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 8
April 2016
 Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 16 - Bilgewater Bash! - The 2016 Bilgewater Bash will once again be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Jericho.
Ticket prices and ordering details are below in this Masthead, so mark your calendars and buy your tickets before they're all sold out!

Monday, April 18 - Meeting Night - Patrick Dickie will tell us all about single-handed sailing to Hawaii. Come and hear about this great adventure!

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.

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

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....
We are in the final stretch for this year; next month is of course our Annual General Meeting and Change of Watch at the False Creek Yacht Club. For Vancouver Squadron members, look for your AGM Notice of Meeting to arrive shortly. You will also be receiving an invitation to enjoy a delicious barbecue at the AGM again this year. Burger choices and ticket details will be outlined in the invite. Stay tuned!

This month is also the annual Commander’s Bilgewater Bash, Dinner and Dance at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club - Jericho. Open to all members, family and friends, I look forward to seeing all of you there! Please see ticket details below.

We have made tremendous strides in our Maritime Radio course, nearing 100 students passing the course this spring alone. It shows that a one day course is just the right amount of time to spend learning and passing the two-part exam for the Maritime Radio Operator’s Certificate. If you haven’t got yours, you can sign up for our last VHF radio course of the season, May 7. Remember: If you pass the test, your certificate is good for life!

I am also thrilled that through the generosity of Historian Dennis Steeves and Education Officer John Steede, Vancouver Squadron and Pacific Mainland District will be running a brand new Predicted Log Race in September, open to all CPS-ECP members. Dennis and John have created a brand new First Prize trophy, a Second Prize trophy, and re-dedicated Alouette Squadron's 'All-a-Wet' Commander’s trophy to this race. More details to follow.

The Nominating Committee is also close to wrapping up the proceedings for selecting next year’s bridge. The slate will be listed alongside the AGM Notice of Meeting later this month.

If you have any questions about Vancouver Squadron, or would like to learn more about us, please feel free to reach out to me directly, via email: or phone: 778-386-5828.

Fair winds and calm seas,

Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, April 18.

Our speaker will be Patrick Dickie, who will tell us all about single-handed sailing to Hawaii. 

Patrick teaches our Seamanship course and is an experienced offshore sailor. 
In 2012 Patrick sailed his old Spencer 35 Kismet II to Hawaii and spent a couple of months cruising through the islands before returning home. 
Come and hear about this great adventure!


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!

The Vancouver Power and Sail Squadron’s Annual Commander’s Bilgewater Bash Dinner Dance is a gala event where the Commander declares “The 2016 Boating Season is now open”. Dress is semi-formal and be prepared for a delicious RVYC buffet dinner, door prize draws and dancing to a DJ! The famous secret formula Bilgewater punch is free!
Tickets are $90 each
  • Doors Open at 17:45
  • Bilgewater begins flowing at 18:00
  • Famous RVYC Buffet at 19:00
  • Door Prizes at 21:00
  • Dancing to the DJ follows dinner & door prizes
  • Doors close: at 24:00

There are only 120 tickets available for this fantastic event.  

Order soon so you are not disappointed!

A quick and easy way to get your tickets right away.

Call Ruth Cuddeford
(Mon-Fri 8:30-5:00)
Power & Sail Squadron

Maritime Radio (VHF) Seminar
Earn your lifetime Radio Operator’s Certificate.
Course materials includes the Maritime Radio Course manual and a CD on which there is a movie (It’s Good For Life), a homework program that asks exam type questions and scores your answers, an audio training ‘tape’ that teaches radio communications, and other training aids.
St. James Community Square
3214 West 10th Avenue

Date:  Sat. May 7, 2016
Time:  0900 – 1600

Registration & Information: or
Peter Bennett 604-817-4165


Cost:  $125 (CPS members $105) 
(includes course material, exam and certificate).

**Space is limited to 18 people, so register ASAP
If you'd like to have a safety check done, please contact Jerry Powers at
604-921-8896, or


Volunteers Needed

Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check

With our boating season now only weeks away, we are making plans to assist local recreational boaters by ensuring their vessels are in full compliance with all mandatory Transport Canada requirements.  This is done through a system of voluntary safety checks carried out by CPS volunteers within the Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check (RVCC) program.

Are you interested in becoming a RVCC volunteer?  

A typical RVCC day would be a Saturday or a Sunday for 3-4 hours and involves an examination of the safety equipment onboard. You would be determining that the requirements of the regulation for the size of vessel have been met, and the required documentation, such as a boat license or registration and operator’s card (PCOC) are on board. A recording of this information is done by filling out a check list form and a copy is left with the boater.

The time required for a free voluntary courtesy check is between 20 and 30 minutes and is only done after first receiving permission from the boater. If all safety equipment and documentation requirements are met, a CPS decal is issued, indicating that the vessel was in compliance with all safety regulations at the time of courtesy check. If the vessel is not compliant with all regulations, we highlight those items to be corrected on boater’s copy of check list form.

Training for RVCC volunteers is most important and we currently have an ideal opportunity to conduct a training session some time before the end of March 2016.  The training session would be 4 to 6 hours in duration and would be taught by a Safety Officer from the Office of Boating Safety (Transport Canada).  The training session would be scheduled for a Saturday morning that would be suitable for most of the volunteers.

Help others be prepared with the correct documentation and safety equipment.

Contact Jerry Powers (RVCC Co-ordinator - Western Region) as soon as possible to take advantage of the training session coming up.

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!

March 2016 Meeting Night

The March Social night had about 26 members enjoy an informative presentation by George Creek, President of the Marine Parks Forever Society. George has been involved for many years and is passionate about his subject. He was able to give us a good overview of the the Society, its history and its up-to-date operations.

The Society was originally formed as a fundraiser to purchase new lands for Marine Parks. All funds raised by the Society go into its programs and it is completely run by volunteers. A few years ago marine park maintenance and upgrades were added to the mandate to enable the Society to be more effective and to use the funds raised in a timely manner.

All marine parks and the facilities within them fall under BC Parks. Dealing with BC Parks can be a politically demanding task and George had some good stories to tell us about how the Society works with them, and the various politicians connected to it. Boaters around BC do not realize the importance of this Society in keeping marine parks on the agenda and budget of the provincial government. Creating, maintaining, and improving marine parks is something that affects all boaters and George was particularly good in explaining how the Society was formed and how the membership is determined. Look for proposed changes in membership to allow growth in the Society so we can all help a bit more.

The current focus is on the Stern Tie Stewardship Program. This ambitious project will benefit all boaters, as it will allow more boats to safely anchor in marine parks. Just getting started, this program will replace some existing stern ties and install many new ones in more accessible and safer spots. 
The presentation ended with several good questions about the Stern Tie Program and the Society in general.

Thanks to the Marine Parks Forever Society and George for a great evening.

Brian Kennedy
Programs Officer
Photos courtesy of Dennis Steeves

BC Marine Parks Forever Society
A Brief History & Update
The society was formed in 1990 by the Council of BC Yacht Clubs to raise funds through donations from members to assist BC Parks to acquire lands for Marine Parks. It was envisioned that if each member of each club donated just $10 per year, we could play a major role in the expansion of the Marine Park system.
Since 1990, MPFS has donated $1,250,000 to BC Parks for land purchases. A complete list of the amounts and years can be viewed on the website

In 2011, the mandate was amended to include the improvement and enhancement of existing Marine Parks in ways that would be a benefit to boaters.
In the last few years, the Stern Tie Stewardship Program was launched. It is intended to install rock pins and heavy link chain to mid tide and identify each location with a stainless steel plate. To fund the materials, BC Parks donated the surplus Marine Parks Guides to be used for fund raising for the project. For a $10 donation, a Park Guide was given out. Over $14,000 was raised. In 2015, the first 12 pins and chains were installed in Melanie Cove, Desolation Sound Marine Park with plans to add significant numbers in Prideaux, Laura Coves and Grace Harbour in 2016.

In Princess Cove on Wallace Island, long link chain was added to existing rock pins with some pins being replaced. No longer does a boater have to make like a goat to shore tie there.
Pirates Cove also received some replacements and additions to make shore tying easier.
MPFS is also working with BC Parks to provide a Marine Access point in Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park (Sansum Narrows). We have requested docks and mooring buoys be installed along with shore facilities such as tables, benches, BBQ’s and eventually rain shelters for groups. MPFS is prepared to fund a significant portion. This effort will be subject to the cooperation and endorsement of local First Nations.
In the last 5 years, MPFS has changed its relationship with BC Parks from being simply a source of funds for land purchases to a proactive partner in planning and management of the Marine Park system. It was awarded the “2014 Community Partner of the Year Award” by BC Parks partially in recognition of the significant role it played in the Quadra Island – Octopus Islands Marine Park expansion.
We continue to seek opportunities to enhance and improve the BC Marine Park system for all boaters. 

George Creek, President

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
PMD Predicted Log Race

September 10 to 11, 2016
When he was a recent graduate and new Commander of Vancouver Power Squadron, Jeff Booth entered the Men’s cruise two years ago and enjoyed the whole event. He also won the predicted log race over a number of other contestants. He was so enthusiastic about the log race and the whole exercise, that he wanted all Power Squadron members to be able to experience the satisfaction of entering the race and learning about navigating their own boat with minimal tools. Traditionally, Vancouver has run its Predicted Log Race during the Men's Cruise (since 1959), when Standard Oil created their trophy to promote safe boating. They felt that a predicted log race was a useful learning tool that encourages education and safety.

With a men’s cruise, we miss more then half of our boating population, and Jeff Booth felt strongly that we needed an all-inclusive event. With that in mind, an all-inclusive event under the banner of Pacific Mainland District was considered. We learned that there are already families that are interested in such an event that would be open to all squadrons and all manner of groups. It was felt that September would be the best time for such an event, as it would not interfere with other events and the weather is still favourable. Due to the generosity of Don White, a meeting place is available, and John Steede and myself have redesigned two trophies for the first and second place winners of the log race. Our hope is that all Pacific Mainland District Squadrons will want to participate in this new event. Vancouver Squadron can plan the predicted log race, but the rest of the weekend would be a District event.

A predicted boating log race is allows you to apply the basic boating skills necessary to become a Power and Sail Squadron member. The skipper/navigator typically predicts the time their vessel takes to travel between possibly five control points over a described course. That is the whole point of the race, except you need to use only your navigational and chart work skills, and engine RPM, without the use of GPS or any other time piece. Each boat needs a skipper, two crew (if possible), as one crew member needs to be available to move to another boat as an observer and time recorder between each of the control points. This exercise is a magnificent training exercise for both yourself and crew, and also helps you learn even more about your own boat. This is a great exercise for both power and sail boats alike.

Should you be nervous about participating in the log race and/or want to learn more about a predicted log race, I suggest you contact me at 604-263-4276 or, as I will be giving a lesson in my home during May and August 2016.

See below for pictures of the two new trophies and the “All-A-Wet” trophy which was donated by Alouette Squadron in 1958.

Special thanks to John Steede VPSS Training Officer for his considerable help and guidance with this project.

Dennis Steeves
Historian VPSS
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!
Photos courtesy of Jerry Powers

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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