The Beacon

Saanich Peninsula Squadron

July / August 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 page 3
Social Cruisemaster's Report page 3
Editor's Corner  page 4
Meet the Bridge - Len and Dawna Burton page 5
The Otter Bay Cruise page 6
Commander's Sail Past page 7
General Information page 8
Just for Laughs page 9


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Anyone who thinks old age is golden must not have had a very exiting youth.


Business conventions are important because the demonstrate how many people an organization can function without.

Scratch a dog and you will find a permanent job.



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The Beacon

Volume 33 Number 4      July / August 2003

The Official Newsletter of the Saanich Peninsula Squadron

A Unit of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons



Cdr Lesley Head 704-0325


Past Commander




Executive Officer Lt/C Gay Miller 656-5190 executive

Training Officer

Lt/C Ian King



Asst. Training Officer

1st Lt Ron Harris 656-8881


ATO - Chief Instructor

1st Lt Doug Mitchell



ATO - Chief Proctor

1st Lt Randy Little



ATO - Course Registrar  

1st Lt Colin Nicholson



ATO - Student Cruise

1st Lt Martin Russell




1st Lt George Winn




1st Lt Kathy McDougall



Membership Officer

1st Lt Lorri Pelto



Public Relations Officer

1st Robert Anthony



Supply Officer

1st Lt Dick Cotton



Administrative Assistant 1st Lt Jim Milbrath 655-0747 administrativeassistant
Beacon Editor 1st Lt Ralph Hodd 652-1715 editor
Archivist 1st Lt Ralph Hodd 652-1715 archivist

Communications Officer

1st Lt Tony Kluge



Environment Officer

1st Lt George Winn



MAREP Officer

1st Lt Len Burton




1st Lt Peter Payerl



Social Cruisemaster

1st Lt Ray Scott



Port Captain

1st Lt Len Burton



Special Events

1st Lt Bill Walters




*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 Editor before the 15th of each month.


We also maintain a website . We suggest you check the site regularly for notices of upcoming events, classified ads, etc. 


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Commander's Comments


I am sitting in the window of the North King Lodge, 120 miles south of Prince Rupert, writing this, my first Commanders Comments. You may wonder why I’m here? Well we (that’s Ian and I) are looking at boats - big boats up to 70ft. And right now we have a 54 -footer in the bay in front of us. We spent yesterday in Rupert looking at a 64 footer. So, you are wondering, what all this has to do with Power Squadron? Well, if it wasn’t for CPS this wouldn’t be happening. After 20 years of membership and several courses and lots of get-togethers with other members who shared their experiences, we are getting ready for the next stage of life and boating - converting a fishing boat into a charter vessel.

Each of us, both young and old can learn so much from others who travel on the water to locations foreign to us as well as locally. Having shared tales of good and bad with other members has been an education in itself. We have had the pleasure of meeting world cruisers as well as fastidious boat mechanics and skillful shipwrights.


This is my first year as Commander. I have agreed to do this as a two-year commitment. I am told that the first year is the learning curve and the second is a breeze. Well, we shall see about that! I have a new bridge learning along with me, with only a half dozen seasoned members. We will learn together.


Since being pledged in, I have attended the District AGM and met with other new Commanders. They were impressed with our list of summer cruises as well as other activities. I got the impression from talking to them that their only reason for being was to give the ”Boating Course”. I believe that there is a lot more to CPS than that. We learn by sharing with others and there is no better way than belonging to an organization that plays as well as works together.


This year our training department is planning to offer Sea Sail as well as Piloting and we are also thinking of any other elective courses, if students are available. We are looking for some volunteers to share teaching (maybe Marine Maintenance or Weather or Sea Power) as well as new proctors who would like to reinforce their knowledge by proctoring classes. Please let us know. We need your help!


We will be sponsoring a student from Parklands High School again this year and, assuming that the necessary repairs will be complete, we hope to be back there in January. Fall classes are being held at the North Saanich School. Last year’s sponsorship of a student went over well and we hope to continue this for the next two years at least.


We have also decided to increase the number of issues of the Beacon to seven. The editor, as always, is looking for articles for the Beacon and would ask that you send them along in “Word” format. Pictures will be gratefully accepted in “jpeg” format. Our webmaster is looking for boat pictures of members’ vessels. If you don’t have a digital camera, our Training Officer, Ian King will come out and take a picture for you.


Our Commander’s Sailpast was a great success, with 12 boats attending and 47 members and their guests attending the dinner at SNSYC. See page 9 for a list of all the names of the boats and their occupants.


I hope that all of our members have a wonderful summer of boating. I am looking forward to a challenging and rewarding year ahead. With the help and dedication of the members of the Bridge and their committees we will have another successful year under our belt. Oh, and by the way, I am now the owner of that 54-ft. fishing boat! See you on the water.



Commander, Lesley Head



Quote of the day…


“ Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought” Henri Bergson

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Calendar of Events

July 18-20

Ganges Marina - Call 250-537-5242 before July 8th for reservations and advise Ray Scott at 656-4828 or e-mail for registration.

Aug  8- 10

Otter Bay - Vancouver Island South District Gathering

Aug  21

Bridge meeting, 1930 at SNSYC - everyone welcome

Aug  22-24

Telegraph Harbour Marina - 250-246-9511.  Potluck in the gazebo Friday night

Sept  5-  7

Montague Harbour Marine Park - anchor out - rafting


Most of the marinas require prior registration by boat owners and may request a credit card number. The exception is Otter Bay, where the Squadron must register all boats - call the Cruisemaster. When making marina reservations for the above cruises, please also call the Cruisemaster to advise him of your plans.


We are looking for suggestions. Anybody interested in weekday excursions?


Ray Scott - Social Cruisemaster




Social Cruisemaster’s Report


Our trip to Maple Bay, May 23-25 was very pleasant although attendance was disappointing. The following boats and owners participated:


Special K     Lesley Head and Ian King

Et Tu            Bill& Joyce Morrow

The Patriot    Ray Scott


Bob and Mo Parkinson arrived by Toyota Saturday afternoon.


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Editor's Corner


Imagine my dismay upon reading the following “Letter to the Editor” in the Peninsula Review a couple of weeks ago. I clearly recall a lively discussion following admonitions of both Doug Mitchell and Ted Meadley regarding the results of wash created by unthinking boaters, and the effects of same on other boats, marinas and the shoreline. To discover that these boaters were CPS members totally negated everything CPS stands for - namely the foresight and hindsight of operating a vessel in a safe and considerate manner.


Flying the Burgee identifies us as competent, responsible, safe boaters - something we must always bear in mind. Have a safe boating summer.

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Meet the Bridge

Len Burton, MAREP Officer - Port Captain


 I was born in Victoria B.C. Growing up on the Island, I eventually followed in my dad’s footsteps. My dad was an Engineer in the Royal Canadian Navy. My previous job was in the Logging Industry. In a round about way, that started my sea going career in the Canadian Coast Guard (SAR) as I could run log loaders and heavy-duty equipment, which, in a way, was an “in” for me. We were shut down because of too much snow in the woods when I accidentally walked into a position as an oiler on the Coast Guard cutter Ready while taking a temporary position in the Department Of Transport maintenance yard. I had always wanted to go to sea, but I never thought I’d end up being a Marine Engineer.


Our boat is a 1975, 24 ft. Sabercraft Express Cruiser, called Dawna 2. She was built in Tacoma, Washington and is only one of two brought over to the island and registered in Canada. Powered by a re-built 350 Chevrolet engine, rated at 300 horsepower. The Volvo Penta 280 Sterndrive is also completely re-built.


Last year in the spring when we hauled out, a person, who had done a lot of the custom work on our boat, including the teak deck approached me. We finished the cockpit and forward cabin last year in time to go cruising. Dawna and I do everything together - we always have. She has helped me put engines together and gives 100% to any project we attempt. We were involved in Pro Street Machines before I again returned to boats. The sea really does get into your blood once you've had enough exposure.


Previous to owning Dawna 2 we cruised the gulf islands in our16 ft. Double Eagle - 1500 nautical miles in two years! We learned all the routes of the B.C. Ferries and I timed how long it would take them to get from one point to another, thus avoiding being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


During the past year, Dawna and I took the boat apart from bow to stern drive – literally - and then rebuilt her to suit our tastes. We added extra storage and utilized a lot of wasted space. She has a stand up head and galley totally refinished. Shortly we will have a new soft top to replace the existing one.


By the end of our last cruising season - I guess it never really ends - we had traveled 700 nautical miles. A good shakedown cruise. We both found the CPS Course to be "outstanding". I previously stated that I came from a marine background. I have worked in the CCG (SAR), B.C. Ferries and the Ocean Sciences Hydrographic Department. Charting the Pacific Ocean and the West Coast of Vancouver Island, Cape Flattery, Johnstone Straits and Hecate Straits, as well as the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean.


By the time I was 27 years old I had written all my Engineer’s Certificates. I worked for Riv Tow Straits Towing. I was Chief Engineer on " Seven " Class Eight, Deep-Sea Towboats, then moved onto the B.C. Coast Steamships Princess of Vancouver and the cargo transporter MV Carrier Princess. The pictures and engine specifications on the Carrier Princess on the CP Coasters Website were my contribution to their Website. The MV Carrier Princess still comes into Swartz Bay at 21:00 every day, but is now owned by Sea Span Intermodal.


Dawna and I joined the Saanich Peninsula Squadron after passing the fall Boating Course in 2002. Dawna and I have been cruising for some time now. We know the limitations of our boat; we have nothing to prove. I NEVER underestimate the power of the sea and all the elements of weather. The Power Squadron course, for us, was to acquire more knowledge, which we both gained from taking the course. I have years of sea time - more than enough experience in charge of engine rooms with engines in excess of 12,000 horsepower.

 A special thanks to Ted Meadley, Doug Mitchell and George McClure as well as all the other proctors who helped along the way.  Dawna and I now have skills that we feel are invaluable and a must to know while on the water and operating a pleasure craft.


Len Burton


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The Otter Bay Cruise  - June  2003


It was a fun event with 8 boats arriving on Friday night and 2 more joining the party on Saturday. Our “Thank-You” wishes are extended to Ken and Joan Clarke for hosting Friday’s Happy Hour.


There were some fun new games intended to make us scratch our brains trying to come up with answers. We also had a blindfold-rowing race, which was quite entertaining with Darlene Davis and her guide, Amy Hultsche, zooming to the finish line in record time! I didn't know an inflatable could move so quickly! Lori & Lorne Pelto placed a very respectable second place. It was good to see new people come cruising with the Squadron.


Boats that participated were:


Tanquerey (Bob and Ruth Jones), Legasea (Ken and Joan Clarke), The Patriot (Ray Scott), Panache (Ray and Joyce Berry), Y*A*S*N*Y (Darlene Davis), Yankcanuck (Dave and Cindy Hultsche), Kindred Spirit (Lorne and Lori Pelto) , Lorelei (Eric Fisher) , Charlotte Time (Bill and Gay Miller) Smilin’ Seagull (Ralph Hodd and Chris Ferguson). TO BE NOTED!! Darlene Davis brought her boat on her own.


The weather was very respectable despite a little early morning rain.


We had the pot luck dinner up on the Flag Deck. The view was wonderful, and the food was great, too! The Peltos shared a large plate of shrimp & prawns at Happy Hour – THANK YOU to them for their generosity!


There were 2 other squadron members' boats there, and although they were part of another function, they deserve mention as well.


Chelsea (Tom and Barbara Kummerfield), Roche Point (Mike and Laurel Barge)


We eagerly look forward to the next cruise.


Gay Miller - Executive Officer


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Commander's Sailpast 2003


List of Participants

                        Boat Name                              Skippers and Crew


Special K

Commander Lesley Head and T.O. Ian King


Dick and Donna Cotton

Et Tu

Bill and Joyce Morrow

Kindred Spirit

Lorne and Laurie Pelto

Island High

George and Monika Winn


Ken and Joan Clarke


Bob and Ruth Jones, Helen and Hank Louwerse

Charlotte Time

Bill and Gay Miller, Marg and Fred Griffin


John Hudson and Carolyn Hole, Cathy Campbell


Diana McBratney and Carol Sidwell

The Patriot

Ray Scott, Gordon Smith and Wendy

Silver Bar 11

Clive and Georgina Farmer, Pat Ikle and John Hutchinson

After a successful sail past, 47 people joined us for a most enjoyable dinner. This has been one of our best attended sail pasts ever. Thank you to all those skippers and their crew who made it such an unqualified success.


Please Note…


August 8, 9 and 10 is the weekend of the Vancouver Island South Gathering at Otter Bay. All CPS members are welcome to come and attend the meals and games put on by the District. Every Squadron has been asked to send members and help out with a game or two. Your participation would be most appreciated.


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General Information


Lobscouse is a very old method of cooking several meals at once in one pot. Thinly sliced potatoes go on the bottom in a layer about 2 inches thick, then sliced carrots or turnips and/or other roots followed by cut cabbage and sliced onions, a one inch layer, then on top of it all, the flesh only of a fish cut into small chunks. Water is added until it just covers the food, add a cube or two of bouillon and the lot is brought to a boil, then left simmering for a couple of hours until the fish falls to pieces and mixes with the rest.


This would be concocted before sailing which obviated preparing food while under way. The lobscouse was then put into a “hay box” (a box packed with hay for insulation which kept the pot hot for up to 24 hours).

Lobscouse was once the staple food on the ocean ships sailing out of Liverpool to the Americas and the far east. Liverpool sailors were therefore nicknamed “scousers”.


From “Ice” by Tristan Jones 1978


How silly is this?


A friend of mine is certified to captain ships up to 350 tons and has logged over 20 trips as quartermaster of a large container ship to San Francisco. This is only a small part of his experience. Guess what he has on his list of "To Do's"? Yep, he's having to write the test to get his small boat certificate so he can operate his 12 foot boat. Good thing we have a federal government to keep us safe....


And Finally...


Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

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Just for Laughs


At a Senior’s Centre on Vancouver Island, a group of “Seasoned Citizens” were sitting around talking about their ailments.


“My arms are so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said one.


“Yes, I know, my cataracts are so bad I can’t even see my coffee,” complained another.


“I can’t turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,” said a third, to which several nodded weakly in agreement.


“My blood pressure pills make me dizzy,” added another.


“I guess that’s the price we pay for getting old,” winced an old man as he worked to control his tremors.


After a moment of silence one woman cheerfully proclaimed, “Well, it’s not that bad! Thank God we can all still drive our boats.”


Having just moved into his new office, a pompous new commander was sitting at his desk when a seaman knocked on the door. Conscious of his new position, the commander quickly picked up the phone, told the seaman to enter, then said into the phone, "Yes, Admiral, I'll be seeing him this afternoon and I'll pass along your message. In the meantime, thank you for your good wishes, sir."


Feeling as though he had sufficiently impressed the young enlisted man, he asked, "What do you want?"


"Nothing important, sir," the seaman replied, "Just here to hook up your telephone."

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