Events and Presentations

Annual General Meeting Scheduled for April 22, 2017

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron Annual General Meeting will be held at the Museum on Tower Hill in Parry Sound on April 22, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. There will be more information as the meeting date approaches. We can be reached at info@parrysoundboating.ca.

Early April sunset on the Big Sound. Pretty, but not yet boating season.

Celebrate Christmas in July in Parry Sound

Canada will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year. As we approach that special birthday, Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron, invites boaters to prepare now.

Celebrate the First of July (149) by joining our Christmas in July Sail Past. 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 to participate, just have a boat.

Decorate your boat and join us behind Rosetta Island at 9:15 on July 1 – Canada Day.

Contact John Mason, 705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca, for more information.

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2016 Annual General Meeting Summary

The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron hosted the Voyageur District Power and Sail Squadron annual general meeting in Parry Sound this past weekend. A reception was held at the Parry Sound Area Museum on Tower Hill Friday evening, followed by the Voyageur District AGM Saturday morning at the Charles W. Stockey Centre. The Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron AGM was held Saturday afternoon.

The following Officers were elected to the Bridge of the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron for 2106-2017:

  • John Mason – Commander and Education Officer
  • David Hardie – Treasurer
  • Horst Mattern – Administration and Environment officer
  • Lois Ritchie – Membership Officer
  • Joseph Grasso – Supplies Officer
  • Roger Alexander – MAREP
  • Gerald Shipman – Port Captain
  • Josef Bossart – Secretary and Communications Officer

 

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Voyageur District Commander Elizabeth Appleton finally figures out what to do about the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron Commander. Commander John Mason raises his hand in protest. ;=)

 

 

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron AGM – April 23, 2016

PARRY SOUND SQUADRON AGM

At our last meeting the bridge agreed to continue with the same members.

The following slate of officers will be presented at the AGM on April 23, 2016:

John Mason – Commander, Educational Officer

David Hardie – Treasurer, Past Commander

Horst Mattern – Administrative and Environment Officer

Lois Ritchie – Membership Officer

Josef Bossart –  Secretary, Communications Officer

Joseph Grasso – Supply Officer

Roger Alexander – MAREP Officer

Gerald Shipman – Port Captain

The Parry Sound and Voyageur District AGM is scheduled as follows:

  1. A Wine & Cheese reception at the Museum on Tower Hill, April 22, 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
  2. Voyageur District AGM, Saturday, April 23, 9:45 to 12:00, at the Stockey Center: 9:00 coffee and morning snacks.
  3. Lunch 12:00 to 1:00.
  4. Parry Sound Squadron AGM 1:00 to 2:00.

As a member of the Parry Sound Squadron you are welcome to attend. Please let John Mason, 705.342.1315 — masonj@vianet.ca, know that you will be attending the AGM to permit for appropriate arrangements.

John Mason

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.

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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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

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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.

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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

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

Marine VHF Radio Course – Enrollment Open

A two evening Marine VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 12th and 19th, 2015, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).

The supplied course materials include a manual and CD covering VHF marine radio use and Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The course will prepare you for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) and DSC Endorsement exams that will be administered on the second night with temporary licenses issued that evening for people successfully completing the exams.

To legally operate a maritime radio as an individual or business you need this certificate. The Maritime Radio course, ROC (M), teaches emergency radio procedures as well as everyday operating techniques.

Register with John Mason in advance so course materials can be ordered.
705.342.1315, or masonj@vianet.ca.

The cost is $75 including course materials with a $10 discount ($65) for Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members.