Events

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

Upcoming First Aid Courses

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.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid – April 23-26, 2016
Bridge to WFR – April 27-May 1, 2016
Wilderness First Responder April 23 – May 1 (April 27th off)
Wilderness First Aid – May 7-8
Contact the White Squall Paddling Centre at 705/342-5324.

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.

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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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.