Welcome Penfield Sail And Power Squadron
We teach safe boating and navigation and the
State of Connecticut accepts successful completion of our one day eight hour Safe Boating Class as a qualifying exam for the purchase of a CT Safe Boating Certificate.
Penfield is the Squadron serving the Long Island Sound shore towns of Fairfield, Stratford, and the City of Bridgeport
MEETINGS AND EVENTS
Monday Meeting - in person - Fayerweather
Penfield Meeting - 6:30 PM, Monday, October 9, 2023
Our fourth meeting of 2023 will be October 9th at 6:30 pm, at Fayerweather Yacht Club located at 51 Brewster St, Bridgeport, CT 06605.
Fayerweather has graciously agreed to let us use the dining room beginning at 6:30 PM on the Second MONDAY of each month for the rest of 2023.
I noticed that sunset is 6:21 pm so we can arrive while it is still light out.I also noticed that Columbus day will be celebrated on the 9th, perhaps we should raise a glass to commorate his sighting of America.
We will start off with a social half-hour to catch up with each other. Eat before the meeting or bring a snack or sandwich, I will bring cookies. All active members and alumni members are encouraged to support this event
Based on the information we learned about "America's Boating Channel" at our September meeting, my agenda for the meeting will be to explore the feasibility of Penfield, maybe along with other D2 squadrons, trying to be selected to participate in the filiming of a short video by America's Boating Channel. My idea was to cover how boaters of all types (power, sail, paddle, jet skis) can safely share our coastal channels. I believe we would need to include local yacht clubs for boats and actors, local harbor masters and marine police for expertise and security while filming takes place. I will ask those groups if they would like to send a representative to attend our discussion.
This is the brief description I sent to ABChannel as to why our location could be ideal as representative of many types of crossing situations: "Penfield's coastal footprint has many interesting channels:Southport Harbor (very tight), South Benson Marina (very tight and shallow with 600 boat slips, fire and police boats, racks for 200 kayaks and SUP's, plus a fishing pier), Black Rock Harbor (several yacht clubs, marinas, and occasional barge traffic), Bridgeport Harbor (wide with three large ferries using the channel with the marinas and yacht clubs along with other commercial boats), and the Housatonic River (several yacht clubs, marinas and long streches of no wake zones)".
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History Of Penfield/United States Power Squadrons
A Brief History of the United States Power Squadrons
When motorized yachts became more common in the early 1900’s, a small group of members of Yacht Clubs around Boston and New York City believed an organization should be formed to promote the teaching of boating skills to the owners of these “power” boats. This led to the formation in 1914 of what became the United States Power Squadrons (“USPS” or “Power Squadron”). In fact, in 1917, the then Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, asked the group to provide nautical training to individuals in the even the United States became involved in the War in Europe (which, of course occurred later in 1917). The Power Squadrons grew into a national organization which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2014. The organization has been focused on competent and safe boating by teaching a broad list of boating skills through classroom study, seminars, and recently, on-the-water instruction. Thousands of USA boaters have taken the Power Squadron’s America’s Boating Class to improve their boating knowledge and/or earn certification for state boating licenses. Another public service performed by the USPS is to perform voluntary vessel safety checks which earns a vessel passing the US Coast Guard requirements a decal issued by the Coast Guard valid for one year. In fact, there is sometimes confusion between the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Power Squadron. While both organizations teach safe boating courses, can perform vessel safety checks, and members of both are volunteers, USPS is not a governmental body where as the Auxiliary falls under the Coast Guard and has on the water patrol and rescue capabilities.
A Brief History of Penfield Sail and Power Squadron
The Housatonic River Power Squadron covered the Long Island Sound towns of Fairfield, Bridgeport and Stratford, but in 1969 had grown so large that several members, mostly based in Fairfield, split from Housatonic River and formed a new squadron named after the Penfield Reef and Lighthouse. Penfield grew and maintained a friendly and cooperative coexistence with Housatonic River. Both Squadrons hit their peak membership and activity levels in the 80’s and 90’s. Both Squadrons became smaller and less active in 2000’s and in 2011, Housatonic merged into Penfield so the three towns were again under one roof. While many Squadrons have experienced declining membership, the Fairfield County Long Island Sound squadrons have opened their classes and activities to each other’s members. Penfield enjoys good relations with the Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk and Westport squadrons. We are eager to welcome both new and experienced boaters to our group. While many of our members have stopped actively boating, they still enjoy the social aspects of the Squadron and many simply want to support an organization that is dedicated to the teaching and practice of safe boating.
Most Power Squadrons changed their names to, for example, Penfield “Sail” and Power Squadron about 25 years ago to dispel the notion that only power boaters were welcome, when in fact many squadrons have a equal number of sailors and motor boaters. More recently, as the popularity of paddle craft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards) and personal watercraft (jet skis) has increased, USPS has adopted a more generic “go to market” name of “America’s Boating Club” to capture a broader cross section of the boating community. Some squadrons choose rebrand themselves, as for example, America’s Boating Club of Greenwich, others, like Penfield have continued to use the Sail and Power Squadron name. Of course, it takes more than a name change to help volunteer organizations, such as the Power Squadrons, regrow their membership which has declined over the last 15 years. For our organization, our goal is to increase our membership and number of people taking our classes by making membership and classes more in line with our changing environment and competition for how we spend our leisure time. To that end we are broadening our reach through technology advances for classes, meetings, social activity and most of all, boating.
Mission of Penfield and United States Power Squadron
Teach and Practice Safe Boating through Education and by Example
How to get added to Penfield's "Local Boaters" Constant Contact email list
How to get added to Penfield's "Local Boaters" Constant Contact email list or request a free vessel safety check: email Donald Peterson at email@example.com
- America's Boating Channel - Safe Boating Videos: https://www.youtube.com/c/AmericasBoatingChannel
America's Boating Club - Free Boating App - https://americasboatingclub.org/app
View a List of Power Squadron Boating Classes - https://americasboatingclub.org/learn/type-of-boating/all/all-courses
View the CT DEEP Safe Boaters Guide - https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DEEP/Boating/boating_guide/boaterguidepdf.pdf
Learn what certificates are required to operate a boat in CT waters p.12; Required Safety Equipment p.17; Rules for Young Boaters p.26; Jet Ski rules p.26'-28;Rules for waterskiing and tubing p.26 - 27; Paddlecraft Rules p.37; check out our ad p67
- USPS ad in CT safe boating guide p. 67
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