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Sarnia is located in Ontario, Canada on the border with the United States and across the Bluewater Bridge from Port Huron, Michigan.  Members of Sarnia Power and Sail Squadron boat out of the communities of Brights Grove, Camlachie, Corunna, Forest, Grand Bend, Mooretown, Petrolia, Point Edward, Port Franks, Sarnia, Wyoming, Strathroy and much of Lambton County.  Whether powerboat, sailboat, personal watercraft, jet boat or paddler, Sarnia Squadron Members are often found boating on Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake St. Clair as well as the Detroit River and St. Clair River.  Others cruise to the North Channel, Georgian Bay, the Trent-Severn Waterway and Lake Ontario.  Local marine facilities to Sarnia include: Bridgeview Yachting Centre, Sarnia Bay Marina, Sarnia Yacht Club and Lake Huron Yachts.

Sarnia Squadron

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Who Are We?

Sarnia Power and Sail Squadron is part of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons (CPS).  Nationally the organization has over 40,000 members with approximately 300 belonging to Sarnia Squadron.

CPS emphasizes boating safety, powerboat and sailboat navigation as well as offering accredited boating courses. Since 1938, the volunteer trainers of Canada's largest association of boating enthusiasts have offered safe boating courses across Canada. Successful completion of the qualifying examinations for Boat Pro and the Boating Course lead to particular membership categories. Each category ensures special membership benefits.

We are a charitable organization that provides diverse and challenging programs in boater education.  It is our goal to provide our members with greater safety and enjoyment in their boating activities.  Our members also enjoy the satisfaction of personal accomplishment, and the opportunity to share knowledge and skills acquired.

The general boating public is welcome to take "The Boating Course" to gain membership to CPS.  You may also take other elective courses prior to becoming full CPS members.

CPS also offer the "Boat Pro Course" which prepares the student for their Pleasure Craft Operator Card and "Maritime Radio" which prepares you for your VHF Radio Restricted  Operator's Certificate (Maritime).

Our Squadron Bridge Officers meets monthly at the Sarnia Yacht Club every second Monday of the month.  All members are invited to attend.

Our History

In 1913 the Boston Yacht Club assembled together 70 clubs to form one organization to set standards for boating.  A group of new boats were making there presence seen, the power boat.  They ratified in early 1914 and were officially called "United States Power Squadrons."

Canadian Power Squadrons began in 1938 when three members of the Windsor Yacht Club, having heard about USPS, crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit. They were Fred Dane, George Rule and G. William Bowman.  Later along with other members they formed the first Canadian Squadron in Windsor.

In 1948, members of the Sarnia Yacht Club formed the second Squadron in Canada with John Blunt as the first Squadron Commander.  London followed shortly after.  On October 14, 1941 the three groups met in Chatham and formed the Canadian Power Squadron.

CPS has grown with it's present headquarters in Toronto and the name has been changed to include all forms of boats as Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.


Our Pennant

The Sarnia Power and Sail Squadron pennant features the Red Cross of St. George on a white background with, in the quadrant royal, a white bordered red maple leaf superimposed on five blue and four white alternate vertical stripes of equal width.

The Cross of St. George is from the flag of Guernsey, in the English Channel. Sir John Colborne, Lt. Governor of Upper Canada 1828-36 named the Port of Sarnia in 1836 after the Roman name or Guernsey where he had previously been Lt. Governor. The flag of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons is proudly displayed in the quadrant royal to signify that the Sarnia Squadron was one of the three founding squadrons of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.

In 2002, a gold bar was added to the pennant at the hoist to recognize the fifty plus years Sarnia Power & Sail Squadron has functioned as part of Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons.



Sarnia Squadron Commanders

(Past & Present)



Mike Schauteet 2011- 38
Ossie Ianni 2010 - 2011 37
Steve Davis  2008 - 2010 36
Chris Schooley  2006 - 2008 35
Ossie Ianni 2004 - 2006 34
Don Mickalko 2003 - 2004 33
Mike Baker 2001 - 2003 32
Chris Schooley  1999 - 2001 31
Paul Campbell  1997 - 1999 30
Mark McLean 1996 - 1997 29
Jeff Evans 1994 - 1996 28
Theresa Morris 1993 - 1994 27
Bob Thompson 1992 - 1993 26
Norm Wilson 1991 - 1992 25
Roger Harrison 1989 - 1991 24
Bob Moses 1988 - 1989 23
Dough McNeill 1987 - 1988 22
Gordon Hicks 1985 - 1986 21
Charlene Loerke 1983 - 1984 20
Marcel Soulard 1981 - 1982 19
Norman Foley 1979 - 1980 18
Gordon  Murphy 1977 - 1978 17
Blair Baldwin 1975 - 1976 16
Vern Gray 1973 - 1974 15
N. Vezina 1971 - 1972 14
L.D. Pringle 1969 - 1970 13
F.L. Archibald 1967 - 1968 12
Ray Nield 1965 - 1966 11
William Doyle 1963 - 1964 10
Dr. J.D. Jackson 1961 - 1962 9
C.L.G. Robinson 1959 - 1960 8
W.N. Savage 1957 - 1958 7
M. Smith 1955 - 1956 6
Peter Cochron 1953 - 1964 5
R. Bell 1952 4
C. Chalmers 1950 - 1951 3
B.C. Rae 1949 2
John Blunt 1948 1






Sarnia Power & Sail Squadron is a unit of

Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons - Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance

national web site: www.cps-ecp.ca

Our Pennant showing our location within the Great Lakes Region.

Western Ontario District

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