Break Water Beach Restrictions until the end of 2020

Luk asked me to post the following information:

The District of Kent will be making improvements to Breakwater Beach. This will include leveling and resurfacing the gravel parking lot, putting in dividers for angled day parking, and moving the boat ramp slightly towards the road.

They will be doing this in phases between Oct 28 and the end of the year. Be aware that if they are actively working, access will not be allowed. So perhaps check the webcam before going there to windsurf or kiteboard?

I will try to post photos as the work progresses.

2020 HWS AGM Meeting minutes

Here are the minutes of the 2020 Annual General Meeting as recorded by Rhonda. Even though life does not allow her to windsurf very much at Harrison these days, she still volunteers to do this every year. Thank you Rhonda.

And kudos to Luk and Alex for convincing Kent to pay for the beach porta-potti, among other possible happenings this year. Thanks Luk and Alex.


New Gallery Photos

Check out the new photos in the Gallery!
Ewa and Les took them during their visit at the beginning of July.

The first few photos are where they sail in Mexico during the winter. The rest were taken at the Breakwater.

UPDATE! Ewa sent me some more photos from May 2015 which were not in the album. There are some good kite jump photos. Check out the May 2015 album entries also.

Derelict sunken boat hazard reduction

On Monday Mar 18 Michelle Ambrose and I went to Harrison to take advantage of the very low water level to try and break up the sunken derelict boat that is close to the breakwater. The boat is extremely well built with massive 6×6 timers and formed steel pieces bolted and nailed together. We could only manage to lower it somewhat by prying off some of the semi rotten top timbers and planks. More importantly we removed and/or flattened the numerous, large, and dangerous bolts, spikes, and nails sticking out of it. So it is now a safer, lower, and smoother surfaced derelict.

Probably the only realistic solutions to getting rid of it entirely is to have it towed by either a tug boat or a land based vehicle. Even after all the years it has been in the water it is still really solid, and heavy.

Unfortunately we did not think to take any photos. However I did manage to use the footage from the webcam on that day to create a time lapse GIF which you can see below. The camera is too far away to give anything other that a very grainy image of us and the boat. So what you see is a Benny Hill type time lapse of a couple of figures in black wetsuits sawing, prying, hacking and sledge hammering on the boat for over an hour.

If anyone knows the history of the sunken boat I would like to post it on our website.

Also, I happened to stumble upon this link to a Federal Government program to get rid of abandoned boats in case the club wants to pursue it:

Here is the Benny Hill time lapse GIF of our efforts, lol:


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