The Beacon

Saanich Peninsula Squadron

January / February 2003



P.O. Box 2122, Sidney, BC V8L 3S6

A Unit of Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons — Vancouver Island South District





Bridge Members Page

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Commander’s Comments page 2
Calendar of Events - Social and Training page 3
Meet the Bridge - Rundi Koppang  page 4
Editor's Page page 5
Training Article - Safety Equipment pages 6-7
Training Department Status Report pages 8-9
Membership Report page 9
Then There Was The One About page 10
Recipe Favorites page 11
Classified page 12





 ......can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance


 ......are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their

       prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes  at the front people order double cheese burgers, large fries and a diet coke


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The Beacon

Volume 33 Number 1 January/February 2003

The Official Newsletter of the Saanich Peninsula Squadron

A Unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons



Cdr Ken Reeves



Past Commander

P/Cdr Diana McBratney



Executive Officer Lt/Cdr Lesley Head 704-0325 executive

Training Officer

Lt/Cdr John Hudson



Asst. Training Officer

1st Lt Ian King



ATO - Special Projects 1st Lt Sita Pillay 656-5675 specialprojects

ATO - Chief Instructor

1st Lt Doug Mitchell



ATO - Chief Proctor

1st Lt Les Orr



ATO - Student Cruise

1st Lt Martin Russell


student cruise


1st Lt George Winn




1st Lt Rundi Koppang



Membership Officer

1st Lt Cathy Campbell



Public Relations Officer

Position Vacant - Volunteer Required


Supply Officer

1st Lt Ron Townshend



Editor 1st Lt Ralph Hodd 652-1715 editor

Communications Officer

1st Lt Jackie Levi



Environment Officer

1st Lt George Winn



MAREP Officer

1st Lt Kit Raetsen




1st Lt Peter Payerl



Social Cruisemaster

Position Vacant - Volunteer Required


Port Captain

P/Cdr Greg Nutt




Brenna Litwack




*All email addresses are


Meetings 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.


The Beacon is our official newsletter. Members with articles or information should send material to the Commander before the 15th of each month.


We also maintain a website . Please check this site regularly for notices of upcoming events, classified ads, etc. 


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Commander's Comments


I hope that all members had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year, and are geared up to face 2003! It promises to be a full year for both training and social events.


I attended the National AGM in Toronto at the end of October. As you all know there appeared to be a strong movement within CPS to accept the PCOC as qualification for CPS membership. There was concern in VISD that there may be sufficient support to get approval for the proposal. However, the vote held on Saturday afternoon demolished our concern…407 votes for and 2,666 votes against…motion defeated. Had the motion been passed, I believe the repercussions would have had serious implications for the continuation of CPS in its current form. Thank goodness for common sense.


On another pleasant note, the Squadron Christmas Dinner, held at Dunsmuir Lodge, was a great success! Seventy-six members attended with cocktails in the Peninsula Lounge and dinner in the Arbutus Room where we enjoyed an excellent buffet dinner. We all owe Joyce Hodd, Gay Miller and Jackie Levi our sincere thanks for all the work they did together with the Dunsmuir Lodge staff to make the evening such a success. (Nobody thanked the Commander for making such a short speech!!!) “Thank you Ken it was most appreciated”. Editor’s Note


The Training Department had another very successful year, as you will see on page 9. We are indeed fortunate to have four very competent instructors - all qualified in accordance with our Squadron Protocols.


While still on the subject of “Training”, we sponsored a student from Parklands High School for the Boating Course - JARED MEUSER - who topped the class with a final exam result of 100%! Well done Jared!


Finally, I would like to recognize the hard work that our Bridge members do to ensure that Saanich Peninsula Squadron remains second to none. Further to this, please note that we are looking for a few replacements for those who will be leaving the Bridge at our AGM on May 5, 2003 (See Classifieds page 12). We would like to encourage some of our newer and younger members to join the Bridge, however anyone willing to bring enthusiasm, energy and hopefully new ideas to the leadership is most emphatically encouraged. If the call comes, we hope you will answer.


Ken Reeves, Commander     


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Calendar of Events - Social


April 18-21   Easter Cruise

Genoa Bay Marina for Friday Night-April 18th and

Telegraph Harbour (Thetis Island) Sat. & Sun. nights-April 19 & 20.


Details available from Gay Miller (or if you have email you will have had a separate notice) as our Social Cruise Captain is still in the sunny south. Good time for a "shake down" cruise.



Calendar of Events - Training

Jan  8

Piloting Course Registration, SNSYC

Jan 13

Graduation, Fall Boating Course, SNSYC

Jan 14

Spring Boating Course Registration at Parklands School

Jan 16

Bridge meeting - 1930 at SNSYC - everyone welcome

Jan 19

District Council Meeting - Commander and Training Officer will attend

Feb 28-Mar  2

Victoria Boat Show - Pearkes Arena, Victoria

Feb 20

Bridge meeting - 1930 at SNSYC - everyone welcome

Mar  4

Orientation for Skippers and Proctors for Student Cruise

Mar  9

Student Cruise to Otter Bay

Members volunteering their services and boats, please contact Student Cruise Captain, Martin Russell at 652-5543 or email studentcruise

Mar 18

No Boating Class - Spring Break

Mar 20

Bridge meeting - 1930 at SNSYC - everyone welcome


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Meet The Bridge

Rundi Koppang - Secretary


I am a mountain girl converted to coastal living. Originally from Jasper Alberta, I attended the University of Victoria to study geography and environmental studies. My love of National Parks and the sea came together when I became a park warden at Pacific Rim National Park.

I had an intimate introduction to the ocean through scuba diving and surfing, and my marine line of work soon introduced me to the joys and pains of boating on the West Coast. I worked for 7 years along the west coast of Vancouver Island from Port San Juan up to Clayquot Sound. I particularly enjoyed my seasons spent in the Broken Group Islands of Barkley Sound. Some of that time was spent drooling over the yachts and sailboats that would anchor in the bays!


In 2001 I moved to Victoria to work on the establishment of a proposed National Park in the southern Gulf Islands. Having lived in the “boonies” for several years I decided to enjoy some of the boating courses offered through the Power Squadron. I just completed Basic Boating and am looking forward to more courses. My involvement with Saanich Peninsula Squadron has been an excellent opportunity to meet and learn from people fascinated by navigating this part of the world on water. I hope to have my own boat someday, but for now you may see me cruising out of Sidney in the “Pacific Legacy.”


It has been a busy year. I was married in June, am back at Uvic working on my Masters of Public Administration, and am now the SPS Secretary! Outside of school and work I enjoy travel, hiking and running. I am currently doing a running clinic to train for my second half marathon this October.


Rundi Koppang


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Watch for …... an article contributed by David Ingram otherwise known as The Taxman. It deals with all the tax nuances surrounding the deductibility of your “yacht”. David has also promised an article on the new world as created on September 11, 2001. There is more to sailing and RVing in the US now and we should beware of all the new rules.

While browsing through my files I came upon this little news item. I have no idea when this happened as the item was only marked January and I know it has been in the files for some time. However, in view of the latest oil spill to say nothing of the potentially volatile affairs afoot on the high seas I thought this might be of some interest. It also is a reminder of how necessary our courses are.


Explosive Tanker Sails Wrong Way Up Channel


LONDON (Reuters) - A Chinese captain with no maps steered a tanker full of highly explosive fuel the wrong way up the English Channel as ships scattered from its path. Shipping sources said Captain Zheng narrowly missed two head-on collisions on Thursday as he guided the tanker Asia Lion, loaded with 30,000 ton of aviation fuel, the wrong way up a one-way shipping lane in the  world's busiest waterway. ``It was his first time up the channel,” a spokesman for the ship's manager CSC Oil Transportation told Reuters. The French Coastguard at Cross Corsen, Brittany said it had scrambled a patrol aircraft after the vessel strayed into the south-west bound lane. ``We requested him to move across to the northbound lane, and that's when he told us he had no charts,” a spokesman told Reuters. ``He didn't know where the northbound lane was.”  The French Coast Guard at Gris Nez, Calais said one of its tug-boats was currently escorting Captain Zheng and his tanker across to Dover, where they hoped he would buy some maps. ``The Master is very grateful for the assistance of the French Authorities,” said a statement from CSC Oil.


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Training Article - Safety Equipment

The recent BOATING COURSE exam again brought to light the problem students have with chapter 3, “Mandatory Equipment”.  It is not a difficult section from the point of view of calculations as there are none.  It is just a case of remembering the information.   In the last three exams, 48% of students got an applicable question wrong in spite of the instructors emphasizing that there would be questions from this section, particularly the table on page 11 of 11.


This table is set out with an equipment description at the left and the number/type of items required for 5 different boat sizes.   In real life, one will only have to know the equipment for one’s own boat.  For the Boating Course exam, students have to remember information for 2 boat sizes, 6 – 8 m and 8 – 12 m. The only tricky part looking down these columns is to note whether or not the tick marks for various boat lengths are modified by an asterisk or cross.  If so, the modification is explained under “Equipment” column to the left, and will specify either a larger item required, or a greater number required for a specific size of boat.  A common exam problem is the failure of students to remember that a fuel-burning cooking, heating or refrigerating device almost invariably requires an additional fire extinguisher on board.


For those who find this table confusing, the same information can be referenced from the latest revision of the Safe Boating Guide published by the Canadian Coast Guard.  (also available in Adobe format on the web, revised March 2001 at



The winter season is an ideal time to check the equipment on your boat.  This check should ensure not only that the MINIMUM amount of mandatory equipment is present and in good condition, but that all pyrotechnics are current, i.e. that they have not reached their 4 year expiry date from the stamped date of manufacture.   Fire extinguishers should be checked for pressure and leakage, and taken off their mountings once a month and vigorously shaken upside down or tapped on their bases with a rubber mallet to prevent the extinguishing agent compacting in the extinguisher’s base.


Our local Coast Guard Auxiliary is more than willing to check boats to verify that they meet the legal MINIMUM equipment required by law as set out in the Small Vessel Regulations contained in the Canadian Shipping Act (from which the Safe Boating Guide draws its information). The local contact is Doug Mitchell 656-2959 or


While on the subject of fire extinguishers, I would like to quote Cliff Cunningham from his bi-annual talk to Boating Course students at the demonstrations at Otter Bay:

-the safety equipment mentioned above is MINIMUM equipment,


-a corollary to Murphy’s law states that any fire you have on board will last 1 second longer than the life of the fire extinguishers that are available, and


-the cost of extra fire extinguishers you install on board is infinitesimally smaller than the value of your boat; not to mention the risk to crew and yourself.


John Hudson, STO


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Training Department Status Report

FALL 2002


Boating - Classes ended on December 3rd with 22 students sitting and passing the PCOC exam (some students already have their PCOC). A perfect score was achieved by Jared Meuser; a student at Parkland School selected by the school for the Squadron’s donation of a course seat. 5 students got only one question wrong. Of the 30 students that started the class, 1 had to leave town, 1 was too involved at work to complete the course and 27 students passed the Boating exam (3 got 98% and 3 got 97%). Thanks are due to instructors Doug Mitchell and Ted Meadley, Chief Proctor Les Orr and Proctors Jim Dawson, Ron Harris, George McClure, Peter Payerl and Maureen Shrieves.

Student Cruise was November 3, 2002 with thanks going to Student Cruise Captain, Martin Russell and all participating skippers and proctors.


Marine VHF— 25 Boating Course students and 5 external candidates took the lecture and exam on December 10th with all students passing, one on a re-sit.




Boating - Tues, Jan 14–Apr 15

A full complement of 30 applications have already been received, with an additional waiting list of 4 applicants.


Marine VHF - Tues, April 22


Piloting - Wed, Jan 8–April 9, 2003;

A total of 7 members and current Boating Course students have pre-registered, including 2 from other squadrons. As the maximum class size is 15, there is room for more students.


Marine Maintenance and Fundamentals of Weather - Both these courses have very low registrations and have been cancelled. These courses have been well subscribed for many years and it is now felt that the current market has been saturated. Thanks go to Greg Nutt and Bob Richardson who had volunteered to teach these courses.


It was hoped to implement, “How to be an Excellent Crew Member” course as conceived by former Youth Officer, Barbara Bond. This is targeted at member’s families and Boating Course student’s families (including children over 12) who have not taken a boating course for whatever reason. A date will be selected in February 2003. To determine interest and subsequent follow up of dates and times, please contact Sita Pillay at 656-5675 or


John C. Hudson, STO




Membership Report


Pssst….. It’s About The Members


We would like to welcome the following new members Bruce TUTT, Reed PUMPLE and David WORK, rejoin member Russ JARVIS and associate regulars Karen COLE and Patrick THOMSON who transferred to our squadron.


At the end of December we had a total of 310 members who owned a total of 50 sail boats ranging up to 52 feet and 129 power boats ranging up to 46 feet.


Don't forget to send in any changes of name, address, Email, phone numbers and boats. The Roster update will be sent in shortly and we would like to have your correct information. Thanks.


Cathy Campbell, Membership Officer


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Then There was the One About

A couple who goes on vacation

 The husband likes to fish at the crack


to a fishing resort in northern B.C.

of dawn. The wife likes to read.


One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors and continues to read her book.


Along comes a park warden in a boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says,












“Good morning Ma’am. What are you doing?”


“Reading a book,” she replies thinking, “isn’t that obvious?”


“You’re in a restricted fishing area,” he informs her.


“I’m sorry officer, but I’m not fishing, I’m reading.”


“Yes, but you have all the equipment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”


“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.


“But I haven’t even touched you,” says the park warden.


“That’s true, but you have all the equipment,” says the woman.


MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It’s likely she can also think.


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Recipe Favorites


Pan Fried Dogfish (English Huss)

From the galley of Ian King and Lesley Head

This recipe is for a Dogfish, approx. 2-ft. long and will feed 3 to 4 people, depending upon how many veggies etc you may want to cook. The result is a very tender, mild tasting fish, which can be fired up

depending upon the different kinds of spices that you may add to the batter.


To clean the fish cut through the skin from the back of the head both sides behind the gills (hard part of the head) down to the belly cavity. Then continue longitudinally along the body to the anal gland where both cuts meet and continue to the tail. Cut off tail. Hold or impale head from the underside, as the skin must be pulled from the top most part of the V with a pair of pliers. The skin should strip right back to the cut off tail. Be sure to remove fins (pectoral/dorsal) before skinning. Cut the head just through the backbone then pull the head and the body cavity apart. This isn’t as hard as it sounds and only takes a matter of seconds. Don’t forget to remove the blood vessel from against the spine, and thoroughly clean the blood from the backbone. The joy of eating this tasty morsel is that there is only one bone, that being the spine.


Cut the meat into one half to three quarter inch medallions - approximately 20-24 pieces.


Mix 1 cup of Bisquick with water and spices (I added onion flakes or whatever you like in your English Fish and Chip Batter) to create a creamy paste . You will require only a thin coating of batter on the fish.


In a frying pan put about ¼ inch olive oil. When hot, place the medallions in the pan, (don’t overcrowd) and cook until deep brown then gently turn over and cook the other side until deep brown. Lay these on a double piece of paper towel and keep warm (in oven if you have one) and continue to cook until all the fish is done.


Serve with rice, noodles or any vegetables that you enjoy.


To summarize you need: Dogfish, Bisquick, (or flour, or pancake mix), spices (whatever you like in your English fish and chip batter), oil (olive or otherwise) a sharp knife and a pan.  Bon Appetit


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FOR SALE: Two burner kerosene stove in new condition.

Please contact Ralph Hodd at 250-652-1715 or email


FOR SALE: Command Bridge 28 ft. Spirit Powerboat (1985 ) - $40,000

Twin I/O Volvos, V6, power winch, built in Vacuum, Nova Kool Fridge/freezer, Constavolt (battery charger), new 200 ft chain rode 1/4" Hi Tensile, New 10 kg Bruce anchor, complete canvas on Bridge and in Stern, 8 ft Horizon dinghy, propane stove with oven, built in 110v heater, bus heater, 4 new batteries, New Furuno GPS, VHF radio, depth sounder, stereo, new marine head with holding tank, and new macerator, hot water, Propane sniffer with shut-off solenoid. Click here for picture Charlotte Time

Please contact Gay Miller 250-656-5190 or email


WANTED: 2 - Scotty Electric Strongarm Downrigers, Yamaha 9.9, 4-Stroke-High Thrust- Electric Start.

Please contact Peter (250) 652-1682  or email

WANTED: Public Relations Officer

To organize PR coverage for Squadron events and to coordinate the Beacon and Roster advertisements. 

Please contact Commander, Ken Reeves 655-3602

WANTED: Social Cruisemaster

To organize social cruises for the Squadron.  This position is self explanatory and full assistance will be given to anyone who will take the lead in these endeavors.  It’s very easy as those who have gone before will attest.  If you are young or simply young at heart this is the “job” for you.  Having a boat is not required.

Please contact Commander Ken Reeves 655-3602


Opportunity of a lifetime - sign up as the new Squadron Supply Officer

Your Supply Officer for the past two years is stepping aside to devote more time to his new job and other family commitments.   The Supply Officer is a great position on the bridge and Ron is keen to train someone new to take over in the spring of 2003.  Once up and running, the job of Supply Officer usually entails only a handful of hours each month and the paperwork is minimal.    If you are interested, please contact Ron Townshend at 655-3365 or our Squadron Commander, Ken Reeves, at 655-3602.