July 26, 2018

80thIn the spring edition of the 1998 Port Hole, Brentwood Bay Squadron Commander Len Fallon proclaimed, “CPS will be there to meet the challenge of change!” Thanks Len. 

CPS – now CPS-ECP - has done just that. It has met those early challenges as well as the many challenges that have come since. For example; On April 3, 1998 CPS-ECP learned that mandatory operator proficiency requirements were to be required for power boats. (Note: Pleasure Craft Operator Cards were required as of April 1 1999 for anyone wishing to operate power -driven boat. Also note: There were certain age and horse-power restrictions for youths.) Not sure if there is a correlation between proficiency requirements and membership but in the same year our organization’s membership jumped by more than a thousand new members. In terms of challenges accommodating a membership surge is a good one to have.

Hard to believe but in the fall of the same year it was reported that boaters wanted shorter courses so Boating One and Boating Two were developed. Students who passed Boating One were awarded Operator Proficiency and a CPS Associate Membership. In the spring of the following year our Education Department’s safe boating courses were accredited by the Canadian Coast Guard. Another challenge successfully met. For the record, CPS-ECP did not lower its safe boating teaching standards , we simply met the mandatory requirements, filled the new niche with many squadrons working to successfully take advantage of the opportunity.

Moving towards the millennium and with regards to teaching boat operator proficiency as well as meeting competitive challenges from other sources a line from Monty Python seems most appropriate “ We’re not dead yet!” Speaking of moving into the millennium, it would be a gross oversight not to mention that John Gullick became our Deputy Executive Director in 1998.

In 1999 P/C/C Dave Durward was clear when wrote that CPS-ECP students were registering for CPS-ECP’s courses largely because of our organization’s reputation for teaching safe boating. Mr. Durward was also prophetic when he concluded, “ – we (CPS-ECP) have to change the way we do things ….” Mr. Durward’s word provide a good perspective when deciding how best to meet any challenge.

Again speaking of challenges, one other notable quote from P/C/C Durward, “Here’s a challenge. Think back on why you joined CPS. Is the reason still valid? Has your vision of what we do and what we represent dulled? Have you done much for your squadron lately?”

In 2000 at the start of a new millennium CPS-ECP received a request for its Boat Pro course to be translated into Mandarin. In the same year discussion about changing CPS-ECP in order to be more attractive to younger members became common place. CPS-ECP’s traditional-style of uniform became a topic for change. This was also the year were many began to embrace computer technology in every aspect of their lives – including boating. It was increasingly faster and easier to look something on a computer than in a book.

Certainly, the challenges presented by computer technology – soon to be better known as digital technology – have been and remain pervasive. However, CPS-ECP’s excellent reputation as a very well respected boating organization is thanks to its volunteers who have worked and are still working to promote CPS-ECP. To fully meet the digital challenge what is still needed is for squadrons to continue to reach out to their local boating communities and all of the fun boating can be along with talking about boating safety and fly the CPS-ECP flag.

Change and challenge or as interpreted by CPS-ECP members reads as understood and accepted. P/C/C Howard Peck wrote “Innovation. Change. Challenge. Three brief words, yet they totally describe CPS in 2001 and beyond.” Mr. Peck was spot-on. Please do yourself a favor re-read Mr. Peck’s article in the 2001 Summer edition of Port Hole magazine. Another challenge for CPS-ECP members came from P/C/C Tony Gardiner who often expounded on the value CPS-ECP delivered to Canadian boaters– he was not the only member to do so. Mr. Gardiner had a challenge of his own for our organization, “….we must address new markets and respond to the training requirements for today’s and tomorrow’s boater.” Mr. Gardiner was equally insistent CPS-ECP continue to play “a major role in educating, instructing skills on the water and rescuing boaters in trouble.” One more thing, about Mr. Gardiner’s challenge, he identified P/C/C Serge St.Martin as having d developed new and innovative marketing and public relations programmes when he was the NAO. Well done Serge! But now fifteen years later it’s another member’s turn to meet that same challenge only this time dealing with the digital technology and social media. Any takers?

By Don Macintosh


Rideau Canal Cruise

By Andy Adams, Greg Nicoll and John Armstrong with Robin Ball

If you haven’t cruised the Rideau Canal before, you have missed a special treat and even if you have, a vacation aboard a Le Boat Horizon 1350 can give you a whole new view of this magnificent waterway.

One of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century, the Rideau Canal is the oldest continuously-operated canal system in North America. Traveling this sheltered waterway aboard Le Boat, we were able to relax and take in the spectacular nature, picturesque towns and historic locks of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Swift Trawler 47By Andy Adams

You might look at the pictures of the new Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 and think that this is not a “performance boat”, but I think it certainly is, and here is why; it can top out at 30 mph to get you from A to B quickly or to beat the weather in, so it’s pretty fast, but it can also loaf along doing 1,250 rpm making 9.3 mph and at that pace, it travels 2.4 miles on a gallon of fuel. That’s great performance in my books!

With a light displacement of almost 28,000 lbs, this is a big boat. In fact, it looks and feels more like a small ship than a big boat.

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Beneteau Oceanis 46.1By Andy Adams and John Armstrong

Beneteau Oceanis 46.1When Beneteau introduced their new Oceanis 46.1, they were inspired by the fact that their previous Oceanis 45 was one of Beneteau’s best sellers and the new 46.1 had to be a clearly superior boat. The Oceanis range is about space and comfort for cruising while still delivering strong performance.

The yachting world has now recognized the Oceanis 46.1 as being just such a worthy successor. On January 19th, 2019, the Oceanis 46.1 won the highly regarded title of European Yacht of the Year in the “Family Cruiser” category.

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Dear Doris

Clarity Nicoll

I grew up in a sailing family. My mother comes from a long line of sailors, my dad works in the marine industry and my brother and I have travelled up and down the eastern coast racing with and against each other. Yet, somehow, I had fallen in love with a No,ON-sailor (please note, the use of capital letters).

I had tried to introduce Dustin to sailing with some success, however, with the fast-paced nature of racing, and experienced sailors always ready to lend a hand when someone yelled “pull the cunningham!!!!”

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