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

 Bridge Officers

  • Commander: Donald Peterson, JN
  • Squadron Educational Office: Norman Marsilius, AP
  • Squadron Assistant Educational Officer Carole Heller SN
  • Administrative Officer: Rich Daddario
  • Secretary: Lee Parratt, JN
  • Treasurer: Donald Peterson, JN

  • Message for 2022-2023

    Commander's Message

    December, 2022 Commander's Message
    Holidays are here
    Questions: Don Peterson - dfp1061@gmail.com


    Commander's Message Dec 2022 - Penfield/Boating Information

    Questions/Comments: Don Peterson - dfp1061@gmail.com

    Seasons Greetings!!

    National and D2 News - The Power Squadrons 2023 Annual Meeting is in Orlando Florida, February 19 - 26th. Register now to save money with early bird discount tickets. If you haven’t already booked your accommodations for the 2023 Annual Meeting, book by Jan. 15, the last day to get our group rate of $169 per night at the Rosen Plaza Hotel at 9700 International Drive in Orlando, Florida. Check the usps.org web site for more details.

    The D2 Fall Conference was reconvened on Zoom, November 14, 2022. The only items that were acted on were, approving the D2 April 2022 Minutes and voting on the D2 2023 - 2024 budget. Both items were passed. The D2 dues will drop by $1 for individual and family memberships. My thanks to Norman Marsilius, Rich Daddario and Ron Denny who joined me to round out Penfield's delegation. For a while it looked like all four of us were needed to ensure a quorum, however, several other squadrons joined the meeting so it turned out to be a very well attended meeting.

    Upcoming Local Events:

    Check out the Sunday, January 8, 2023 Darien Sail and Power Squadron Speaker Series Event at their website dspsct.org/DSPSEvents.htm

    Check out the Wednesday, January 18, 2023 Greenwich Sail and Power Squadron (aka America's Boating Club of Greenwich) Event at their website greenwichsps.wordpress.com/events

    Note : Please confirm your attendance with the host squadron and let them know what squadron you represent.

    Penfield News: It is time to think about 2023. What you say! Even though I just got my boat Shrink Wrapped on December 14th (a new record for my late completion of this task), it is not too early to begin planning for next year. I find it risky to plan a return to in person meetings this winter, however, let's think that the "triple-demic" will be resolved come spring. Please send me your ideas for next year. Do we some party planners hiding in wings? Also, please consider joining a committee or serving on the Bridge.

    I hope everyone gets to spend some time with family and friends wish everyone a Happy New Year!!
    Penfield Burgees: The Squadron has two burgees left from our recent order. Please contact me if you would like one. The price is $30 each.
    Stay Tuned for upcoming events being planned: Send me your ideas
    Vessel Safety Checks: We finished the year with 13 vessel safety checks. Let me know if you are interested in becoming a vessel safety examiner.

    This message being sent to Penfield Active & Alumni and D2 Long Island Sound Group
    Donald Peterson


    Past events to remember

               2022 Rotary Paddlefest

               Jennings Beach, Fairfield 8 AM to Noon


    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.

    Recent developments
    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 dfp1061@gmail.com

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