July 12, 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.

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?

Read more about Good Samaritans............

 

  

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.

 

Read more about the Monte Carlo 52..............

 

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.

Read More about the Jeanneau Media Event...........


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.

 

Read more about Chicago....................