Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron is a unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. Charitable Registration Number: 10686 5611 RR0001
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Volume XXXV
Number 1
September 2016

 Upcoming Events

September 19 - Meeting Night Neil McClelland will be presenting his experiences of taking a boat from Halifax to Vancouver via the Panama canal, complete with slideshow.

September 30 to October 2 - Keats Island Cruise Hot toddies and good company... what more could you want?

October 17 - Meeting Night The Canadian Coast Guard will tell us all about finding Erebus, Franklin's lost ship. Ryan Harris, our presenter, is one of the Parks Canada divers on the Coast Guard ship that found the Erebus.

November 21 - Steveston Marine Night More details coming soon.

December 12 - Meeting Night Bill Kelly and Anne Vipond,
well known local authors of many cruising guides, will talk about "The Fast Passes Of BC", including highlights of the characteristics of each pass with aerial and water view photography and maps.

Past, current and incoming Power Squadron members are all welcome at Squadron Nights, held on the third Monday of each month. We meet at the False Creek Yacht Club on the north shore of False Creek under the Granville Street Bridge. The doors open at 7:00 pm, the event begins at 7:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
 From the Commander's Log....
Welcome back!

As the summer of 2016 seems to be "drizzling" to a close, the time has come once again to turn our thoughts towards more indoor activities such as the fall courses and the upcoming National Conference, which will be held at the Wall Centre in Vancouver, October 25 to 30. It is coming upon us quickly, so please don't forget to register soon!
The link to register is here:

***Knowing When to Turn Back***

I sincerely hope you all got some time to have some fun out on the water. We did, but our time still seems to be heavily skewed in favour of boatyard activities, which is starting to make us think about a newer vessel. We are definitely torn. 

Fortunately, good friends of ours were away for the week surrounding the Canada Day long weekend and were generous enough to lend us their beautiful - and much newer - Beneteau 423. More sailing, less fixing!

Having been starved of on-the-water activities for much of the past two summers, and desperately wanting to make it to the Saturna Island cruise festivities, I was pushing hard to get all of my work done during the week, forcing two all-nighters: One at work, and another in the boatyard for some engine maintenance on ours which turned into bottom painting, toe-rail painting, and a ton of other tasks I hadn't planned on. All in, we ended up leaving for Saturna just before midnight on June 30, instead of at least 36 hours earlier.

I love sailing at night (I know, I'm a little odd), so I'm quite familiar with its risks. However, this night was different. It even felt different. We were both tired, and it was very dark... darker than normal... darker than I'd ever seen before.
Being a day or two away from a new moon didn't help either. Still, we cautiously pushed ahead. I knew the forecast wasn't awesome, and that the winds were expected to pick up, but even twenty knots didn't worry me too much.

What really got my attention, though, were two things: The first was when an inbound tanker made her Point Grey call (she was on radar but otherwise nowhere to be seen with our squinting eyes), and the second was when the lights of Nanaimo literally vanished into the darkness.
I knew we were in for a nasty squall at the very least. It was time to abort and turn back. We did, and it hit us halfway back. It was a disappointing moment, but I'd realized that I had made the right call.

My brother is an airline pilot and speaks of "get-home-itis", a condition that affects pilots of all ages near the end of a long day, and the cause of many preventable accidents as they push too hard to get to their destination, or in the worst cases, home. I confirmed with him that the sailor's equivalent does indeed exist and could be just as dangerous if not recognized immediately.

We ended up crossing the Strait in 25+ knots the next day, in the daytime, and had a host of other fun adventures once there! 

I'm very much looking forward to hearing about other peoples' summer cruising stories at Social Night!


Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, September 19.

Neil McClelland will tell us about taking a 70 foot yacht from Halifax to Vancouver via the Panama Canal.

The boat was a totally custom, welded aluminum, 65' boat with twin 460HP Cummins; Custom, in that he started with clean sheet of paper and a marine architect. Some of it worked out well, and some... you'll have to attend to find out the rest!



Squadron Nights provide a great opportunity to socialize with fellow boaters, find out what’s happening in the squadron, and experience fun and fascinating guest speakers. If you haven’t attended before, we meet in the FalseCreek Yacht Club pub. Guests are welcome! Be sure to mark your calendar for the third Monday evening of each month. We look forward to seeing you!

Cruise Coordinator's Corner
by Cruise Coordinator Ingrid McLaine,

Friday, September 30 to October 2 - Keats Island  

Keats is about 17 nautical miles from Vancouver. 

If you’re coming by ferry, take the Langdale ferry from Horseshoe Bay (about 40 minutes). Then you can take a 10-minute water taxi from Langdale or Gibsons. (However, if you let me know in advance I might be able to arrange a ride on one of the boats attending the cruise). There aren’t any stores or regular rental accommodation on Keats but I’m sure you can find something through You can also book a campsite at

If you’re coming by boat, there is limited dock space at Plumper Cove for a small charge. There is also anchorage available. 

Itinerary (optional)


   7pm -- Appies & hot toddies on the dock.
11am -- Hike (tbd).


We hope to see you there!

If you have any suggestions for cruises that you would like to attend, let us know!  ( 

If you're interested in attending any the cruises listed above, or if you have any questions, please call or text Ingrid Mclaine at 778-879-9024 or email me (
If you have any ideas for future cruises, please let me know!
Education News

Vancouver Squadron’s education year is starting September 20.
Only 7 days left to register!

For all you parents and grandparents, please consider enrolling a family member today! We need to know as early as possible to make sure that we have adequate materials on hand.
Remember, the PCOC course gets you out on the water, but it is our Boating 2 and Boating 3 course, that brings you and your family, friends, and guests home safely!

To register, go to: click on courses, choose the one that you want, click register and follow the prompts.

Upcoming Courses

  • Boating 2 (Beyond the PCOC) & 3 (Introduction to Navigation) Combined: 12 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • September 20 to November 22
    • $330 (single person) / $330 + $250 (for two people)
  • Seamanship: 13 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • September 20 to December 13
    • $195 (non-member) / $175 (member)
  • Boating 1 (PCOC): 4 week Course at Prince of Wales School
    • November 17 to December 8
    • $95 (non-member) / $95 (member)
  • Maritime Radio: 1 day course at Jericho Sailing Centre
    • October 1
    • November 5
    • December 3
    • $125 (non-member) / $105 (member)
  • Fundamentals of Weather: 11 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 17 to April 11
    • $175 (non-member) / $155 (member)
  • Boat & Engine Maintenance: 10 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 17 to April 4
    • $175 (non-member) / $155 (member)
  • Boating 2 (Beyond the PCOC) & 3 (Introduction to Navigation) Combined: 12 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 24 to April 12
    • $330 (single person) / $330 + $250 (for two people)
  • Advanced Pilot: 11 week course at Prince of Wales School
    • January 26 to March 30
    • $175 (non-member) / $155 (member)
  • Boating 1 (PCOC): 4 week Course at Prince of Wales School
    • April 6 to April 27
    • $95 (non-member) / $95 (member)

Call For Volunteers!


Vancouver is hosting the CPS-ECP National AGM and Conference Oct 26 to 30, at the Sheraton Wall Centre downtown.

I'm Registration Chair for the Vancouver 2016 Conference, and I'll be needing volunteers to help with registration. This involves greeting delegates and otherwise staffing a table at the conference.

Volunteers should be able to offer 5 hours per shift, as we have 9 shifts to cover for registration alone, and we may need as many as six volunteers per shift. Also, Ludmila, the National Admin Assistant, will need a volunteer assistant, preferably the same person all three days.

This is an appeal for volunteers to email me with your availability those four days, between 8am and 6pm.  Please email to Daniel Blackman, Vancouver 2016 Registration Chair and VPSS Secretary,

See the Vancouver 2016 website.

Daniel Blackman
VPSS Secretary

Saturna Island Cruise

We had a great turn out for The Saturna Cruise on Canada Day. Eardley and Etheleen came on their boat Waterfront Condo, Ted and Betty came on Pub Seeker, and Morgan and his friend Phil came on Seascape.  Unfortunately Lexi was out of commission so Deano and I ended up flying over and brought along a visiting relative from Scotland (Andrew).  

Those who came by boat anchored at Winter Bay. On Thursday night there were appies and drinks on the beach.  On Canada Day, we spent the day walking around the grounds, checking out all the interesting booths, playing mini-golf, sitting around the beer garden and chatting, and of course eating roasted lamb!   

Ingrid McClaine
Cruise Coordinator
Photos courtesy of Ingrid McLaine and Morgan Beall

Gibsons Cruise

Turnout was small for our Gibsons Cruise; It was just Deano and I, along with a couple of friends (Nicola and Jason) on our boat Lexi. We arrived on Saturday and had lunch at Molly’s Reach, did a little shopping and lounging on the boat, and then made our way up to Crystal Creek to see the play Tinkers.

We had to walk through the woods to get to the site of the play where we stopped first for a picnic. Once the play began we had to follow the actors through the woods to various stages. The play started with a man in a suit walking into a pond until the water was up to his neck, as he casually talked to the audience! The rest of the play was just as surreal and a fabulous experience. We enjoyed relaxing at the dock when we got back and had a beautiful cruise back to Vancouver the following day.

Ingrid McClaine
Cruise Coordinator
Photos courtesy of Ingrid Maclaine

June's Meeting Night

Photos courtesy of Dennis Steeves
Float in the 1959  Pacific National Exhibition Opening Day Parade - August 22, 1959

Photo courtesy of Vancouver Archives
Kitsilano Canadian Coast Guard Base formally re-opens with an enhanced marine safety mandate, on August 8, 2016

The official opening of the Coast Guard’s Kitsilano base is the first phase of an enhanced marine safety mandate along Canada’s west coast, which includes working closely with our Indigenous partners.

In addition to bringing back the SAR services at Kitsilano, the Coast Guard has also committed to including a dedicated and enhanced environmental response capacity at the base.

In the future, the base will incorporate an innovative training facility for coastal residents, a first of its kind, and will provide incident command capability during emergency marine incidents.

More information can be found here:

Volunteers Required!
I am looking for volunteers to participate in the 2016 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Did you know that a major milestone was hit in 2015? More than 50,000 volunteers at over 2,000+ cleanups across the country removed over 148,000kg of trash from nearly 3,000km of shoreline.
The top 3 most common litter items collected were:
  • Cigarette butts: 409,124
  • Food wrappers: 92,738
  • Plastic bottle caps: 49,721
Some unusual items collected:
  • Yoga pants
  • Pirate coin
  • Rubber ducky
Our squadron's efforts during the 2015 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup held at Spanish Banks East last September resulted in 3 garbage bags of trash, weighing 15kg or 34lbs.
Two items of local concern collected were 3 small propane tanks and a piece of dock. 
The two most unusual items collected were a bicycle frame and a Scottie dog cookie cutter.
A good reason for our squadron to get involved again is that the goal of keeping shorelines in Canada litter-free can be achieved.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Where: Locarno Beach West. Cleanup starts at Spanish Banks East Concession and goes to Locarno Beach Concession, which also includes the shoreline up to NW Marine Drive.
Time: 1000 - 1500hrs
We'll meet at the Locarno Beach parking lot off Tolmie Street and NW Marine Drive at 0930hrs for registration, orientation, and the forming of cleanup teams.
Refreshments, cleaning supplies and materials will be provided. This location is transit accessible by taking either the C19 Alma or C19 UBC bus, weekends only. You get off at the Beach Cafe and walk east down to the Locarno Beach parking lot.
If arriving by vehicle, parking is available off NW Marine Drive or in a stall parking lot for Locarno Beach. Look for a table set up with signs that say "Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup". 

Let's get a good turnout from squadron members, family, and friends. In case of bad weather, bring your rubber boots or rain gear, since we will be cleaning this beach rain or shine. Also bring a lunch if you wish to stay longer, since we are in a great location with views of the city and mountains.
Residents of the area and passers by appreciate and thank us for cleaning up their beach area. As we participate in more of these beach cleanups, we create more awareness of what VPSS and CPS is all about.

Our squadron's efforts have not gone unnoticed, and in the past two years we have received two certificates of appreciation from Keep Vancouver Spectacular, signed by the mayor of Vancouver, Gregor Robertson. Let's continue this annual tradition and get out as many volunteers as we can, and see which team gets this year's bragging rights of the most trash bags, weight, or most unusual item collected.

For further information, contact Bill Blanchard, Environmental Officer, VPSS, at 604-931-5153

Thank you, and see you there!

Bill Blanchard
Environmental Officer

Invasive European green crab caught in Salish Sea for the first time

(Emily Grason/WSG Crab Team)

The green crab has a reputation to be among the worst invasive species in the world and it has already wreaked havoc on Canada's Atlantic coast, ripping up eelgrass beds and competing with native crabs and lobsters for food and shelter.

It's a voracious predator, using strong claws to crush the shells of mussels, oysters, clams, snails and juvenile crabs in its intertidal home.  "They're an aggressive, hardy crab and they'll out-compete our native species for sure," said Gail Wallin, executive director of the Invasive Species Council of B.C.

If the green crab does get established in the Strait of Georgia, that would be concerning for aquaculture operations that use the intertidal areas — such as ones in Baynes Sound on Vancouver Island.

They also spell trouble for eelgrass beds. En route to dinner, the green crab has a tendency to clip the eelgrass, which provides important nursery habitat for young salmon and many other species.

Prevention is Key

If anyone spots a European green crab in the Strait of Georgia, the DFO wants to know. Detecting them early will give fisheries managers more options.

The public can also play a role in preventing the spread of the alien invaders, said Wallin. Green crabs have a long larval stage, when the crabs are microscopic and can travel long distances in ocean currents.
There's little people can do about that — but they can reduce the chance juvenile crabs are hitching a ride, said Wallin.
"You want cleaned, drained and dried gear. You don't want to be moving the larval stage in your ballast water, or in your bilges. You don't want it on your fishing gear."

Excerpted from See link for full article:, written by Lisa Johnson
If you'd like to have a safety check done, please contact Jerry Powers at
604-921-8896, or


For Sale

2009 Aluminum Boathouse 52 X 26 Currently at Mosquito Creek.

Boat entrance: door  height  is at least 22’ 8”; automated roll up door with remotes, UHMW sliders on side of doors
Floor: 3/4 inch  plywood with non slip paint 
Electrical: 100 amp/24 circuit 110 volt panel. Multiple outlets, fluorescent lights, shore power is 120/50 amp marine twist lock. 
Has a mezzanine with staircase and railing.
Multiple  8 ft translucent skylights. Currently houses a 36 Grand Banks with mast up.
Phone 604-943-4602

(Abbreviated List—Full List on our website)

Roger Middleton.………..(604) 354-3210
Executive Officer
Morgan Beall.……...........(604) 339-3943
Educational Officer 
P/Cdr John Steede..........(604) 274-0087
Asst Educational Officer 
P/Cdr Peter Girling
Daniel Blackman
Programs Officer 
Brian Kennedy
Environment Officer
Bill Blancard………….......(604) 931-5153
Public Relations Officer
Cara Duffield
Webmaster/IT Officer
Peter Bennett…………….(604) 817-4165
Newsletter Officer
Nadia Mudge
Past Commander
P/Cdr Jeff Booth……….....(778) 386-5828
Cruise Coordinator
Ingrid McLaine
Dennis Steeves………….(604) 263-4276
Supply Officer (Regalia)
P/Cdr Don Zarowny……..(604) 267-7442
Change of Address or 
Membership Inquiries 

Twyla Graeme……….......(604) 738-8563

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