The Big Sound – Mostly Frozen Over

It’s one month past the Winter Solstice and we seem to have finally developed a skim of ice over the Big Sound. (That’s ice, not water.) There still seems to be open water further out when seen from Belvedere Hill. Things will continue to be cold, but it will be many days before people can get their ice huts and sleds out on the Big Sound. The Walleye season ends March 1st, so there may be little incentive to get the huts out, once the ice gets thick enough to be safe. There may be an early start to the boating season.Redwood1890-20160121-_DS72924

New Year, New Look

The last couple months have been a little bit strange around this part of Georgian Bay. We received the expected late November dump of snow, and then it disappeared. Well, that was pretty normal. But then temperatures were supposed to drop, delivering lake effect snow and cooling the Big Sound. So far it has been pretty much warm and overcast. There is some promise of lower temperatures in the coming days, and some snow as well. The big question though is when the Big Sound will freeze over. I don’t doubt it will, but will it freeze enough to allow for ice fishing and snowmobiling? If you can’t boat on it, at least you should be able to walk, ski or sled over it. The Big Sound and the South Channel are major highways in the winter.

If Mother Nature can change her look I figured we could do so as well. The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron webpage has been updated with a new template. All of the same information is here, and the posts are a little more attractive in my opinion. You just need to scroll to the bottom of the page if you are looking for the archives, upcoming events, or want to search the site.

Christmas Day, Looking Towards Parry Sound

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JB – Communications Officer

Can You Give Me a Tow?

It has been a bit strange in this section of Georgian Bay so far in December. The temperatures are well above average, and above freezing, which means that some boats have been seen out on the Big Sound. Nonetheless, everbody I know has their boat out of the water and wonders when the big freeze will arrive.

In the meantime it’s interesting to check out the much bigger world of boats and shipping. This week we have a link to a posting with video and some description of a Russian tug attempting to tow the Russian Navy’s only aircraft carrier. It’s worth a look just to remind ourselves how ‘tame’ things are in Georgian Bay. Well, most of the time anyways.

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JB – Communications Officer

Boating Essentials Starting January 2015

Boating Essentials is the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron course that builds on the basic knowledge required for the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and takes you to the next level in your boating education. Topics in this course include navigation, conning, plotting, course and local charting, GPS, anchoring, lines and ropes. The course is taught by qualified local instructors who have considerable knowledge and experience boating in and around Georgian Bay.

You receive a complimentary one-year Regular Membership in Power Squadron upon completion of the Boating Essentials course. Note: Boaters who do not currently have their PCOC may make arrangements with the instructor.

The course will be held one evening a week at the Parry Sound campus of Canadore College.

Course cost: $250.00 Students should register at Canadore Parry Sound for $165.00, seniors $144.70 The course materials costs, paid on the first night will bring the cost up to $250.00

Register by calling 705.746.9222, or through online at this link at Canadore College.

Parry Sound Santa Claus Parade

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be participating in this weekend’s  Optimist Club sponsored Parry Sound Santa Claus parade. The action starts at 4:30 on Saturday November 28th, and the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be there with a float. Interested in participating, or just walking along with the float (it’s a boat)? Give Commander John Mason a call at 705.342.1315.

Seamanship Course Starting September 29th

The Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron will be presenting the Seamanship course this fall starting September 29th.

Seamanship expands upon the CPS Boating Essentials course to provide the student with a more in-depth knowledge of tides, currents, wind, waves and weather.  Traditional navigation, aids to navigation, Collision Regulations, GPS fixes, running fixes, DR plot, way points, the introduction of Deviation and chart labeling in both True and Magnetic are among the many topics covered.

Circumstances such as crew-overboard, medical emergencies, and potentially life-threatening situations are discussed. You will also “learn the ropes”, by gaining proficiency related to knots, hitches, bends, and splices as you develop your Marlinspike skills.

Details about pricing, time and location are available by contacting Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron Commander and Education Officer, John Mason (705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.).

Celebrate Christmas in July with The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron

Every year, Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron, invites boaters to Celebrate the First of July by joining a Christmas in July sail past. Just decorate your power boat like a lighted Christmas present, or your sailboat like a Christmas tree, and join us. You don’t have to be a member of CPS, just have a boat.

There are two possibilities:

  1. Decorate your boat and join us behind Rosetta Island in the Parry Sound Harbour, at 9:15 on July 1 – Canada Day. Or,
  2. If June has been warm and the weather on July 1 is acceptable, anchor south of Rosetta island. There is shallow water near Parry Island. Have a Bar-B-Q and supper, swim, decorate your boat, and join us south of Rosetta Island at 9:15

The parade of lights will leave at 9:35 led by the OPP boat or Cambrian. We travel, in line, toward Parry Sound Marine then loop to travel along the east side of the concrete wharf — many cheers and halloos there. We try to get out past Bobs Point before the Island Queen returns from her evening cruise. We then tour toward the Old Town beach and Parry Sound Sailing School so the residents of Belvedere can see us. We try to get back and anchored for the fireworks.

If the Island Queen has returned and is holding position in the channel, there is often room to pass between the ship and breakwater. Skippers choice. Once past the breakwater you can move to starboard and take the green buoys to port. There is lots of depth there for our wee boats.

Of course, a skipper is responsible for his/her own boat. When and where and why you break off from the procession is up to you. Grandchildren can insist that fireworks are more important than a cruise past Belvedere.

One year in twenty, I remember a thunder storm that caused a change in plans. Once again, skipper’s choice.

After the sail past there is usually safe anchorage just inside or just outside Parry Sound harbor east or west of Big Sound Marina where you can watch fireworks.

After the fireworks there tends to be total confusion in the harbour. I usually leave my boat anchored and fire up ALL my lights until things quiet down. On other nights I have followed boats out toward the Sound – boats with no lights, boats with their red and green lights backwards. I find it best to wait.

Hope to see you at Rosetta this July 1.

John Mason Commander/Educational Officer CPS-ECP

Christmas in July – 2013

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