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Volume XL      Number 3   March 2022
Commander’s Log




Welcome to March!  Amazing that a year ago, the vaccine roll-out was just starting for most people.  Covid-19 has certainly taken everyone on a journey, but it does look like we are finally heading towards a new ‘normal’ that will see us participating in many activities that have been sidelined the past 2 years.

One of these activities is Safety and Flare Days.  Vancouver will be hosting a flare return day at the Vancouver Steveston Marine store on Saturday May 07, 2022.   Besides safely disposing of your old flares, consider helping out with their collection.   Many hands will make for light work as well as more fun.   If this day is not convenient, check the CPS website to find another collection day near you:
Another activity that is resuming are the Recreational Vessel Courtesy Checks (RVCC).   Volunteers check vessels to ensure that they have all the legal safety equipment.   There is no charge for this service, nor are there any legal ramifications if your boat is found lacking.  At least none from CPS viewpoint but there could be a $200 fine if Transport Canada enforcement officers do the check and find that your boat doesn’t comply.   Jerry Powers is looking for volunteers and there is an online training course coming on March 22.   This is a fun volunteering experience.   Besides ensuring the minimum safety requirements on various sizes of watercraft, you meet many interesting people and get to see an assortment of boats.   See further in the Masthead for the training date and contact Jerry Powers if interested at

Meanwhile you can also do a check yourself, though you won’t get the sticker:

And yet another event returning – our annual cruise to Bowen Island!    Ingrid and Deano have stepped up to organize this fun event at the Union Steamship Marine for the weekend of May 27.  See further in the Masthead for details.  I have already booked my spot and look forward to seeing a lot of you there!

Last month’s Squadron night with Harald and Janet presenting on their Westcoast adventures was a highly watched event.   Harald did a great job of showing the planning involved from studying the charts, to considering the weather to where it would be possible to buy fuel and provisions.   We have another interesting Squadron night coming up on March 21 with Sean Dimoff from the Pacific Office of Boating Safety.  I am hoping to have this as a combined in-person/virtual event.  Hope you can join us.    

Our AGM and Change of Watch are coming up soon.   Though most Bridge members will be remaining in their positions, there are areas where we need your help.  Any skill set can be advantageous, but especially if you have a knack or enjoyment of social media, teaching or organizing events.   Length of time as a member of VPSS is not an issue – just a desire to move the Squadron forward and have fun while doing it!

As many of you know, I have been involved in the Boating 2/3 training both in the classroom and online.  One of the things that I enjoy so much about doing this is how much I learn as well.   Take for instance, ‘dead reckoning’.  We all know that it is a process of determining a vessel’s position using only knowledge of speed, elapsed time, course steered and a point of departure.   But do you know where the term came from?   This question was recently asked by a student and all the instructors and tutors pondered the question.  The consensus was it was from ‘deduced reckoning’ which is a common thought.   Sylvia Steede, meanwhile, did a google search and found that “The expression dead reckoning probably originated from use of the Dutchman's log, a buoyant object thrown overboard to determine the speed of the vessel relative to the object, which was assumed to be dead in the water”.   Intrigued, I did further research myself and discovered that among boating linguists, this has been a hot topic of controversy for many years.   Though there are several different theories of the origins of the term, it does appear that the interpretation of ‘deduced reckoning’ did not appear until just before WW2.  However, the term ‘dead reckoning’ appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary as early as 1613.  Christopher Columbus’s logbooks show evidence that he was a DR sailor, and the   Carta Pisana, dating back to 1275, is considered the oldest dead reckoning chart!   Who would have thought?   
I am sure that many of you heard the incredible story about a local man who survived for 6 days at sea on crackers and nacho chips after his sailboat sank.  Check out the details from the worldwide search website:
Check out the rest of the Masthead for upcoming events and other interesting boating tidbits!

And on a more sombre note, I hope that by this time next month, the conflict in Ukraine will be over with Russia having withdrawn all troops and halted its bombing.

Until next time,


Elizabeth Zygmunt
Commander, Vancouver Power & Sail Squadron
March Squadron Night

Squadron Vancouver nightMonday March 21 at the False Creek Yacht Club
False Creek Yacht Club (Top floor)
Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Event begins at 7:30 pm
Admission is $5 at the door (NOTE: WAIVED FOR THIS MEETING)
Cash bar is available for your enjoyment.
Parking at False Creek Yacht Club is limited. There is free parking in designated stalls in the open lot below and street parking is also available.

Join Vancouver Squadron’s social night on Monday March 21, 2022 @ 7:30 for a presentation by

Sean Dimoff, Boating Safety Officer, Office of Boating Safety, Transport Canada

The Office of Boating Safety of Transport Canada oversees federal regulations, policies, enforcement and technical services for recreational boaters and their vessels across Canada. The Office of Boating Safety of the Pacific Region focuses on recreational boaters in British Columbia.

As a Boating Safety Officer, Sean acts as a liaison for recreational boaters, enforcement partners, communities, stakeholders and partner groups. He serves as a resource for their boating questions, concerns, and informational needs. He frequently attend meetings or conducts training sessions with groups like the Canadian Power Sail Squadron. The main goal is to promote safe boating practices across Canada’s waterways.

It promises to be a very interesting evening.    Make sure you put Monday March 21at 7:30 p.m. in your diary and join us either in person or via the GoToMeeting link below:
Upcoming Boating Courses

Maritime Radio Operator Course

(Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate (Maritime))

To ensure that you will receive the course materials before the class, you should register at least two weeks before the class.  Registration will not be accepted on the day of the class.

The fees for all courses are $135 for CPS Members, or $150 for non-members

There is also a "no book" option for a second student sharing course material: members $112.50, non-members $125

We are offering the following one-day Radio Operator course this Spring, which will be virtual:

On-line class (0900- 1230): Saturday April 23, 2022

Please see


Pacific Partners Boating Bulletin - March 2022- Pleasure Craft Operator Competency

Get your pleasure craft operator card

Boating season is on its way! If you are planning on operating a motorized pleasure craft, you are required to have a Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC). This certification is used to make sure that boaters operating a motorized vessel understand the rules and requirements of pleasure boating.  

  1. Always keep your Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and a form of valid government photo identification on board when you are operating a motorized vessel, it is required by law.
    1. You can earn your PCOC by taking the test through any Transport Canada accredited program. Click here for a list of accredited programs.
    2. If you already have a boating certificate, it might fulfill the requirement of a PCOC card. Click here for a list of equivalent certifications.
    3. Will the person operating your boat be younger than 16? There are age-horsepower restrictions that boat operators under the age of 16 must comply with.
  2. Would you like to review the content of the PCOC course? Review our Safe Boating Guide, your #1 resource for knowledge on the rules and regulations associated with pleasure boating.
  3. Further training is always recommended, you can never be too prepared to be on the water. Take extra courses designed for the type of boating that you will be operating and gain valuable knowledge to make your boating experiences safer and more enjoyable.

Find out more about Pleasure Craft Operator Cards here.

CPS Courtesy Check Refresher

Please join us at the following links to participate:

RVCC Refresher Course for Checkers:
When:  March 22, 2022 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Microsoft Teams meeting
Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting:

Join with a video conferencing device

Video Conference ID: 112 385 827 4

Alternate VTC Instructions:

Or call in (audio only):

+1 647-749-3723,,639860807#   

Phone Conference ID: 639 860 807#


Bowen Island Cruise Friday May 27 to Sunday May 29

Join your fellow VPSS members for a weekend of fun, conversation and food at the Union Steamship Company Marina at Snug Cove, Bowen Island

If you can’t make it out on Friday, no problem! Come on Saturday.

If you don’t have a boat, don’t worry! Come by ferry; there’s plenty of great accommodation to book.


For those who are coming by boat: Please reserve  your space by phoning the Union Steamship Marina at 604-947-0707 and let them know you’re with the Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron. 

More details to follow.

Please also call, text or email  Ingrid to let her  know you’re coming:

778-879-9024 or
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!      

March 21, 2022 Squadron night speaker Sean Dimoff, Boating Safety Officer, Office of Boating Safety, Transport Canada
March 22, 2022 Refresher Course for Checkers
April 09, 2022 FCYC Safety Check
April 23, 2022: Maritime Radio Course, on-line
April 25, 2022 Squadron night DFO Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Whale Protection Unit Fishery Officers, Catriona Day and Dan Vo
May 16, 2022 Squadron night, AGM and COW
May 27-29: Bowen Island Cruise


Membership Renewal

A reminder to members to renew your membership! 

In order to renew, you must log into the cps-ecp website.  If you have forgotten your password, you can create a new one.  If you no longer use the email with which you made your profile, you will need to contact Moe to forward to National.  For security reasons, only the member can change their email.   If you forgot or ‘gave up’ last year when trying to renew your membership on the new system, you will not be penalized.   Just pay and renew for 2022 and you will be ‘good to go’ for the year.   Another note, the system is very fussy, and every box must be filled in order for you to proceed.   I know that, for some members, renewing has been a frustrating experience, but it is getting easier all the time as the various glitches are being found and worked out.

Remember that the ‘head of the household’ renews for the entire household.   Lifetime members must still renew at 0.00.     Any questions?    Any problems?  Ask our membership officer, Moe Forrestal
Squadron Bridge (2020-2021)

Commander Elizabeth Zygmunt  
Executive Officer 

Assistant Educational Officer Peter Girling    
Assistant Educational Officer (Radio)
Peter Bennett    
Charles Tai    
Financial Officer
Don Mathew    
Assistant Financial Officer
Les Hausch   
Membership Officer
Moe Forrestal 
Assistant Membership Officer
Twyla Graeme    
Programs Officer
     Terry Friesen
Environmental Officer Bill Blancard    
Communications Officer

Newsletter Editor  Carol Anne Humphrys
Supply Officer (Regalia) Don Zarowny    
Webmaster/IT Officer
Peter Bennett    
Dennis Steeves    
Past Commander
Bill Botham 
Officer-at-Large Dave Atchison     
Officer-at-Large Roger Middleton



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