We’re now about about two months away from the Summer Solstice, and it looks like late August with the chill of April. Makes sense of course, as the sun is exactly where it would be in late August. The differences range from the water temperature (brrr!), to the absence of leaves on the trees. It will be nice to be on the water when it’s warmer, but don’t tarry. The boating season is too short not to be enjoying an August sun in April. This is a view of Parry Sound’s Big Sound from the Rotary Algonquin Regiment Fitness Trail with Two Mile Point to the left. (April 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:
- A Wine & Cheese reception at the Museum on Tower Hill, April 22, 5:00 to 7:00 PM.
- Voyageur District AGM, Saturday, April 23, 9:45 to 12:00, at the Stockey Center: 9:00 coffee and morning snacks.
- Lunch 12:00 to 1:00.
- 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 — email@example.com, know that you will be attending the AGM to permit for appropriate arrangements.
Sitting out on the North Shore Rugged Trail last week enjoying the arrival of dawn I was surprised to see three beacons looking west. I recognized two of them, the beacon at Three Mile point (3 km away), and in the distance Killbear (10 km away), but there was a third between the two of them. Within minutes I was able to confirm that it was the Samuel Risley returning to port at the Parry Sound Coast Guard base for the first time this year. I guess boating season has officially started in the Parry Sound area. That’s the beacon on Killbear Point in the distance.
The Samuel Risley Rounding Three Mile Point – March 19, 2016
A two evening VHF instruction course with examination will be offered May 3rd and 10th, 2016, at Lakeland Long Term Care facility (beside the West Parry Sound District Hospital in Parry Sound).
The complete package with CD covers VHF marine radio 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: Active Canadian Power and Sail Squadron members $80. Non-members $90.
Note: Students must come ready to show that they have memorized the Phonetic Alphabet: Alpha, Bravo, Charley… It is available online. Here is a link to get you started.
State of the Sound – March 3, 2016. Not Quite Ready for Boating.
A number of first aid courses are being sponsored by White Squall. Now is a good time to get that critical first aid training and certification, or to brush up on your skills. Once the ice is out it will be hard to find the time for all important safety instruction.
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.
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
JB – Communications Officer
It seems the US Navy’s new Zumwalt class destroyers, while novel, don’t seem to be better. The issue seems to be stability according to this article at Wired.com. It looks like it’s forward to the past in terms of design.
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.
JB – Communications Officer