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 3
November 2016

Upcoming Events

November 21 - Steveston Marine Night A great night of friends, vendors, and Steveston Marine! See details below.

December 12 - Meeting Night Bill Kelly and Anne Vipond, well known local authors of many cruising guides, will talk about "The Fast Passes Of BC", including highlights of the characteristics of each pass with aerial and water view photography and maps.

January 16 - Meeting Night Details coming soon.

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.

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....
Hello Everyone!

With the Vancouver 2016 National Conference behind us now, we can all breathe a little easier. It’s always a lot of fun, but a massive amount of effort goes into pulling off a successful event like this. National hailed it one of the best in recent memory. Well done, team! I would like to thank each of you who helped make it such a success.


Congratulations to Art Rendell on becoming a CPS-ECP Life Member, and to Jerry Powers and the other Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check volunteers for clinching Top Squadron for Vancouver. Thank you all for your hard work and community service!

This year’s Joe Gatfield Leadership Award went to P/C/C Doreen Hinksman, AP. She has been a member for over 52 years and has earned 48 merit marks! It goes without saying that a standing ovation was given! 

One of the great things about CPS-ECP are the lasting friendships that are created through cruises, courses, and the various events where we interact with each other on different levels. The National conference brings together people we don’t normally get to see, but many of whom we interact with via email. Once strangers, many have become familiar faces over the past few years for me, and I look forward to seeing these special friends at this annual event.


“A strong friendship doesn’t always need daily conversation or togetherness, as long as the relationship lives in the heart, true friends will never part.”  Anonymous

Speaking of annual events, it’s time for Steveston Marine Night once again on November 21 at FCYC. There are lots of great vendors coming with door prizes galore, and a sneak peak at their 2017 boat show products. Hope to see you out there. Everyone is welcome! There is also a separate Wine and Cheese event at several of the stores on other nights where CPS-ECP members get exclusive deals! RSVP today! 

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about December, but one of the things I’ve always wanted to do personally is to participate in the Parade of Carol Ships, Friday and Saturday nights in December. Now that Wings is ready for sea (well, at least motoring), we intend to decorate her with lots of lights and come out for a few of the nights. I have contacted the organizers and they are thrilled about the idea of local squadrons participating. Registration is a simple form and is free for private yachts. It’s basically follow-the-leader at 6 knots while monitoring channel 67. I would like to propose “Light up the Bay”, an evening raft-up in English Bay, open to all, where all our decorated boats gather for some food, fun, and a special grand prize for best decorated boat donated by yours truly. 

Here’s to camaraderie and friendship!


Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 21.

Back by popular demand: Steveston Marine Night!
See below for details.


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!


Squadron Social Night

Vendors will be on hand to present some of their latest and greatest products at Vancouver's Squadron Social Night, open to all CPS-ECP members & guests.

False Creek Yacht Club
Monday November 21

Doors open:  19:00
Event begins: 19:30

All Canadian Power & Sail Squadron members and guests are invited to join Vancouver Squadron for our Social Night with Steveston Marine!

This special event is presented by Steveston Marine & Hardware, who will be showcasing some of the finest marine products they offer with representatives from leading manufacturers, including:

Plus, a sneak peek at the 2017 Vancouver International Boat Show!
Complimentary Desserts & Fabulous Door Prizes!
Tickets are $10!

 Limited space available

Private Wine & Cheese Nights

Steveston Marine will be a hosting a private wine and cheese event after-hours in THREE STORE LOCATIONS, offering special discounts to all CPS-ECP members and guests.
Doors Open: 18:00h - 22:00h
Door prizes throughout the night!

Enjoy special pricing just for us (over 25,000 items in stock) and on-hand factory specialist demos.

SAVE!! Get your Christmas shopping done early!!
15% off white tagged items & MANY MORE SPECIALS!

Wednesday November 30
8331 River Road

Thursday December 1
1667 West 5th Ave

Friday December 2
201-19700 Langley Bypass
Your RSVP guarantees there is plenty of wine and cheese for all!
However, if you decide to come at the last minute, don't worry.  You are able to get your door prize tickets when you arrive.

Can't make it in person? Email Rahim and receive special pricing when ordering online or by phone!
Education News

Upcoming Courses

    Register online at
  • Boating 1 (PCOC): 4 week Course at Prince of Wales School
    • November 17 to December 8
    • $95 (non-member) / $95 (member)
  • Maritime Radio: 1 day course
  • Fundamentals of Weather: 11 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 17 to April 11
    • $175 (non-member) / $155 (member)
  • 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)

Safe Boating Videos now online!

To promote safe boating, United States Power Squadrons has launched its new Digital Media Library online and as a free mobile app.

All digital media in the library is offered to the public at no charge. Users can sign up to be notified when new material is added to the library and to request information about particular boating topics.

To access the material, visit You can also subscribe to the USPS DML YouTube channel and check out videos and behind the scenes content at the USPS DML Facebook page or follow USPS DML on Twitter.
From USPS, the new “Departing” video shows how to depart from docks or slips by using boat engine shifts, throttles, and steering, giving consideration to wind and current, while properly managing lines and maintaining a proper lookout throughout all activities.
Viewers will also learn how to make clear departures from mooring buoys and shorelines by confirming there are no conflicts with their boats’ intended actions in relation to other boats or activities in the vicinity, avoiding contact with mooring lines and buoys, and without damaging the propulsion unit.
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!       
Carol Ships

Parade of Light

Photo courtesy of

Deck the halls and light up your boat!

Join us this season in the Parade of Light with Vancouver's Carol Ships.

Registration is free, and the parade will cruise Friday and Saturday nights between December 2 and 18.
Check the sailing schedule to see which night and location works best for you.

Participants will monitor channel 67 and it is best that boats can achieve a speed of 6 knots.

Commander Middleton will be awarding the VPS best decorated vessel.
The winner and a guest will be his guests for dinner at the Beach House Restaurant in West Vancouver.

If you're interested in attending, please contact Cdr Roger Middleton at

For more information, go to
November 22 & 23, 2016
Pacific Gateway Hotel
Richmond, BC

Once a year, the recreational boating industry comes together to learn, connect and share ideas. Delegates will leave with tangible takeaways to anticipate what lies ahead, and be prepared to make the most of new opportunities and weather foreseeable challenges.

To find out more, go to

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

Congratulations to

Jerry Powers,

for winning the Steveston Marine 2016 CPS-ECP National Conference & AGM draw!

He's won a new Walker Bay Odyssey 240 Inflatable Air Floor Boat!

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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