Beware “The Man”

Aren’t you in awe of this ad from the Boater Exam people? I found it the other day when looking at the 2014 Ontario Fishing Regulations handbook.

Young, strong cop in shades who is a foot taller than the obviously guilty senior boater. It’s a good thing he just wrote him a ticket and didn’t punch him out. Check out the body language. Check out the gun on “the man’s” hip.

Wow – don’t take the course to learn anything, or become a safer and more courteous boater, take it to avoid being put in this type of situation. And with the recent reports of police abuses it becomes even more intimidating. At least they didn’t dress this ‘cop’ in a brown shirt.

Carrot or stick? The Boater Exam people seem to think the threat of the stick works much better. We don’t offer education, we offer protection. This is using Freudian intimidation in advertising at its best. Or is it at its worst?

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JB – Communications Officer

 

Canadian Mist – Neat

Commander Mason’s boat “Canadian Mist” being launched May 4th. I suppose he orders his whisky neat, not “on the rocks”. With our extended winter I suppose an earlier launch might have been resulted in ‘Canadian Mist on ice’.

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Apologies for the puns, but they were toooo obvious to be ignored.

JB – Communication Officer

State of the Sound Report – 2015-05-17

Life is good, the water is cold but that isn’t deterring some boaters. We had a strange front roll in across the Big Sound mid-afternoon yesterday. The sky was partially cloudy and patches of blue showing through with a fog like condition hovering over the surface of the water. A few minutes later it passed; the sky didn’t clear up but the fog/mist lifted.

Boating into Mid-Day Mists.

Redwood189020150516-_DS61549_DxO-2‘Clic on the pic’ for a better view’.

 

 

Squadron AGM and Graduation

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron was pleased to recognize five new graduates of the Boating Essentials course. Three graduates who were able to attend received their diplomas and Squadron pennants from Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron Commander John Mason and District Commander Elizabeth Appleton.

The graduates are:
Warren Bean
Jeffrey Clarke
Shendah Davy
Joseph Grasso
Jeffrey Windich

Redwood189020150506-_DSC1344Elizabeth Applelton, Warren Bean, Shendah Davy, Joe Grasso, John Mason

Also recognized at the Annual General Meeting were Commander John Mason and Administration Officer Horst Mattern who are both celebrating their Twenty Year anniversaries serving on the bridge.

Redwood189020150506-_DSC1345John Mason, Elizabeth Appleton, Horst Mattern

The Annual General Meeting also saw the election of a new Bridge, with a newcomer, Joseph Grasso, serving as Supply Officer. The full list of the Bridge can be found through this link.

JB – Communications Officer

State of the Sound Report – 2015-04-29

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The Samuel Risley heading out of Parry Sound on the 29th. I don’t know where it was headed but the navigation aids on the stern may be a hint. I have been told that the Coast Guard is responsible for the commercial navigation aids in Georgian Bay with private contractors responsible for the small craft navigation aids.

JB – Communications Officer

State of the Sound Report – 2015-04-22

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Full speed ahead captain, we’re clear of ice.

Commander Mason, John Mason, was pretty much on the money when he predicted April 21st for the Big Sound to be ice free, although he did qualify it with a possibility of it being a week earlier or later. I haven’t seen anyone out on the water yet but the contractors will want to get started as soon possible with projects on the islands and areas accessible only by water.

JB – Communications Officer

Annual General Meeting – May 6, 2015

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting on May 6th.

Notice of Parry Sound Squadron Annual General Meeting 2015

To All Bridge Officers, Graduates, Squadron members

Date:           Wednesday May 6, 2015

Time:          7:00 pm

Location:    Parry Sound District Museum, (top of Tower Hill)
17 George St., Parry Sound

Chair:        Commander John Mason, JN

Secretary:  Jo Bossart

 Agenda 

  • Opening Remarks
  • Minutes of last meeting
  • Officers’ Reports
  • Address by District Commander and National Elizabeth Appleton
  • Graduation
  • Awards/Presentations: Merit Marks
  • Report of the Chairman of the Nominating Committee
  • Election of the New Bridge
  • Pledging of the Bridge by D/C