Events and Presentations

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


  • 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

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

Boating Essentials, Starting January 2015

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron will be offering the Canadian Power Squadron course Boating Essentials starting in January 2015. Classes meet once a week at Canadore College, Wednesday evenings, from January 14th to March 11th, with no classes February 11th and 18th.

Cost of the course is $250 which includes instructional materials. Contact John Mason (705/342-1315) Commander Parry Sound Power & Sail Squadron, or Laurie Peddie (705.746.9222 ext. 7351) Canadore College, for more information.

Boating Essentials

Enjoyment and safety on the water require knowledge. Boating Essentials will take you to the next level in your boating education. Technology has changed the way we navigate. However, in order to use a GPS/chartplotter effectively, you should understand the use of paper charts and coastal navigation. The topics covered in this course; magnetic compass, global positioning and charts, navigation, conning, plotting, digital charting, anchoring, lines and ropes will increase your boating knowledge and make your adventures on the water safe and enjoyable.

Blessing of the Fleet

Adapting a maritime tradition to our local waters the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron Executive Officer, and Past Commander, the Reverend Doctor David Hardie will be offering a ‘blessing of the fleet’ on July 1st as part of the Squadron’s Christmas in July event.

Dr. Hardie will be offering the blessing for vessels attending the Christmas in July procession (all are invited to participate – please see an earlier post for information on when and where), at about 9:15 PM after boats have assembled behind Rosetta Island in the Parry Sound harbour.


Christmas in July

Where? – Parry Sound Harbour
When? – July 1st, 9:15 PM

Every year the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron sponsors Christmas In July. You don’t have to be a member to express your holiday spirit. Just decorate your boat like a lighted Christmas tree or present and join us.

How? – Decorate your boat and join us behind Rosetta Island at 9:15 on July 1 – Canada Day. Or, if the day is Parry Sound perfect, anchor south of Rosetta (there is shallow water near Parry Island) – have a Bar-B-Q, swim, decorate your boat and join us south of Rosetta Island at 9:15

The parade of lights will leave at 9:40 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, here.) We then try to head 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. Hopefully we can get back and anchored for the fireworks.

Of course a skipper is responsible for his/her own boat. When and where you break off from the procession is up to you. One year in twenty, I remember a thunder storm that caused a change in plans. Grandchildren can insist that fireworks are more important than a long cruise. But I have never regretted being a part of this Canada Day celebration.

After the fireworks there tends to be total confusion in the harbor. 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. On the other hand, even with the crowded harbor we have never had a collision.

Hope to see you at Rosetta this July 1. Contact me if you have questions: John Mason,

Last Year’s Christmas in July Procession



CPR Training Session Saturday, October 26th

Here is something that should be of interest to all CPS members.  As well-trained and  experienced boaters, we have a responsibility to assist those in distress. The most common emergency on the water is drowning, and here is a three-hour program of CPR that will answer the most basic need.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation in partnership with Parry Sound EMS will be running a training session from 9:00 to noon at the Bobby Orr Community Centre on Saturday, October 26, for which there is no charge.

To register for this very valuable program, e-mail or phone 705-746-8440. Final registration is at 8:30 on Saturday morning. Everyone completing the session will receive a Heartsaver (A) certificate. In addition, there will be a demonstration of an AED, otherwise known as an Automated External Defibrillator.

For more detailed information, visit

We recommend this very highly, as it gives us yet another tool for dealing with medical emergencies; and, even if you have done this before, much has changed in way of technique in the last few years.  In addition, not having to guess under the pressure of an emergency enables us to be far more effective, so please give this the deepest possible thought.

Steven Duff
Secretary, Editor, and Chief Port Captain

Christmas in July – Enthusiastic Response


There was  good turnout for the Squadron’s Christmas in July ‘sail/boat-by’ just prior to  fireworks in the Parry Sound Harbour. The participants showed enthusiasm and creativity in their use of lights.

In the picture above you can see the procession ‘coming and going’ in front of the town dock. If you click on the image you can see a larger version that makes it easier to identify individual boats. (If you would like a copy of the image drop me an email –

75th Anniversary Flag – Here and Gone

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron’s 75th Anniversary Flag spent a long weekend in Parry Sound and flew over the Dragon Boat races on Saturday. It followed this up with attendance at the Parry Sound Council meeting last night where Town Council declared July 3rd, 2013, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons Day in Parry Sound.

In addition to flying proudly over the harbour and Sail Parry Sound’s boatyard, the Parry Sound Squadron’s Executive and Administrative Officers, John Mason and Horst Mattern, dipped the flag in the fresh clear waters of the Big Sound. The flag’s next stop is North Bay on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

The Dipping of the Flag

The Parry Sound Squadron’s Executive Officer Seemingly Claims  Sail Parry Sound’s Boatyard for the Canadian Power and Sail SquadronsParrySights-7709

Dragon Boats – Volunteers Urgently Needed

Organizers for the 2013 Dragon Boat Festival need volunteers to assist in a number of race and event support capacities. If you are interested in helping please contact Parry Sound Squadron Executive Officer – John Mason at 705/342-1315,, for more information. It’s next week, Saturday June 15th.

Dragon Boat Racing in Parry Sound (2009)