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Kelowna 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.

Disabled Sailing Kelowna Silent Auction

We are very excited to announce that the DSA silent auction is now available for viewing on our website at http://disabledsailingkelowna.ca/silent-auction/
Now we need your help to get some bids!  Please send the link to anyone you know who might be interested.  The instructions are on the website (call,text or email bids to us).  It will wrap up on August 16th at KYC during the Commodore’s Cup.
Thanks to all of you who have donated items.  It is not too late if you still think you might know someone who would help us out with an item, we will update the website with new items as required.
Also, we will require a few volunteers to help out with the physical silent auction at KYC, Friday, Aug. 15 (evening) and Saturday the 16 (morning and after racing ’til 9).  I will set up shifts depending on people’s availability.  Let me know if you could help with that!

Thanks again, you are great supporters!

Tracy Delorme
Manager/Head Instructor
Disabled Sailing Association Kelowna
Office: 250-861-7033
Cell: 250-300-5833

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain

CPS Safety Article #2 

The Pleasure Craft Operators Card (PCOC) gets you out there.   Power Squadron gets you back.

As the headline says it’s important to have as much knowledge as possible when out on the water.  With the boating season well under way and a mid-summer long weekend almost upon us it’s a great time to review some basic safety precautions before heading out with family and friends.

# 1 is to make sure you have age appropriate life jackets for everyone on board.  There are many choices based on what you doing out on the water so make sure to do the research and get the right one. (Don’t forget to include the family pooch!)  www.tc.gc.ca

The list of do’s and do not’s is long, and to some a bit daunting, but a bit of time spent before heading out can go a long way to ensuring the day goes smoothly.  I have taken a few tips from the old boat safety manual that was printed by Transport Canada.  It is only available on line now at www.boatingsafety.gc.ca if you don’t have a copy.

Here are a few things to make sure your day goes well.

Make sure that the boat is in good shape and all the mechanical bits are working as they are supposed to.  This sounds like a no-brainer but there is no point in heading out if any of the gauges for the engine don’t work, especially the gas gauge. The rule for the latter is 1/3 out 1/3 back and 1/3 reserve.

Depending on the length of your craft you are required by law to have a fire extinguisher or two on board and it has to be the right type. The list shows what you are required to have beyond just the fire extinguisher so double check your inventory of safety items. The RCMP is out there checking boats and a missed item can put a dent in your wallet and your day!  Here is the link to the list  www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/marinesafety/TP-511e.pdf

Please note that the Canadian Power Squadron volunteers are conducting a voluntary safety check on Aug 16  at the Kelowna Yacht Club.   Boaters who participate get a compliance sticker which will go a long way to ensuring they will have no problems with the authorities out on the water.

Dates to note:.

Marine Flare Disposal at Dockside Marine
August 8 (3-5pm) & 9th (2-5pm) at their new  location at Shelter Bay

Registered Vessel Courtesy Check (RVCC) at the Kelowna Yacht Club
Saturday August 16th  Kelowna Yacht Club

The PCOC course offered by Canadian Power Squadron course and is always available on-line at www.cps-ecp.ca.  We do not offer this course in classroom at this time

Power Squadron Course Calendar www.cpskelowna.ca

Kelowna Yacht Club Sailing Courses www.kelownayachtclub.com

Respectfully submitted by J. Stuart Cook