Jct., VT 05452

February 18, 1990

Commandant G-NAB
Navigable Waters User Tax Section
United States Coast Guard
2100 Second Street, SW
Washington, DC 20593

Dear Sir:

The members of the Northern Vermont Canoe Cruisers are very concerned about the user fee passed by the U.S. Congress on boats 16 feet or longer which use waters under Coast Guard jurisdiction. We are writing to ask that the U.S. Coast Guard interpret the legislative mandate concerning this fee in such a way that canoes and kayaks are exempted from the regulations developed to implement the new user fee.

The boat user fee should not be imposed on canoes and kayaks for two basic reasons. First, it is our understanding that Congress never intended the user fee to apply to people-powered craft such as canoes and kayaks. Second, it is unfair to tax a canoe or kayak just because it is 16 feet or longer. What such a tax would mean is that some canoes and kayaks are exempt and some are taxable. For example, I would have to pay a user fee on my canoe which is 16 feet 3 inches long, but my friend with a slightly shorter canoe or my husband with his kayak would be exempt from the fee. That makes no sense.

What we strongly suggest is that the regulations make it clear that people-powered craft such as canoes and kayaks are exempt from the user fee. Such an exemption is logical and would be much easier to administer than a regulation that taxes some canoes and kayaks and not others.

Thank you for your consideration of our comments.

Sincerely yours,

Sheri Larsen Vice President

cc:

Senator Patrick Leahy
Senator James Jeffords
Congressman Bernard Sanders

Graceful and Precise

How to paddle efficiently for more fun on the water

by Bunny Johns and Ken Kastorff

Watch an expert paddler on the water and you'll notice how graceful and effortless the movements are. With a minimum of effort, the boat goes exactly where the paddler wants it to. The body movements are an art form, a pleasure to watch. The expert paddler uses good technique that is based on a few basic principles. These principles are put to use over and over again until they are instinctive. Paddling is most enjoyable when it is done efficiently and under control. Technique generally involves efficiency in three separate areas. This article will examine the first two. The three areas are:

  • Body Movement
  • Placement of the Paddle in the Water
  • Place of the Boat on the River

Efficient body movement means learning to use the larger muscles of the body to propel the boat. In paddling, the arms are connectors to the real source of power: the torso. The rotation of the torso around the spine provides the power for all strokes - not the push-pull motion of the arms. The power from the torso is transferred to the boat through the contact points of the feet, knees and hips. Using the larger muscle groups of the shoulders, back and thighs gives the paddler more power to work with. The paddler's energy is focused, tiring movements are minimized and paddling is more enjoyable.

Using body rotation in paddling helps keep the shoulder joint in a position that minimizes the chance for a shoulder injury. These injuries are most likely to occur when the upper arm is behind the plane of the shoulders and is moved forcefully away from the body, as often happens when the boat turns over. By rotating the body when doing strokes - thus keeping the elbows in front of the plane of the shoulders - you don't set yourself up for shoulder injuries.

Efficient body movement combined with efficient placement of the paddle in the water will yield powerful strokes that enable you to move the boat in a picture-perfect way. These concepts of body movement and paddle placement are best learned on flatwater without the added complication of current.

Efficient paddle placement includes several factors. The first can be called the "paddle in concrete" analogy. When you place the blade firmly and completely in the water it is almost as solid as putting it in concrete. From this solid base the boat is pulled toward the paddle or pushed away from it. Or in dynamic strokes where the boat has momentum, the blade angles through the water giving a new hold from which to pull or push.

The second factor involves Newton's Third Law, which says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. What this means to the paddler is that in moving the boat forward or backward, the part of the stroke where the paddle is vertical is the most effective. When the paddle is not vertical, the blade is either pushing down on the water (pushing the boat upward) or pulling up on the water (pushing the boat downward). Therefore, the longer the vertical phase of the stroke, the more the boat is moved on any given stroke.

The angle of the blade at placement and during a forward stroke should be perpendicular to the midline of the boat (an imaginary line down the middle of the hull) in forward and backward strokes.In addition, the paddle stroke should be parallel to the midline. These same factors hold true for moving the boat sideways using a draw or pry except here the blade is parallel to the midline and the stroke is perpendicular to it. Thus, for moving the boat forward, backward or sideways, the angle of the blade greatly influences the efficiency of the stroke. The closer the blade is to the midline the straighter the boat will travel. Practically, this means a vertical paddle for canoeist and an almost vertical one for kayakers. In some maneuvers involving a combination of strokes, the forward stroke component can he done with the blade underneath the hull, therefore closer to the midline. Conversely, the farther from the midline the stroke is taken the more the boat tends to turn to the offside (the side away from the paddle stroke). This leads to the fourth factor.

The closer a turning stroke is to the ends of the boat the more efficient it is for turning the boat. (This is partly because the paddle is further away from pivot point of the boat, and thus has more leverage.) How close to the end of the boat you can place an efficient paddle stroke depends on the size and shape of your body and how flexible you are.

When learning to paddle, most people think in terms of pure strokes: how to move the boat directly forward, backward or sideways. Later the strokes flow into one another by the use of an infinite number of blade angles, paddle placements, and body movements. Use the principles of effective technique to create a paddling style suitable for your type of paddling. From experience, the expert paddler develops a feel for blade angle that allows him or her to move the boat precisely and seemingly effortlessly on the water. Fortunately, getting this experience is fun - a wonderful excuse to be outside using your body.

Reprinted from NOC News, a publication of the Nantahala Outdoor Center (in Canoe Magazine, 1990).

One outcome of the membership form update is some handy information!!!

37 PEOPLE NEED A TANDEM PARTNER...

Peter Alden & Susan Alden Judie Anderson Steven susan Bliss
Pam Bockes Ann Burcroff Collie Chambers
Charlotte Coleman Kevin Dragon Laurence Duggan
Pisha Eliason Stephen & Susan Fishman Match & Myrna Fried
Olivia Gay Roy & Wendy Haupt Mary Ellen & James Hebert
Melrose Huff Paul & Marilyn Hyde Barry Jones
Tom Kastner Joan Knight Leslie Liebig
Mary Messier Jason Miles James & Pat Spielman-Morris
Lynn Newcomb & Joe Pacini Tim Parsons & Anne Judson Thomas Price
Charles Ryan Betsy Schneider John & Julianna Shroeder
Mark & Mary Selig Anthony & Terry Shookus Susan Sonchik
Vicky Viens Olga Vrana Barbara Waters
Virginia Yandow

53 People WILLING TO BE A TANDEM PARTNER...

Joseph Albert Peter and Susan Alden Randy Allen
Richard Lucille Allen Warren & Marion Bistram Steven & Susan Bliss
Ann Burcroff Collie Chambers Charlotte Coleman
Kevin Dragon Laurence Duggan Pisha Eliason
Stephen & Susan Fishman Match & Myrna Fried Arnold & Virginia Golodetz
Ray Gonda Laurie Hanson Roger Hassol & Lori Barg
Mary Ellen & James Hebert Jeffrey Hendrickx Peter & Sheila Herman
John Hough Melrose Huff Jean Hunt & Phelps Holloway
Paul & Marilyn Hyde Maureen Jarrell Fred & Nancy Jordan
Tom Kastner Joan Knight Bob & Nancy Leightner
Leslie Liebig Randall & Marcia Lloyd Jim Loewen
Stephen & Charlotte Bailey-McPherson Mary Messier Jason Miles
Ruth Miller Michael & Tracy Morgan James & Pat Spielman-Morris
Dennis & Tiiu O'Brien Joan Olson Rose Paul
Alan Plumb Eve Pranis Richard & Paula Reynolds
Judy Rowe Charles Ryan John & Julianna Shroeder
Tony & Joan Shaw Mark & Mary Selig Anthony & Terry Shookus
Charlie & Marion Thompson Philip Trent Olga Vrana
Bill & Betty Wadland Steven Webster

NVCC ROSTER

Fred & Shawn Abraham
244-8104
George Agnew
658-2866
Joseph Albert
775-5099
Peter & Susan Alden
863-6585
Randy Allen
223-3771
Fuller & Peg Allen
518-561-5317
Richard & Lucille Allen
878-3853
Jeffrey Allen
864-6871
Ed Amidon
425-2375
Judy Andersen
658-1973
Judie Anderson
658-1973
Art Andersen
862-1389
Larry & Margery Anderson
775-4508
Haidee Antram
658-0098
Jay & Jo-Ann Appleton
425-2821
Mike Armstrong
879-0574
Katherine Armstrong
518-299-7286
Alice Astarita
878-0953
Ray Auger
454-8477
RoseMarie Bagioni
899 2048
Dean Barnes
862-8796
Dennis & Ann Bates
878-3298
Tibor & Osara Bedo
434-2865
Laura Benis
434-3540
John Bennett
508-521-2565
C. Stark & Ludy Biddle
492-3350
Eric Bishop
 
Warren & Marion Bistram
862-9561
Alan Bjerke
864-9128
Steven & Susan Bliss
863-8152
Pam Bockes
223-0554
David Boedy
862-3383
Terri Borden
849-6594
David Boyden
644-2212
Stephen Bradley
 
Mark Brasure
453-5329
Peter & Barbara Briggs
985-8257
Wayne & Carolyn & Warren B.
878-8890
Adrienne Brown
603-795-2866
Ann Burcroff
229-9677
Norton & Holly Cabell
 
Marvie & Bob Campbell
875-2235
William & Janet Cannon
253-4368
Len Carpenter
655-3071
Cathy Chamberlain
863-3067
Collie Chambers
655-0108
Carol Chapman
864-9327
Jeff & Robin Chapman
849-6464
Brenda Clarkson
496-7094
Steve & Christine Clifford
865-4428
Charlotte Coleman
229-0902
Mike Collins
222-5583
Thomas & Miriam Conlon
223-7347
Richard & Lori Dana
 
William & Sheila Davies
868-4430
Rick Davis
863-2438
James & Caroline Dawson
518-643-9289
Ken & Deb Derbyshire
878-1542
Michael Deroy
388-9852
Elizabeth Dews
849-6594
Robert & Sue Distler
617-393-7731
Robert & Melinda Dodds
879-1184
Kevin Dragon
864-4986
Laurence Duggan
862-5831
Lisa Dunham
655-3763
Diana & James Dunn
879-5306
Bob & Alice Durkin
244-8626
Smith & Jan Edwards
253-7765
Pisha Eliason
253-2343
Hap Eliason
 
Alf Elvestad & Linda Jones
603-632-7654
Jay & Joellen Falk
348-7857
Robert Farley
864-5324
Virginia Farley & Jack Byrnes
223-6470
Charlie Fisher
362-1996
Stephen & Susan FIshman
244-8134
Julie Fitzgerald
899-4312
Doug Flack
933-7752
Roger & Joan Foster
985-3900
Barb Frankowski
878-2018
Mitch & Myrna Fried
879-1491
Mike Fullerton
456-8701
Tom & Karen Furland
878-8330
Tom Fyles
 
Poppy Gall
867-4047
Mary Garamella
223-6592
David Garbose
425-3335
Virginia Garrison
496-4622
Olivia Gay
223-3858
Fritz & Teresa Georgi
655-5657
Bill & Paula Gerlack
879-0979
Green Mt. Club
223-3463
Joseph & Kathryn Goguen
863-3617
Arnold & Virginia Golodetz
658-0238
Rick & Karen Gomez
244-6308
Ray Gonda
862-6164
Christopher Grace
865-3919
Peter Grant
453-2278
Jay & Sharon Graves
229-1652
Ruth & George Groh
885-3787
John Guerriere
985-8130
Robert Gunn
775-2612
Wayne & Nance Hall
878-4278
Howard Hansen & Joan Macken
899-3067
Laurie Hanson
864-1740
Neal Haskel & Pam Farnham
 
Roger Hassol & Lori Barg
456-7088
Roy & Wendy Haupt
244-5213
Mary Ellen & James Hebert
985-3937
Tom & Irma Heeter
877-3437
Jeffrey Hendrickx
508-839-9744
James & Kay Henry
496-2084
Peter & Sheila Herman
439-5804
Jim Higgins
899-8687
Carolyn Hignite
860-1530
Lynn Hilliker
524-0137
Richard Hoisington
885-3332
Bradford Holden
899-4905
Richard Hollenbeck, Sr.
453-2416
John Hough
457-3077
Melrose Huff
425-2854
Joan Hughes
453-4377
Jean Hunt & Phelps Holloway
893-4036
Paul & Marilyn Hyde
879-7508
Richard & Constance Jamieson
496-2552
Maureen Jarrell
863-5249
Raymond & Lola Johnson
518-846-8234
Tom & Erna Jones
623-6080
Barry Jones
476-3265
Fred & Nance Jordon
223-3935
Donna Kaplan
862-1796
Tom Kastner
426-3734
Marisha Kazeniac
425-3380
Jay & Susan Kidney
518-293-8533
Russell & Lilo Kinaman
879-6666
John King
863-6429
Jay Kita
372-5095
Robert Klaridl
 
Joan Knight
879-0699
Mary Ladabouche
893-4281
Jill Laramie
 
Sheri & Rich Larsen
878-6828
Elaine Lavoie
863-5456
Thomas Leahy
879-4913
Bob & Nancy Leightner
813-575-0691
Marie Levesque
457-4591
Leslie Liebig
879-0571
Bill Lippert
482-3628
Randall & Marcia Lloyd
485-7391
Jim Loewen
658-1768
Donald & Carolyn MacDonald
862-0918
Greg Magnant
864-1835
Peter & Evangeline Malaney
868-4984
Rich & Heidi Manahan
524-5847
Stuart & Linda Marceau
879-6094
Everett Marshall
434-4872
Terry & PJ Martin
492-3400
Tim Marugg
508-568-0267
Jane & John McDay
879-1818
George & Margaret McIntosh
644-2135
CC McKegney
863-2058
Dick McKinnon
207-363-4168
Jack McKnight & Leigh MacDonald
864-6017
George McLane
985-4922
John McLaughlin
476-3023
Stephen McPherson
207-353-5811
Barry Medivetsky
658-1066
Marcel & Doris Meilleur
879-4489
Andrew & Corrinne Meilleur
878-3008
Mary Messier
 
Steven & Linda Messino
(415) 738-0654
Jason Miles
425-3711
Ruth Miller
985-2592
Ann Monti
223-6067
Michael & Tracy Morgan
223-2039
James Morris & Pat Spielman-M
434-4232
Fred Nadon
485-8168
Lynn Newcomb & Joe Pacini
229-0890
David & Louanne Nielsen
899-4021
Andrew & Reidon Nuquist
223-3550
Susan Nutter
434-3513
Denis & Tiiu O'Brien
785-2082
Rosemary O'Connell
496-4811
Joan Olson
879-4503
Tim Parsons & Anne Judson
863-6147
Rose Paul
434-2475
Phillip Paull
223-7431
Ann Perry
 
Sue Pierce
 
Eydie & Sylvia Pynes
446-3147
Alan Plumb
849-6558
Jim Poulin & Patti White
434-2708
Eve Pranis
434-4145
Thomas Price
864-4755
Lawrence Pyne
372-5822
Daniel & Laurie Reilly
476-0998
Robert & Annette Reynolds
453-2938
Richard & Paula Reynolds
888-5780
Marc & Patti Reynolds
524-3811
Peter & Keenie Richardson
649-5250
Alan Roberts
899-4129
Judy Rowe
985-2737
Michael Russom
863-2124
Charles Ryan
524-9062
Don Saunders & Nancy Wedt
203-242-7440
Daniel Schell
 
John & Meg Scherbatskey
229-504O
John & Bonnie Schneck
893-7706
Lorraine Schneehagen
862-4859
Rick Schneider & Helen Gordon
453-3570
Betsy Schneider
453-4631
Fred Schroeder
863-4415
John & Julianna Schroeder
899-2694
Bill Schultheis & Linda Miller
878-3748
Bob & Barbara Schumacher
985-2692
Herm & Ellie Schuster
524-2676
Mark & Mary Selig
524-3827
John & Susan Sharp
862-3941
Tony & Joann Shaw
879-1655
Nils Per Shenholm
 
Dave Shepard
223-5824
Anthony & Terry Shookus
203-666-5191
Allan & Liliane Siegel
524-9114
Tom & Elizabeth Slayton
229-0164
Mark Smith
864-5875
Clyde & Elizabeth Smith
518-962-4859
Susan Sonchik
878-4408
Sally Spear
893-7962
Cindy Sprague
482-3404
Andy & Carlene Squires
434-2533
Gloria & Gary Stephens
775-5735
Allen Stirt & Wendy Scott
933-2125
Karen Stranges
899-2168
Pat & Glenn Tanis
985-8706
Tim & Ruth Theodoseau
453-3402
Charlie & Marion Thompson
878-2536
Laurence & Patricia Thomson
434-3454
Philip Trent
862-8682
Dick & Kay Trudell
655-3554
Gary & Linda Unger
453-3980
Vicky Viens
244-1367
Olga Vrana
863-0295
Bill & Betty Wadland
879-6643
James & Deborah Walford
849-6672
Linda & Henry Wall
244-6923
Frank & Elizabeth Walsh
 
Barbara Waters
 
Michael Waters
372-5418
Steven Webster
223-5824
Nancy Wendt & Don Saunders
203-242-7440
Rod Wentworth & Jo Collemer
229-5054
Andrew White
422-3447
White Creek Field School
518-686-7208
Martha Whitney
862-5118
Elizabeth Peggy Whitson
864-5580
Allon & Marianne Wildgust
247-3119
Mark & Krista Willett
434-4297
Jane & Tony Williams
862-4875
Virginia Yandow
893-6328

RIVER FEATURES

Hazards, Terms, & Glossary

Learn to read the water to paddle well on a whitewater river. This means judging the effects of various currents on your boat and recognizing surface features that indicate hidden obstacles. Looking for protruding and obvious hazards is not enough. Recognize more subtle effects, seek out their clues and use them to your advantage.

Common River Features

V-Shaped Current:  

A rock in the current forms a 'V' with the point upstream, at the rock. A smooth 'V' with the point downstream indicates a channel between obstacles.

Standing Waves:  

Also called haystacks, roostertails, curlers, rollers, and "Ya-hoo, good surfin", these are waves caused by deeply buried rocks and slowing or colliding currents.

Eddy:  

Calm water or upstream current behind an obstacle at the shoreline or in the current.

Chute or Tongue:  

Fast current, often in a narrow channel.

Horizon line:  

A visual break in the view of the river, indicating a steep drop.

Common River Obstacles

Boulder:  

You know what a boulder is; little ones are rocks.

Boulder garden:  

Lots of the above forming a rapid with no clear, straight route.

Pillow:  

An upwelling on the upstream side of a boulder, often hiding the boulder from sight.

Ledge:  

A wide, shelf-like drop.

Hole, Hydraulic:  

Also called a reversal or recirculation. Upstream-flowing current, usually frothy and turbulent, behind obstacles located just below the surface. The current moving upstream can make it very difficult to escape, hence the term 'keeper' for some holes. The reversal behind a dam is a special (AND OFTEN DANGEROUS) case.

Common River HAZARDS and Dangerous Features

Dam, Weir:  

A dam may not be dangerous but beware of the hydraulic below it. Hydraulics below man-made obstacles are often very uniform across the river and can be difficult or impossible to escape. Do not run dams or weirs unless an experienced paddler using good judgment indicates that it is safe. Use all safety precautions.

Strainer, Sweeper:  

A tree that has fallen into the current can entrap a paddler in its branches. Water flows through them, but people do not. Stay away. Be cautious on narrow, twisting streams where a strainer can block the entire channel.

TREASURER'S REPORT

6/15/90 - 2/15/91

GENERAL FUND SAFETY & TRAINING FUND ------------ ----------------------

Beginning Balance: $ 297.76 Beginning Balance: $ 558.25

TOTAL TREASURY: $ 856.01

INCOME INCOME 28 Dues @ $6 $ 168.00 Decal sales $ 4.50 38 Dinners @ $2.50 $ 95.00 Canoe Class $ 220.00 Kayak Clinic $ 490.00

Total Income $ 263.00 Total Income: $ 714.50

EXPENSES EXPENSES Postage $ 149.16 Instruction Manuals Printing $ 240.77 for Classes $ 431.41 Bank service charge $ 0.00 3 First Aid Kits $ 116.26 Miscellaneous $ 0.00 Kayak Class $ 260.00 June dinner mtg $ 43.01 Total Expenses $ 432.94 Total Expenses $ 807.67

BALANCE $ 127.82 BALANCE $ 465.08

TOTAL TREASURY: $ 592.90

Susan Sonchik
Treasurer, NVCC

WHITEWATER SCHEDULE - 1991

Date	Day		Trip			Organizer		Telephone	Level

3/23 Sat Huntington River Cathy Chamberlain 863-3067 Int 3/24 Sun Canoe Training - Pool Mike Fullerton 456-8701 Beg Rich Larsen 878-6828

3/30 Sat Canoe Training - River Mike Fullerton 456-8701 Beg 3/31 Sun Jim's Choice Jim Dunn 899-4151 Int

4/6 Sat White River George McIntosh 644-2134 Beg/Int 4/7 Sun Moose River John King 863-6429 Int

4/13 Sat Upper Lamoille River John King 863-6429 Int 4/14 Sun White River Tony Shaw 879-1655 Beg/Int

4/20 Sat Lower Lamoille River Bill Gerlack 879-0979 Beg/Int 4/21 Sun Contoocook Mike Fullerton 456-8701 Adv

4/27-28 Sat-Sun West River Rick Davis 658-6614 Int/Adv

5/4 Sat Lower Lamoille River Volunteer Needed Beg/Int 5/4-5 Sat-Sun Ammonoosuc River Peter Alden 863-6585 Int/Adv

5/11 Sat Schroon River Tom Furland 878-8330 Int 5/11-12 Sun New York Rivers Bob/Marvie Campbell 875-2235 Int/Adv

5/18-19 Sat-Sun New York Rivers Al Roberts 899-4129 Int/Adv

5/25-26 Sat-Sun Hudson Gorge Eric Bishop (See below) Adv

6/1or2 Sat or Sun Hudson Gorge Sheri Larsen 878-6828 Adv

NOTES
  1. For information about each trip, contact the trip organizer. All trips are dependent an water level. The scheduled trips are based on "normal" spring-time water levels. The trips listed may be changed or canceled if the water level is unsuitable.

  2. Persons interested in leading an alternative trip on a particular day should contact the trip organizer so information about the trip can be relayed to others.

  3. Contact Eric Bishop at if you are interested in exploratory trips on other rivers (at Int or Adv level). Call directory assistance for Montpelier for his new telephone number.

  4. Depending on water levels, a trip on Southern Vermont Rivers may take place on either the weekend of 4/6-4/7 or 4/13-4/14. Contact Bob or Marvie Campbell at 875-2235 for information.

  5. Evening trips on the Lower Lamoille River may be held on the following Wednesdays: 4/24, 5/2, 5/8, 5/15. Contact Rich Larsen at 878-6828 for information.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE/APPLICATION

New Membership. <-----CIRCLE ONE-----> Update/Renewal

MY INTERESTS:
Whitewater.
 
Family trips.
 
Lessons (canoe).
Flatwater. Camping. Lessons (kayak).
Other (specify) ________________________________________________________
SKILLS: CANOE
 
SKILLS: KAYAK
Beginner. Beginner.
Intermediate. Intermediate.
Advanced. Advanced.
Max. class paddled:_______ Max. class paddled:_______


I may be willing to...
  1. Be a trip organizer.
  2. Be a tandem partner.
  3. Promote conservation of paddling resources.
  4. Report level for the following river(s)_________________________
  5. Volunteer/help to_________________________________________


Name_____________________________________________

street_____________________________________________

town______________________________

state________ zip code_______________

phone____________________________email______________________

This is a printable membership form (vintage 1998). Please read and sign the waiver, then mail both with your membership fee ($8 per individual OR family) to:

Rich Larsen VPC Membership Chairman (802)878-6828
11 Discovery Road, Essex Junction VT 05452



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NOTE: All adult members must sign and submit a VPC Waiver and Release of Liability.
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