and then Fraser lost her mast."
by Shipmate Jim Robertson
"I am turning downwind to retrieve my mast" came the flashing light signal from HMCS Fraser to the senior ship in the 2nd Canadian Destroyer Squadron at 0700 on an early February morning in 1959. HMCS Crescent, a WWII designed and built "C" class destroyer was that senior ship with Captain Pratt commanding the ship and squadron. I was the junior signalman on watch that quiet morning somewhere in the Central Pacific enroute from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to San Diego, California. The sea was very calm, the weather slightly overcast but expected to be bright and sunny into the forenoon watch and the squadron was lolling along minding its own business and then Fraser lost her mast. On Crescent the junior sig's watchkeeping station was on the open, or "flying" bridge, in all kinds of weather and for the usual four-hour watch save for the dog watches. The lookouts, often enough only one, spent but an hour in the elements before being relieved to slouch around somewhere below decks, warm and cozy and able to get a cup of "kye" or coffee at will. Not so the brave signalman on watch: that poor wretch had to endure the entire watch subject to the vagaries of the weather.
Each year the Canadian Safe Boating Council awards mariners who go the furthest to promote safe boating. The 2012 CASBA's (Canadian Safe Boating Awards) were presented in Toronto on January 13, 2013.
It's been written that the CASBA's are the golden globes of boating, and the spotlight was on two members of Fraser Squadron who were recognized for their efforts toward making boating safer and more enjoyable.
The Best Boating Safety Initiative, was presented to Rick Easthom and Jack Tang for helping Chinese-speaking boaters in their community enjoy the waters more safely.
The CASBAs honour the people, programs, organizations and marinas that are helping to make boating in Canada safer and better for all of us, and to keep the environment clean.
Read more on the CPS National website
六月五日，CPS 菲沙中队总指挥 Rick Easthorm 先生和中队多元文化社区负责人 Jack Tang 先生接受加拿大广播电台采访，报道中 CPS 菲沙中队开设中文游艇驾驶训练课程项目。
Commander Rick, multi-cultural liason Jack Tang, Rockie and Ann attended the Mosquito Creek Boat Show promoting CPS, Fraser Squadron and boating safety.
在英属哥伦比亚省低陆平原有大量的亚洲移民，越来越多的移民开始参与游艇和水上活动，享受本省海岸线的自然资源提供的生活方式。加拿大国家游艇总会菲沙中队(CPS - Fraser Squadron) 应对这一挑战，为来自中国的移民设置中文游艇驾驶培训课程。
尽管在使用船艇高频率对讲通讯机 (VHF) 时英语十分重要，但绝大多数驾艇行船并非依靠什么语言。导航图是使用形状、标志和颜色来反映不同的信息。航标是红、绿、黄、黑和白色，有三角形、方形、圆形和其它形状和颜色。因此，掌握航标知识和行船安全并不需要哪一种特殊的语言。
（加拿大国家游艇总会菲沙中队在近期将推出如何使用船艇通讯对讲机 (VHF) 的中文培训课程。）
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