Appointment of new CPS Executive Director

Richard Bee, Chief Commander of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is pleased to report that the organization has completed the search process and hired a new Executive Director. Their new Executive Director is Walter Kowalchuk. He will be joining CPS-ECP on September 4, 2012.

Walter was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta and moved to the Toronto area in 1984. He is married with two children. His wife Susan is the Program Manager with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Peel. His oldest son, Aaron, is heading off to the University of British Columbia in September to begin his studies in pursuit of a degree in Kinesiology. His younger son, Logan, is a competitive hockey player who, in April, celebrated winning the All Ontario Provincial Hockey Championship with his team mates on the Mississauga Terriers Bantam AA team. Walter has been an active volunteer in various capacities in his community. Walter has a Degree in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta and is a member of The Canadian Society of Association Executives.

For the past 18 years he has been the General Manager and Secretary of the National Yacht Club in Toronto, a not for profit member driven recreational boating club. Throughout the majority of his career he has worked in voluntary not for profit organizations that deliver educational, recreational and social programs and services. These include: National Yacht Club, Lions Foundation of Canada and the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre. He has extensive experience working with Boards of Directors and with volunteers at all levels of organizations in program and service delivery.

Please join us in welcoming Walter to CPS-ECP!

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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The Other Virgin Islands

Sunset off St John

By Mark Stevens

I was first seduced by the United States Virgin Islands during a ferry ride from St. Thomas to Tortola to begin one of our earliest British Virgin Islands charters nearly twenty years ago.

A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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