Friday, March 30, 2007

Harris Chain Squadron partners w/Lake County Sheriff

On Wednesday March 14th, Lake County FL, Sheriff Gary Borders presented the Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron with their official ID badges at the Tavares Recreation Park located on US 441 in Tavares.

Members of the Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron, a unit of The United States Power Squadrons, will partner with the Lake County Sheriff Department's Marine Unit in assisting with emergency marine search & rescue when additional trained personnel are needed.

As the USPS is renowned as the world's largest non-profit boating education and safety organization, we will also be involved with the advanced nautical training of the marine unit's officers on an ongoing basis.

Additionally the Lake Country Sheriff Department will be involved in our efforts to promote and teach the public boating safety classes held monthly at the Leesburg Cultural Arts Building.

The Harris Chain Squadron is grateful for this additional opportunity to serve the boating needs of the community and looks forward to a long and productive relationship with the department.

Cdr - Joseph Rzewuski, AP Squadron Commander
Lt/C - Kerry Kline, S Executive Officer
Lt/C - Mike Wedge, AP Education Officer
Lt - Jim Ekensten Safety Officer
Mike Garvin, S
Francois Simon

Contact: Lt/C Kerry Kline, S
Executive Officer/PR
Harris Chain Sail & Power Squadron

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Announcing Boating Guide to America

MapTech and the United States Power Squadrons have entered into a collaborative agreement to produce an online boating guide. USPS with some 45,000 members provides a substantial base of knowledge which they will share with their fellow boaters thru this agreement. Initially, access will be limited to USPS members while guide is being constructed.

Boating Guide to America will be written collaboratively by thousands of USPS members! It uses a special type of website, called a "wiki", that makes collaboration easy. You may already be familiar with "Wikipedia", a hugely popular collaborative encyclopedia. Boating Guide to America is like a "boating destinations" version of Wikipedia.

Don't be afraid to edit-any USPS member can edit almost any page, and we encourage you to be bold! Find something that can be improved, either in content, grammar or formatting, and fix it. Or add an article about your favorite boating destination - coastal, lake or river. Your changes will be recorded as "recent changes". Inappropriate changes will be removed by a USPS Moderator, and repeat offenders will be blocked from editing.

You can't break this website. Anything can be fixed or improved later. So go ahead, edit an article and help make Boating Guide to America the best information source on boating destinations on the Internet!

The results of our effort are an on-line boating guide available to the public through the USPS web site. A USPS boating guide entitled “Boating Guide to America”.

USPS members may preview the web site by clicking here. As you can see the “Boating Guide to America”, covers not only the United States it also covers the Canadian providences that front the Great Lakes it also includes the US Virgin Islands, the BVI and Mexico.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Promoting Boating Safety

Boating season is approaching and we are spreading the word about safe and responsible boating. This year we are focusing our efforts toward educating the boating community about life jacket wear and the many comfortable options that are available. We want to increase awareness about the importance of wearing life jackets while on the water.

To aid in this promotion, a “showboard” has been developed which POINTS boaters TO THE BEST LIFE JACKET FOR THEIR WATER ACTIVITY






The showboard is designed for display in marinas, chandleries, bait shops, businesses which boaters frequent. Squadrons are encouraged to distribute these showboards and at the same time drop off information regarding upcoming boating classes and/or seminars.

To obtain these free showboards:

Call VANN BURGESS at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters 202-372-1071


Contact name

Address (NO P.O. Boxes)

Phone number

Quantity of Showboard posters you need. They come quantity 10 to a box.


USPS Recreational Boating Safety Committee

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

John Amos the Sailor

In addition to being an accomplished actor, John Amos is a sailor and he has a message for his fellow boaters. Click on play to view it.

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This PSA video can be found on the U.S. Coast Guard web site

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Web Pioneers Expand USPS-New Coverage

On March 7, 2007 the districts and squadrons of USPS were invited to add the USPS-News Digest to their web pages. In just three days, 2 districts and 17 squadrons have indicated that they will be sharing USPS-News with the visitors to their web pages. We applaud the efforts of these pioneers as they open new frontiers in recreational boating news. Pay them a visit.

If you have news regarding recreational boating to share, simply send an email to .


Wisconsin and Minnesota


West Arkansas and Oklahoma

Daytona Beach


Evansville Bend

Tri-State Area around Evansville, Indiana - Southern Indiana, IN

Grand Lake

Grand Lake, and NE Oklahoma, OK

Harris Chain


Hiawatha Valley

metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN


Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Van Buren and Allegan counties, MI


Morris County, NJ


Lansing & Mid Michigan, MI


18 miles North of Boston, MA serving the North Shore, MA

New London

Southeastern CT and the Shoreline, CT

New River

Southeast NC, NC

Patapsco River

Pasadena, MD, MD


Sacramento County, east to Nevada and north to Oregon, CA

San Joaquin Delta

Stockton California and surrounding California Delta areas, CA

Sanibel Captiva


St. Andrew Bay

Panama City from the Emerald Coast to the Forgotten Coast, FL

Swamp Fox

Northern South Carolina, SC

No sooner had we posted this and several more pioneers appeared.
D.01 CT and Western RI
Lake Norman North Carolina and North Central South Carolina, NC
Music City Nashville, TN
Perdido Bay AL
Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA
South Bend North Cental Indiana & South West Michigan, IN