North Channel SeminarHosted by Goderich Power and Sail Squadron. Monday, January 23rd, 2023 at 19:00 via Zoom. Presented by David Bannister

Message From EdThis year at the Boat Shows you will find a nice surprise. In addition to being able to demo some of our Online Courses you will be able to sign up for the Self Study VHF Radio courses for $100. This course normally is $125. To get the special price you will need to purchase it at a Boat Show Booth.

Office ClosureThe National Office of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons will be closed for the holidays between Christmas and New Year’s.

Winter CoursesThe winter months are an excellent time to challenge yourself with an upgrade in your boating education. Many of our courses now are available with multiple options to take them.

Invasive Species ItemsHitchhikers. You can pick them up whether you want to or not. I’m talking about plants and critters that travel unintended from lake to lake, from sea to sea, from shore to shore and from land to land. These non-native species are often more robust than our local species in their natural domains.

Christmas Message from CCIn 2022, we were fortunate to meet with volunteers and members in traditional meetings, the spring training/membership meeting, and the fall conference. The restrictions imposed by the pandemic protected us and we are grateful for that, but it also made us realize the inestimable value of meeting in person once they were lifted.

Photo of the Month October 2022Have you taken everything off the water already or are you still out there enjoying this amazing fall weather? If you're still on the water, make sure to tag us in your photos or send us a DM to be featured!

Boating Immersion StoriesYou can help fellow Canadian Boaters by sharing your boating experiences! The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) is looking for boaters who are interested in participating in a study regarding the importance of lifejacket wear in the event of falling overboard and accidental immersion.

Pacific Yachting Member BenefitPacific Yachting has been serving the recreational boating community since 1968. Power or sail, Pacific Yachting knows the Pacific Northwest coast. Read about the latest information on cruising destinations, news issues, local attractions, upcoming events, do-it-yourself projects, fishing spots and more.

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