Marine Electronics Course

SD member Dug Andrusiuk has provided details of a course he has registered for. It is in Duncan and is an in person course. The instructor is Jim Peakman. The course is scheduled to start Thursday October 19/23.

We still have openings for one or two more if you know of anyone who would be interested in taking this course.

Please find the student cost and schedule for this course. If you want to pre- register please send a cheque for $ 70.00 ( seventy dollars) and your mailing address and I will forward you the Thumbdrive  and the Chapter Questions notes. If you are in Duncan I would prefer to hand these out to save postage. My address is 6047 Hyacinth Place Duncan , phone # 250) 748-7376.
Thanks Jim.

Advanced booking dates – extended

At the September 25, 2023 the WLSA Board of Directors voted to extend the period for advanced bookings. WLSA vessels can now be booked up until May 31, 2025 subject to the following terms and conditions:

Booking fees are subject to review at the Annual General Meeting (usually held in early June). The posted day booking fee is guaranteed only until May 31. 2024. By making an advanced booking you agree to pay any additional booking fees approved by the WLSA Members at the next 2024 AGM”. 

Volunteers Needed – Blue Belle Haul Out – Sept 6 – 11, 2023

Seeking Volunteers between September 6th and 11th

Greetings everyone,
Just a reminder about the upcoming haul-out of Blue Belle.  
If you have a couple hours to spare during that time please join us at the Newcastle marina in Nanaimo.
Here’s the tentative schedule:

On the 6th of September:
1- power wash the haul.
2- scrape the bottom and lightly sand the top.
3- fix fibreglass chips
Day 2:
1- Apply the first coat of topside paint.
2- apply the anti fouling on the bottom.
Day 3:
1- apply the second coat.
Depending how many join, I will start working on a mechanical issue that are more urgent.
Day 4: Relaunching.
Day 5: Bring her back to Genoa Bay. Qualified skippers and crews are welcome to volunteer.
Please contact me if interested.



New WLSA website

The new WLSA website is now live at and the old “Wix” website has been shut down. That’s probably all most WLSA members need to know, but, if you’re interested in knowing a liitle more about why and how we came to have a new website (actually 4 websites) then read on…………….

Why a new website?

About a year ago our old website platform, Wix discontinued support for their “Wix Hotels” booking system. After an exhaustive search it was decided that Motopress Hotels was the best available booking platform for our needs. Motopress Hotels uses WordPress – the most popular website platform world-wide.

Some of the factors that were considered::

  • The need for separate booking sites for SD and PD
  • Our old website was not particularly mobile friendly
  • The low cost and high flexibility of WordPress.

The new WordPress sites have been developed in four distinct stages:

(1) Power Division booking website

(2) Sailing Divsion booking website

(3) Password protected Members’ website

(4) Public website

– Glen

Foul Weather Gear For Sale

Boots: Pair of Viking rubber boots size 11 men and 14 woman $40

Pants: Viking Boga Chill waterproof & breathable XL Grey Never been warn $50

Jacket: Viking Ladies Medium Jacket $35

Life Jacket: Fluid Adult Medium $25

Jacket: Boy-o-Buoy Mens large Float Coat 40-44 chest $100

Pants: Boy-o-Buoy Mens Medium pants Black $50

Gloves: Water Repellent Men small and Woman large Black $20

All clothing is either brand new or slightly worn.


Bill Stolworthy

245 Craig Street

Duncan, BC V9L 1W2


Coast guard hovercraft damaged in collision with sailboat off B.C. coast

VICTORIA – A Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft sustained damage after colliding with a sailboat near Salt Spring Island on Monday evening.

The hovercraft CCGS Siyay was transporting advanced life-support paramedics to Ganges Harbour to medevac a patient to Vancouver around 5:45 p.m.

Coast guard officials say the craft was travelling at eight knots – approximately 15 km/h – in the harbour when an unlit sailboat that was anchored outside the common anchorage area suddenly appeared in front of the vessel.

Nanaimo Power & Sail Squadron presentation on “Dodd Narrows, False Narrows & Pirate’s Cove”

I joined an online presentation by the Nanaimo Power & Sail Squadron presentation on June 28, 2021. The topics were “Dodd Narrows, False Narrows & Pirate’s Cove”.

Videos from the presentation are now available on Youtube” You can also access the YouTube channel at the link below.

– Glen

Värmland – 3D Printed Sailboat

WLSA members might find this article interesting, especially because of the name of of the place these boats are being built – Värmland, Sweden.

Göran Brandt, entrepreneur and sailing enthusiast, has, uses 3D technology to print a 7.5 meter long part for a brand new type of sailing boat. Something that can revolutionize the boat industry.

“There are many good suppliers here and it is great fun that we can do everything on site in Värmland”, says Göran Brandt.

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