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 4
December 2016

Upcoming Events

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.

January 16 - Meeting Night Details coming soon.

February 20 - Meeting Night Sergeant Barry Meyer will be with us to talk about Shiprider. Sgt Meyer is the Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Shiprider Unit, stationed on the West Coast of British Columbia.
Canada-U.S. Shiprider, officially known as Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (ICMLEO), represents a truly cooperative approach to combating cross border crime on Canada and U.S. shared waterways.

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....
Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all enjoying the best of good food, friends, and holiday cheer. I know, it hasn’t been particularly great boating weather with record rainfall and the current arctic high holding steady over our region… at least the snow is pretty, right? Most of our thoughts turn to warmer times and climes.

Amanda and I had the pleasure of being invited to, and attending, False Creek Yacht Club’s Carol Ship viewing party. It was wonderful to see some familiar faces and meet new friends and fellow boaters. A great time was had by all, and I’m not sure that too many people noticed there wasn’t really much of a parade of ships at all, given the snowy weather.

Speaking of the Carol Ships, Vancouver Squadron will be having our participation and judging night  during the last False Creek Carol Ship cruise on the night of December 23. Remember, the best decorated boat gets dinner for two with us at the Beach House Restaurant in West Vancouver. I hope to see some of you out there! Details here:

All right, time for talk of warmer days. While Wings was having her rigging replaced this fall, we’d met Simon Allan, owner of Anne Marie II, a 66’ wooden gaff yawl racer-cruiser with lovely lines. She’d been built in the UK in 1911 and was formerly moored at the Vancouver Maritime Museum. She still had the VMM plaque attached with her “bio” and particulars when I’d met Simon. Having seen another boat at the yard that I recognized from the museum, I was intrigued. I spoke to him about Anne Marie’s restoration and future plans.

I had first assumed Simon and his crew were just a volunteer work party from the museum getting her ship-shape for display again. Well, that wasn’t quite the case. Having completed several years of refit on a comparatively modern vessel myself, and knowing full well what’s involved and the plethora of sub-projects I hadn’t intended on, I thought he was either naïve or crazy when he said they’d have her back in the water in a fortnight. Keep in mind  that we’re talking about a wooden boat that is over a century old. From just my brief look at her exterior, it was blatantly evident that there was a ton of work to do. If that weren’t enough by itself, I was further surprised when he nonchalantly mentioned their plans, which weren’t simply taking her back to the museum… it was to set sail... for ENGLAND! Okay, at this point I figured he was both naïve AND crazy! Talk is cheap, but boats are not.

We watched him and the crew work tirelessly throughout that first day and well into the night. They were still working when we left around midnight. Their effort never waned.

We’d come down to the marina to check on Wing’s newly reinstalled mast and rigging, a fortnight to the day after that first conversation with Simon, and sure enough, there Anne Marie was, next to Wings, afloat and at the dock. She was abuzz with activity, and the dock was strewn with newly varnished spars, fathoms of old-fashioned running rigging, wooden blocks and every turn-of-the-last-century sailing accessory you could think of. I congratulated Simon and crew on meeting their very ambitious schedule, and joked with him about my initial thoughts of his timeline. We agreed that his weather window to head south was closing quickly, and that he really needed to start heading south soon. 

I’m pleased to report, that after a brief stop in Victoria, they did just that! Anne Marie II is now in Encinitas, Mexico! The crew is stopping there for some much-needed R&R, and to make some further repairs whilst waiting out the unforgiving Atlantic winter. 
You can follow their high-seas adventures here:
Facebook: Anne Marie 1911
Twitter: @annemarie1911

Simon is just one of many great boaters we’ve met in our travels through the boatyards we’ve been in. Please share some salty tales of your own with Nadia, our Masthead Editor,

Cheers, and Merry Christmas to all,


Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, December 12.

Bill Kelly and Anne Vipond will join us to share their experiences with the fast passes of BC.

They'll also bring copies of Best Anchorages of the Inside Passage guidebook for a special price of  $29.95 (which includes GST). Regular price in store is $39.95. 


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!

Education News

Upcoming Courses

    Register online at
  • Maritime Radio: 1 day course
    • February 18 (St James Community Square)
    • $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)
Carol Ships

Parade of Light

Photo courtesy of

Deck the halls and light up your boat!

Join us this season in the Parade of Light with Vancouver's Carol Ships.

Registration is free, and the parade will cruise Friday and Saturday nights between December 2 and 18.
Check the sailing schedule to see which night and location works best for you.

Participants will monitor channel 67 and it is best that boats can achieve a speed of 6 knots.

Commander Middleton will be awarding the VPS best decorated vessel.
The winner and a guest will be his guests for dinner at the Beach House Restaurant in West Vancouver.

If you're interested in attending, please contact Cdr Roger Middleton at

For more information, go to
Steveston Marine Night was another great success!

Commander Middleton models the latest in foul weather gear.
Lost shipping containers trigger warning for Vancouver Island mariners
Alan Diaz/Associated Press

Dozens of empty containers that fell off a cargo ship near the south end of Vancouver Island could pose a hazard to boats and shipping traffic, coast guard officials are warning.

On Nov. 3, the freighter Hanjin Seattle hit rough seas near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and 35 empty shipping containers were lost over the side.

The next day, the Canadian Coast Guard warned mariners to be on the lookout for container debris around the south end of Vancouver Island after some debris was reported near Vargas Island just north of Tofino. Some of the 10-metre long metal boxes likely sank, but others could still be floating in the waters off Vancouver Island, according to senior marine inspector Marc McElney with the U.S. Coast Guard.

"It's hard to say how long before all of the containers sink," he said. "If the weather becomes bad or the seas become rougher, that could flood the containers more quickly. "They may not be visible, or they could be just under the surface, which would cause damage to a vessel if they were to collide."

Media reports say the Panamanian-flagged ship was not damaged and remains in the area. The Korean shipping company Hanjin filed for bankruptcy in September, and many of its vessels have spent the past two months at anchor in ports around the world waiting for instructions on where to dock.

By Mike Laanela · CBC News, November 11, 2016
Reprinted from

Washington State Ferry hits a boat near Vashon Island

This video is a good reminder that autopilot should always be used with a skipper on watch. The vessel's name was Nap Tyme...

**WARNING** Video contains expletive language.
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 and we'll try to include them in the Masthead when we have space.
Happy writing... and boating!       

Add it to your calendars! 


January 18 - 22, 2017
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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