By Commander Michael Matich
IT’S TIME TO TAKE THE BOAT OUT
As you read this, spring will be a memory and summer will have arrived; sunny skies, calm seas and gentle breezes. Let’s hope that’s the case.
Burnaby Squadron has had a very active spring and we are ready to relax and enjoy our summer boating season. Our core boating courses were light on numbers, but the students were well engaged. I again thank outgoing STO Tom Scottnicki for all he has done for our Squadron. VHF Marine radio was lead by Bob Douglas and was very well attended.
Both fall and spring students came to our annual Student Cruise on a glorious sunny weekend. We changed things up a bit this year and started the cruise at Darlene Wood’s dock in Port Moody. After the cruise, we held our BBQ with Martin Vine graciously providing all the food and manning the grill. Jenn and I extended our weekend and were able to enjoy the weather. I even went for a swim.
Our sister Seattle Squadron held their Change of Watch on April 6th.,Jenn and I were honoured to attend to see outgoing Commander Leslie Kodish hand over the reins to incoming Commander Lita Johnson. Seattle reciprocated when Commander Lita and her Commander’s Aide, Al Keim, attended our Change of Watch on
May 7th. We had a great attendance at our COW. The food was good, the people were great and I hear the after party at the Matich residence was also enjoyed by all.
Webmaster Brent Morrison arranged for our squadron to do a media presentation on CTV’s Breakfast Television, which was a lead up to Safe Boating Week. M&P Mercury lent us a Boston Whaler which had a great visual impact and yours truly gave a quick overview on some of the items you need to have on your boat.
XO Jenn and I attended the PMD AGM in the comfort of a nice dry room, while three of our members volunteered on safety boats at the Burnaby Lake Seniors Dragon Boat races. Thank you to Bill Grout, Lorne Reesor, and Leon Brown for braving the monsoon rains.
Burnaby, Coquitlam and Port Moody Squadrons jointly held a safety day at Reed Point Marina on June 4th. Through the Recreational Vessel Courtesy Check (RVCC) program about a dozen boats were checked to en-sure they were in compliance with regulation. A barrel of expired flares were collected for recycling and fire extinguishers were also checked. These safety days are becoming increasingly popular and it’s a great way to get our message out to the boating public.
Our last official educational event was held from June 16th to June 19th. Coquitlam and Burnaby Squadrons were able to use our new CPS Virtual Trainer at the M&P Mercury Boat Show at the Coquitlam Mall. We met many new boaters and potential boaters. The simulator was a great tool to invite people to try their hand at boating without scratching the gelcoat. We all gave out our message of encouraging people to take our courses so they were safe on the water and could enjoy cruising our beautiful waterways.
We have been talking to both Royal City and Coquitlam Squadrons about holding joint educational classes this coming fall and into the next spring. It seems many squadrons across the country are having problems filling the boating classes. It seems only logical to come together and offer courses within our geographic area. I have also suggested that we should come together for some of our social activities. To that effect, I have invited them to our Labour Day Cruise at Snug Cove. Cruisemaster Neal Tyldsley has secured a limited number of slips for us. If you are thinking of coming, call Union Steamship Marine immediately, as they can-not hold spots for very much longer. You can always cancel if you need to.
Jenn and I hope to see you out on the water this summer. Have a safe and enjoyable one.
As always, please feel free to contact me with your thoughts and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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