The Okanagan Power & Sail Squadron

We are pleased to announce the merger of three Squadrons: the Vernon Power and Sail Squadron, the Penticton Power and Sail Squadron, and the Kelowna Power and Sail Squadron; to form the Okanagan Power and Sail Squadron.

The Okanagan Power and Sail Squadron is an organization emphasizing boating safety, power and sail navigation and offering accredited boating courses. We also organize a variety of social events, from cruises, dinners, seminars, and much more – all bringing together people with similar interests and objectives.

It is our intention that this merger will reduce the overall administration of the Squadron and improve our abilities to deliver our courses in the Okanagan.

We have also created a new website, www.cpsokanagan.ca, that will feature the latest news and course offerings in the valley.

Howard Sures

Getting the most out of your cruise

The Kelowna Yacht Club has teamed up with the Okanagan Power & Sail Squadron to host a special speaker on Thursday, September 10 from 7 to 9 pm, entitled “Getting the most out of your cruise”.

Jennifer J. Thompson will be speaking about her experiences as one of twenty crew members on board OneDLL, a 70 foot Clipper sailboat involved in an 8-leg sailing race to circumnavigate the globe from January to July in 2014.


Jennifer led the victualing for the boat, which included budgeting, menu planning, shopping in port, stowing and overseeing the preparation of daily meals for the race.

Her presentation will address the fundamentals of ocean sailing punctuated with riveting stories of what did happen at sea.

She will also share some of the logistics tools that you could use to plan your own voyage.

You don’t want to miss this insightful presentation. There is no cost for this event, but space is limited.  Click here to register.

Background of Jennifer J. Thompson (Colonel Retired)

Jennifer Thompson has a BSC in Data Analysis from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University, British Columbia. As Royal Canadian Air Force Logistics Officer, Colonel Thompson has enjoyed a variety of line and staff appointments including an operational deployment as Director of Staff for the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2009, Colonel Thompson was Chief of the Allied Movement Coordination Centre (AMCC), SHAPE, Belgium. During this tour, she was involved in the strategic airlift coordination and deconfliction to support the NATO operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan Flood Relief, and the crisis in Libya. The AMCC team in SHAPE was instrumental in collaborating with the troop contributing nations to develop strategic airlift planning procedures to support the 40,000 troop uplift in Afghanistan in 2010. 

More recently, Jennifer is an active volunteer with the Disabled Sailing Association and will be racing in the 2015 Sail Canada Women’s Keelboat Championship. 


Please see our course offerings below for the fall of 2015

Fall Courses 2015

Boating Essentials
Enjoyment and safety on the water require knowledge. Boating Essentials will take you to the next level in your boating education. Technology has changed the way we navigate. However, in order to use a GPS/chartplotter effectively, you should understand the use of paper charts and coastal navigation. The topics covered in this course; magnetic compass, global positioning and charts, navigation, conning, plotting, digital charting, anchoring, lines and ropes will increase your boating knowledge and make your adventures on the water safe and enjoyable.

Classes are Monday’s,  starting September 21st, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for 8 weeks

Boat & Engine Maintenance 2015

The enjoyment of boating includes both the pleasure of using the boat and the satisfaction of properly maintaining it. To many boaters, working on their boat is part of the fun, to say nothing of the savings in cost. All boats need maintenance to correct for the gradual deterioration from wear and tear, and exposure to the elements. A boater should be on the alert for signs of vessel degradation, and make repairs while the problem is minor.

Classes are Tuesday’s, September 29th, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for 8 weeks

Global Navigation 2015

Global Navigation is the second part of the study of offshore navigation.  It further develops the student’s skills and understanding of celestial theory.  The student is introduced to additional sight reduction techniques for bodies other than the sun.  The student develops greater skill and precision in sight taking, positioning and the orderly methods of carrying on the day’s work of a navigator at sea.Of particular interest and importance is the navigation software (included) that is explained and used for planning and navigating in the offshore environment.  Offshore navigation using minimal data and/or equipment, such as when on a disabled vessel or lifeboat, is also covered.

Classes are Tuesdays, September 8th, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for approximately 14 weeks.

Extended Cruising 2015

Sailing the open sea has been a dream of many adventurous boaters but making port after a long sea voyage is a story of survival and accomplishment.

Prepare for an extended trip with this course, whether it’s a week, a month or across an ocean. It covers all the details from preparing the boat to planning passage. Once you’re out there, you will become everything from skipper to sailmaker; meteorologist to mechanic; doctor to diplomat. Know what to expect, and be ready for it upon completion of this program.
Classes are Wednesday’s, September 23rd, 19:00 – 21:00 HRS (7 – 9:00PM) for approximately 8 weeks.