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Volume XL      Number 12 February 2023
Past Commander’s Log


Ahoy and Happy Valentine's everyone

February is also Boat Show time and I hope to see some of you there.  Don't forget to come by the Pacific Mainland booth and say hi!

There was a great turnout for our  January Social night to hear about Harald & Janet's exploits aboard Raven Song and her circumnavigation of Moresby Island in Haida Gwaii. The photos , and stories were great and we even found out how to cure fresh salmon.  Harald keeps a blog and if you would like to see more of their pictures, then click here:

The Jan 24 Boating 2/3 course Prince of Wales school is full and all the students are keen. Peter Girling is always looking for new lecturers and new proctors.  Proctoring is a great way to review your skills, meet new people and just have fun.  We have enough proctors to 'buddy' proctor if you are shy or can't commit to the whole course.   
Our February 11 radio course is full but Peter Bennett is taking students for the March 18 course.  For those who prefer the self-study online course, there will be a code available at the Boat Show to give you a $25 discount on the course valid until Feb 10.
Speaking of discounts, there is also a $25 discount on our online Boating 1 (PCOC) course that is valid until March 24th.  At $25, this is a good deal for a much better course than the competition!

There are two events coming up in June that you can read about later in the Masthead.  One is the Predicted Log Race as part of a Family  Cruise.  Come test your charting skills or just come for fun - this event is open to everyone in the Lower Mainland so grab your family and friends and sign up. 
The Boat for Hope cruise is also  in June for those who want to volunteer their boats for the Variety Children's Charity of BC.   Ingrid has also told me that she and Deano are in the process of organizing the Bowen Island Cruise, so watch for updates. 

By now, all the "Lady Associates" will have received a letter from National informing them that this out-dated designation no longer exists but that they are all welcome to renew their membership as regular members.  If you or someone you know, falls into this category and is having trouble renwing on the website, then please contact our Membership Officer Moe.  
Don't forget that CPS members get a 20% discount on a subscription to Pacific Yachting.   See for details as well as other member benefits.

We are always looking for new ideas and new volunteers.  Come on down to FCYC for Social night and talk to about your ideas!   
Looking forward to seeing you.

Elizabeth Zygmunt
Past Commander, Vancouver Power & Sail Squadron
Squadron Social nightMonday February 13th  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 February 13, 2023.  At the time of printing, a speaker wasn't confirmed but come on down anyway and socialize with other boat lovers from our Squadron and the False Creek Yacht Club.  Always a good time!

Vancouver International Boat Show 2023

The Vancouver International Boat Show features the province's largest display of boats, engines, electronics, marine gifts and accessories.  It's a great place to see what's new in the world of boating.
A good way to see the show for free is to volunteer on the Pacific Mainland District booth.  You will meet other CPS members and future members.  Each shift is 4 hours.

To sign up for your shift, click here: (or cut & paste into your browser)

Upcoming Boating Courses
Boating 2/3 Classroom course starting January 24, 2023    FULL

Maritime Radio Operator Course (Restricted Radiotelephone Operator's Certificate (Maritime)
Start Date:    Feb 11, 2023 (1 day) FULL
Start Date:    March 18, 2023 (1 day)  Spaces available
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 $125
Please see
For the self-study course:
Scroll down to Vancouver
PCOC  (Pleasure Craft Operators Card) mandatory for alll motorized boats.   25$ discount until March 24th!
Harald presenting to a rapt audience at our January Social night at the FCYC
Vancouver Boat Show - PMD booth
There has been very good attendance at our Boat Show booth so far.   The simulator has been a big hit!
Will be held on June 10th in Indian Arm
Participate in a family predicted log race and learn more about your boat
New trophies, new event, be the first to get your name on the trophy
Make new friends in the boating community
CPS membership is not required
For more information contact (604-880-5388)
Save the Date:  June 10th, 2023

Boat for Hope is a one-of-a-kind event that brings kids who have been helped by Variety – the Children’s Charity of BC out for a memorable day on the ‘high seas’. Generous boat owners donate their time and their vessels to take the kids and their families on a pirate adventure through False Creek. The young pirates collect loot bags along the way at various ‘Treasure Stations’ which are sponsored by local businesses. Following their frolicking voyage, they’ll head over to Hastings Mill Park to enjoy a a hearty BBQ along with games & live entertainment. Boat for Hope provides a day of adventure & amusement for over 450 children with special needs and their families allowing them to spend quality time together in a stress free environment.
What are your responsibilities as a Boat for Hope Skipper? Bring your boat (at least 25 ft power boat) and crew to the docks of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on Saturday, June 10th. They will be there waiting with  pint-sized pirates and their families. Once everyone’s boarded, you will take them out on an unforgettable pirate adventure! Most Skippers take part in 2-3 trips each lasting approximately 90 minutes. Skippers will be required to provide life jackets for the adults who will be accompanying the kids. Life jackets for the children will be provided by Mustang Survival
In appreciation of your participation as a Skipper and a Boat for Hope fundraiser, Variety will be providing you with a tax receipt up to $750 for your fuel.
For more information, contact:
James Botham
Boat for Hope Committee


As previously mentioned. there are several Bridge positions still open
Executive Officer
Education Officer
Assistant Education Officer
Masthead Editor
Programs Officer

    Volunteering can be fun, a great way to meet people and an opportunity to learn new skills.  

Please consider volunteering for any of the above-mentioned positions.

Please contact any current Bridge member to let them know that you are interested in keeping Vancouver Squadron strong and vibrant in the years ahead.
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!
February 16, 2023: Social night at FCYC (week early because of Family Day holiday)
February 01 -05, 2023  Vancouver International Boat Show
March 20, 2023  Social night at FCYC:  Friends of False Creek presenting
June 10, 2023   Predicted Log Race and Family Cruise - Bedwell Bay
                           Boat for Hope RVYC docks


Membership Renewal

A reminder to members to renew your membership before or within 30 days of your expiry date!

In order to renew, you must log into the cps-ecp website.  If you have forgotten your password, you can create a new one.  If you no longer use the email with which you made your profile, you will need to contact Moe to forward to National.  For security reasons, only the member can change their email.   
Remember that the ‘head of the household’ renews for the entire household.   Lifetime members must still renew at 0.00. 

Membership Renewal
  • The Member or Family Group can renew their membership in advance of their expiry date.
  • The Member or Family Group has 30 days after the expiry date to renew their membership.
  • On day 31, the Member or the Family Group become Non-Members and have no access to the Benefits of CPS-ECP Membership.

If it is more than 30 days after their expiry date a former member must reapply for membership using the same process as a new member

Steps to reapply:

  • Each member must Login.
  • Complete Membership application process.
  • Complete payment process
  • Each member will receive a new expiry date.
  • Historical profile data for a member will be carried forward to new membership.
  • Family Groups can be reformed in one year at the next renewal date.
Any questions?    Any problems?  Ask our membership officer, Moe Forrestal
Squadron Bridge (2022-2023)

Past Commander Elizabeth Zygmunt  
Member -At-Large: Bill Botham
Executive Officer 

Assistant Educational Officer Peter Girling    
Assistant Educational Officer (Radio)
Peter Bennett    
Charles Tai    
Financial Officer
Don Mathew    
Assistant Financial Officer
Les Hausch   
Membership Officer
Moe Forrestal 
Assistant Membership Officer
Programs Officer
Environmental Officer Bill Blancard    
Communications Officer

Newsletter Editor  
Supply Officer (Regalia) Don Zarowny    
Webmaster/IT Officer
Peter Bennett    
Dennis Steeves    



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