The Beacon

Volume 28 Number 6 June, 1998

The Official Newsletter of the Saanich Peninsula Squadron


Commander Cdr Helen Louwerse 655-3532
Past Commander P/Cdr Glenn Gallins 656-4904
Executive Officer Lt/Cdr Ken Reeves 655-3602
Training Officer Lt/Cdr Greg Nutt 656-5684
Assistant Training Officer 1st Lt Arthur Scott 656-7010
Training Aids Officerr P/Cdr Cliff Cunningham 656-7120
Treasurer 1st Lt Bill Morrow 656-7826
Secretary 1st Lt Paulette Nutt 656-5864
Membership Officer 1st Lt Diana McBratney 656-4590
Supply Officer 1st Lt Gay Miller 656-5190
Editor, Beacon 1st Lt Carol Sidwell 656-4590
Publisher, Beacon 1st Lt Agnes Simpson 652-1291
Communications Officer P/Cdr Stephen Denroche 656-6177
Marep Officer P/R/C Ray Berry 656-2790
Computer Officer 1st Lt Colin Gallins 656-4904
Public Relations & Entertainment Officer 1st Lt Cliff Kachaluba 652-2359
Social Cruise Captain P/Cdr BobParkinson 727-8417
Student Cruise Captain 1st Lt Martin Pepper pgr388-1727
Port Captain 1st Lt Gordon McAninch 656-9587
Environment Officer 1st Lt Leslie Head 655-4656
Archivist P/Cdr Giles Perodeau 656-4525
Auditor ***** Brenna Litwack 656-0084
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Meetings of the Bridge are held on the third Thursday of each month (except in July and December) at 1930 in the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club. All members welcome. Articles for publication in The Beacon must be received by the Editor by that date.

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I would like to thank the nominating committee on the selection of the new Bridge. I look forward to working with them in the coming year. What a pleasure it is for me to serve another term as your Commander. The first year was education, busy and fun and I expect more of the same. I believe your new Bridge is committed and willing to use their skills to look after the affairs of the Squadron, including its policy, management and finances.

A successful squadron attempts to retain its membership by providing a full range of courses, qualified instructors and an interesting program of recreation and social activities. Our Training Officer, Greg Nutt, is doing his part by planning courses in piloting, marine maintenance and weather as well as basic boating. Bob Parkinson, our Social Cruise Captain, has many interesting and fun weekend cruises scheduled as well as our annual New Years Eve cruise to Otter Bay. Attend just one cruise and I know you will want to go on another.

Congratulations to Mr. Ian Marshall of Victoria on winning the free basic boating course offered at the Sidney Boat Show.

My warmest thanks to the following who worked so hard organizing the District AGM. It was a big job and you all met the challenge:

Ken Reeves, Ray Berry, Bill Morrow

Bob Jones, Bill Miller, Martin Pepper

Bob Kerr, David Struthers, Joyce Berry

Joan Clarke, Ruth Jones, Gay Miller

Noni Kemball, Hank Louwerse, Mary Hunter

Marg Griffin

Have a great summer. I wish you all safe and problem free boating.


Helen Louwerse

"You can't discover distant lands unless you are willing to lose

sight of the shore . . . ."

Where in the world is Hank? 3 deg. 45' 56.128" south 10 deg. 31' 16.573 east
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Now wasn't that a party! Friday night was the "fun and games" evening at Glen Meadows Golf Club with visitors from the U.S., as well as the Vice-Chief Commander from Kelowna, District Commander John Bishop, and members from most of the squadrons in our District. Gaming tables with free poker chips drew crowds expecting to beat the "house". Lots of food and good company. It was a great opportunity to meet people from other squadrons, as well as to socialize with our own boating community.

Saturday's events were held at the Fairgrounds were it was mercifully cool (remember our heat wave?) and air-conditioned. The day was filled with a variety of meetings, depending on your interest: Training, MAREP, Commanders and so on. The AGM happened, as AGMs do, and the new District Bridge was pledged. We heard a presentation from Gerald Loiselle of the Coast Guard after lunch, explaining the current thinking on regulations and we were relieved to hear that "licensing" as such is at least two years away.

After a flurry of clothes-changing so the women could appear in their finery, we enjoyed happy hour before being led into dinner by a Town Crier from England. In all his regalia, he "cried" a welcome. Great fun. Lots of raffle prizes were presented during the evening, as well as a special presentation to Mr. Vic Vickers of the Barry du Temple Memorial Trophy for his exceptional contribution to teaching Navigation.

We had good company, excellent food, good fun and an evening filled with dancing and conversation. Lots of hard work for the organizing committee but we had a ball. When it comes our turn to be host squadron again (in another seven years), we can call on the expertise of the current committee and we all recommend that you plan to attend next year's Conference and AGM which is being hosted by Salt Spring Island - bring your boat and enjoy!

Joan Clarke

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DISTRICT AGM continued

Thanks to the following local merchants who kindly donated their support to the District AGM:

Sidney Travel, Westport Marine Edgewater Marine,

Van Isle Marina, Hagelo Enterprises, North Saanich Marina,

Beacon Auto Parts, Gartside Marine Engines, Peninsula Boat Tops,

Jensen Marine, Howser Crane & Rigging, Sidney Marine Supplies,

Tsehum Stern Drive, Cornish Book & Stationery, All Bay Marina,

Boater's Exchange, Boathouse Marine Centre,Sea Power Ltd.,

Centra Gas, Marine Tech.


George Eade and Diana McBratney attended the District meeting chaired by D/Lt Pat Moar and D/Lt Lyle Sauter. The meeting started with a presentation by Pat on promotional strategies and help available from National, District and other Squadrons. Lyle Sauter then talked about the role of membership officers and invited questions from the floor. Several topics were discussed pertaining to public relations and membership. There was a lengthy discussion about training and licensing and the impact this may have on CPS, Squadrons and membership. It is not certain when training and licensing will be mandatory, but it is most likely coming within the next two years. CPS is gearing up to be a major player in the training aspect of this event and it will certainly impact public relations and membership. R/C Conny MacInnis closed the meeting with a presentation for National on public relations issues.

Notice: GENOA BAY MARINA has opened new docks. Call Will at 250-746-7621 for information/reservations. Their restaurant, GRAPEVINE, is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Call 250-746-0797.

Wanted: Squadron members to participate in the Sidney Days July 1st Parade. We are entering a float this year and need happy smiling faces. Call Lesley Head 655-4656 to volunteer!
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June 6,7 Cruise to Maple Bay Marina. Moorage for those who register. Dinner planned for the restaurant. Games, as usual. Contact Bob Parkinson to register or for more information, 727-8417.

June 18 Bridge meeting at Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club, 1930. All members welcome.

June 19-22 USPS District 16 Rendezvous in Poulsbo, Wash. For more information call the Editor, Carol Sidwell, at 656-4590. For registration info call Robert Gurney at (206) 365-7802.

June 27,28 Cruise to Telegraph Harbour on Thetis Island. Special occasion to celebrate both Mothers' and Fathers' Day. Bar B Q planned -- bring your own steak plus salad or a dessert. Contact Bob Parkinson for more information, 727-8417.

July 1 Sidney Days July 1st Parade. Help prepare the float or come out and cheer. Phone Lesley Head to volunteer, 655-4656.

July 3,4,5 12th Annual Vancouver Island Rendezvous, Transfer Beach, Ladysmith.

Adults $8; children under 12, $4; reservations required by June 28th. Call VIND D/Lt Sue Loveless (250) 245-5048 for info and reservations.

July 18,19 Cruise to Saltspring Island Marina in Ganges Harbour. Shopping FONT FACE="Times New Roman"> contest. Supper at the Pub. Contact Bob Parkinson to register or for more information, 727-8417.

From the Supply Officer . . . . . . 1st Lt Gay Miller 656-5190

Don't forget to get a new CPS flag for the coming boating season if yours is getting faded or tattered. $8 for the small one, $9 for the 12"x20" flag. Also, we have a good supply of Squadron Burgees at $19, so dress up your boat and proudly fly your CPS colours!

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From the Membership Officer. . . .


A hearty WELCOME is extended to the following new members who have joined the Squadron after completion of the Boating Course in April:

Pat Martin, Philip Cottell, Maureen Farrell,

Elizabeth Van Akker, Don Van Akker, David Swanson,

Chris Cowland, Diane Pollard, Mary Hanna.

We hope you will all become active members of the Squadron and partake of the many opportunities to become involved with Squadron activities -- such as proctoring on future Boating Courses to assist new students and also to reinforce your own training in boating basics; attending the various cruises planned for the rest of the year, where we manage to have a lot of fun and at the same time learn a lot from each other.

Keep in mind that courses will start again in September. Marine Maintenance and Piloting are planned. Let the Squadron Training Officer know what you would like to take. Suggest to boating friends that they take the basic boating course.

Happy and safe boating to you all!


Who has an email address? Please let me know -- perhaps we can change the way we contact members for important information. Maybe you want an email connection but don't know how, where, etc. Mike Yates is a CPS member and offers discounts to CPS members for email hookups: 100 hours -- not limited to any number of months -- for $85.50, which is .75/hour; or unlimited hours for $32 a month; email address that ends with "name" or "youname" Contact him for more information at 386-2667.

1st Lt Diana McBratney (656-4590)

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Cruise Report --

Bedwell Harbour 9-10 May

Saanich Peninsula Squadron was led into Bedwell by a pod of frolicking porpoises! They departed at the harbour entrance, at which point the weather turned beautiful. The Marina was almost empty, so our boats had pretty much the run of the place. Happy Hour(s) on the dock was enjoyed by everyone, and it was during the Happy Hour event we discussed the upcoming scavenger hunt. The actual hunt was really great, except some of the scavengers became the hunted! In the end the prizes were awarded to Bob and Ruth Jones of Tanquery. The Potluck dinner was forgone in favour of the Pub, which had a guest five piece band in attendance for our pleasure. Sunday, "Mothers' Day", was spent relaxing and visiting other members' boats.

If you weren't there, you missed a very enjoyable weekend. Hope to see you all at the rest of the cruises this summer.

Barry Levi


From the Training Officer . . . . . Lt/Cdr Greg Nutt

We have a very busy and exciting schedule laid out for fall training.

Saanich Peninsula Squadron will be offering the Basic Boating Course starting Tuesday, September 8, 1998. We also plan to offer the new Marine Maintenance Course starting Thursday, September 10, and Piloting, with a tentative start date of Wednesday, October 21.

For more information or to register, please call the Training Officer, Greg Nutt at 656-5684 or 920-6584 (PLEASE NO CALLS AFTER 9:30 P.M.) or the Assistant Training Officer, Arthur Scott at 656-7010.

Brentwood Squadron is also offering the new Marine Maintenance course in the fall and it is already fully subscribed. Brentwood also plans to offer Seamanship Sail; if you are interested in taking this course, contact Greg.

Sooke Sqn plans to offer Advanced Piloting. Contact Greg.