Nov 23, 2017

DirectorsAt the recent Charlottetown Annual General Meeting four new Directors were elected to the CPS-ECP Board, to join others completing their term of Office, and those who were re-elected to the Board. 

And so let me introduce you to ….

 

Donald Macintosh, P

Don brings to the Board his professional experience of project designer, project coordinator and project manager. He has identified that the project teams he has worked with have accomplished great results on time and on budget.

He lists various interests that are important components of his life, but his two primary interests are boating and Canadian and Scottish history. (No he does not have a Scottish accent!) With the 80th anniversary of CPS-ECP coming up he should find an outlet for some more historical research. The printed word occupies third place in his life’s interests. He has authored and co-authored much in terms of research papers, presentations, literary portfolios, and fiction.

We understand that Don is a life-long early riser, and so coupled with his enthusiasm, diverse creativity and his delight in accomplishing much in a day we look forward to him being an able and productive contributor to the work of the Board.

 

Brian Reis

Brian has a diverse range of experience. On leaving school he went into Banking, then Industrial Cost Accounting and followed this with twelve years in various branches of Police work. His boating interests have been life-long and he brings a great deal of technical knowledge to this organization.

He has broadened his various interests academically in German, Economics, Earth Sciences, Religious Studies, American History, General History Research and Museum Studies at several universities. (Don and Brian should have a lot to talk about when they get together).

With his wife, Brian became a member of CPS-ECP back in 1977 and in his moves around Canada his ‘on the ground’ Squadron leadership experience has included being Squadron Commander and District Commander. His sailing life began at the age of 11 and so we can probably assume that he must be an ‘old hand’ by now! He has his Ocean Navigator Level 2 qualification and has been an instructor for the Canadian Coast Guard.

Brian’s daily life is currently faith-based as a Church Priest and as Chaplain to a Long-Term Care Centre. He comes to the Board with his long-term commitment to CPS-ECP and his professional experience and skills.

 

Brad Vermeersch

Brad currently practices commercial litigation at a litigation boutique firm in Toronto. He holds a finance degree with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan and obtained his law degree from Dalhousie University. As a new graduate he clerked with the Court of Appeal of Alberta and started practicing law in Calgary, Alberta. He brings his skillset to the Board with a young person’s perspective and with specific reference for responsibility as the newly elected Executive Committee Law Officer.

He is a relatively new sailor at the urging of his wife, and so over the past summer they have enjoyed exploring local Toronto waters. Together they have just invested in their first keelboat and so enhancing their sailing skill is on the agenda in the coming years. No doubt Brian will be able to give Brad quite a few sailing tips if he needs them and there will be plenty of advice on how best to fix things when it becomes necessary, from other CPS-ECP sailors too!

 

And finally myself……

Marilyn McBeath

Marilyn’s business experience has included commercial challenges and achievements in the areas of Sales, Client Support, Project Management, Market Research and Business Strategy Development, which shape the skills she brings to the Board.

On moving to British Columbia she was delighted to discover the Pacific Northwest coastline, and so, with her husband, acquired a power boat to see as much of the coast as possible before their anticipated eventual return to the UK. After taking a CPS-ECP boating course she subsequently became involved with her local Squadron Executive Committee in various roles and eventually became its Commander. Twenty years later she is still in B.C. and Canada is now home to her and her family.

Her new role as Director of the Board is combined with an additional newly elected Executive Committee role as National Secretary, with responsibility that includes ensuring board effectiveness and good governance of the organization.

By Marilyn McBeath National Secretary

 

How to be as Polite as a Canadian at Gulf Island Marine Park Anchorages

Gulf Island Marine ParkStory and photos by Catherine Dook

One summer I sold ice cream and knick-knacks at Montague Harbour Marina. I was standing behind the counter one day, when the phone rang. “There’s a boat at anchor in the middle of the bay that’s been playing loud music for three hours,” complained an irate-sounding male voice. “Can you make them stop?”

“Um, no,” I replied. “The marina has no jurisdiction over the anchorage. Besides, my only weapon is a till.” The man hung up on me.

Now when you think about it, you can understand why the poor fellow was annoyed.

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Canadian Yachting Digital May 2018

 

Dufour 412

Dufour 412By: Katherine Stone

One often asks of a winning achievement or a fabulous design, could it have possibly been done better? The engineers at Dufour Yachts and the Felci Yachts Design group asked that question and listened carefully to suggestions from owners of the earlier, award-winning Dufour 410- one of Dufour’s most successful 12-metre boats. Not only did Dufour make the 412 more attractive and modern, but alsoincorporated amenities that are usually only reserved for larger boats.

We sailed the boat on a gusty, chilly, late autumn day out of Whitby, Ontario, on Lake Ontario, and she handled very well in 20 knotbreezes and three- to four-foot swells.

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Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes

Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress StrobesBy Andy Adams

Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't Canadian Coast Guard approved for use in Canada, at least not yet.

But which one is best? And the more important question is: When should you signal for help?

When the authorities do a vessel inspection on the water, they are looking for equipment that is in compliance with the regulations such as lifejackets, bailing buckets, sound signaling devices, and so on.

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