June 27, 2019

VictoriaParticipate in this year’s National Conference from October 17-19, 2019. Volunteers and boaters from across North America will congregate in Victoria, British Columbia to exchange ideas, have their say in the business of CPS-ECP, attend workshops, network with old friends and meet new ones. It will be a working conference with plenty of time for fun and relaxation.

Victoria is situated at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It is surrounded by the Salish Sea, which comprises the entire network of coastal waterways, inlets and harbours of southwestern British Columbia and northwestern Washington from Campbell River in the north to Olympia in the south. Long viewed by many in the region as one body of water, notably by the Coast Salish people, it is one of the most biologically rich inland seas in the world. In 2010, these waters – including the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound – were by international agreement given the name “Salish Sea”. For boaters, it is one of the best cruising destinations in North America.

Our conference theme is “Cruise Ship Travel”

Victoria is one of the busiest cruise ship ports in Canada. This season alone, the city is expecting 267 cruise ship visits at the Ogden Point terminal. Join us on Friday night for a “sunset dinner cruise”. So, pack light, come in cruise casual attire, tacky tourist attire or formal cruise ship officer attire.

To make your room reservations:

Fairmont Empress Hotel

712 Government St., Victoria, BC V8W 1W5

Reservations: 1-866-540-4429

Discount Code: CPS_1019

Online: https://book.passkey.com/go/cpsecpagm2019

We are pleased to announce that, for CPS-ECP members travelling to Victoria for the 2019 conference and AGM, a special room rate of $199 a night has been secured.

This rate can be booked up to September 6, 2019, for any length of stay between October 11 and 23, subject to availability. Whether you come before the Conference or stay on afterwards, Victoria is a beautiful city to explore.

Our Tours:

Tuesday night (October 15): Join us for a tour of Victoria’s Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communication and Traffic Services (MCTS) centre. Across the country, these centres coordinate responses to distress calls, broadcast maritime safety information (weather and navigational warnings), screen vessels entering Canadian waters, deliver information and advice to regulate marine traffic movement, and take appropriate action to ensure the safe and efficient movement of vessels in Canadian waters. Cost of the tour is $25 and includes dinner prior to the event.

Wednesday night (October 16): Join us for a haunted 90 minute “Ghost Walk”, featuring murder, hangings, romance and hauntings. After a day of meetings, this is just what you need to clear your head. Cost of this tour is $20.

Thursday afternoon (October 17): Whale and wildlife watching! A 3-hour tour – Orcas, humpbacks, sea lions, and much more. We will be heading out in a comfortable, covered boat, with a certified marine naturalist on board. Cost of this wildlife experience is $125.

Friday morning/ early afternoon (October 18):

The world-famous Butchart Gardens. The Butchart Gardens are a must-see oasis, one hundred years in the making. Tour includes transportation to and from the Gardens and three hours on site to explore. Cost of this adventure is $75.

Click here to register and book tours.

Leasing a YachtBy Andy Adams

When I first saw the display at the Toronto International Boat Show saying that you could lease a new yacht, it stopped me dead in my tracks. While I had never considered leasing boats, we are certainly seeing growth in boat rental organizations, so leasing didn’t seem out of line. In fact, I wondered why it had taken this long to see boat leasing come to the market.

However, I have a reasonable understanding of how leasing works compared to financing a purchase and I wondered how the numbers could work for something like a yacht. The sign was in front of a 60 foot Princess Express Cruiser – about $3,000,000 

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J99By Katherine Stone

All set to pull out the Code 0 before dousing the jib.

It was a very cold and wet beginning to the summer and we never thought it would arrive in Southern Ontario. Doing a 100 miler race on Lake Ontario (billed as the COOLEST race on the lake) with my 8 layers of thermal clothing, woolen ski toque and ski mittens, along with a neck warmer kept me on the edge all night, just out of frostbite reach. I shouldn’t have complained, as we also had wind!

July and August arrived, and it has certainly warmed up, in fact, its too warm, AND we don’t have wind. We are now counting 5 Wednesday nights in a row without wind to race. 

Read more about the J99 Offshore Shorthand Speeder.....................

 

Wellcraft 242 FishermanBy Andy Adams

Boat buyers are gravitating to the latest centre console boats for a wide range of reasons but for the Wellcraft 242 Fisherman, you can sum it up by saying it’s about features, style and value.

This great-looking boat is just as capable on a family picnic cruise as it is doing serious blue water fishing. A wide range of options let the buyer tailor the boat for their specific interests, but it’s all there to choose from. Our test boat was well-equipped for that comfortable cruise with easy access via the swim platform and through the transom gate into the cockpit.

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Port Severn's Lock 45Blake Marchand


As the final link between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, Port Severn’s Lock 45 is the gateway to the beautiful Trent-Severn Waterway. The first and smallest lock to be constructed on the Severn portion, Lock 45 is entrenched in Canadian History and is worth the trip in itself. However, it is the waterway and its idyllic surroundings that will keep you coming back.

The canal connects Lake Ontario and Lake Huron with an eastern terminus in Trenton and a western terminus in Port Severn. Its amazing natural waterways include the Trent River, Otonabee River, The Kawartha Lakes, Lake Simcoe, Lake Couchiching and Severn River.

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