By Alan Johnson
(WINDSOR, ON) – Commander Mark Stock, along with the Bridge of the Windsor Power and Sail Squadron, announces the new Chief Commander, Windsor’s own Joseph Gatfield, JN.
The Windsor Squadron takes great pride in Joseph’s outstanding dedication, service, and accomplishment of reaching this, the pinnacle of success in the Squadron.
After being formed in Windsor, and now a nationwide organization, the "Command" has returned home to Windsor for the first time since its inception, in this 75th Anniversary of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron.
Canadian Power and Sail Squadron is recognized as the largest organization of its kind in the world, and the foremost educational boating authority in Canada. Graduates of the CPS-ECP Boating Course fly the CPS Flag on their vessels in recognition of their achievement and membership.
In 1938, three members of the Windsor Yacht Club crossed the Ambassador Bridge into Detroit. Under the direction of the Detroit Power Squadron, Fred Dane, George Ruel, and G. William Bowman passed the United States Power Squadron’s Junior Piloting Course. They then soon formed the first Squadron in Canada, the Windsor Power Squadron, with Bowman as its first Commander. He later became the first Chief Commander of Canadian Power Squadrons, the organization that later became known as Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons/Les Escadrilles canadiennes de plaisance, or CPS-ECP, with over 26,000 members in 155 squadrons across Canada.
Since 1938, CPS-ECP has taught 850,000 plus boaters from coast to coast. To celebrate this milestone, CPS-ECP has organized a Flag Relay.