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Volume XXXVII      Number 2       February 2019
Commander’s Log
Ahoy Members and Friends!
Our Squadron Training Officer John Steede gave me the results of the Boating 2 & 3 exam with all 20 students who wrote having passed. In fact, two students achieved 100% in their Boating 3 exam. Congratulations to Rob Roy and Brent Braybrook in achieving a perfect exam result! My thanks to John, the course instructors and all the proctors involved and, of course, our students for without you where would we be? 

At the January Squadron meeting there was a total to 60 attendees at this event with 14 students and 8 guests present. We also had the Vancouver Police Department Marine Squad as the featured speaker. 

I’ve already mentioned that the Bilgewater Bash is coming soon and there is more information available in this issue of the Masthead. Remember not only have we been able to do without a price increase for this spectacular event but in fact have reduced the cost of the tickets by $10 per person! You can order tickets online here. Please join us on April 6th for a great party at a great location. 

At our next Squadron meeting February 18th Harold Riffel and Janet Coates will speak about their 5-month journey to Alaska on their 40 foot trawler Raven Song. Just in time to start planning for summer your summer cruising.

I will often see videos that are of interest to fellow boaters and this particular one follows up the 1-10-1 theory we heard of from VPD Marine squad. My thanks to Huddie Bennett for bringing this to our attention

Here is another example of how the professional skippers mess up at times which makes for interesting viewing too. Now I feel better for those times that Deora has misbehaved.
I hope to see you February 18th for our next Squadron night when we will learn about cruising to Alaska. Another very interesting evening that’s for sure.

On a final note the Squadron Bridge is up for renewal come May and while it is still months away, please consider stepping up to serve on the Bridge, we are always looking for volunteers regardless of their experience with CPS and the Squadron.


Bill Botham
Commander, Vancouver Squadron 
Squadron Night
The Adventures of Raven Song 
"This Amazing Coast - Photos and Stories of a cruise ranging from Vancouver to Glacier Bay"

Monday, February 18th

Squadron Nights provide a great opportunity to socialize with fellow boaters and experience fun and fascinating guest speakers.

Please join us for our February Squadron Night when Harold Riffel and Janet Coates will speak about their 5-month journey to Alaska on their 40 foot trawler Raven Song.

Please come and enjoy another relaxing evening with other Squadron Members and guests.

See you on the 18th!
False Creek Yacht Club (top floor) 
Doors open at 7:00 PM
Presentation begins at 7:30 PM

Admission is $5 at the door. 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.
Upcoming Boating Courses

Don't miss your chance to get a seat in our upcoming boating courses!

Introduction to Weather for Recreational Boaters (Only Weather course in Western Canada this spring - Offered by Port Moody Squadron)  Start date: February 14, 2019 More information and registration

Maritime Radio  Start date: March 2, 2019 More information and registration
Maritime Radio  Start date: March 30, 2019 More information and registration
Boating 1 – Boating Basics - Get your PCOC  Start date: April 4, 2019 More information and registration
Maritime Radio  Start date: May 4, 2019 More information and registration
To see all upcoming courses, please click here.
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

Tickets: $75/person 

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:

We'll see you there!
Help Wanted

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 or 604-817-4165.

Bridge Members

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
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.

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!
Photo credits: Dennis Steeves
Upcoming Events

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    
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    
Dennis Steeves    
Cruise Coordinator
Dave Atchison    
Audit Review Committee Chair
Jeff Booth    
Past Commander
Roger Middleton


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