Nov 7, 2019


This year Sunsail Vacations, a benefit supplier and supporter of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons, offered a $7500.00 USD Charter voucher to those who renewed their membership. There were 1028 entries for the contest, and the winner was Brad Harris of Barrie Squadron, Georgian-Trent District. Once again, for the coming year, Sunsail is continuing their support by repeating the contest.

While you’re at it, be sure to check out their other offerings and services at “Member Benefits” on the CPS-ECP website.

THE CONTEST - Sunsail is once again offering a “Charter Voucher” with a value of $7500 USD, open to all who RENEW their CPS membership between October 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. All Life Members are automatically eligible, but must submit their names in order to enter the contest. The draw will be held after midnight September 30, 2020.

After renewing your membership, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enter. To qualify, you must include in the body of the email:

• Your Name
• Membership Number
• Phone number
• Email address

NOTE: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a No Reply email address (not monitored until September 30, 2020)

NB: Sunsail is booking a special February CPS-ECP Flotilla cruise based on practical on the water experience of some of the lessons learned in CPS-ECP courses.

Good Luck
National Membership Committee
Sunsail and Yacht & Crew Solutions


Please Read Agreement of Terms:

The following conditions apply when submitting an entry for the Membership Renewal Contest.

This contest is open to renewing CPS-ECP members or Life members, who have had two or more continuous years of membership immediately preceding their current renewal of membership.  

The drawing will be made after a minimum of 10 charter bookings by CPS-ECP members have been made with Sunsail and after the closing date of September 30, 2020.    The winning CPS-ECP member must be both a current member and present during the charter.  The CPS-ECP member agrees to have their name published as the winner of the contest. The CPS-ECP member, and those accompanying the member, accept all liability for any acts or instances occurring in relationship to this event.  CPS-ECP is to be held harmless or blameless for any actions of the winning CPS-ECP member or their guests during the time of the charter.  

Diesel Fuel MaintenanceSince the late 19th century, a debate has raged on the relative merits of diesel fuel over gasoline. In more recent decades, that argument has included boat manufacturers, and increasingly, individual boaters. As I pass through boat yards in the spring or fall, I’m sure to hear a comment or two (sometimes ruefully, other times with great joy) of the merit of a particular engine or fuel source.

Increasingly, diesel engines are praised for their long-life, ease of maintenance, compact design, reliability and safety, and rate of combustion. As well as cruisers and trawlers, many sailboat manufacturers in particular have chosen to install diesel engines. 

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Beneteau Flyer 32By Andy Adams

Summer sun boat! The handsome new Beneteau Flyer 32 is all about entertaining and the bow area is one of the main attractions. It's a wide shape forward with a huge anchor locker and opening centre section in the railing that invites you to beach the boat and go swimming. The bow is really one giant sun bed area with armrests that fold down and head rests too, for fall-asleep comfort. 



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Dufour 460By Katherine Stone

When one does an October yacht review on the Great Lakes you can never be sure of what kind of weather you will get…. and did we ever luck out! A beautiful sunny day with a high of 31 degrees and a perfect 8-10 knot breeze with light chop made for a champagne sailing day. Lucky for me we were at Swans Yacht Sales located in the Whitby Marina on Lake Ontario, trying out the Dufour 460 Grand Large, a flag ship for the midrange Dufour boats. With an overall length of 46’5” and a hull length of 44 ‘, this boat is majestic, not only in size, but also in elegance with timeless and contemporary style. 

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Moorings In BrazilWith an increasing amount of interest in South America as a charter destination, The Moorings has responded with a new base in Paraty, Brazil. Surrounded by towering jungles plummeting into the waters of Baia Carioca, this charter cruising region features bays peppered with islands and world-famous beaches.

Centrally located between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Paraty (pronounced “Para-chee”) holds the key to many natural wonders you can only discover by boat.

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