A bi-monthly newsletter from Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, Pacific Mainland District

VOL.1 – ISSUE 4                                                                       September/October, 2023


News from RVCC Officer, Jerry Powers.
Information on the CPS-ECP AGM and Conference in Windsor
Help Whale and Boater Safety.
Find a pump-out near you!
Vancouver Squadron Social Night.

From your Editor

Well not that summer is over for us west coast boaters, but the kids are back in school, the nights are getting shorter, there is probably deck dew on everyone’s boat in the mornings and all Squadrons are probably getting ready to teach our safe boating courses either online or in classrooms.  I hope that you all enjoyed your boating holidays and that you took lots of pictures while you were out there on the water, so I would like to put some of those pictures in the next newsletter, please send them through to me at the following address – Editor, Lynda Bennett-Retei @ – a jpg version will do just great for adding to the next newsletter to keep us going through our fall/winter months to come.  Boat safely.

2023 RVCC Year End

The official end of the 2023 Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check Program (September 30) is now only one month away.  While I believe that most of the safety check forms completed this year have already been sent in to me, it is likely that there are still some out there.  Accordingly, if you still have completed forms in your possession, please forward them to me by 15 September 2023.  (See address below)
Completed forms are tabulated at CPS-ECP headquarters for statistical purposes and for Transport Canada’s program assessment and planning purposes.  They are also used as a basis for any RVCC awards to be made at the National AGM & Change of Watch.
If any blank forms are still in your possession, please retain them for use in the 2024 RVCC program.  Also be aware that any safety check forms completed after 30 September 2023 will be counted in the 2024 program.
I trust everyone has had a safe and enjoyable summer.  My thanks go out to all who participated in the RVCC program.

Completed forms can be mailed to:   Jerry Powers, 5476 Keith Road, West Vancouver, BC  V7W 3C9

National Conference and AGM in Windsor,

Ontario – Oct. 18 to 22, 2023

Happy September to all CPS-ECP members and friends!

I hope everyone is still enjoying this amazing summer and this is a final reminder that it’s time to register for the National Conference and AGM. Also, please be sure to book your stay at the Caesars Windsor if you are not an invited guest of CPS-ECP before September 19 to avoid an increase in room night prices.

National Conference in Windsor, ON. October 18 to 22, 2023
Caesars Windsor

377 Riverside Dr. E.,
Windsor, On. N9A 7H7
Phone: 1-800-991-8888 for reservations

Discount Code: Members/Guests can call 1-800-991-8888 and provide the group name to reserve their room for the meeting. Identify yourself as part of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) group code APC1016.

If you have not registered for the National Conference and AGM in Windsor the COST will INCREASE from $260 to $280 ON September 4, so please be sure to register NOW!


Also, don’t forget to book your lunches and fun filled tours when registering as spots are limited.   See you in Windsor!

Tracie Berekoff, P
CPS-ECP National Conference Chair

Help Whale and Boater Safety – and maybe win a big prize! 

The Marine Education Research Society is conducting a 5 to 10-minute online survey for those who boat in British Columbia, be it with motor, sail or paddle.

 The insights you provide via the survey will help the future of education about boater safety and marine mammals. This includes the development of an online course.

The survey is at (or scan the code). Answers are confidential.
It is important to get many boaters to participate in the survey in order to understand what information about laws and best practices around marine mammals is reaching recreational boaters, and what the limiting factors might be.
Out of gratitude for taking the time to do the survey, there will be a draw for 4 BIG prizes. Please see below.
Those who participate in this survey can choose to be entered into a prize draw.
There will be four winners, one winner for each of the following prizes.
1. Gift card to Steveston Marine & Hardware ($500; online or in-store)
2. Kelp Canvas from The Marine Detective(Value: $300)
3. Gift card to Mountain Equipment Co-op MEC ($250; online or in-store)
4. Marine Mammal Boater Pack. Includes “Marine Mammals of BC” book, Whale Warning Flag, and Marina Bag from Puddle Jump Bags. Locally made in Sointula, BC (Value: $280)
Partners: Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Research Program, Cetus Research & Conservation Society with funding support from the Government of Canada.

Information from the Georgia Straight Alliance

With some 700,000 recreational boaters in B.C. and as boating weather continues into September, we want to highlight that our sewage pump-out map is an online and search-friendly resource that supports boaters in keeping harmful sewage from entering local waterways.
Using the online map, you can filter results for pumpouts that are public, as well as those that are available only to specific marina customers. We’ve also included a pop-up box that provides the cost, whether the facilities are self-serve or by appointment, the hours of operation, the dock location, and other tips for using the service at each location.
Let’s spread the word, especially with newer boaters: Pump, don’t dump! It’s respectful boater behaviour to safeguard public health and the marine environment, particularly when it keeps sewage from getting into busy or poorly flushed anchorages and sensitive areas such as shellfish beds. It’s also illegal in Canada to empty holding tanks within three nautical miles of shore.

Problems with Renewal?
Please encourage members experiencing difficulty with their renewal  to either contact; telephone toll free 1-888-277-2626 ext. 0159  or for assistance.

The Life Member link for their renewal is slightly different from a Regular Member.  For help with any assistance on renewing Life Members who are having renewal problems, please also follow the instructions above.

Vancouver Squadron Social Night
Monday, September 18th at the
False Creek Yacht Club.
Doors open at 7 pm
Meeting starts at 7:30 pm.Cash Bar.Parking is available in the FCYC parking lot as well as on the street.

How to not let your boat burn to the waterline

Christian Craig is an acting Captain of Public education and engagement.  He has worked for 8 years in the service of Vancouver Fire Rescue and spent five years on fire trucks responding from fire halls, two as a bylaw inspector and a year and a bit in education.  Christian has done lots of different types of jobs, but loves the ability to serve his community and make the world a little safer through outreach and engagement.

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