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 XXXIV
Number 9
May 2016
 Upcoming Events

May 13 to 15 - Bowen Island Cruise Boating season has begun! Haven't been out yet? Join our cruise!

June 11 to 12 - Men's Cruise Register as soon as possible! See below for more information.

June 20 - Meeting Night Details coming soon!

September 10 to 11 - PMD Predicted Log Race Details coming soon!

September 19 - Meeting Night Neil McClelland
will tell us about taking a 70 foot yacht from Halifax to Vancouver via the Panama Canal.

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 Billy 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....

M/Y Main Attraction Up Indian Arm
(Photo by John Christie)

A new beginning is here.

Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is becoming a new organization. New, because we are evolving; New, because we are adapting to a future based on the changing audience's expectation now before us. This year we accomplished many great things. 

Firstly, we continued upon the momentum gained last year by eliminating annual deficits for each of the past five years to manage a small surplus in 2015, and another surplus again this year in 2016. We did this by rationalizing our education expenses, by implementing a zero-sum/break-even social activity spending policy, and by increasing the frequency of our education offerings to increase revenues.

Secondly, we realized success through our Maritime Radio course. We passed 176 Maritime Radio students based on our new one-day course strategy and by increasing the frequency of our course offering—once a month—through Fall and Spring. This number represents two-thirds of the total number of students enrolled through all of our courses this past year combined; Maritime Radio has now surpassed the Boating Course as the number one driver of course enrolment. These numbers are in line with Pacific Mainland District’s findings this year, as reported by District Education Officer John Nayler. This is a significant change, but we didn't stop there.

Thirdly, we introduced a new way to drive cross-squadron engagement through the introduction of the PMD/Vancouver Annual Predicted Log Race to be held this September. With Historian Dennis Steeves and Education Officer John Steede, we created two brand new trophies and rededicated Alouette Squadron’s ‘All-a-Wet’ trophy to this new log race. This race is open to all CPS-ECP members, family and friends, regardless of gender or age—a model of an open and welcoming event for all. District Commander Dave Magnuseen has stated his desire to make this event the new annual social event offered by Pacific Mainland District.

We recognize that membership retention challenges and weakening volunteer participation are systemic problems throughout all non-profit organizations, not just our own. Knowing this, it’s prudent we rethink how we distribute ourselves as squadrons across PMD and consolidate our education and social activities. Given the consolidation that is already occurring among squadrons, we need to continue our efforts to adapt to the changing needs of our audience, and to evolve more readily in rethinking how we present ourselves to the general boating public. We need to be where they are, in the manner they expect to see us. I am aware that the National Executive is currently addressing this issue by actively looking into ways to accomplish this goal.

Yet there is more good to come. We are set up to be successful this year and next. We have a new, committed bridge, with younger members alongside our long-standing officers who have a passion for boating, and a passion for safe boating education. If we continue in level-setting our future expectations by planning for the future in an evolving, more relevant way, then we will be successful. If we can embrace change and accept new ideas, then we will enjoy a new beginning that starts here.

This is my last report to the Squadron as your Commander. I want to thank you for all of your help, insight and assistance. I have truly enjoyed working with all of you to continue the mission of our great squadron. Here’s to another 61 years!

Kind Regards,

Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, June 20.

Stay tuned for details coming soon!


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,


Wow! Is it boating season already? Yes it is! And keeping with tradition, our first cruise of the year will be to a cozy, VPSS guessed it...Bowen Island!
  • Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 - Bowen Island Cruise

If you can’t make it out on Friday, no problem! Come on Saturday. If you don’t have a boat, don’t worry! Just come by ferry; There’s plenty of great accommodation to book.

For those who are coming by boat: Please reserve by phoning the Union Steamship Marina at 604-947-0707 and let them know you’re with the Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron.  

Please also call, text or email to let me know you’re coming: 778-879-9024 or

Itinerary (optional)

Friday Night: 
1800 hrs: Meet up at Tuscany’s Pizza.

1100 hrs: Hike to Dorman Point, 1 ½ hours return (plan to bring a lunch).

1700 hrs: BBQ at the Tower (beef/veggie burgers will be provided). Please bring a potluck dish.

Breakfast at the Snug Cove Cafe.

And for those looking to burn a few calories after breakfast: A 20-minute hike up to Artisan Square to check out the cool art shops as well as the gorgeous views. 


We hope to see you there!

Stay tuned for details about more great cruises over the summer.  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!

April 2016 Meeting Night

Photos courtesy of Dennis Steeves
2016 Bilgewater Bash

A HUGE Thank You to the following companies and individuals who donated door prizes to the 2016 Bilge Water Bash.
Their support is greatly appreciated, and they would appreciate the support of our Squadron members as well.
  • Skookum Yacht Services Inc.,
  • Chyna Sea Ventures
  • Tilley Endurables Western Inc.,
  • Sewell’s Marina
  • Steveston Marine
  • Pacific Yacht Systems 
  • Paynes Marine Group
  • Union Steamship Marina                
  • Gibson’s Marina
  • DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd / Survitec Group
  • Cook Enterprises
  • Roton Industries Ltd.,
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Martin Marine
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Dolphin Insurance
  • West Marine Canada Corp.,
  • Cactus Club Restaurants
  • McCormick & Company Inc.,
  • P/Cdr Don Zarowny
  • Explorer Yacht Services
  • Mr. Terry Freisen
  • Raymarine / FLIR Systems, Inc.
Photos courtesy of Dennis Steeves

Vancouver Power & Sail Squadron Men’s Cruise
Will be held on June 11 & 12, 2016
Indian Arm

  • Make new friends in the boating community
  • Lots of money to be won along with great prizes
  • Other fun events
  • Dinner prepared by Red Seal Chef “Phill”
  • Transport Canada Safety Checks available
  • Try participating in a navigation exercise and learn even more about your boat
  • Visit other boats to see how they are outfitted

Please talk to other members of your Squadron and make them aware of this popular event. Encourage your male friends to join you. They do not need to be CPS members.

Put a crew together today! The more the merrier!

Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron Men’s Cruise Committee
*If you have any questions about this event – call John Steede at 604-230-0848

Click Here to download the Men's Cruise Registration Form
Predicted Log Race Lesson

We have decided to give a log race lesson at 1900hrs (7:00PM) on May 31, 2016 primarily for the June 11 Men’s Log race. We would welcome all those interested from the District to join us, should they wish to join the Men’s Cruise or the September Family Cruise. Persons attending the do not need to be a Power Squadron member but should have taken the courses. 
The location is 5258 Blenheim Street in Vancouver.

We will offer another lesson in August before the September 10, 2016 Vancouver/District Family Cruise. We expect to offer this lesson around August 18 or 19. 
All those who would like to join either lesson need to contact Dennis Steeves at home 604-263-4276, his cell 604-880-5388, or his email

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
Have you renewed your membership?
It takes just a few moments to renew online, and that gives you access to a multitude of benefits. A few include:
  • Six issues per year of Pacific Yachting magazine, which include Propwash, the Pacific Mainland District newsletter, containing news of other squadrons. (The other six issues are available at the special discounted rate of $1.83 per issue).
  • Canadian Yachting magazine, which includes The Port Hole, with national CPS news and information.
  • The opportunities to further expand your boating knowledge through CPS advanced and elective courses, and to pass on your knowledge through proctoring or lecturing.
  • The right to fly the CPS flag. (Police and Coast Guard recognize the CPS flag as meaning the vessel has a knowledgeable skipper).
  • The opportunity to obtain comprehensive CPS boat insurance at significant savings.
    • 15% discount of the non-member rate
    • 2.5% additional discount for each of any three other courses successfully completed
    • 2.5% additional discount for achieving a complete Certificate
    • 5% discount for an automatic extinguishing system
    • 10% discount for having any four of the following: LORAN, GPS, SatNav, RADAR, Depth
  • 10% discount at Rona
And many more! See the CPS-ECP website for more information.
Most importantly, membership gives you the opportunity to make new boating friends and have fun at various squadrons' social events and cruises, so renew today!
VPSS has an amazing history, and some of that
history has been captured in photos over the years. The bridge would like to digitize these photos in order to create digital albums of all the great activities we have enjoyed over the years; to remember members, past and present.

Therefore, we are looking for some volunteers who would be willing to take on this project. If you are interested in helping our squadron to honour those memories, and have some thoughts about how it could be done, please reach out to Commander Jeff Booth or Historian Dennis Steeves, either by phone or email, and let them know.
Be part of a fantastic legacy project honouring Vancouver Squadron’s 60 years of service!
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

The Shore Family is offering their vacation home near Lund, Desolation Sound, for a squadron discount of 10% during the summer, and 20% during any other season.

Just 2km across the water from Savary Island and 2km south of the Copeland Islands... Come Experience a piece of British Columbia coastal heaven!
For more information, visit

(Abbreviated List—Full List on our website)

Jeff Booth........…………..(778) 386-5828
Executive Officer
Roger Middleton.……......(604) 354-3210
Educational Officer 
P/Cdr John Steede..........(604) 274-0087
Asst Educational Officer 
Peter Girling
Morgan Beall
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
Eardley Beaton……….....(604) 734-3944
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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