Guelph Power and Sail Squadron May 2004 Edition Inside this issue: • New Graduates & Squadron Members Basic Boating Class Graduates • Life Member of CPS • Niagara District News Allan Barber Andrew Block • Great Lakes Water News Rachael Block Julie Brown • Spirit of Canada Scott Holmes Douglas Hauff • Rendezvous 2004 Lindsay Jennings Andrea Kehrer • And much more… Bill Wickett Julie Wickett Larry Wolstat Over many weeks from last fall through to Piloting Course Graduate this spring, many people were taking part in the courses presented by the Guelph Bruce Holden Power and Sail Squadron. Congratulations to the graduates of their Instructor Course Graduates respective courses. A lot was learned about safer boating, and I think everyone had a Scott Budd Bruce Holden lot of fun. On behalf of the students we Paul Harrison William Ross extend our thanks to the proctors and Wayne Young instructors who gave of their time and knowledge. Weather Course Graduates Watch for a new course schedule coming in the fall! Check the squadron website. Mark Baker Richard DenDrijver Wendy Parker Ernie Whalley GPS Course Graduates Fred Booth Lyanne Booth Kenneth Budd Scott Budd John Hunter Ron Stedman Paul Voroney Ernest Whalley New CPS Life Member - Edith Majorossy Congratulations to our Guelph squadron secretary, 1st Lt. Edith Majorossy, on receiving her Life Membership in Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. Life Membership is given after a member earns 20 Merit Marks. This was presented to her at the recent Squadron Annual General Meeting on April 19, 2004. In a feature interview with the Blinkin’ Buoy, Edith reflected on her latest honour. “ My husband bought the boat in 1975, it’s a 22' Hullmaster (Sail). He wanted to take the PS course, but did not want to go alone, so I tagged along. I took Boating, Advanced Piloting, and Weather, graduated from Boating in 1976. We have the boat in Oliphant on Lake Huron and my son is the boater now. I took the course in Guelph, same school, same time, Terry Gillespie was the training officer. I graduated in 1976. The part of the course I liked best was the plotting. How did I get into volunteering? Kristin Day, the training officer at the time phoned and asked me to proctor. It came totally out of the blue, so I couldn't think of a quick excuse and here I am still doing it. You get a life membership after you have earned 20 merit marks and the best part is, you don't have to pay the membership any more!” Speaking of Membership! Please contact Bruce Holden, Squadron Membership Officer, if you have not renewed your CPS membership. Bruce can be reached at 836-7178. Call now, operators are standing by! ☺ Plan ahead! Mark your calendar now for NOVEMBER. 20, 2004, and plan to attend the Guelph Squadron Annual Christmas Potluck Dinner and Dance at the Optimist Club, Beechwood Drive. Safe Boating Awareness Week will take place across Canada from May 22nd to May 28th, 2004. The purpose of this initiative is to promote a wide range of safe boating practices to the estimated 7 million recreational boaters in Niagara District News Canada. The Annual General Meeting of the Niagara District of CPS was hosted by the Fort Erie This initiative is promoted by the Canadian Squadron on April 26, 2004. Thank you! Safe Boating Council, a non-profit organization and its members and partners from all areas of It was a beautiful day on the banks of the the marine community including Niagara River. Lake Erie was emptying out its manufacturers, boating education last ice pans on the Buffalo side of the river, organizations, water safety and marine law rushing downstream toward the Falls. enforcement sectors. The goal is to ensure that the millions of Canadians who head out on In addition to reports, business and awards the waters in canoes and kayaks, sailboards there were excellent presentations by guest and sailboats, fishing boats, personal speakers. watercraft, power boats and cruisers are equipped with the knowledge for a safe day on Larry Mathewson of Fort Erie Squadron the water. showed a video presentation of a trip down the Erie Barge Canal System through New York State from Buffalo to the Hudson River. They were on board a large cruiser being taken south for the winter. This looks to be a gem of an area for recreational boaters. Nice relaxing trip. Gary Hass, Vice President of the International ALERT, gave a wide ranging talk from his perspective as a emergency responder in the Guelph Community Boating Club News Niagara Region. ALERT (Advanced Local Fourth annual Power & Sail Squadron Emergency Rescue Teams) is a trans-border Open House organization of emergency agencies, formed to bring a cohesive response to many types of Wednesday, June 16th marine or land based emergencies or disasters in the Niagara area of New York State and Mess around in boats, enjoy a BBQ! Ontario. Gates open at 1500 Gary’s talk went from first aid to marine Come see what is happening on Guelph Lake insurance, and everything in between regarding accidents/incidents on the water. He certainly opened a few eyes! You can see pictures of the District AGM at www.cps-niagara.org Level News is a publication of Water Issues Division, CHS Water Level Gauging Stations & info numbers Environment Canada - Ontario Region. http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/water/level-news/ Lake Superior at Thunder Bay (807) 344-3141 at Rossport (807) 824-2250 Be Up-to-date (705) 856-0077</TD< at Michipicoten Recreational boaters on the Great Lakes, their connecting tr> channels and St. Lawrence River should keep informed of at Gros Cap (705) 779-2052 current conditions before setting out. Be sure you have up-to-date navigation charts and know how water levels St. Marys River above the lock (705) 949-2066 compare to Chart Datum whenever and wherever you below the lock (705) 254-7989 cruise or sail. Present water levels on the Great Lakes and upper St. Lawrence River are available by telephone from a North Channel at Thessalon (705) 842-2215 network of gauging stations operated by the Canadian at Little Current (705) 368-3695 Hydrographic Service (CHS). When one of these gauging stations is called, the caller Georgian Bay at Parry Sound (705) 746-6544 will be asked to press 1 on the touch-tone telephone for at Collingwood (705) 445-8737 English or 2 for French. If a touch-tone phone is not used, the message in English will start after a few Lake Huron at Tobermory (519) 596-2085 seconds and the message in French will follow. The message gives the present water level in metres above at Goderich (519) 524-8058 chart datum at that station, followed by the high and low water levels recorded during the previous 12 hours. The St. Clair River at Point Edward (519) 344-0263 height of the presently adopted chart datum for that at Port Lambton (519) 677-4092 station is then given in metres above International Great Lakes Datum 1985 (IGLD 1985). Pressing 1 or 2 at any Lake St. Clair at Belle River (519) 728-2882 time during the message will restart the announcement from the beginning and pressing 0 at any time will end Detroit River at Amherstburg (519) 736-4357 the call. (See the adjoining column for these info numbers – Ed.) Lake Erie at Bar Point (519) 736-7488 at Kingsville (519) 733-4417 at Erieau (519) 676-1915 at Port Stanley (519) 782-3866 Marine weather on the web For current weather and water conditions on the Great at Port Dover (519) 583-2259 Lakes, or across Canada you can visit the Environment at Port Colborne (905) 835-2501 Canada web site at http://weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/marine/index_e.html Lake Ontario at Port Weller (905) 646-9568 at Burlington (905) 544-5610 Select the region you want, and a specific area or lake at Toronto (416) 868-6026 at Cobourg (905) 372-6214 For example, on May 13, 2004 at 11:00 UTC at Kingston (613) 544-9264 the Western Lake Ontario weather buoy was reporting: Temperature 8 deg. C it was 20 over land St. Lawrence at Brockville (613) 345-0095 River Pressure 102.0 kPa nice clear skies at Iroquois above (613) 652-4426 Wave Height 0.0M calm eh? Check back in a storm lock Wave Period N/A (no rolling here) at Iroquois below (613) 652-4839 Sea Temp. 4 deg. C take note! deadly lock Wind ENE 5 knots Break out the spinnaker! at Morrisburg (613) 543-3361 at Cornwall (613) 930-9373 Note the cold water temperature at this date. Check the at Summerstown (613) 931-2089 site periodically to see how fast (or slow) the lakes warm up in the spring and cool off in the fall. This is just one weather source available for trip planning. Be sure to monitor VHF weather radio channels while on the water. Editors’ Notes Spring is well on its way to becoming summer. How are your boat preparations coming along? Maybe you are one of the early ones already Toronto, Canada, April 20, 2004: out on Guelph Lake. Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons and We have looked at “Grog” under her cover in a Spirit of Canada friend’s barn. Some parts are at home to work Join Forces on. We must have spent a lot of money last year on boat gear, since this year the VISA card is hardly warm …yet. You can read the report of our new Commander, Joe Martin in this newsletter and read about Edith Majorossy and her lifetime membership in CPS Thanks to Past Commander, Ken Budd for his leadership of the squadron over the last 2 years. We are new to Guelph Squadron. We took the Basic Boating course over this past winter. Thanks to the proctors and instructors. We liked the format, and the length of the course. Not sure how we would have done with a more conventional shorter course. The people we have met are so nice. No wonder, you all like being on the water. CPS is quite an organization. Dedicated to safe boating, which is what we all look forward to, aided by planning, preparation and education. If you have any ideas, submissions, or suggestions for the Blinkin’ Buoy, please let us know. You can contact us by email through the Squadron web page, at the “Bridge” section, or leave a message at 519-740-8509 We are looking forward to Rendezvous in July. We will be trailering “Grog” up to Midland. There are a few empty seats to fill on the boat. Welcome aboard. Have an enjoyable and safe summer. Watch for the next Blinkin’ Buoy announcing fall courses. Julie and Bill Wickett Guelph CPS Squadron Rendezvous 2004 make reservations A.S.A.P. They are extremely busy this time of the year. R.V.'s are quite welcome Dates: July 9, 10, 11, 2004 at the Marina. The fee is approximately $15.00 per night for boats and R.V.'s. Tent camping is available at no charge Location: Doral Marine Resort, near Midland Q: When do I show up? THE 10 MOST ASKED QUESTIONS A: Most people arrive Friday evening or early Q: What is Rendezvous? Saturday morning. A: Rendezvous is a gathering of friends and Q: Where is it and how do I get there? acquaintances who enjoy boating and the outdoor experience. A: At Doral Marine resort, Ogden's Beach Road in Midland (705-526-0155) near the Martyr's Shrine. If Q: Who can attend ? you're arriving by land, stop at the security gate and tell the guard you are attending the, G.P.S. A: Students, C.P.S. members, friends, family, etc. rendezvous. If you're arriving by sea, monitor You don't have to be a G.P.S. member to attend. channel 14 of your V.H.F. radio for instructions to the slips reserved for our use.) A map will be Q: Can children attend? provided. A: Of course, it's a family event. Q: How do I get tickets/registration or obtain more information on this event? Q: What are we going to do? A: Please contact: Ernie Whalley at 822-9193 A: Socializing is a big part of rendezvous. Many of the activities are weather related and your COME & JOIN IN THE FUN participation is completely optional. You may wish to tour some of the member's boats, share some Road Directions: Follow Highway 400 north to boating experiences, perhaps go on a boat trip, Highway 93 north. At Highway 12, just past somewhere for lunch. There will be kids events, Brooklea Golf & Country Club in the town of games, nautical competitions, dinghy races, door Midland, proceed east. Continue to the fourth set of prizes, etc. It promises to be a good time for everyone. stop lights and make a left turn on Ogden's Beach Road. DMR is located on the left at the bottom of the hill. Q: Do I have to bring my own food? A: Food will not be provided Friday evening, Marine Directions: DMR is located on the south- however there will be breakfast Saturday and eastern shores of Georgian Bay at 44° 44 57 Sunday and a Steak dinner Saturday evening. You latitude, 79° 41 34 longitude. will be asked to bring one item to compliment Saturday evening's dinner. - salad, desert etc Q: Is it held rain or shine? I for one am looking forward to the 2004 vintage of the “Commanders Punch”, after the cruise. A: Yes, we have use of the boater's clubhouse to stay dry Thanks to Mike Seitz for being the liaison with the Marina, and arranging Q: Do I need a boat to attend rendezvous? slips for the boats. A: No if you are not staying on a boat, - Editor. accommodations are available at any of the area Motels. We can recommend the Comfort Inn, 980 King Street in Midland (705-526-2090). If you are planning on staying at the hotel, we urge you to Guelph Power & Sail Squadron Bridge Officers 2004/2005 At the Annual General Meeting of the Guelph Squadron, held April 19, 2004, a new compliment of bridge officers were sworn in. Commander ..........Joseph Martin ........ 45 Somerset Glen ....... Guelph ...... N1G 5G1 .............519-824-2886 Cdr Retired ..........Kenneth Budd ........ 44 Lincoln Crescent...... Guelph ...... N1E 1Y 8.............519-821-2683 Exec. Officer .........Ernest Whalley....... 25 Bishop Court ........... Guelph ...... N1G 2R8 .............519-822-9193 Training Officer ....Nick Wenzler.......... 10 Blue Forest Court .... Guelph ... N1H 6J3..............519-837-1517 Ass’t . T. O. ........Mark Parkinson ...... 47 Old Colony Trail ...... Guelph ...... N1G 4A8 .............519-766-0284 Ass’t. T. O. ........Wayne Young ........ 92 Hands Drive............ Guelph ... N1G 4M9 ........519-767-0132 C. I. Boat-Pro ........Mike Seitz.............. R.R.#6 Shadow Dr. ...... Guelph ...... N1H 6J3 .......519-837-0644 Boat-Pro. (Admin.) .Ernest Whalley....... 25 Bishop Court ........... Guelph ...... N1G 2R8 .............519-822-9193 Sqdn Treasurer ......Mike Seitz.............. R.R.#6 Shadow Dr. ...... Guelph ...... N1H 6J3 .............519-837-0644 Sqdn Secretary ......Edith Majorossy...... 35 Campion Ave. ......... Guelph ...... N1H 5L5 ........519-824-1113 Public Relations .....Louann Harcourt .... 21 Hyland Drive ........... Guelph ...... N1E 1T2..............519-823-2454 Supplies & Property John Hunter........... 43 Rochelle Dr............. Guelph ...... N1K 1L1 ..........519-821-4504 Communications ...Bill Wickett & Officers.............Julie Wickett 48 Lansdowne Rd. S.. .. Cambridge N1S 2T4 ........519-740-8509 Membership Officer Bruce Holden ......... 185 Dimson Ave. ......... Guelph ...... N1G 3C5 .........519-836-7178 Social Events VACANT Phone Committee ..Elke Kersting.......... 161 Downey Rd. .......... Guelph ...... N1C 1A4 .........519-821-8487 Port Captain Bill Ross............ 56 Ferman Drive .......... Guelph .. N1H 7M8 .........519-823-0163 Marep Officer .......Molly Van Roon ...... 376 Victoria Rd. ........... Guelph .. N1E 5J7 ........519-822-1054 Commanders Report – May 10, 2004 Welcome to a new operating year and a special welcome to our new bridge members. We will have some of the old problems that we had to face before and we will be encountering some new situations. When I look at caliber of people we have on the Bridge along with the Teaching Staff and this includes the proctors, I feel very confident that this will be another good year for Guelph Power & Sail Squadron. We have the talent and desire to work together and make this an enjoyable and enriching experience for us and the students who take our courses. I would like to continue in the open and frank manner that we have operated in the past. Being able to share opinions and disagree without personal biases has been evident in our past discussions and can only lead to better decision making and information sharing. We work together well, and I am honored to be your commander for this year. Thank you. Respectfully submitted, Joe Martin Please Support our advertisers! This edition of the Blinkin’ Buoy is being mailed to all Guelph Squadron members. 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