April Meeting: Saving LI Sound

Tracy Brown presents:

‘Saving Long Island Sound’

At the Squadron’s April Meeting

LI SoundEach year Long Island Sound and its tributaries suffer from the impact of the population resulting in closing beaches and shellfish beds which affect the quality of life on the Sound. In addition, low oxygen “dead areas” threaten the health of wildlife in our area.  Tracy Brown will speak on what the current clean water infrastructure initiatives are doing and what we, as stewards of our waters, can do to improve the Long Island Sound water quality for future generations.

Tracy Brown is the director of Save the Sound’s office focused on the Western LI Sound.  Prior to that she worked at Hudson Riverkeeper where she was instrumental in building Riverkeeper’s Water Quality Program, focusing on recreational water quality, sewage pollution and storm-water management.

At the meeting, there will be plenty of food and drink starting at 1930; the speaker will begin about 20 minutes thereafter.

1-Day Safe Boating Certificate Class: May 9

Get Your Connecticut Safe Boating Certificate

Come to a special 1-day Safe Boating Class offered by the Greenwich Click hereSail & Power Squadron in conjunction with the Greenwich Marine Police

  • Saturday, May 9, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Greenwich Police HQ, 11 Bruce Place, Greenwich, CT
  • $75 per person, includes coffee and sandwich lunch

Click here for more details

March – April Newsletter

InSunset the latest issue of The Harbor Light – the Squadron’s newsletter – you can learn about:

  • Emily’s Bill (the water-skiing safety bill named in honor of Emily Fedorko),
  • The latest results of our education classes,
  • How NOT to retrieve a halyard from the top of a mast, and
  • See pictures from our latest Change-of-Watch dinner.

Click here to see the newsletter.

March 18: Racing to Bermuda

Come Bermuda raceto our March Meeting
Wednesday, March 18, at 7:30 pm
Greenwich Boat & Yacht Club
9 Grass Island Rd, Greenwich, CT

Sohier Marks presents:
Racing to Bermuda

Whether in 20-foot seas or in a dead calm, Sohier Marks has been sailing  offshore for some 30 years.  During this time he has competed in 3½ races to Bermuda from both Newport and Marion.  Having qualified as an “N” in the United States Power Squadrons, he has used the skills learned to navigate the Gulf Stream and the four plus days and nights to Bermuda.

Newport Bermuda Race logoThere is more to just sailing to compete in a race to Bermuda, so Sohier will outline for us just how it is done.  Sohier’s wife, Elaine, will add  what it is like to take the boat back from Bermuda to a safe berth while running to beat a major storm.

There will be plenty of food and drink starting at 1930; the speaker will begin about 20 minutes thereafter.

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Safe Boating Class Starts Feb. 24

Get Your Safe Boating CertificateClick here

The Squadron’s next Safe Boating class starts on Tuesday, February 24

7 – 9 pm at Greenwich High School, 10 Hillside Road, Greenwich CT

Over four Tuesday evenings, learn the basics to safely and comfortably go on the water with your boat from our NASBLA-certified and experienced instructors. Topics include:

  • Seamanship
  • Boat handling
  • Safe towing
  • Docking
  • Anchoring
  • Jet ski operation
  • Rules of the road
  • Navigation aids
  • Regulations
  • Boating in adverse conditions
  • Marine VHF
  • Marlinespike (Knots)
  • Trailering

Graduating students will be eligible to obtain the Connecticut Boating Certification and Personal Watercraft Certification and have six months free membership of the Greenwich Squadron to attend our speaker events, raft ups, lobster parties and for further boating education.

$70 for materials payable to instructor. (Family discounts.)
$29 payable to Greenwich Adult Continuing Education

Register here
Questions?  Email the Squadron

Annual Meeting / Change-of-Watch Dinner

On Friday, February 6th, the Squadron will be having our annual Change of Watch at the BURG-3VS-16Water Club in Cos Cob.  L/C Leslie Napoleon will be sworn in as our new Commander.  This is a wonderful time to get together as a squadron in a formal setting and celebrate Leslie becoming Commander. Click here for more details.

Please RSVP to L/C William Vernon. His email address: williamcvernonjr@gmail.com

Art Sale and Wine Tasting

2015 Art Show invitation final-2

Proceeds from art sales and wine orders will support the Young Mariners Foundation, a non-profit organization for underserved children.  The YMF is dedicated to improving academic performance and expanding the horizons of young people who would not have access to sailing as part of their education. The program, created in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, helps children to get out on the water each summer and experience the joy and companionship of learning to sail on Long Island Sound.