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 5
January 2016
Upcoming Events

Monday, January 18 - Meeting Night - Kevin Vail, Vice President of The BC Coastal Pilots Association, will be speaking for us about piloting ships into Vancouver. He is a recreational boater as well, so he brings a unique perspective, and can see things from the bridge of a tanker, as well as from behind the wheel of a small pleasure craft.

Monday, February 15 - Meeting Night - Neil McClelland will be presenting his experiences of taking a boat from Halifax to Vancouver via the Panama canal, complete with slideshow.
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!

Saturday, April 16 - Bilgewater Bash! - As announced at the December Squadron night, the 2016 Bilgewater Bash will once again be held at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, Jericho.
The date announced was April 2, 2016 however the date has been changed to April16, 2016.

Ticket prices and ordering details will be in the next Masthead, but mark your calendars in the meantime!

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....
Happy New Year!
Winter is in full swing, and most of us have tucked our boats away or laid them up for annual maintenance, while some of you may still be thinking about getting into a boat or finally taking that boating course you’ve been meaning to. All of us want to be ready when the boating season begins!
David Lam Park, False Creek

Admiral Izia and myself continued our tradition of spending Christmas and New Year’s out on the water, cruising with friends. This year we embarked on a grand journey, starting in False Creek, then onto Long Bay, Gambier Island. While the snow fell, we hiked the island and spent time learning about the community of Sea Ranch, adjacent to Camp Artaban. What a beautiful hideaway that area is!

Winter Sunset, Long Bay

After a few days, we headed over to Snug Cove on Bowen Island. Good thing we did, as the northerly outflow in Howe Sound picked up to gale force for about 3 days, giving us plenty of time to explore Bowen and enjoy the pubs, parks, and walks. Temperatures in Howe Sound, due to the Katabatic winds coming down from the northern mountains over Squamish, kept things below freezing. Soon, the winds faired, and we headed back to False Creek, spending New Year’s Eve at anchor. If you haven’t already done so, it is quite easy. Simply obtain a free anchoring permit from the City of Vancouver, and enjoy a night on the hook in the heart of the city. We did so on New Year’s Eve; watching amateur enthusiasts setting off professional fireworks, the fun and entertainment lasted well past midnight as we welcomed in the New Year.

Million Dollar City View, False Creek

May you enjoy fair winds and calm seas, and another year of safe boating! We have a great year ahead planned for our Squadron Social Nights, starting with the BC Coast Pilots Association on January 18. And don’t forget to sign up for that boating course you’ve been meaning to take!

Join Us for Squadron Nights!

Our next meeting will be Monday, January 18.

Kevin Vail, Vice President of The BC Coastal Pilots Association will be speaking for us about piloting ships into Vancouver.

Find out what those big ships are seeing from their bridges, as they navigate around our traffic and other obstacles.


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

More courses start in January.
Tell your friends and family members & sign up for one of them today!

Starting Dates:
  • Boating Essentials - PW School - Tuesday, January 26, 2016
  • Boating Basics (English) - PW School - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Boating Basics (Mandarin) - PW School - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • Maritime Radio - PW School (3 evenings) - Tuesday February 09, 2016
  • Maritime Radio - St. James Community Centre (3214 West 10th Avenue) - Saturday, January 30, 2016
  • Maritime Radio - Jericho Sailing Centre - Saturday, March 05, 2016
  • Maritime Radio - Jericho Sailing Centre - Saturday, April 02, 2016
  • Fundamentals of Weather - PW School - Tuesday, January 19, 2016
  • Sail - PW School - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Boating Basics (PCOC)
All operators of motorized pleasure craft are required to show proof of operator competency. All you need to know for the Transport Canada test is presented in an easy to read format that is both informative and entertaining. You can be confident that this study guide meets all the standards established by Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.
As an extra benefit, if you pass the test offered by Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, your Card is recognized by BOTH Transport Canada and The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (USA). You may contact Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons to locate a testing facility in your area.

Boating Essentials
Enjoyment and safety on the water require knowledge. Boating Essentials will take you to the next level in your boating education. Technology has changed the way we navigate. However, in order to use a GPS/chartplotter effectively, you should understand the use of paper charts and coastal navigation. The topics covered in this course; magnetic compass, global positioning and charts, navigation, conning, plotting, digital charting, anchoring, lines and ropes will increase your boating knowledge and make your adventures on the water safe and enjoyable.

Maritime Radio
The Maritime Radio course teaches emergency radio procedures and everyday operating techniques. Learn all about the uses of marine radios, choice of frequencies, operation, phonetic alphabet, procedural words and phrases, as well as Digital Selective Calling and the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, (DSC/GMDSS). All mariners, including recreational boaters, will want to take advantage of the many features and capabilities of this innovative form “automatic” radio. Secure your lifeline. Be sure that you and your family take the Maritime Radio course.
This complete package with CD, and the new Digital Selective Calling, will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) with DSC Endorsement exam. To operate a maritime radio, you need the certificate. It's the law!

Maritime Radio - DSC Update
This seminar is for holders of Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) issued before January 1st 2005. Learn about the new Digital communication channels on new Maritime radios and their use in an emergency situation. Digital Selective Calling could save your life in an emergency situation.

Fundamentals of Weather
Winds, waves, fog, lightning, hail, tornadoes …. hurricanes! The wise boater respects and anticipates Mother Nature’s many moods. Beyond “red sky in the morning”, the new CPS Weather Course provides boaters with the tools to find and accurately interpret weather reports and forecasts, and to develop keen judgments in “reading” the sky and sea for optimum boating safety.

Do you want to learn more about sailing?  Do you want to improve your sailing skills and your understanding of how sails work?
This Sailing Course covers the practical and theoretical basics of sailing and sailing seamanship. The range of topics is broad: from a description of different sailboat rigs, sail plans, hull types, and rigging to stability, balance, and the physics of sailing; from sailing at different points of sail to handling heavy weather and storm conditions; from spinnaker handling to reefing; from leaving the dock to mooring and anchoring.  It also covers sailing safety, navigation rules, and sailing tactics.
Whether you are a new sailor or you are an experienced sailor and want to increase your sailing knowledge and skills, this course is for you.

How to sign up for courses:

Go to
Click on British Columbia (on right).
Scroll down and click on Vancouver (on right).
Scroll down & click on the name of the course that you want, remember to check the date.
Click on Register for the course that you want.
Scroll down and click on Register online.
Follow the prompts from there.
If you'd like to have a safety check done, please contact Jerry Powers at
604-921-8896, or

Have you Heard?
BC Marine Parks Forever Society has launched their Stern Tie Stewardship Program. The first shore-tie pins, chain, and plaques were installed in Melanie Cove in Desolation Sound on July 10, 2015.

BCMPFS has supplied enough materials for about 50 pins in Melanie, Prideaux Haven, Laura Cove and Scobiel Island. The installation process will continue by BC Parks staff as time permits.

For more information, check out

~ Brian Kennedy, Programs Officer

Steveston Marine Night

On December 14, at our Squadron Night, we hosted Steveston Marine. Salim Ladha (Executive Vice President), Robin Forgrave (Vice President of Operations) and Rahim Kaba (Vancouver Store Manager) brought nine representatives from various marine suppliers to speak about their products. We had a great turnout of 43 people, including members from at least two other squadrons. 
We had a number of door prizes, donated to us by Helly Hansen, Steveston Marine and Explorer Yacht Services. 
Big thanks to our illustrious M/C for the evening, Larry Yatkowsky, and to all the members who were kind enough to provide the snacks and desserts. Special thanks to John Steede, who worked behind the scenes to bring the whole evening together.
Jack Bennett - Derema Group 
The Derema Group represents a number of different brands. Jack spoke about Teleflex steering, barbecues, cleaning products and a myriad of other marine products. 

Jeff Grant - Helly Hansen
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with the fashion show highlighting the latest in wet weather gear. 

BJ Chapman - Paynes Marine 
BJ told us about the most recent changes in water makers and bow thrusters. 

Manoj Singh - Acuva Tech
We were excited to be introduced to this new water purification system that uses a new very low watt LED technology. This technology will be available soon through Steveston Marine and will have presence at the Vancouver Boat Show, but we were lucky to be one of the first groups to hear about it. 

Mike Surdyk - Raymarine 
Mike had an informative PowerPoint presentation, focusing on the latest in sonar, radar, GPS and depth sounding. 

Terry Crockett - Nobletec
Terry discussed navigation software programs and how they can work in conjunction with equipment we already have on board. 

Paul Christiansen - DBC Marine Group
DBC Marine is a division of the Servitec Group. Life rafts and EPIRBS were the focus of Paul's presentation. 

Jim Werner - Novakool
Novakool is a local refrigeration company that prides themselves on their large selection of models to fill various niche markets within the marine industry. 
NovaCool uses 12 volt Dan Foss compressors in their fridges. When comparing to other manufacturers, their electrical draw will be lower or if even the same, will cycle less often, equaling less draw from the batteries.

Chad Garrod - Explorer Yacht Services 
Now the installation and service partner with Steveston Marine, Chad gave us some insight into the wide variety of services they provide, including mechanical, electrical and cosmetic. 
~ Cara Duffield, Public Relations Officer
Photos courtesy of Dennis Steeves
Good Things Come to Those Who Bait

As a thank you to Don and Helen White for offering their Pender Harbour home to us for a barbecue during our September Cruise, Don was presented with this plaque.

This has been a great year for Vancouver Squadron in Social Media! Thanks to all the members who have clicked, liked, and commented, we have had an enormous increase in traffic and awareness. 
Let's keep it up and fill those classrooms!!

The more people we can reach, the more potential students we can have and the better we can help educate our fellow boaters.

Cara Duffield
Public Relations Officer 

A Winter's Day on the Water

Photos courtesy of Cara Duffield
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
  • 1978 Yamaha 24 foot motor sailor
  • Keel - fixed cast iron shoal draft 2'11" 
  • Length 24'4", beam 8'6" 
  • 8 hp. Single cylinder Yanmar Diesel engine
  • Espar Diesel Furnace with thermostat.
  • Flexible - drop the mast and trailer this boat.
  • Head room of 5'6" in main cabin.  Removable top Hatch. 
  • Newer Navy blue upholstery, white curtains 
  • Sleeps 5
  • New Deep Cycle Batteries 
  • New Dual Playdeck, USB capable stereo and speakers
  • Stainless Steel sink, fresh water holding tank huge cooler, gimballed single burner Orego Stove ,Gas Grill on deck
  • On board Head with new hand pump. Privacy curtains separate the cabin area. 
  • New shore power hull plug, breaker panel, plugs, marine grade wiring and Galvanic isolator
  • Rigging updated, all turnbuckles replaced
  • New Cutlass Bearing
  • Sails - Newer Main and genoa.  Includes spinnaker and Club jib  (self tacking jib)
  • New ‘easy on the hand’ sheets and Main sail blocks
  • New Boomvang blocks and sheet
  • Navman instruments, depth, wind, speed over water, true apparent wind, windex
  • New raw water filter to engine, lift muffler, exhaust hose, water/exhaust mixer
  • All through hull valves replaced - stainless
  • Updated interior lights, switches
  • Mast Sound Insulated
  • Wheel steering
  • Open transom and swim platform.  Custom Teak Transom Gate 
  • Removable/adjustable Captain seat
  • Bottom cleaned and painted every year.   Original gel coat in excellent condition
  • 10 US gal. fuel tank
  • Extra lines, fenders, ladder, accessories
  • All interior wood revarnished
  • Original Yamaha tool set includes emergency tiller, wrenches, manuals
  • Fun easy to use sailor or economically power cruise all day long at a steady 5.5 knots.

Take comfort knowing this boat will get you to all those fantastic hideaways our interior coastal waters offer.   Hoist the main sail or start it up and you will be off to new adventures.  Waters smooth or rough YOLO handles it all.  A remarkable little boat that is reliable, sturdy and economical.  Hand laid fibreglass and maximized cabin space are Yamaha trademarks.  Survey conditional with accepted offer.

Better than a MacGregor at a fraction of the cost. Offered at $10,000.

Moored at Burrard Civic Vancouver

Call Larry for more info:  604-657-6236

(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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