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The Beacon

Volume 31 Number 03 April, 2001

The Official Newsletter of the Saanich Peninsula Squadron

A Unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons

Commander Cdr Ken Reeves 655-3602 -

Past Commander P/Cdr Helen Louwerse 544-4358 hagelo@pinc.com

Executive Officer and Lt/C Greg Nutt 656-4212 nuttgreg@hotmail.com

Training Officer

Assist. Training Officer 1st Lt John Hudson 655-3653 jchcmh@home.com

ATO Chief Instructor Lt Doug Mitchell 656-2959 douglassmitchell@home.com

ATO Chief Proctor 1st Lt Sita Pillay 656-5675 palsita@pacificcoast.net

Youth Officer 1st Lt Barbara Bond 384-4268 bondbond@ultranet.ca

Training Aids Officer 1st Lt David Teece 658-0299 dteece@home.com

Treasurer 1st Lt Jim Dawson 658-8204 -

Secretary 1st Lt Paulette Nutt 656-4212 pnutt8@hotmail.com

Membership Officer 1st Lt Diana McBratney 656-4590 dianam@uvic.ca

Editor, Beacon 1st Lt Heather Pepper 656-8101 mlpepper@home.com

Publisher, Beacon 1st Lt Agnes Simpson 652-1291 agsimpson@telus.net

Supply Officer 1st Lt Chris Sterling 385-4009 -

Communications 1st Lt Jackie Levi 656-3420 blevi@telus.net

MAREP Hydrographic P/Cdr Stephen Denroche 656-6177 ste.mar@home.com

Webmaster S/C Glenn Gallins 656-4904 lawcentre@tnet.net

Social Cruise Captain 1st Lt Barry Levi 656-3420 blevi@telus.net

Student Cruise Captain 1st Lt Martin Pepper 656-8101 mlpepper@home.com

PR & Entertainment 1st Lt Gay Miller 656-5190 ctime@telus.net

and Port Captain

Environment Officer 1st Lt George Winn 472-2219 gcwinn@home.com

Archivist (Temporary) P/Cdr Giles Perodeau 656-4525 gilesperodeau@home.com

Auditor Brenna Litwack 656-0084 blitwack@home.com

Meetings of the Bridge will be held on the third THURSDAY of each month at 1930 in the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club, except July and December. All members are welcome to attend. Information for The Beacon should be in the hands of the Editor by the 15th of the month.

The Beacon will also be published on the Squadron web page:

http://www.islandnet.com/~cps-sps/

 


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Commander’s Comments

This is my last column as the Squadron Commander for the past two years - how time flies when you’re having fun!

I’ve been particularly fortunate in having very strong

Support from an excellent Bridge working together as a team

In furthering the cause of safe boating.

Our major goal as a team was to develop a strong

Training team with top flight instructors, proctors, supported by the

Other departments each with their own goals. That we have achieved our goal is illustrated by our course results and student reaction and comments.

The onus is now on us to maintain our current high standards - improve them where we can. I’m confident my successor, Greg Nutt, is more than equal to the challenge. I am also sure he will receive the same strong support that I have enjoyed.

The Squadron could not succeed of course without the dedicated support of many of those members who volunteered many hours in support of various programs such as the student cruise skippers and proctors and help in staffing the Sidney Boat Show entrance. Well done and thank you all.

Without volunteer help, the Squadron cannot survive. I urge all Squadron members, particularly those who are newly joined, to consider volunteering a few hours a month or a year to help in our various activities, either as Bridge members, or for occasional events.

Finally , it has given me a great deal of personal pleasure working with the Bridge and members of the Squadron.

MY THANKS TO YOU ALL. ~Ken Reeves, Commander


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THE UNDER-COVER TEAM !!!!!

No, they’re not undercover agents of the Membership Office tracking down recalcitrant members who may be two days late renewing their membership, or boaters who drink other than B.C. Wines at dockside! They are the communications team who work anonymously on telephones and e-mail to inform the members of upcoming Squadron events. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Led by Jackie Levi, the team includes:

Ruth Jones Madeleine Bentley

Pat Ikle Georgina Farmer

Gay Miller Joyce Morrow

On behalf of the Bridge, our thanks to you all for your work behind the scenes!

Ken Reeves

Commander


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BOATING SAFETY & COURTESY CHECKS

Introduction

The prime mission of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons is to teach, with the aim of improving boaters’ skills and thereby encouraging safe boating. With the advent of spring and the 2001 cruising season, it is an appropriate time to remind boaters of their legal obligations with regard to on board safety equipment.

Required Safety Equipment

In 1999, the Federal Government updated the minimum mandatory safety equipment requirements for pleasure craft. These updated requirements are published in the 1999 and later editions of the Safe Boating Guide available at any Marine Chandler. The guide describes in detail the minimum safety equipment required by each pleasure vessel according to that vessel’s overall length.

Common sense dictates that we should all want to carry at least the minimum safety equipment required by law, and preferably more. Our own safety should be enough incentive, but in case it is not, you should be aware that law enforcement agencies such as Police and Coast Guard may stop and board a vessel on the water at any time to verify that the vessel carries the minimum required safety equipment. Financial penalties are identified in the Contraventions Act in respect of each required item of safety equipment that may be found outdated or missing upon such an inspection. These fines are normally significantly greater than the purchase price of the required safety item!

I would strongly encourage every boat owner in our Squadron to obtain a current copy of the Safe Boating Guide and confirm he or she has at least the minimum required safety equipment on board according to boat length. Those who have participated in the fire extinguisher demonstration on Student Cruises will know from experience that we would be very wise to exceed the minimum requirements for on board fire extinguishers. As Cliff Cunningham has repeatedly stated during these demonstrations: “the cost of an (extra/larger) fire extinguisher is small compared to the value of your boat!” Just remember, it can be very lonely on the water when your fire is almost out, and your last legally required fire extinguisher fizzles! For routine maintenance, dry chemical fire extinguishers should be inverted at least monthly and tapped on the bottom with a rubber mallet until you hear or feel the chemical powder moving back and forth freely inside the extinguisher. To Be Continued On Page 5


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They will not work well if you go to use them and all the powder has settled and packed in the bottom of the extinguisher! Annually, you should check your fire extinguishers for any signs of seepage, or any drop in pressure. CO2 extinguishers should be weighed to confirm they are still fully charged.

When you are reviewing your inventory of required safety equipment on your vessel, particular attention should be paid to the following points:

a) pyrotechnic distress signals are only legal for 4 years from date of manufacture;

and

b) lifejackets, personal flotation devices (PFDs), lifebuoys and fire extinguishers are only legal if they clearly display approval markings as follows:

Lifejackets/PFDs: Canadian Coast Guard, DOT or Transport Canada;

Lifebuoys: Transport Canada; and

Fire Extinguishers: Board of Steamship Inspection (Transport Canada),

Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC), British Board of Trade for Marine Use, or U.S. Coast Guard for Marine Use.

It should also be noted that the “approval” for any lifejacket or PFD is void if the item has been repaired or altered in any way.

Vessel Courtesy Checks

Once you have satisfied yourself that you have on board at least the minimum safety equipment required by law, it would be a good idea to have the Coast Guard Auxiliary conduct a Courtesy Check of your vessel. These checks are offered free of charge as a public service. A Coast Guard trained volunteer will meet you at your vessel by prior arrangement and will ask you to produce for inspection all the safety equipment required by law. This will include checking the operation of all navigation and anchor lights. The examiner will not be there to identify your equipment shortcomings; you are expected to have done that and rectified shortcomings before the Courtesy Check. The examiner’s purpose is to verify for you that you have the legally required equipment, and also to offer any helpful suggestions aimed at improving your boating safety. The examiner will also wish to see the original license or registration papers for your vessel. (These should be kept on board, and a copy kept at home). Upon completion of a successful check, you will be provided with a detailed list of all equipment examined, and with a decal to show a successful Courtesy Check has been completed. This decal should be prominently displayed in a window of your vessel. Doug Mitchell


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STUDENT CRUISE

 

Well we seemed to have lucked out weather wise for the student cruise. It was a beautiful sunny day on Sunday, March 4, 2001 for the spring student cruise. We left our respective marinas at approximately 9:00 a.m. and all arrived safe and sound at Otter Bay Resort by 11:00 a.m. We all discussed our various trips over while we munched away on our lunchs, before the days activities began. First off was a demonstration in docking by Ken and Joan Clarke. Then it was on to anchoring. Gay and Bill Miller gave the demonstration and by the time the anchoring demonstration was completed it was right on to the Coast Guard demonstration. It had been arranged that we would also see a diving demo which was carried out by Dave Stansfield. Although diving seemed to be a little aside from the boating it was interesting just the same. The North Pender Island Volunteer Fire Department and Cliff Cunningham came through for us once again and provided our students with the opportunity of having hands on experience with the handling of fire extinguishers and seeing what it feels like to actually release the contents of an extinguisher. The flare demonstration was carried out by Doug Mitchell and Ken Clarke. The students were all given the opportunity to release a flare themselves. We then were witness to Doug taking hold of and releasing a Type A Parachute Flare. Doug's calculations for wind and angle were right on with the flare burning out just prior to reaching the tree line on the opposite side of the Bay.

I would like to thank everyone who participated in providing their boats, fuel, knowledge, time and their experience to make this day such a wonderful learning experience and social event.

Thank you also to the students for such a good turn out and for their eagerness to learn. The waters will be a much safer place with educated skippers and deckhands.

This was the first time I helped arrange the cruise it was a good experience and an additional thank you to Martin and Heather Pepper for all their guidance.

Good luck to the students on the upcoming exam and hope to see everyone out on the water real soon.

Martin Russell


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Beacon Classifieds

 

For Sale - Large Force 10 BBQ; used one season; $170.00 Rail Mount for BBQ: $28.00
For Sale - Standard Communications Horizon Omni VHF radio; in the box for past four years (hardly used); high end model for $220.00
Contact: Jim Peters @ 655-4266 or e-mail <devscourage@aol.com>

Item #1:
Rigging wire off 40' sailboat, used on two cruises to Charlottes and
four summers of local powering with very little sailing, never
racing, otherwise sat at the dock, therefore considered in good
condition. Excellent for spares.
*Stainless, #304, size 3/8th. Each at $2.00 per foot. Each includes
swaged eye.
1 piece @ 51', 2 pieces @ 18'3", 2 pieces @ 18'.6"
*Stainless #304, size 5/16th. 2 pieces @ 9'2". Each with swaged
turnbuckle and toggle on each. $1.50 per foot and $50 for hardware
on each piece ($63.50 each piece in total).
*Stainless #304, size 5/16th. 2 pieces @ 37' @ $1.50 per foot.
Each includes swaged eye.
Item#2:
Used hot water heater. Made by Atwood Mobile Products for Seaward
Products of CA.
(213) 944-9841. Model EHM11-SM. Tank Capacity: 10.5US gallons.
1500 watt element. Runs off 110 or marine engine.
Item #3:
Wire cutters, cuts to 1/4" wire. New approx $125. Now $65.00.
Item#4
Espar igniter. #D3L. New, package unbroken. Was $25.40 plus tax.
Now $15.00.
Contact: Sunny Johnson 655-1877, Sidney.


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Notice of Annual General Meeting

Take Notice that the Annual General Meeting of Saanich Peninsula Power and Sail Squadron will be held at the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club, 10775 McDonald Park Road, Sidney, BC on 30 Apr 2001 at 1930.

Agenda

Receiving and, if thought fit, approving the reports of the Officers of the Squadron;

Receiving and, if thought fit, approving the Financial Statements of the Squadron for the twelve month period ending March 31, 2001, and the report of the Squadron Auditor thereon;

Electing the Officers of the Squadron;

Appointing the Squadron Auditor;

Considering such further business as may properly come before the Meeting.

The Report of the Squadron Nominating Committee is attached to and forms part of this Notice. Under Squadron Regulation 12.1, any further nominations must be made by way of a petition in writing signed by not less than 5 members of this Squadron who shall confirm the consent of the nominee to stand for election. The petition must be filed with the Squadron Secretary not less than 2 days prior to the date of this Meeting.

Copies of the Treasurer's Report, together with financial statements of the Squadron's fiscal year ending March 31, 2001, will be available at the Meeting. Copies of the Minutes of 2000 Annual General Meeting will also be available.

2001 Report of the

Squadron Nominating Committee

The Squadron Nominating Committee nominates the following Members for election as Squadron Officers for 2001/2002:

Commander (Cdr) Lt/Cdr Greg Nutt

Executive Officer (Lt/C) 1st Lt Diana McBratney

Training Officer (Lt/C) 1st John Hudson

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Asst. Training Officer 1st Lt Sita Pillay

ATO — Chief Instructor 1st Lt Doug Mitchell

ATO — Chief Proctor tba

Training Aids Officer tba

Treasurer 1st Lt Jim Dawson

Secretary 1st Paulette Nutt

Membership Officer Cathy Campbell

PR & Entertainment Officer tba

Supply Officer Ron Townshend

Editor, Beacon 1st Lt Heather Pepper

Publisher, Beacon 1st Lt Agnes Simpson

Social Cruise Captain tba

Student Cruise Captain Martin Russell

Archivist P/Cdr Stephen Denroche

Communications Officer 1st Lt Jackie Levi

Webmaster P/Cdr Glenn Gallins

Environment Officer 1st Lt George Winn

MAREP Officer Kit Raetsen

Port Captain 1st Lt Gay Miller

The Squadron Nominating Committee also nominates the following Member for appointment as Auditor of the Squadron:

Brenna Litwack, 370 Wain Rd, Sidney, BC V8L 5P9

The Squadron Nominating Committee advises that the following Member will serve on the Squadron Executive Committee for the next year by virtue of his position as immediate Past Commander, and does not require election or appointment:

Past Commander (P/Cdr) Cdr Ken Reeves

Pursuant to Squadron Regulations the following Members will serve on the Squadron Nominating Committee for 2002/2003 by virtue of their positions, and do not require election or appointment:

Past Commander Ken Reeves

Commander Greg Nutt

Training Officer John Hudson

Respectfully submitted:

P/Cdr Helen Louwerse Cdr Ken Reeves Lt/Cdr Greg Nutt


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Letters to the editor

A Sail boater Lacking Salt Or An Engineer’s view of CP&SS Navigation

I have just completed the Advanced Piloting course. Unfortunately, I did not complete the course with the same enthusiasm I had for the Boating and Piloting Courses. It is difficult to offer suggestions for improvements to the courses without sounding like wind whining in the rigging, so I hope that the following is taken in the constructive spirit in which I am offering it. I learned to sail an open decked sail boat on a course 30 years ago, built an 11’ Mirror sailing dinghy and even took a navigation course all those years ago. However, my work locations have meant I have acquired little practical boating experience until two years ago when, having retired to North Saanich, I bought a 29.5 Hunter sailboat. In addition to the above-mentioned courses, I have also taken the Marine Maintenance course and the Canadian Yachting Association’s Basic Cruising Course. So old salt I am not but hopefully my thoughts may provoke some debate. I thoroughly enjoyed the Boating course and Piloting Course but since taking the Advanced Piloting Course I have become increasingly aware of some shortcomings in all three courses but mostly in the Advanced Piloting. I recognize that all the courses are revised from time to time and that a new Advanced Piloting will soon be forthcoming. However, my thoughts I think are still worth voicing. There is a friendly rivalry between "power" and "sail" in the squadrons which is good natured fun but I feel that none of the Squadron’s courses I have attended take into account the fact that sail boats are intended to sail and not motor. Sailboat auxiliary engines are there to simplify maneuvers around harbours and get you home when the wind fails. Unfortunately, sailboats are treated in the courses as funny shaped powerboats that happen to have sails that are rarely used by the owners. I will try to give some examples of areas where the courses, in my opinion, could be improved not only for sailboats but also for powerboats. The use of speed to calculate the DR distance run is emphasized in all the courses and the speed is recorded on the course line. The development of a speed versus R.P.M. curves is also emphasized. Such an approach is open to question since only older diesel engine boats have just an R.P.M Counter. Modern diesel and gasoline boats (inboard and outboard) have knot meters and mileage logs operated by a small hull mounted impeller transducer and electronics to calculate the distance traveled through the water. A boat under sail has no R.P.M. so speed can only be measured by an electronic knot/mileage log or an old fashioned log that is streamed over the side. The most serious omission in the courses is that no account or mention is made of this latter fact or a solution offered. The usefulness of recording speed on DR plots for boats under sail is limited since the wind speed and therefore the boat speed is constantly changing. It has been suggested to me that plotting speed is applicable offshore since the winds are more constant than when sailing close to shore. This is only partly true. In the ancient days of sail variable winds must have created errors in DR plots no matter how frequently they streamed the log. I believe this was every half-hour when the "glass was turned". Piloting is an in-shore activity so what should sail boaters do? My Piloting Course instructor mentioned in passing that the solution is to plot distance based upon your electronic trip mileage log. Your wind and speed can then do what it likes since only the cumulative distance matters. I have since seen this referenced in a small book on sailing and it seems a sensible approach. Shouldn’t this be included in the Boating and subsequent courses? Power boaters could also use this method thus relieving them of the chore of making a DR plot every time they change speed! Some may argue that R.P.M. is important if the knot/log meter fails but the R.P.M. Counter is equally at risk. The Advanced Piloting course includes numerous techniques for fixing a position that require the use of a sextant to measure horizontal or vertical angles to objects. A sextant is described but how to use it is not part of the course! These are fine exercises in geometry but totally irrelevant as boaters. How many boaters own or are likely to own a sextant? Even with one on-board why bother when a hand-bearing compass can give you a two or three bearing, or running fix on the same objects in half the time? The section on electronic aids to navigation has a large section on Loran. Loran who? I assume this will be deleted in the next version of the AP.


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Letters To The Editor Cont...

Both the Advanced Piloting and Piloting courses include sections on deviation and how to produce a deviation table and compensate a compass. A short time after acquiring my boat I became aware that my compass had some deviation, probably a maximum range of 8° or +/- 4° if compensated. Talking to one or two Squadron members it became apparent that many ignore deviation. Statements such as "Most fiber glass boats have very little deviation – its not worth bothering about it" were common. Undaunted I set about compensating my compass using the techniques described in the course notes and also in Bowditch et al. It soon became obvious why few bother to compensate a compass. Most methods depend on running along some known magnetic bearing and comparing it with the reading on your boat’s compass. They emphasize, of course, that you pick a calm day. I found to my frustration that even on the calmest day my boat’s bow swung back and forth +/– 5° , due to wash from distant vessels, swell and even a faint breeze from a passing seagull. However, with patience and timing the swings carefully, compass readings were made as my bow and mast lined up on the distant object I was steering toward. A Deviation Table, albeit somewhat inaccurate, was thus obtained. Compensation, however, requires adjustment of the N-S and E-W magnets by making runs N, S, E and W before making a deviation table. Compass readings were taken as described above but adjusting the magnets proved totally impossible since with the boat swinging back and forth on its heading there was no point of reference for the adjustment. The techniques described in the courses were obviously transposed from texts such as Bowditch and Dutton that were written for very large stable vessels. (My boat is 30’ LOA). To date I have only found one squadron member that has a deviation table and no one that has actually compensated a simple compass. I am not talking about spheres and Flinder’s bars. I plan to try once more using the method of rotating the boat while moored to the dock and using a pelorus and a GPS to fix a compass bearing. This way I should be able to point and hold the boat on a fixed heading while the magnets are adjusted. The courses need to take into account the practicality of the methods recommended when applied to small boats.

Incidentally, the above seems to be the only practical application for a pelorus on a small boat, particularly a sailboat. There just isn’t a location for a pelorus that is accessible and that isn’t in the way of other essential activities. For a pelorus to be any use you have to be able to walk all around it to take 360° of bearings. Unless all you want to do is take bow and beam bearings. Large vessels solve this problem by having two peloruses (pelorii?), one mounted on each wing of the bridge (do you have a bridge?). For the above compass compensating exercise I have made a special wooden jig that fits between my binnacle and companionway hatch. Such a device could not be left in place as it prevents access to the cabin, jib and main sheets and halyards. The concept of the Relative Bearing is clearly important for obtaining running fixes but emphasis on using a pelorus or sighting with an azimuth ring over the boat’s compass should be diminished (but perhaps not eliminated) since these instruments are rarely available on a small boat. Emphasis should instead be placed on the use of a hand-bearing compass to obtain running fixes.

Finally, the use of GPS techniques to augment and check navigation would be a sensible addition now that a basic hand held model can be obtained for $200. A fellow student on the recent Advanced Piloting course pointed out that, if reliability was a concern, six GPS’s could be purchased for the price of a sextant of reasonable quality. The concept of roaming the seven seas with nothing more than a compass, sextant, chart and a copy of Bowditch is romantic but not very practical for a boater off the coast of Vancouver Island.


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Letters to the editor cont...

Browsing through books on navigation it soon became clear to me that they were mostly written by ex-navy seafarers and not recreational boaters. Books on recreational boating or sailing often include a chapter or two on piloting but the methods are merely condensed from the weightier tomes on navigation for the sake of completeness. On reflection the piloting techniques described are a function of the instruments available to the pilot. In the days before engine power the pilot had a ships binnacle compass, a sextant, a chip log and a lead. The introduction of propeller driven vessels replaced the chip log with a rev counter but little else. The availability of radar and GPS to the recreational boater is relatively recent and in this rapidly changing era of electronic wizardry Radio Direction Finding and Loran have already come and gone. But in spite of these advances a student of piloting from the year 1800 would probably be perfectly at ease sitting in on our Boating and Piloting courses. It is interesting to listen to the comments of the old salts as they defend the need for traditional methods of navigation. The principle argument is that, "if your electronics fail you need to be able to resort to the tried and true methods". This argument is an issue of reliability and risk. Are the electronics, the satellites and your DC power or batteries reliable? It is amazing that the same people that generally ask such questions happily motor off into the sunset with one engine and no dinghy. In the absence of GPS or suitable objects for getting a fix you depend on your DR plot for a position but this requires a compass and a knot log or a rev counter. Is a GPS any less reliable than an engine, knot log or rev counter? A much stronger argument, but also questionable, is that "you need to understand the basic principles to be able to use the electronic tools effectively". This argument is valid as long as the principles are basic and useful, and not just exercises in interesting geometrical exercises. Isn’t it time to introduce the sensible use of GPS into the courses and throw out some of the less useful techniques?

One topic that could be introduced for sail boaters is the use of "plain sailings" and "transverse sailings" to calculate an effective DR course and distance during a series of tacks. To avoid too many calculation errors a calculator should be used rather than Bowditch’s tables. If a programmable calculator is available the calculations can be automated and completed in real time to give course distance and even Latitude and Longitude by punching in the course and distance along a tack. I have come across at least one company that sells a "navigator’s calculator" already programmed for this task and many others.

I trust that the above comments are indeed as constructive as I intended them to be and that at least some of them will be of interest to members. I have some additional thoughts on the whole question of GPS and navigational instrument reliability from a small boater’s point of view but this I will leave for a future article perhaps entitled "How many GPS’s do you need".

John Blomfield


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EASTER has long been a tradition of both feast and celebration for families all around the world. A time of soft pastels, festive gatherings and fresh– from– the– oven delights.

Quick cross buns

4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (8g) envelope Fleischmann’s quick rise instant yeast

1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 tsp. Salt

1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp cloves or allspice

1/4 tsp nutmeg or mace 1/2 cup raisins, grated rind of 2 lemons

1/4 cup water 1 cup milk

1/4 cup margarine 1 egg

1 egg yolk 1 tbsp water

1 cup icing sugar 1-2 tbsp lemon juice or milk

Set aside 1 cup flour from total amount

Combine remaining flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves ,nutmeg, raisins, and lemon rind in a large bowl.

Heat water, milk and margarine until hot to touch,

Stir hot liquids into dry ingredients.

Mix in eggs.

Stir in enough reserved flour to make a soft dough that does mot stick to the bowl.

Turn out onto floured board and knead 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.

Divide dough into 12 equal pieces

Shape each piece into a smooth ball pinching at bottom to seal

Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet abut 2 inches (5cm) apart.

Place baking sheet over a shallow pan half filled with boiling water.

Cover; let rise 40 mins.

Remove baking sheet from pan 1/2 filled with water.

Mix egg yolk with 1 tbsp. (15 mL) water; brush over surface of buns

Bake at 375ºF (190ºC) for 10 - 12 mins.

Cool on wire rack.

Mix icing sugar and lemon juice to desired consistency.

Drizzle or pipe frosting in form of cross on each bun.

Makes 12 buns.

TOASTED BUNS - Hot Cross Buns came from England. It was believed that if you did not eat a Hot Cross Bun on Good Friday your house would burn down.


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Book Review

Beautiful Boat Crafts by Linda Buckingham $32.95

I met Linda Buckingham at the Vancouver Boat Show after several people had come by asking if we carried her book. It had just been released and we didn’t have it! This is a wonderful book for those who love crafts. Depending on the size of your boat, you could create some of the projects described in the book while resting at anchor on a rainy day. Some of the other designs might best be carried out on land, though the subtitle of the book notes “Decorating Ideas and Projects for On Board”. The projects are organized by area of the boat: The Stateroom, Head, Wheelhouse, Galley, Saloon, Decks and include stencil work, rope work,faux wood inlay and sewing. The author gives a list of tools & materials, designs and instructions. The book is wonderfully illustrated. I think I’ll start with the galley floor cloth and its wonderful Celtic design, or maybe the seashell border embroidered tea towels.

Contributed By Ann Tighe - Compass Rose Books


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Training News

On Sunday March 4th the current Boating Course students had their practical navigation experience in the form of the Otter Bay Cruise. Of the 43 students in the two classes, 42 signed up for the cruise. On the actual day, this number dwindled by a couple of students due to ill health. Initially 18 skippers volunteered their services and boats to support the students but again due to sickness and other adversities, 16 made Otter Bay. The Training Department would like to thank Heather Pepper for setting up the cruise, Martin Russell for implementing it, all skippers and proctors, particularly those who did extra duties firing flares etc., Cliff Cunningham for the fire extinguisher demo (each student got the opportunity to put out a fuel fire), the Millers for the anchoring and the Clarke's for the docking demonstrations. Thanks are also due to the Volunteer Rescue Boat crew, North Pender Volunteer Fire Department and the Otter Bay Marina.

The winter 2001 courses are coming/have come to an end with examinations on:

- March 15th, the new Fundamentals of Weather course with 7 students (instructor Bob Richardson). All seven sat the exam and all passed.

- March 21st, the Marine Maintenance with 15 students (instructor Greg Nutt). Eleven students sat the exam and ten passed.

- April 10th, the Boating Class at Parkland School with 43 students (instructors Cliff Cunningham, Doug Mitchell, Ted Meadley), Boating class graduation is on May 14th at SNSYC.

- April 17th, VHF Radio at Parkland School. So far 26 Boating Class students have so far indicated they wished to take this one evening course together with 8 others. This course consists of pre-reading of the circulated course literature, and on April 17th, a lecture followed by the exam.

We would like to thank all instructors and the proctors who helped make these classes a success.

The last training course of the winter is the GPS course that is being instructed by Captain Kevin Monahan (author of "GPS - Instant Navigation") on April 7th at 0900 to 1600 in Holy Trinity Church Hall, 1319 Mills Road, North Saanich, cost $35 which included coffee and lunch. As of March 31st, 46 people had pre-registered. Public advertising went out on March 9th. The hall can hold 75. Interested members should contact the undersigned to pre-register ASAP as the caterer has to be informed on numbers.

Four prospective students have signed up for the fall 2001 Boating Class already as well as 2 for the next Fundamentals of Weather, 3 for Marine Maintenance and 1 for Piloting.

John C. Hudson
Assistant Training Officer
jchcmh@home.com
250-655-3653


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Coming Events

 

APRIL 7 - GPS Course at 0900 to 1600 in Holy Trinity Church Hall, 1319 Mills Road, North Saanich.

APRIL 8 - Marine ecology centre arrives @ Port Sidney

APRIL 19 - Bridge Meeting @ SNSYC 19:30 hrs.

All members and guests welcomed.

APRIL 26-29 - Sidney Floating Boat Show

MAY 11-12 - Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons - Vancouver Island South District 5th Conference and Annual General Meeting 2001.

MAY 14 - Spring Course Graduation.

 

Membership News

This month we would like to welcome Robert Blanchard who has transferred to our Squadron from Pender Island and is looking forward to joining in on our summer cruising program. We look forward to meeting you in the near future. Welcome aboard!

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