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Volume XL      Number 4   April 2022
        
Commander’s Log

 







 


 

Where does the time go? I can’t believe that it is already April. Spring flowers and hopes of warmer weather have people going down to their boats to get them ready for the season.

As everything continues to open up, Vancouver Squadron also has events planned. Jerry Powers  (
jwpowers@shaw.ca) is actively planning RVCC checks at local marinas. Get your boat checked out for required safety equipment and then help out to ensure that others carry the necessary ‘stuff.’   This is a fun and worthwhile activity. Nervous about the new Omicron variant? No worries, these checks can be done from outside with distancing and masks if you prefer.

We are still looking for helping hands for our Flare return day at Steveston Marine on Saturday May 07. You don’t need to commit to spending the whole day – volunteer for 2 or 4 hours - every bit helps.    This is also a good way to touch base with people that you may not have seen for awhile.   Contact Bill Botham (
wb2325@telus.net)  and let him know what hours that you are available.

I am also looking forward to the Squadron cruise to Bowen Island. This has always been a fun weekend. No boat? No problem! You can take the short ferry ride for the day or rent a little cottage and spend the weekend. There are lots of things to do and it will also be a great start to the summer cruising season. Check out further in the Masthead for details but don’t wait to make your reservation!

April’s Squadron night promises to be very interesting. Catriona and Dan from the Department of Fisheries will be giving updates on our resident whales.  Note that it is a week later than usual due to the Easter Long weekend.  Check out the details further in the Masthead.

Our AGM and Change of Watch are coming up May 16, 2022. To celebrate a return to a "new" normal, we will be having a BBQ and potluck dinner at the FCYC.  See further in the Masthead for details. 

Though most Bridge members will remain in their positions, there are many positions that need help. Many of our current Bridge members are Life members – that means that they have given a minimum of 20 hours per year of volunteering for 20 years! Many of them have volunteered for far more. These members can and would love to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with ‘newbies.’   ‘Newbies’ can bring new life and new ideas to the Squadron.   Vancouver Squadron has been a leader and the envy of other squadrons over the years for our Education Courses and Squadron activities, but we are reaching a crisis point if we don’t get new people to help out. Without more people in Education, we will not be able to offer courses. We need a Programs officer to find and organize the wonderful speakers that we have for Squadron night. Or maybe you prefer to organize a pub night? Or a wine tasting? We need a Masthead Editor to advertise our events and find interesting tidbits for members. Volunteering can be fun, a great way to meet people and an opportunity to learn new skills.  

Contact any current Bridge member to let them know that you are interested in keeping Vancouver Squadron strong and vibrant in the years ahead.

Check out the rest of the Masthead for upcoming events and other interesting boating tidbits!

Until next time,

Elizabeth

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

Squadron Vancouver nightMonday April 25 at the False Creek Yacht Club
 
False Creek Yacht Club (Top floor)
Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Event begins at 7:30 pm
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 April 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm for a presentation by

Catriona Day and Dan Vo, Department of Fisheries


 
Whale, hello from DFO! Join Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Whale Protection Unit Fishery Officers, Catriona Day and Dan Vo, as they present the laws and guidelines surrounding the enjoyment of whales and orcas on the water. Learn about Canada’s legal requirements for boaters under the federal Fisheries Act, Marine Mammal Regulations and Interim Orders for the protection of the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales, as well as best boating practices when encountering these incredible mammals in BC waters. All other fishing questions welcome as well. Come for the whales, stay for the swag!

Catriona Day
 
Fishery Officer
Whale Protection Unit
Conservation & Protection – Pacific Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
604-836-4158





It promises to be a very interesting evening.    Make sure you put Monday April 25th at 7:30 p.m. in your diary and join us in person! There will be NO GoToMeeting link this month.
 
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 
https://www.cps-ecp.ca/ecommerce/course-calendar/



Office of Boating Safety Presentation – Follow up From Sean Dimoff from Last Month's Squadron Night
 
Sean Dimoff gave a very informative presentation on what the Office of Boating Safety does.  As promised he has followed up with a list of email addresses and phone numbers you can contact.

 If you can’t figure out who to call, I recommend calling the Office of Boating Safety and an officer will be happy to direct you or answer your question.

 


Office of Boating Safety – Pacific Office – Pleasure craft, sewage, marine enforcement consultation, PCCC, Rental Boat Oversight, or if you are not sure who to call
 
Phone: 604-666-2681
 
Email:
PACOBS@tc.gc.ca
 
Website:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/marine-safety/office-boating-safety
 
Pleasure Craft License:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/vessel-licensing-registration/licensing-pleasure-craft-apply
 
FAQ:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/marine-safety/pleasure-craft-licences-questions-answers
 
Safe Boating Guide:http:// https://tc.canada.ca/sites/default/files/migrated/tp_511e.pdf
 

Registration Office  - Vessel registration and commercial vessel
 
Email:
vr-ib@tc.gc.ca
 
Website:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine-transportation/vessel-licensing-registration/canadian-register-vessels
 

Navigation Protection Program – Obstructions to navigation, abandoned vessels, construction on the water
 
Phone: 604-775-8867
 
Email:
NPPPAC-PPNPAC@tc.gc.ca
 
Website:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/programs/navigation-protection-program/navigation-protection-program
 
Receiver of Wreck:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/marine/receiver-wreck-overview
 
 
 

Annual General Meeting, Change of Watch & BBQ

AGM starts at 7:30pm
Pre- AGM BBQ starts at 6:00pm
Monday, May 16th, 2022, at the False Creek Yacht Club



PLEASE RSVP BELOW FOR THE AGM AND THE BBQ

To welcome everyone back, there will be no charge for the BBQ this year.   We do need the correct numbers though, so no one goes home hungry!

If you would like to attend the BBQ dinner, please RSVP so that we know how much food to order... All the fixings, buns, assorted sides, salads and nibbles are included in your ticket price. The BBQ begins at 6:00 PM. 

Potluck side dishes, salads and/or desserts are welcome and greatly appreciated. 

BBQ walk-ins can only be accommodated while the burgers last.

Clicking the RSVP button will let us know two things:

1) That you are planning to attend the AGM portion of the evening 
- Please select "Free Ticket" to the AGM alone. This helps in ensuring that we have a quorum

2) That you want to attend the BBQ portion of the evening as well
- Please select your preferred burger - chicken, beef, or veggie

RSVP HERE:


https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/annual-general-meeting-change-of-watch-bbq-tickets-320341097847

 
Vancouver and Pacific Mainland District Power and Sail Squadrons Predicted Log Race    June 4th, Indian Arm


Please read the below advertisement and if you are interested please contact Dennis Steeves at dsteeves@telus.net or (604) 880-5388





If you plan on competing in the Predicted Log Race please ensure that you have sufficient crew to provide a skipper, navigator, and exchange observer!
 

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
ingridmclaine@yahoo.com
 
 
BRIDGE POSITIONS OPEN!  SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!




As Elizabeth mentioned in her Commander's Report, our AGM and Change of Watch are happening on May 16th. Though most Bridge members will remain in their positions, there are many positions that are open, such as:
Commander
Executive Officer
Education Officer
Assistant Education Officer
Masthead Editor
Programs Officer

    Volunteering can be fun, a great way to meet people and an opportunity to learn new skills.  

Please consider volunteering for any of the above-mentioned positions.

Please contact any current Bridge member to let them know that you are interested in keeping Vancouver Squadron strong and vibrant in the years ahead.
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
pro@vpsboat.org and we'll try to include them in the Masthead when we have space.

Happy writing... and boating!      
UPCOMING EVENTS
 

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
June 04, 2022: Predicted Log Race

     


 
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  smo-vancouver@cps-ecp.org
Squadron Bridge (2021-2022)

Commander Elizabeth Zygmunt  
Executive Officer 

Assistant Educational Officer Peter Girling    
Assistant Educational Officer (Radio)
Peter Bennett    
Secretary
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    
Historian
Dennis Steeves    
Past Commander
Bill Botham 
Officer-at-Large Dave Atchison     
Officer-at-Large Roger Middleton
Officer-at-Large    

 

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