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



VHF Course – April 15th & 22nd

A last reminder and information concerning The Maritime Radio Course, for VHF radios.  If you use a marine VHF radio you must have a license. The two evening course will be held on: April 15 and 22, 2014; 6:30 to 9:00; at Lakeland Long Term Care facility.  As you go up the hill use the first hospital parking on the right.  Your parking fee will be looked after.  The door to Lakeland is locked but there will be someone there to let you in. The fee for the course is $75 and includes the cost of the exam.

Interested in the course?

Call: John Mason 705-342-1315;
or, John Stothers 705-349-1345;

We need to know as soon as possible, preferably April 7th to order the necessary course materials and provide you with the phonetic alphabet, knowledge of which is necessary to successfully pass the final examination.

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)


Christmas in July – Want to Help Light It Up?

Once again the Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron is organizing a ‘Christmas in July’ ‘boat-by’ as part of the Canada Day celebrations in the Parry Sound Harbour.

This involves one or two dozen boats following each other into the harbour as a procession, fully rigged with lights. A bit like floating Christmas lights.

If you are interested contact John Mason, Squadron Executive Officer at:
705.342.1315, Power Squadron membership is not required to participate.

Here are a couple photos from last year’s Canada Day celebrations. (Click for larger images.)


PSPS Santa Claus Float Successfully Launched

Parry Sound Power and Sail Squadron and Sail Parry Sound successfully launched their jointly sponsored float in the Parry Sound Santa Claus parade this past Saturday. Thanks to the participation of a few dedicated members the float featured an Optimus class sailboat rigged with lights in the bed of a pickup truck. This was followed by a 21′ Scout dressed in garland and lights, carrying a crew of all ‘nice’ kids, and possibly ‘naughty’ supervising adults. All were properly equipped with life vests. The foot patrol of men and dog, similarly equipped with life vests, handed out safe boating course leaflets and mints.

You had to be there to have fully enjoyed it. Interested? We look forward to your participation next year. Here are a few photos from the parade. Happy holidays and safe boating. For information about upcoming boating courses please head to