Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron is a unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. Charitable Registration Number: 10686 5611 RR0001
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Volume XXXV
Number 5
January 2017

Upcoming Events

January 16 - Meeting Night P/Cdr Jeff Booth: To Ocean Falls and Back, Cruising to the Central Coast, A Boating Adventure. Jeff will present to us his summer adventure, as he and Izia cruised from the end of May to mid-September this year. See below in this Masthead for details.

February 20 - Meeting Night Sergeant Barry Meyer will be with us to talk about Shiprider. Sgt Meyer is the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Shiprider Unit, stationed on the West Coast of British Columbia.
Canada-U.S. Shiprider, officially known as Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (ICMLEO), represents a truly cooperative approach to combating cross border crime on Canada and U.S. shared waterways.

April 8 - Bilgewater Bash! Mark your calendar for The Commander's 2017 Bilgewater Bash to be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC. 
Additional details and ticket information will be available in the February Masthead. See you there!

Past, current and incoming Power Squadron members are all welcome at Squadron Nights, held on the third Monday of each month. We meet at the False Creek Yacht Club on the north shore of False Creek under the Granville Street Bridge. The doors open at 7:00 pm, the event begins at 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
 From the Commander's Log....
Happy 2017! I trust that everyone had a great holiday season.
It’s been a long time coming, but Wings finally got her propane system checked and re-plumbed just  in time for us to head out with the Carol Ships for a few evenings with friends. Heat, hot chocolate, twinkling lights and gently falling snow made the evenings really special for us and our guests. I had hoped more Squadron boats would have joined us, but with the inclement weather and roads, as well as busy Christmas schedules, I completely understand. Maybe next year.

While we were outbound from False Creek on one of the Carol Ship nights, an inbound sailboat’s skipper started shouting across the water instead of using the radio. I barely made out “unlit sailboat ahead” which was ironic as his vessel was not displaying the correct navigation lights either. The other boat we were with turned back for fear of collision, but I decided to press on into English Bay to find this ghost sailboat to ensure that the vessel and crew (if aboard) were safe. Sure enough, within a few minutes, it emerged from the darkness. No lights of any kind, no persons on board, and anchored about 75 meters northwest of the red buoy, marking the otherwise safe entrance to False Creek.

This vessel is currently a hazard to navigation at night and in limited visibility. It is in the area where most inbound powerboats think about slowing down and just beyond where outbound vessels pick up speed, but have not yet leveled out on plane… basically the worst place possible. The vessel itself seemed cared for, compared to some of the others in the usual area off Kits Beach; perhaps it simply dragged anchor and needs a visit from its owner.

Whatever the reason, I called it in to the Coast Guard on 83A, who seemed happy to receive this report, however as of a few days ago, neither they nor VPD have done anything about it. So please, be extra careful at the entrance to False Creek at night or during fog until this situation is rectified.

Meeting Nights
FCYC Members voted not to renovate the space at their AGM, so that means our regularly scheduled Social Night on January 16 is still a go. P/Cdr Jeff Booth will be speaking to us about their adventures to Ocean Falls and back. This will be a special talk by one of our own, filled with salty tales, so please try to attend and bring someone new. I’ve heard a few of the stories as only Jeff can tell them and they are not to be missed, and neither is the gorgeous scenery!
Vancouver International Boat Show
The Vancouver International Boat Show is coming January 18 to 22, with the indoor show at BC Place and the floating show at Granville Island. Volunteers are needed to help man the CPS-ECP booth at the indoor show. If you are able to assist, please provide Lynda Bennett, District PRO, with a few options of when you might be available. Just click on her name above to send her an email.  

Merit marks for 2016
Final reminder
: For those of you who have not yet reported your volunteer hours to me, John Steede, Dave Magnusson, or Shirley Shea, please do so as soon as possible so that they can be entered into the system and you can be recognized for your time throughout the year. Thank you to everyone who has helped CPS-ECP, and particularly Vancouver Squadron, in 2016. We simply can’t do what we do without you and your valuable time! 

Bilgewater Bash
Dave Atchison has been kind enough to help organize the Annual Bilgewater Bash once more. If you are planning on coming on April 8, please register early so that we have a better idea of numbers. Details to follow. He could also use some help, so if you’re willing and able, that would be awesome!

Spring Courses
Lastly, please see the upcoming Spring Semester of courses below. Not all courses have immediately available e-Book material, so they need to be ordered for on an as-required basis. Please register today to avoid disappointment. Amanda and I will each be taking a course this semester for our own knowledge and to get to know the students better. I encourage you to do the same, as a refresher or as a proctor. You’ll be glad you did!  







Boat and Engine Maintenance 

January 17, 2017 

April 4, 2017 




Boating 2: Beyond the PCOC 

January 24, 2017 

April 25, 2017 




Boating 3: Introduction to Navigation 

January 24, 2017 

April 25, 2017 




Advanced Piloting 

January 26, 2017 

April 20, 2017 




Maritime Radio 

February 18, 2017 

February 18, 2017 




Boating Basics (PCOC) 

April 6, 2017 

April 27, 2017 




Maritime Radio 

April 8, 2017 

April 8, 2017 




Maritime Radio 

May 6, 2017 

May 6, 2017 




I hope to see you all soon at the Social and at the Boat Show!

Here’s to an exciting New Year full of adventure, good times, and good friends!


Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 16.

P/Cdr Jeff Booth will present To Ocean Falls & Back: Cruising to the Central Coast, A Boating Adventure

P/Cdr Jeff Booth got his start boating on exotic charters in various destinations around the globe starting in 2009. Together, Izia and Jeff have chartered in the Andaman Sea, Thailand; French Polynesia; British Virgin Islands; and canal boat charters in France and Holland. Upon purchasing their Mainship 430 Trawler in January of 2013, together they have taken multiple CPS boating courses and expanded their experience of discovery in waters of the Pacific Northwest. In 2016, they embarked on an epic journey to the Central Coast of BC, leaving the end of May, cruising up to Ocean Falls, BC, returning to Vancouver mid-September. This special presentation will be their story.


Squadron Nights provide a great opportunity to socialize with fellow boaters, find out what’s happening in the squadron, and experience fun and fascinating guest speakers. If you haven’t attended before, we meet in the FalseCreek Yacht Club pub. Guests are welcome! Be sure to mark your calendar for the third Monday evening of each month. We look forward to seeing you!

Education News

Upcoming Courses

    Register online at
  • Maritime Radio: 1 day course
    • February 18 (St James Community Square)
    • $125 (non-member) / $105 (member)
  • Fundamentals of Weather: CANCELLED.
  • Boat & Engine Maintenance: 10 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 17 to April 4
    • $175 (non-member) / $155 (member)
  • Boating 2 (Beyond the PCOC) & 3 (Introduction to Navigation) Combined: 12 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 24 to April 12
    • $330 (single person) / $330 + $250 (for two people)
  • Advanced Pilot: 11 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 26 to March 30
    • $175 (non-member) / $155 (member)
  • Boating 1 (PCOC): 4 week Course at Prince of Wales School
    • April 6 to April 27
    • $95 (non-member) / $95 (member)
Boat 'totally gutted' by fire in downtown Vancouver

A boat was destroyed when a fire broke out on board just on Wednesday, December 7, docked near Beach Avenue and Burrard Street in False Creek.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread to other boats or the dock. Fortunately, no one was inside the boat and no injuries were reported.

Crews were able to get the blaze contained before it spread to the dock or neighbouring boats, but the interior of the vessel was "totally gutted" by flames.

It was too early to determine the cause of the fire, but that an investigator was speaking with the boat's owner.

Full story at
Commander's Bilgewater Bash 2017

April 8, 2017

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC


Watch this space for details, coming soon!
Do you have any stories...
 ...That you'd like to share?

If you feel the urge to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, as the case may be), and have a story you'd like to share with fellow members, we'd like to read it!

Funny stories, lesson-learned stories, great cruising stories, you-won't-believe-what-happened stories...

Please send any short masterpieces to and we'll try to include them in the Masthead when we have space.
Happy writing... and boating!       

Add it to your calendars! 


January 18 - 22, 2017
If you'd like to have a safety check done, please contact Jerry Powers at
604-921-8896, or


For Sale

2009 Aluminum Boathouse 52 X 26 Currently at Mosquito Creek.

Boat entrance: door  height  is at least 22’ 8”; automated roll up door with remotes, UHMW sliders on side of doors
Floor: 3/4 inch  plywood with non slip paint 
Electrical: 100 amp/24 circuit 110 volt panel. Multiple outlets, fluorescent lights, shore power is 120/50 amp marine twist lock. 
Has a mezzanine with staircase and railing.
Multiple  8 ft translucent skylights. Currently houses a 36 Grand Banks with mast up.
Phone 604-943-4602

(Abbreviated List—Full List on our website)

Roger Middleton.………..(604) 354-3210
Executive Officer
Morgan Beall.……...........(604) 339-3943
Educational Officer 
P/Cdr John Steede..........(604) 274-0087
Asst Educational Officer 
P/Cdr Peter Girling
Daniel Blackman
Programs Officer 
Brian Kennedy
Environment Officer
Bill Blancard………….......(604) 931-5153
Public Relations Officer
Cara Duffield
Webmaster/IT Officer
Peter Bennett…………….(604) 817-4165
Newsletter Officer
Nadia Mudge
Past Commander
P/Cdr Jeff Booth……….....(778) 386-5828
Cruise Coordinator
Ingrid McLaine
Dennis Steeves………….(604) 263-4276
Supply Officer (Regalia)
P/Cdr Don Zarowny……..(604) 267-7442
Change of Address or 
Membership Inquiries 

Twyla Graeme……….......(604) 738-8563

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