Winds and Waves Mid-Winter Seminars and Social Series
During the winter of 2005 Blue Heron Power and Sail Squadron began its annual Winds and Waves Seminar and Social Series, reviving a tradition from the old Charlottetown Squadron. The Seminars are an opportunity for local boaters to break up the winter months with a combined social and educational evening. Invited local mariners give talks on their journeys and boating, followed by a pleasant evening of mixing and mingling with old and new friends. The Squadron's volunteers open the Seminars to everyone, and fund them from its limited budget for your winter dry-dock pleasure. The Seminars are one way the Squadron thanks its members for their support. Join us for a pleasant evening of sharing boating thoughts, socializing, and generally melting away the winter.
2018: Transatlantic by Tall Ship. Thursday March 8 at 7 pm aboard HMCS Queen Charlotte on Water Street. Speaker: PEI's Basil Dickson is back by popular demand. Basil was the chief liaison officer for the RDV 2017 Tall Ship Regatta during the fleet's visit to Charlottetown in 2017. He was inspired to sign on with the Spanish tall ship Atyla for the last leg of the race, the transatlantic crossing from Halifax to La Havre, France. He will be sharing this "bucket-list" adventure, with his presentation including pictures and video footage. Basil is a long time sailor out of the Charlottetown Yacht Club and has had other off-shore racing experiences including the Magdalen Islands, Route Halifax - St. Pierre and the Heineken Regatta in St. Martins.
2017: Arctic Exploration. Friday March 24 at 7 pm at HMCS Queen Charlotte. Speaker: PEI's Captain David McIsaac, skipper of the Arctic Research Foundation's exploration vessel M/V Martin Bergmann. Captain McIsaac gave a very entertaining and educational talk about his experiences running a research/exploration vessel in the Arctic. He also operates a fishing vessel off Newfoundland. (Image: M/V Martin Bergmann and CCGS Sir Wilfred Laurier, Parks Canada.)
2015: Exploring the Southern Ocean by Tall Ship. Wednesday March 11 at 7 pm. Haviland Club on Water Street in Charlottetown. Fiep de Bie crewed on the 100 year old square rigger “Europa”. Fiep is a PEI resident who learned sailing in the Netherlands and earned her license to captain traditional sailing ships. Fiep is graduate of the Holland College wildlife program, a member of Nature PEI and Past President of Island Nature Trust.
2014: Chuck & Laurie Snow's ocean and river cruises around the world. 7 PM March 6th at HMCS Queen Charlotte. Bareboat cruising charters on a catamaran in the Whitsunday area of Australia, and power boats on a river in Thailand, a lake in India, and the canals of France.
2013: 7 PM, Wednesday February 27 at the Haviland Club: "Charlottetown Waterfront Development Plan." Speaker Ron Waite from CADC presented the Charlottetown waterfront development plan.
2012: 7 PM, Thursday March 8, 2012 at the Haviland Club: "Sailing to Bermuda": Speaker Bethany Doiron. Bethany recounted her blue sea trip to Bermuda aboard a CS40 sailboat in October, 2011. Learn about how they controlled the boat with a 75 series drogue in winds gusting to 60 knots, 3 knots shy of a hurricane.
2011: 7 PM, Saturday February 26, 2011 at the Haviland Club: "Racing in the Gulf of St Lawrence aboard ActiveHouse' with Derek Hatfield": Speaker Basil Dickson. Charlottetown sailor Basil Dickson described crewing aboard ActiveHouse with skipper Derek Hatfield in the 2010 bi-annual Halifax Saint Pierre Ocean Race. Derek is Canada's premiere solo around-the-world racer, and one of the world's most respected solo sailors. Basil joined Derek in July when the famous skipper seatrialed the race-boat ActiveHouse, a 60-foot Eco racing yacht named after its sponsor. Since October, Derek has been representing Canada aboard ActiveHouse in the Velux 5 Oceans, described as the world's most intense and demanding sailboat race. Check out http://spiritofcanada.net/wordpress2/ and www.velux5oceans.com andhttp://activehouse.info/da/velux5oceans/news/derek-lead-second-leg. We had a pleasant evening of sharing boating thoughts, socializing, and generally melting away the winter.
2010: 7 PM, Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Haviland Club: "The Loop". Joe and Mary Beth Amelia completed the Loop in their Atomic 4-powered 30' Morgan sailboat from PEI. The sailed more than 6,000 nautical miles up then down the rivers, to the Gulf of Mexico, and home to PEI via the eastern seaboard, from June 2008 to June 2009. They gave a delightful and informative presentation, full of lessons for short and long range cruisers. http://www.joeamelia.ca/
2009: The good, bad and ugly of boating – Lessons from a lifetime on the water. Retired Canadian Hydrographic Service scientist Dave DeWolfe is a hydrographic consultant and Canadian Yachting Association advanced cruising course instructor in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. He is a member of Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons, and has taught their core courses. Dave has cruised the Caribbean and Central America, and conducted hydrographic surveys on all three Canadian coasts and Antigua. A lifetime on the sea taught him much about the right and wrong way of doing things. He passed along mostly the good and some important bad to a fascinated audience, mixing learning with travelogue.
2008: History of Charlottetown Harbour. Our speaker this year was Harry T. Holman, sailing skipper and PEI Director of Culture, Heritage and Libraries. His superb slides and talk covered the period to 1938, including early history of the Charlottetown Yacht Club and recreational boating in Charlottetown. Owing to the size of the audience,we moved Winds and Waves to the Charlottetown Curling Club this year. His talk was enthralling, recalling the days of sail that dominated PEI life in the early days, and the impact of steam and petroleum engines. One of the audience summed it up perfectly when she emailed us later: "Thank you, Harry, for giving us back our harbour".
2007: By Sail through the Northwest Passage. Peter Nelson, avid Nova Scotia sailor and racer, gave a fascinating, down-to-earth talk about sailing during the Arctic's short 6-week summers in August and September. He and crewmate Barry helped owner Peter Brock to sail Minke, a 42-foot steel hull sailboat, eastward through the Northwest Passage during two of the three years it took to cross the Arctic. Peter Brock had sailed Minke from Nova Scotia clockwise through the Caribbean to Alaska during previous years, heading for a circumnavigation of North America. Over two late summer treks in 2005 and 2006, Peter assisted as the athletic Peter Brock, then in his 70's, as they moved Minke eastward between winter harbours, carefully negotiating summer ice and lonely Arctic winds. Minke became the seventh sailboat under 50' to successfully complete the Passage without assistance. Owner Peter Brock was the Nova Scotia Yachting Association's Sailor of the Year in 2006. Seminar Location: Haviland Club.
2006: By Sail to Greenland. Geoff Ralling, Charlottetown blue water cruiser, gave an enthralling talk with spectacular slides, describing his trip from Charlottetown to Greenland and back in the summer of 2005. He and a crew member sailed their family's Aloha Be Faithful II over 4,000 nautical miles, earning a rightful spot in PEI's sailing hall of fame. Geoff had previously sailed to Newfoundland and the Bahamas. Seminar Location: Haviland Club.
2005: Winds, Waves and Currents in the Northumberland Strait -- A Fireside Chat with Professional Mariners and Other Salts. The Squadron assembled a blue ribbon panel of experienced PEI mariners, including ferry captains, a professional fisherman, a faculty member from the marine school at Holland College, a professional yachtswoman, and a long-time yacht owner and racer. They shared their combined decades of experience on the water with a fascinated audience. Seminar Location: Haviland Club.