June 27, 2019

MilesstonesBeverly Walters, was presented with a plaque acknowledging her 20 years of service to CPS-ECP! Beverly’s job involves all facets of ensuring that thousands of PCOC, ROC(M) and Membership cards are processed and delivered to CPS-ECP members and successful participants in the Pleasure Craft Operator Card course and Maritime Radio course. Not only does Beverly ensure that new graduates and members get their cards in a timely manner, she also handles the processing of replacement cards.

Vanessa Schmidt, Marketing and Graphics Manager was presented with a plaque acknowledging her 15 years of service to CPS-ECP! Vanessa was hired as a Jr. Graphic Designer in 2003 to assist with print design. Over the years her role at the National office has evolved to ensuring production of courses, seminars, tradeshow material, ads, magazines, electronic newsletters and social media content. She works extensively with the Education Department, Communications, Membership and Marketing Committees to meet their goals and objectives.

To Beverly and Vanessa - Congratulations and Thank You!

Photo (left to right): Beverly Walters, former National Executive Director Walter Kowalchuk and Vanessa Schmidt.

Sailboat Under Cloudy Skies

By Joan Wenner, J.D.

Sailboat under cloudy sky by Bill Cox-Unsplash

Have you ever needed on-the-water assistance due to a mechanical breakdown, running aground, taking on water (perhaps from striking a submerged or floating object), having a mishap with another vessel, or have a medical emergency and the authorities are not near, but another mariner answers your mayday or perhaps observes your predicament. Another boater is in the vicinity, but will, or should, that person offer to help perhaps at his peril? What if you were that pleasure craft operator?

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Monte Carlo 52The launch of the new Monte Carlo 52 will be one of the highlights of the Cannes Yachting Festival 2019. This 50-foot high-end motor yacht is eagerly awaited and will introduce the Monte Carlo “Smart Luxury” generation. The stylish flybridge powerboat has inherited all the superb signature features of a successful range: modern design, elegant lines, distinctive character, incredibly well-used spaces and a careful focus on details, not to mention the iconic large porthole, distinguishing the 15 m (50’) to 18 m (60’) class of yachts made in Vendée. The Monte Carlo 52 has greatly improved all these features.


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John ArmstrongOur Canadian Yachting test team, John Armstong and Andy Adams, were at a Jeanneau media event called “Throttle Down” in St. Petersburg, Florida. The media event was held to highlight the Jeanneau Power Boat Line with the emphasis on their outboard models. 

The media event was scheduled to follow their Jeanneau dealer meetings, held earlier at Thunder Marine International in St. Petersburg. The Thunder Marine location is on the water and has a cooperative agreement with Jeanneau to host the full line of Jeanneau power boats in the water for dealer demonstration to their clients.

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ChicagoBy Mark Stevens

Photos by Sharon Matthews-Stevens

From my perspective on the observation deck of 360 Chicago in the John Hancock Building, I have an eagle’s-eye view of this Lake Michigan metropolis.

The city stretched out before us is a forest of concrete. Toward the lake – right below us – there’s a beach volleyball game in progress. White triangles crisscross Caribbean-blue waters in the distance. Sunday morning must be race day – just like home.


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