October General Meeting

Special Presentation:

Tips on Selling Your Boat and How to Buy Your Next Boat

David Fales

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 pm
Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Cos Cob

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-11-45-38-pmAre you already dreaming of your next boat, but your old one is in the way? Sell it well and you’ll have more resources for your dream boat! Learn from a pro how to market and sell your used boat. David Fales also gives insights into selecting the right boat for you.

Over four decades on the water, David has owned a wide range of boats. He is currently a yacht dealer with Prestige Yacht Sales in Norwalk and is a freelance writer and a professional marine photographer for boating publications and the NY Sunday News offering “Portraits Under Sail” and drone-based aerial videos of sailing races.

His prior experience includes:

  • Ten years as Associate Publisher of Hearst’s Motor Boating & Sailing Magazine
  • President of a marketing agency for marine retailers
  • Global distributor for Hearst’s Chapman’s Powerboating CD-ROM
  • Co-Founder of Darien Sea Scouts Ship 53

Boating Courses from the Consortium

Boating Courses Available from the Consortium

Once again, the Greenwich Sail & Power Squadron has joined with its neighboring squadrons to form a Consortium that offers a wide range of Power Squadron courses. Be sure to take advantage of one of these interesting courses on boating.

2016-17 Consortium Course Schedule

For a description of the courses, click below:

Consortium Course Descriptions

To find out about the popular America’s Boating Course (ABC) and the Practical On-The-Water (POTW) course, click the following:

Schedule of Consortium ABC and POTW courses

For a description of the ABC and POTW courses, click below:

Description of the ABC and POTW courses

The Consortium consists of seven coastal squadrons that have coordinated their educational offerings. From West to East, they are: Westchester, Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Saugatuck, and Penfield.

The Consortium has a goal of presenting ALL USPS courses to members of these squadrons. Courses are open to any member of any squadron.

September Meeting: Navigation Software

Join us at the Squadron’s monthly meeting and learn how to use the Open Chart Plotter Navigator program

Screenshot of the Open CPN softwareJon Ricci, JN, explores OpenCPN, the free and concise chart plotter and navigation software that can be used either underway or as a planning tool. Students in our September Piloting class should attend, and it will be of interest to all interested in boating.

Thursday, Sept 29, 7.30 pm
Riverside Yacht Club
102 Club Rd, Riverside CT

Cash bar

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Riverside Yacht Club logo
RYC members are invited to join us for our monthly meeting to enjoy our program.


Also: Young Mariners Poster Contest

Also at our September meeting you will be asked to judge the posters created by the Young Mariners. The best art work will be entered into United States Power Squadrons’ National contest “Make it Personal; it’s your Life, your Life Jacket,” which has some nice cash prizes for the winners.

Piloting Class Starts Sept. 13

Compass rose from the Greenwich Sail and Power SquadronPiloting is our first course on navigation and given over eight Tuesdays. It focuses on navigation as done on recreational boats today and uses GPS as a primary tool while including traditional techniques so you can find your way even if the GPS fails. It develops skills through hands-on practice. Topics include: charts and their interpretation, navigation aids, plotting courses and determining direction and distance, the mariner’s compass, use of GPS, planning safe courses and entering them into the GPS, determining position by both GPS and traditional techniques such as bearings and dead reckoning, the “Seaman’s Eye” – simple skills for checking that one is on course. Instruction is highly inter-active and customized for each student.

Note: This course is of particular interest to graduates of our recent safe boating classes.

Course starts Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7-9 pm.

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