Since 1995, Safe Boating Awareness Week has been the mainstay of boating safety to over 16 million people who recreate on Canadian waters. The 2021 campaign will still be reaching out to Canadian boaters but, due to Covid-19, will be a little different in many ways.

Instagram Photo of the MonthCPS-ECP has been posting wonderful photos on Instagram during the last few months. During the month of March this was our top photo by Valentin Bacalu.

Submission CallThe Port Hole has been, and remains, very effective in getting the word out nationally on CPS-ECP programs and, by extension, members’ involvement in those initiatives. This is a wonderful opportunity that relatively few organizations can boast of.

Tide and CurrentsLast year, Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons offered a series of free monthly online Webinars, based on a number of educational seminars that had been produced for our squadrons to present at marinas and yacht clubs. About a 100 persons registered for each of these very interesting presentations.

Get ready for the upcoming boating season by reviewing your knowledge of safe boating practices around large whales! In February, two presentations were provided at the first ever virtual Vancouver International Boat Show by Environmental Committee member Jackie Hildering.

Safety Flare Return DayNews that we have been waiting for. At the end of March the CPS-ECP Executive Committee approved our request to continue the Safety and Flare Return Days program for 2021 following strict Covid Protocols that will be provided to the Squadrons who offer events this year.

Dock LinksDock Links is a membership discount program designed with boaters in mind. Members receive exclusive access to savings at participating marina’s, restaurants and retail locations across Ontario.

National Volunteer WeekThis 20th year that the National Volunteer Week campaign is being delivered by Volunteer Canada. Of the 12.7 million volunteers in Canada CPS-ECP has nearly two thousand of them helping in local communities and our national community.

03 photoofmonthMar21 lgCPS-ECP has been posting wonderful photos on Instagram during the last few months. During the month of February this was our top photo by Valentin Bacalu.

Are Flags Worn or Flown?Here is a question that was sent to me by one of our members and I was not able to answer it. I am passing it on to our newsletter to see if anyone can provide an answer:

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One of our Canadian Yachting contributors, Denise Miller, had shared the article on my social media and a young man reached out and asked if she could connect him with the owners of the boat, Dave and Barb. Denise leapt into action and Dave and Barb were thrilled. They concocted a plan that the young lady, Mia, thought she was coming to model for a sales brochure for Dave to do charter tours.

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