Upcoming Boating Courses
2019 Bilgewater Bash
Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron’s 47th Annual Commander’s Bilgewater Bash Dinner & Dance is a fun event where we celebrate the past year of teaching safe boating and “kick-off” the 2019 boating season.
Join us and be prepared for a delicious RVYC buffet dinner, Bilgewater punch, door prize draws and dancing to great tunes!
Have you heard of our famous Bilgewater Punch? The punch is included in the ticket price for this event. It’s a long-standing delicious tradition for Vancouver Squadron to mix this secret brew – just don’t ask us what’s in it! There is also a cash bar available.
Date: April 6, 2019
Doors Open: 1800 hrs
Bilgewater Service: 1815 hrs
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Jericho)
3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC V6R 1B3
Dresscode: Dressy or smart casual (no jeans please)
Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Jericho)
3811 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, BC
Parking: Free “outdoor” parking is available. Please provide your licence plate number to the front desk.
Please contact Dave Atchison at 604-980-7882 if you can donate a door prize.
Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/commanders-bilgewater-bash-2019-tickets-54406309737
We'll see you there!
Maritime Radio Examiners
We are looking for volunteers to support us as Maritime Radio Examiners. Candidates must have a Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC endorsement (the certificate CPS has been issuing since 2004), and a reasonable knowledge of radio procedures and the phonetic alphabet. Examiners will attend the final portion of a Maritime Radio courses (approximately an hour) on a Saturday afternoon. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Peter Bennett at email@example.com or 604-817-4165.
Bridge Officers are the group of volunteers that keep our squadron active and vibrant and work to keep the members of the Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron informed and involved in social activities and organized cruises. Most urgently we are looking for a Cruise Coordinator. If you are interested in this or any other position or have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review January Squadron Night and Student Graduation
At Squadron night this month we were lucky to have Constables Graham Webb and Perry Fiedler of the Vancouver Police Department Marine Unit. Both have experience with other police and military forces and have had extensive training for this posting. They provided an educational and interesting evening supplemented by many pictures, videos and stories.
Photo credits: Dennis Steeves
The Marine Unit has been around since 1911 dealing with maritime issues in local waters and currently serve with three boats and 12 officers. Graham and Perry did an excellent job of telling us about their exploits, the services they provide and the specialized training they get. There was a lot of silence watching the video of them boarding a Navy ship up a rope from a RIB going 17 knots in not calm weather. Just one of the many things they practise and train for to be ready for any scenario.
They gave us lots of information on keeping boats secure from theft and some close to home stories to back it up. Turns out, one member present was inadvertently a subject of the anecdote as it was his outboard that was stolen!
The presentation provided an insight into some of the many ways boaters can be ticketed. The main one, of course, is don’t operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They both stressed the importance of safe boating and being prepared for all circumstances. And, they pointed out that Marine violations attract a much larger penalty than similar auto or land-based fines. Another good reason to take Squadron courses!
Policing on the water also includes investigating non-boating crimes and several slides included shots that to the uninitiated looked like they were taken from a TV crime show. One shot in particular of weapons being found could have been from a comedy show if it hadn’t been so frightening. Turns out some suspects in a shooting incident had tossed their weapons into the river to avoid being found. Unfortunately, the person involved in this stellar plan did not check their tide tables and low tide exposed their fabulous hiding place.
There was lots of information on all the community liaison they do including taking non-profit groups, new Canadians, interested charities and other groups out on their boats introducing them to the water and to safe boating. The benefits of these services and the amount of goodwill and safe boating they provide is often under appreciated by the rest of us.
Graham and Perry had good information on making sure safety gear was actually useable and not still in the package stored. And good tips on radio use including monitoring Channel 12. Boating safety includes in the water survival knowledge as well and they provided a good update on hypothermia prevention and treatment in addition to longer survival methods.
The two Officers provided us with a fun evening of education, safety knowledge and lots of great boating pics.
If you were there, thank you for coming out to Squadron Night, if you weren’t there, I hope to see you February 18th for our next Squadron night when we will learn about cruising to Alaska.
Brian Kennedy - Programs Officer
Most recent students and friends attended. Congratulations again to all students for passing their exams! Many thanks to Squadron volunteers and students!
Vancouver International Boat Show - February 6-10
February Squadron Night - February 18
March Squadron Night - March 18
2019 Bilgewater Bash - April 6
April Squadron Night - April 15
May Squadron Night and AGM - May 20
June Squadron Night - June 17
Squadron Bridge (2018-2019)
Commander Bill Botham
Executive Officer Elizabeth Zygmunt
Educational Officer (Boating, PCOC) John Steede
Assistant Educational Officer Peter Girling
Assistant Educational Officer (Radio) Peter Bennett
Secretary Charles Tai
Financial Officer Les Hausch
Membership Officer Twyla Graeme
Programs Officer Brian Kennedy
Environmental Officer Bill Blancard
Communications Officer Sabine Just
Newsletter Editor Sabine Just
Port Captain Walter Gfeller
Supply Officer (Regalia) Don Zarowny
Webmaster/IT Officer Peter Bennett
Historian Dennis Steeves
Cruise Coordinator Available
Support Dave Atchison
Audit Review Committee Chair Jeff Booth
Past Commander Roger Middleton