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The Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron (FSPS) is a member of District 27 of the United States Power Squadrons ® (USPS), a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable for all by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.   Below are examples of what we do:


 FSPS conducts America’s Boating Course (ABC)…covering required topics that all boaters must know like rules of the road, various types of boats, required safety equipment, navigation aids, lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, trailering, personal water craft safety, and knots and lines.   This course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), is recognized by the United States Coast Guard, and is accepted by North Carolina and other states as meeting their requirements for getting a safety certificate, required in most states for operation of a water craft.   Learn more.
Wildlife Expo
On September 24 The Pechmann Center held the Wildlife Expo. FSPS had a booth with plenty of volunteers.  The event ran from 0900 to 1400.  Many of you already know that in order to encourage the kids to visit and learn something from each station, they receive a passport when they check -in. There are a number of questions on the passport with one question relating to each station. The kids must go to each station and learn the correct answer to those questions. Once they have answered all of their questions, they turn-in their passport to be eligible for the drawings at the end of the day. Fayetteville Squadron had agreed to participate with a booth again this year to promote boating safety in our community. Many attended a meet and greet of new potential boaters and members as we manned our booth on Saturday, September 24 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.  Afterwards, we over to Rosa Whitmores for our annual fish fry. Should be a day of great fun!  UPDATE:  The FSPS booth at the Wildlife Expo was fully staffed and the kids all had a good time visiting the different booths to complete their “Passposrt” .  Afterwards, FSPS members and some guests went to Rosa Whitmores house for our annual fishfry.  Commander Ted was the Chef… frying fresh-caught flounder (caught at the grocery store) along with hush puppies.  The Squadron provide items like baked beans and slaw but everyone brought a side dish so there was plenty of food and dessert to choose from.

FREE Vessel Safety Checks

FSPS provides FREE vessel safety checks.  USPS is an active partner with the United States Coast Guard and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary in a national program to perform vessel safety checks.  If your vessel is stopped and boarded by the US Coast Guard, can your vessel pass a safety inspection?   Click here to get a free courtesy Boat Safety Inspection.

Vessel Safety Check Decal

Cooperative Charting Program

FSPS and USPS members participate in Cooperative Charting Program (COOP) activities that help the National Ocean Service (NOS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keep nautical charts accurate through a COOP of reviewing charts and reporting errors seen on the waterway—a service that saves taxpayers millions of dollars each year.  USPS has been informed that the COOP Charting Program is “one of the most effective user-participation program in all the Federal services.”  Learn more.


FSPS maintain liaison with the United States Coast Guard, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and other organizations to cooperate for the boating safety benefit of the public


– NOAA designates USPS as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
NOAA and its National Weather Service have recognized the major contribution that USPS makes in weather education for recreational boaters. The recognition took the form of USPS (and all its districts and squadrons) being designated a “Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™.” The new designation is part of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation initiative that emphasizes building situational awareness and community resiliency in facing increased vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.

– Fire Extinguishers Recalled:  If you didn’t see it in the “Currents” section of the Summer 2015 Boat US magazine, Kiddie has issued a voluntary recall to replace certain Kiddie fire extinguisher units.    A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the leaver is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury.  To see if you have one of the affected fire extinguishers, go to bit.ly/FireRecall   Thirty-one models are affected.  The red, white or silver ABC/BC rated extinguishers have black plastic valves and were manufactured in Mexico between 23 July 2013 and 15 Oct 2014.  Some of the affected models were designed for the boating market and have a nameplate on front with names Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5 and Mariner 5G


October Meeting.  

The October meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct 18th at Captain Jerry’s restaurant at Cliffdale and Reilly Road.  Program:  Cdr Ted will present a program on his trip to Alaska.

District 27 Fall Conference Oct 14-16 at Airport Embassy Suites in Greensboro.  Check The Log for additional information.



the_log_october-2016, Official Newsletter of The Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron

2016 CALENDAR -Squadron Calendar

USPS Float Plan Template – Link to USPS Float Plan

SailAngle  The Ultimate Boating Community

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 Having fun on the water

Ten boats float side-by-side during a Memorial Day raft-up on the New River.

A 10-boat raft-up on the New River

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