Volume XLI       Number 11       September 2022


Ahoy everyone!
I hope that everyone had a great summer.  Though the weather started off a bit cool and wet, it quickly transformed into another hot and dry summer.
After 7 years of varying degrees of boat trouble, we finally made it back to Desolation Sound.  It was so lovely to again enjoy  its scenic beauty and warm waters.  We did various hikes, including one heat exhaustion one up Llanover mountain in Roscoe Bay.  We watched whales and porpoises hunt and play. We were able to meet up with fellow VPS members, Bev and Don from MV Sweet and discover a new, not to be disclosed, anchorage.   We were also able to (almost) test whether a Boston Whaler is unsinkable or not!   Though I would not recommend trying this out, getting together with friends on the water is what makes boating so much fun!   

This will be a short Masthead as well as being late and maybe even our last one.  Why? We currently are without a Masthead Editor.  This is a very important position because it is our only way of effectively communicating our activities.   We use MailChimp so if you have some experience of this or like to learn new things or just fiddle around on the computer, please contact myself or any Bridge member. Maybe you know someone who writes blogs or needs experience for a work project.  Have them contact us!  If you aren't familiar with MailChimp, there is a bit of a learning curve, as I found out in putting together this issue but it was part of the fun.   It doesn't have to be perfect and will only get better with time.  Most of the content is generated by Bridge members or our boating partners, so the Editor just needs to do any corrections and format the material for the MailChimp template.  Of course, any articles that they may wish to write themselves will be gladly read by one and all.

Another important position is Programs Officer.   This is the person who gets to choose who will present at our monthly Squadron nights. This is a good way to meet interesting people who are involved in a myriad of marine topics.   This is probably one of the positions with the most fun!
You may have noticed a few other empty positions on our roster.  I don’t want to sound like a broken record (yeah-I’m dating myself!) but the Squadron is only as good as what the members put into it.  If you believe in boating safety, boating education, and boating fun, volunteer some hours of your time so that we can continue to offer classes, safety checks, flare return days etc.

A big thank you to our current Bridge members and all of our members who volunteer in our Education Department.  Though it is uncertain at this point as to whether we will have a Boating 2/3 course this Fall, it is certainly not due to lack of people volunteering to help Peter Girling.   Thank you!   

Pierre and I will be off on safari so will miss seeing everyone at the next few Squadron nights.   Hopefully a few of you will enjoy this lovely Fall boating weather!

Until next time

Past Commander, Vancouver Power & Sail Squadron
Lund Sunset
Squadron Vancouver nightMonday September 19 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 September 19.   We may or may not have a speaker but come on down and mingle with other Squadron members.  Maybe have a beverage and tell (or listen to) a story from the 2022 summer of boating.   It's sure to be a fun time!
Boating 2/3 - starting Sept 20, 2022.  Please contact Peter Girling as to the availability of this course   604-313-5508

Maritime Radio Operator Course  ((Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate (Maritime)

Start Date:   Oct 22nd, 2022 (1 day)
                      Dec 03rd, 2022 (1 day)

Start Time:   9:00 AM
Address:      St. James community Square, 3214 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, B.

Contact:    Peter Bennett
(604) 817-4165
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
Please see


We lost 2 long time Squadron members this past Spring/Summer:

Twyla Graeme  (April 12, 2022)

In addition to being our long standing Membership Officer, Twyla also did the following for over 20 years...
  • -Assisted with all course registrations 2- 3 nights a week for 3 weeks at Prince of Wales School twice a year.
  • -Attended all final exam nights at PW to sign up any students who wanted to become members of our squadron.
  • -Was at the door at FCYC on almost all squadron nights to welcome members and collect the entry fee.
  • -Arranged to keep name tags up to date for Bridge members.
Twyla was always ready to help out and was a tremendous asset to our squadron.
 She will be missed !
Patrick H. Dickie  (December 3, 1959 – June 26, 2022)
Patrick was an avid sailor and shared his joy of boating as an instructor of the Boating 4 course as well as lecturing to the Boating 2/3 classes when needed. He was an enthusiastic and innovative instructor and will be missed.
From the Office of Boating Safety

The Office of Boating Safety does the following:

  1. Pleasure Craft Licencing
  2. Pleasure Craft Operator Competency
  3. Rental Boat Best Practises
  4. Boating/ Waterway Restrictions
  5. Safety Equipment
  6. Boating Safety Outreach and Education
  7. Training Enforcement Partners
    1. The Enforcement partners who have the power to enforce the CSA, 2001 are BC Parks, RCMP, Municipal Police, Conservation Officers, DFO
  8. Liaising with Regional Districts, Municipalities and other Local Authorities
  9. Safety audits of Waterways and Businesses
  10. Issues related to sewage

Contact:  Boating Safety Officer, Office of Boating Safety, Marine Safety and Security Transport Canada, Pacific Region / Government of Canada / 604-355-7453/


September19, 2022:    Squadron night, FCYC  Speaker TBA
October 17, 2022:        Squadron night, FCYC, Speaker TBA
October 22, 2022:        Maritime Radio Course, St. James Community Square
November 22, 2022:    Squadron night, FCYC, Speaker TBA
December 03,2022:     Maritime Radio Course, St. James Community Square

Past-Commander       Elizabeth Zygmunt
Executive Officer 

Assistant Educational Officer Peter Girling    
Assistant Educational Officer (Radio) 
Peter Bennett    
Charles Tai    
Financial Officer         
Don Mathew    
Membership Officer     Moe Forrestal 
Assistant Membership Officer 
Programs Officer 
Environmental Officer   Bill Blancard    
Masthead Editor  
Supply Officer (Regalia) Don Zarowny    
Webmaster/IT Officer 
Peter Bennett    
Dennis Steeves    
Officer-at-Large          Bill Botham
Officer-at-Large          Les Hausch 

Past Commander 

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