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VANTAGE POINT
June 2017
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A "Flare" for Safety
For decades, larger vessels have been required to carry distress flares in case of emergency, but have you ever had to set one off?
First, it is illegal to set off a flare unless you are in a genuine emergency situation,
so very few people anywhere in Canada, have ever actually set one off (thankfully).
Pyrotechnic flares are very powerful and we assume, dangerous and tricky to use,
particularly if you have had no previous experience. The instructions are clearly
marked on the flare, but if you were in a real emergency, I would bet you would not
be thinking very clearly.
The pyrotechnic flares need to be stored safely and kept dry plus, they have a
clearly marked expiry date, after which they may not function correctly. For the vast
majority of Canadian boaters, the required flares are bought, stored onboard and
then need to be disposed of and replaced with fresh flares.
The Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS-ECP) in cooperation with
CIL/Orion who make the flares, have developed a very important and valuable
flare disposal program where boaters can return expired flares. CIL/Orion safely
disposes of them.
Also, in cooperation with CIL/Orion and the Canadian Coast Guard, CPS-ECP
has developed a DVD and manual on the safe operation of all types of flares which
is available to purchase from CPS-ECP through their web site.
Go to the website at cps-ecp.ca or the www.cps-ecp.ca/?WCE=C=47|K=240853
Recently, a company called Weems & Plath introduced their "SOS Distress
Light" to the market in the USA and this product has received US Coast Guard
Approval for use in place of pyrotechnic flares.
So far, the "SOS Distress Light" is not approved for use in Canada, but boaters
cruising up from the USA will undoubtedly be carrying these on their boats and we
think that for the surprisingly low price of under $150, we would buy one for our
own boat, even though we will still carry the required flares.
It seems like an advance in boating safety but there is an environmental aspect
and it is significant.
At the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs) this past January Weems &
Plath received the "Safeguarding the Environment" Award.
This prestigious award recognizes a company who has introduced to Canada a
boating product or campaign that reduces marine pollution and makes the sport of
boating more environmentally friendly.
The SOS Distress Light was chosen because it is a safe, non-toxic, fully recyclable, user-friendly LED light signal. It can be a supplement to pyrotechnic flares on
recreational boats in Canada. It also reduces the contamination of landfills, ground
water and oceans that happens through the improper disposal of expired flares.
"We are honored that the Canadian Safe Boating Council has recognized the
SOS Distress Light for both its' safety and environmental benefits," said Weems &
Plath President, Peter Trogdon.
The SOS Distress Light is the first and only LED Visual Distress Signal Device
that meets U.S. Coast Guard requirements to completely replace traditional
pyrotechnic flares. Unlike traditional flares, this electronic flare never expires which
solves the challenge of flare disposal.
Expired pyrotechnic distress signals are hazardous waste and an environmental
contaminant requiring special disposal but regrettably, a large proportion of expired
flares are illegally dumped in landfills or the environment. It is estimated that each
flare illegally dumped, can contaminate 900,000 litres of water.
That's a staggering number!
So, please always make sure you and all your boating friends dispose of flares
properly through the CPS-ECP Disposal program.
Also, support CPS-ECP and your boating associations in their push to see
Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard approve the new LED electronic
flares for use in Canada. This is a big improvement in technology and safety too!
Andy Adams-Editor

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Power Review: Leader 33
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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