Volume 31 Number 6 December 2001 & January 2002
The Official Newsletter of the Saanich Peninsula Squadron
A Unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons
|Assistant Training Officer||1st Lt||Sita Pillayemail@example.com|
|ATO - Chief Instructor||1st Lt||Doug Mitchellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ATO- Chief Proctor||Lt||Peter Vivianemail@example.com|
|Treasurer||1st Lt||Jim Dawson||658-8204|
|Secretary||1st Lt||Inez Webergfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Membership Officer||1st Lt||Cathy Campbellemail@example.com|
|Public Relations Officer||1st Lt||Marion Marlorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Supply Officer||1st Lt||Ron Townshendemail@example.com|
|Student Cruise Captain||1st Lt||Martin Russellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Communications Officer||1st Lt||Jackie Leviemail@example.com|
|Environment Officer||1st Lt||George Winnfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|MAREP Officer||1st Lt||Kit Raetsenemail@example.com|
|Port Captain||1st Lt||Gay Millerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Social Cruise Captain||P/Cdr||Bob Parkinsonemail@example.com|
|Past Commander||P/Cdr||Ken Reeves||655-3602|
of the Squadron Executive Committee (the Bridge) are normally held on the third
THURSDAY of each month at 1930 in the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club,
except in July and December. All
members of the Squadron are welcome to attend — indeed we encourage members to
turn out to see those you have elected working for your Squadron.
The Beacon is currently undergoing examination as to its continuation as our official newsletter. In this regard we are asking you to let the Commander know if you want this publication to continue in some kind of written format or whether you feel it could be discontinued in favour of published information on the Squadron web page. See page 6 for the specific request we are making of you at this time.
has been a busy time for your Squadron Bridge officers.
As you all know, Greg Nutt found it necessary to resign his position as
Commander in September and the Bridge asked me to assume that role in his place.
Having served as Executive Officer for only four months, I found myself
catapulting up an extremely steep learning curve — or as we used to say, up to
the end of September I attended the Vancouver Island South District Council
meeting, and in mid-October I attended the Canadian Power & Sail
Squadrons’ Conference and Annual General Meeting in Kelowna.
And I can tell you it wasn’t a case of just go to the meetings and sit
and listen! The reading material
alone for all these meetings is something else again.
And, of course, we, as a Squadron, have problems and concerns that we
wanted to be heard — and heard they were.
Now to see what comes of it all.
Beacon is coming to you as a result of a collaboration by a few
members who felt that we really had to get busy and do something in spite of the
fact that we still do not have a full-time Editor.
We have a volunteer who would like to do the job, but feels he will need
a little more time to learn. In the
meantime we will attempt to get issues on an “as we get enough info” basis. So, if anyone has anything they would like to see published
(timely articles, notices, classified ads, recipes, etc) please pass them along
to me and I will see that they get into the right hands.
now we are preparing for our Annual Christmas Dinner that will be held on Friday
the 7th of December. Please see the
write-up on page 5. This should be
a good dinner. I hope many of you
will be able to attend.
will note also that we will be holding a Graduation ceremony on Monday the 14th
of January. Please turn out to
welcome those who become new members, and to have time to socialize with other
Squadron members. See page 6 for
On behalf of the Bridge officers I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and joyous Christmas and a new year filled with the realization of all your boating dreams.
|Calendar of Events||
Lighted Boat Parade in Sidney
Boating Course exam
and course ends. Meet later in the
Christmas Dinner. See details on
VHF Radio Qualification course – one night. Prior
registration with the Squadron Training Officer, John Hudson firstname.lastname@example.org
course begins. First week only,
before 1845 for registration etc, 1900 subsequent weeks. Will be held at SNSYC.
Twelve weeks, ends Mar. 27. Prior
registration with the Squadron Training Officer, John Hudson email@example.com
required along with a $40.00
Roster meeting with District Committee, for Commanders, Membership
Officers and Public Relations Officers
Graduation ceremony for Fall Boating Course candidates, at SNSYC, 1900
Social half hour, Graduation at 1930. Refreshments
will be served. Come out and
welcome new members along with D/C Peter Jennings.
Bridge meeting, 1930 at SNSYC. Everyone
Jan. 20 District Council Meeting. Commander and Squadron Training Officer will attend.
||TIPS — PREVENTING CORROSION|
To prevent corrosion on infrequently used tools you carry on board for emergencies, coat them with a thin layer of oil and wrap them in plastic wrap. Placing carpenter’s chalk in a toolbox helps absorb moisture and also prevents corrosion.
Another effective anticorrosion technique for tools is to store them in a wooden box with camphor and sawdust.
We would like to extend a hearty welcome to new members who have recently joined us:
Ted VERMEULEN regular member who has rejoined
REYNOLDS regular member originally from Seymour Squadron
RAY regular member transferred from Saltspring Squadron
BRUCE regular member – boating taken at Oak Bay spring of 2000
KAMIKAWAJI regular member
ROGERS regular member transferred from Vancouver Squadron
ARCHIBALD regular member
OAKLEY regular member
Susan Archibald and David Oakley have joined our squadron to enable them to take the piloting course. Good luck!
As of October 31, 2001 our membership is as follows:
|Associate – regular||4|
|Associate – junior||2|
firstname.lastname@example.org or 656-5717
Annual Christmas Dinner
year the dinner will be just that — dinner, with QUIET background music, and
time to chat with other members — no dance this time as we have found that
most people want to get home fairly early.
Please note also that this year it will be on a Friday night — as this
was also expressed as a preference by members.
We will have a chicken cordon bleu dinner with all the usual trimmings,
accompanied by a cold salmon platter. We’ll
consider this year a bit of an experiment and ask for feedback later.
As usual, much of the cost of the dinner will be subsidized by the
Squadron from the funds received for the work so many volunteers did for the
Sidney Floating Boat Show in April.
To reserve your place at the dinner, call Gay Miller NOW and let her know how many tickets you want. Because of the catering, we must know early exactly how many servings to order. And please remember, if anything happens so that you can’t attend, let Gay know as soon as possible.
Date: Friday, 7
1800 No host bar social hour
Place: Glen Meadows Country Club (McTavish Road)
Cost: $15.00 each (remainder will be
subsidized by the Squadron)
call Gay at 656-5190 before Monday, Dec 3rd at
some help swinging your compass? Have
some “boaty” stuff you want to sell? Need
something to add to your already burgeoning kit of supplies?
Take advantage of our free classified ads. Squadron members may submit personal advertisements for
publication in The Beacon and/or on our website in the following
categories: (1) boats for sale or
wanted; (2) marine related items for sale or wanted; (3) assistance required
(marine related only). (It
is not our intention to advertise for commercial purposes, for members’
businesses, or for member’s friends and relations. There will be no charge for these advertisements.
Editors reserve the right to limit the number of ads per person and the
length of time they may remain listed. Photos
cannot be accepted for The Beacon, but can for the website.)
If you want to place an advertisement in the next issue, send the details to Ralph Hodd, email@example.com ; or for the web, to Diana, firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of our guidelines for the publishing of advertisements will be provided on request.
|Graduation 14 January, 2002||
of the Fall Boating Class and the Weather Class will be honoured at our
semi-annual Graduation ceremony at the Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club on Monday
the 14th of January. We would be
pleased to have as many squadron members as possible turn out to congratulate
these candidates and to welcome to the squadron those of the Boating Class who
decide to join our Squadron.
evening will begin with a no-host happy half-hour at 1900.
The program will begin at 1930. Refreshments
will be provided.
Future of The Beacon
is time to take a fresh look at our method of communicating with the Squadron
membership. Since our formation in
1969, The Beacon has, in various formats over the years, been the
“official” newsletter of the Squadron.
Now, 32 years later, we have many different modes of communication.
Already our communications people find that the majority of our members
want notification of events, etc. by email rather than by phone.
But there are still some who ask for telephone communication.
Publishing The Beacon is a big job, a time-consuming job,
and it is difficult to find someone who has the expertise and the time to take
it on. It is also costly in terms
of paper, ink, photocopying services and postage.
For these reasons we are wondering if it might be time to change over to
a dual means of communication: web page for those with internet access, but
still maintaining The Beacon for those who do not have this “modern convenience.”
Please take time to consider the following.
we were able to publish The Beacon on our web page, complete with
graphics and at the same time as it is mailed out to other members, would those
of you who have internet access be satisfied with that as a method of
communication - along with the usual email reminder of upcoming events and
Please let us know what you think.
Contact me and give me
your answer. I will publish the
results of this survey in the next Beacon (probably at the end of
Diana McBratney, email@example.com
up on expressions of interest from the two local Boat
Shows, our class initially appeared grossly over subscribed.
is fortunate that we decided to collect course registration deposits a month
before classes started as only about a third of these people finally translated
into registrants. This was better than other squadrons achieved. District is now
reconsidering whether to continue the promotional raffle of a free Boating Class
seat from Boat Show expressions of interest (the last winner did not even ask to
take his free Boating Course with our squadron).
Fall Boating class started with 30 students and two instructors, Doug Mitchell
and Ted Meadley. Registration for the Fundamentals of Weather course instructed
by Bob Richardson exceeded all expectations with 13 students. Exams for these
two classes are December 4 and November 7, 2001 respectively with Graduation on
Monday, January 14, 2002.
A Marine VHF course and exam will be held Tuesday, December 11, 2001.
Winter courses are:
Course: Tuesday January 8 to April 9, 2002 at Parkland School with
instructors Doug Mitchell and Ted Meadley. Cost is $165, currently there are 23
pre-registered out of 30 seats available.
Course: Wednesday January 9 to March 27, 2002 at SNSYC with instructor
Cliff Cunningham. (Pre-requisite for course, Boating Course and member of CPS)
Cost is $90, currently 9 are pre-registered with a maximum of 15 seats.
Maintenance Course: Monday January 7 to March 11, 2002 at Parkland
School with instructor Greg Nutt. Cost is $90, currently 14 pre-registered with
a maximum of 15 seats.
VHF Course and Exam: Tuesday April 16, 2002 at Parkland School. Cost $10
to Boating Course students and CPS members, $25 to others.
interested in taking any of these courses are asked to pre-register a place by
contacting the STO. A $50 deposit will requested for the Boating Course and $40
deposit for the Piloting and Marine Maintenance Courses.
Squadron Training Officer
firstname.lastname@example.org or 655-3653
Wishing You and Yours All Best Wishes
Very Merry Christmas
Happy New Year
Commander and Officers
Of the Bridge
PRAISE OF SAFER BOATING"
It is a sad fact of life that in almost
every marine “incident” reported in our coastal waters, there are one or
more elements of that incident which were entirely preventable. The steel hulled
fishing vessel lost north of Cape Scott at the end of October did not have
sufficient immersion suits for the crew. And, the vessel foundered in heavy seas
because of a steering gear failure – a mechanical problem which had plagued
the vessel earlier in the year, and which obviously still existed. Both
deficiencies were correctable and, had they been corrected, could have prevented
the fatal incident or at least made the outcome significantly more favourable.
The lesson: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Much of what follows is standard “Boating Course stuff”. But, for
many of us, our Boating Course was a long time ago, and it is so easy to become
complacent with time! I’ll cover things I think we should know before
we set out in our boats. My points are by no means all-inclusive.
What is the state of our boat? Have all electrical
connections been checked for frayed wires, loose connections, etc? Do we have an
adequate supply of fuel on board? When was the last time we had our fuel tanks
cleaned? (more easily done for diesel than gas). Are we using fuel conditioner
at all times? Are our fuel filters clean? Do we thoroughly check and service our
through-hull openings at each haul-out? Do we have appropriate sized tapered
plugs at each through-hull for emergency use? Do we have an adequate supply of
“consumable” spare parts: fuel & water filters, fuses, rubber cooling
hoses (precut!) and clamps, water pump impellers, fan belts (matched sets where
necessary), light bulbs (for navigation lights as well as interior), and do we
know where and how these spares are to be installed? Do we carry sufficient
tools on board to install these spare parts?
Is our anchor tackle in good condition (no significant wear on nylon
rode, or stretched/corroded links on chain)? Have we personally checked to
verify that the inboard end of our anchor rode is securely fastened to our boat?
Are our anchor rode shackles properly moused with stainless mousing wire? Are
our berthing lines in good shape? Is our boat properly equipped with at least
the minimum amount of safety equipment (lifejackets/PFDs, fire
extinguishers, pyrotechnics etc.) required by law (as specified in the Safe
Boating Guide)? The wise boater will exceed these minimum requirements.
Make sure your lifejackets/PFDs are not stored below decks under a pile of other
“stuff” but are readily accessible for quick access!
(Continued on page 10)
“IN PRAISE OF SAFER BOATING” (continued from
page 9 )
Do we know our own personal capabilities and
limitations regarding skill at navigation and boat handling? Do we know the
capabilities and limitations of our own boat? Do we know how quickly our boat
can do an emergency stop or turn? While experience can only be gained by
“getting out there and doing it”, we should always be conscious of these
critical aspects of boating. Do we know at what sea state/weather condition we
become uncomfortable on the water, and at what sea state/weather condition it
becomes unsafe for our particular boat? For example, we can reach a “point of
no return” at which is becomes more hazardous to try and turn around
(broadside to the sea) than it is to continue at slow speed or “heave to” in
order to ride out the weather. It is important to know that point of no return
so that we can make the decision to “turn around” before we get ourselves
into an “in extremis” situation. Do we always check the marine forecast before
setting out? Do we monitor the weather on marine VHF while on the water and also
keep a watchful eye on changing wind, cloud and sea conditions – all of which
can give us warning of adverse changes in the weather? Do we have sufficient
up-to-date charts on board for the area in which we are cruising? As many times
as I have been in and out of Tsehum Harbour, I still have the largest scale
chart at my conning position. I am very familiar with the route in and out, but
I want an immediate reference to the waters (read depths!) adjacent to my track
in case of a mechanical or steering failure. Its called being prepared.
Are we fully conversant with the “steering and sailing rules” of the
Collision Regulations? My experiences on the water regularly suggest that the
average boater is not! Do we remember that even if we are the “privileged
vessel” in accordance with the rules, we should take whatever steps are
necessary to stay clear of the paths of oncoming ferries and other shipping.
Ferry skippers will tell you that in “open water” they can go around you if
you have the right of way. Be that as it may, I personally consider anywhere
inside the Gulf Islands to be waters where I will stay clear of ferries,
regardless! And remember, in the face of oncoming shipping, make your
alterations of course/speed early and bold so as to make your
intentions very clear to the large ship’s skipper or pilot.
not despair! Boating is still meant to be fun, and we live in some of the
finest boating waters in the world. Some sporting activities (mountain climbing,
scuba diving, hunting, skiing, etc) involve some degree of inherent risk. So
does boating, but the degree of risk is inversely proportional to the degree of readiness
of the boater and his or her boat. As I attempted to illustrate in my
opening remarks, most boating incidents are, to a greater or lesser
degree, preventable. As conscientious boaters and members of an organization
dedicated to boating knowledge and safety, it behooves us all to do our utmost
to be safer boaters. That is not a difficult task. It merely requires common
sense, good judgment, forethought and preparation. Our efforts in this regard
will be amply rewarded with safer boating, greater peace of mind,
and much more fun!
Doug Mitchell, Chief Instructor
Winterizing your boat
Change oil and filters in
the fuel tanks.
water/fuel separator filters.
flame arresters on carburetors.
all hoses and fuel lines for condition.
of fuel and run carburetors dry of fuel. (Gasoline engines)
off water intake valves.
salt water intake filters.
fluid level in batteries.
batteries are fully charged.
the negative terminal if not in use.
engine with rust-inhibiting oil.
air driers inside the cabin. (if hooked up to shore power)
out holding tanks.
fridge door open.
tarps are to be used, secure as best as possible.
all things that go “CLANG” during the night.
lower unit. Oil and or grease.
outdrive, grease U-joints, gimbal, etc.
· Check props for damage, grease spline ,check for wrapped line.
by Hank Louwerse
|Books — Ho, Ho, Ho!|
is getting to be that time of year again. Depending
on when you receive this issue, you will have enjoyed Sidney’s wonderful
contribution to the “start” of the Christmas season.
Here are a few suggestions for those boaters on your list:
are the friends/family who require a Hardback book as a gift, or for those of
you who feel guilty purchasing a paperback (these days a trade paperback costs
almost as much as a hardback). Helpful
Hint: give them one YOU want, then
borrow it back!
Nichols A Voyage for Madmen; Harper Collins $36.96
This is the account of nine competitors in the 1968 Golden Globe race.
Perez-Reverte The Nautical Chart; Harcourt, $40.00
A wonderfully complex nautical mystery by the writer of The Flanders
Panel and The Fencing Master.
The Fencing Master.
Calder Nigel Calder’s Cruising Handbook; International Marine; $78.95
From the author of the Bible on boat maintenance.
Geddes, Sailing Home, signed copies available, $32.00
A well written account of sailing the west coast of BC.
Hoar & Noreen Rudd Cooks Afloat; Harbour Publishing, $29.95
Whoever you give this to, Helpful Hint won’t work because they won’t
let it out of their hands, therefore Hint 2: give
it to the person who cooks for you!
those who like to read, who don’t care a hoot about the binding – these are
trade paper, so a step up from Category C.
Can also use Helpful Hint above. These
are priced below $20.00 for the most part.
Slocum, Sailing Alone Around the World; Captain Voss, The Venturesome
Voyages of Captain Voss; The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst; June
Shelter from the Storm or Destination Cortez Island; Rob Mundle, Fatal
Kevin Patterson, The Water In Between; Dean King, Patrick O’Brian:
Category C List
those who like to read and would appreciate your thrifty ways, why not give
some new or used paperbacks. More
is more (as in number, not price).
also be used as stocking stuffers.
Ann Tighe, Compass Rose Nautical Books
|Student Cruise Report||
We all left our respective
marinas at approx 9:00 AM. The
weather was rainy and overcast no wind to speak of.
We arrived at Otter Bay Marina by 11:00AM.
We all discussed our various trips over while we ate lunch before the
days activities began. First was a
demo by the North Pender Island Volunteer Fire Department and Cliff
Cunningham on the various types of fire extinguishers, as well as the
handling and different techniques of putting out fires.
We then moved to the wharf where Ted Meadley gave a demo on the
different types of flares as well the students were given the opportunity to
participate and release flares. The
Coast Guard auxiliary arrived with the Sidney Titan and gave the students a talk
on what the job of the Coast Guard entails and that they too are a volunteer
organization. Cliff Cunningham gave
the anchoring demo followed by Bob and Mo Parkinson with their demo on
the techniques of docking.
I would like to
thank everyone who participated and provided their boats, fuel, knowledge, time
and their experience to make this day such a wonderful learning experience and
A special thank you to the following volunteers who either
skippered or proctored and made this event possible:
Lalonde on Dock Holiday proctored by Don Taylor
Harvrink on Sunneke proctored by Nevio Corazzo
Meadley on Mr. Mustoffalees proctored by Ted Meadley
Graham on Selam proctored by George Eade
Cunningham on Clearwater proctored by Peter Vivian
and Mo Parkinson on Dorian I proctored by Ray Scott
Franklin on Merlin proctored by Warren Franklin
Winn on Island High proctored by John Hudson
Forsyth on Mer Blue proctored by Ruth Jones
Simpson on Senga proctored by George McClure
Martin Pepper on A Fine Madness proctored by Barry Levi.
Student Cruise Captain
Saanich Peninsula Squadron
Natural Marine and Head-O-Matic
Cash Discount Programs
part of the growing
and Green Boating programs across Canada, a spring 2002 purchase of any
combination of 3 Natural Marine
EcoLogo or Head-O-matic
products will get an immediate
$3.50 total CASH BACK.
The Environment Canada EcoLogo now recognized in over 30 countries clearly signifies boat care products that truly meet environmental standards and have less impact on our boating waters.
New Product Total marine battery maintenance for less that $1.00 per year! We can also get a $5.00 instant cash rebate on any of 500 ml bottle #4826 of water based Battery Equalizer. This product, available at leading marine stores (if not show them this article) can be up to triple the life of old or new marine starting or deep cycle batteries. One bottle treats up to 5 batteries. Environmentally, a lot fewer lead/acid batteries will now be going to landfill or recycling.
your local marine store or Canadian
Tire Corporation receipts to Alex Milne Associates Ltd., 6803 Steeles
Ave. West, Etobicoke, Ont., Canada M9V 4R9
cash discount program per CSPS customer, offer ends May 31, 2002
members should be aware that discounts are available from many firms and
businesses. We suggest you
ASK at any marine supplier if there is a discount for CPS members.
You may be surprised! All
Bay Marine and Compass Rose Nautical Books are two of our own
advertisers who offer a 10% discount — but tell them you are a member of
CPS. There are also the
“deals” arranged through CPS Headquarters, all of which you were
advised when you became members. The
current listing can be found on the CPS website.
|The Battle of the Bilge||
Did you know!!!
half a litre of oil will cover an acre of surface water.
every one of the 200,000 boats on the coast spilt just 2%
of a litre* that would be a 200,000 acre oil slick!!!!
fuel, antifreeze and other fluids collect in the bilge and are often pumped
overboard by the automatic pumps. Bilge
cleaners, degreasers and soaps – even biodegradable ones
- have harmful effects. These cleaners spread the pollution over a
greater volume of water, harming numbers of fish and marine life.
pump oily bilge water overboard– if it discolors surface water, it is
pollution. Large amounts of oil or fuel
in the bilge must be pumped into a container and properly disposed of.
an oil absorbent pad in your bilge and check it often or fit a drip tray
under your engines.
absorbing pads will soak up oil, but not the water.
When the pads are saturated, wring out the oil
into a container for proper disposal.
Cleaning your boat for winter storage
Winterizing your boat usually starts with a good wash down.
Cleaning any boat—even a small one—can dirty a
lot of water.
Many cleaning products contain phosphates and
other chemicals that are toxic to aquatic ecosystems.
When you use these products, you get your boat
clean, but you leave the grunge and pollutants behind in the environment. All
soaps persist throughout the
water column and are extremely harmful to aquatic
The easiest way to keep phosphates and other toxic
cleansers out of the water, is to leave them at home.
*2% of a litre is 20 ml equivalent to 2
size of the spread depends on the ambient temperature of the water.
Submitted by Hank Louwerse