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:
  • Rules of the road
  • Types of boats
  • Required safety equipment
  • Navigation aids
  • Lights and sounds
  • Anchoring
  • Communications afloat
  • Adverse conditions
  • Water sports safety
  • Trailering
  • Personal water craft safety
  • 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.

ABC3 Class (Safe Boating) at Pechmann NC Wildlife Center, 7489 Raeford Road
Must register through the Pechmann Center:
Pechmann Education Center Event Registration – List View (ncwildlife.org)
Anyone born after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a safe boating
course to operate a boat on NC waters if the vessel is propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater.
G.S. 75A-16.2

1. ABC3 Class (Safe Boating) at Pechmann NC Wildlife Center, 7489 Raeford Road
7 students successfully completed the Safe Boating Course. Two of those students were
13 and 11 years old. It was a great class! Thanks to Henry Player and Ted Faber who came to
assist. Rosa and Lee were able to get through the material (although it is hard to cover it in just
8 hours of instruction).
2. Basic Weather and Forecasting Seminar: Are the winds too strong? What is a small
craft advisory? This seminar will help you answer these questions and gain an understanding of the forces acting on your boat.. Includes: What causes weather? How weather systems move? Why Winds blow? What clouds tell us? Why fog forms? And more… If you have lived in NC for a while you know that the weather can change in a moments notice, especially in the summer, which is prime boating season. Learn how you can be ready
to identify early signs of bad weather approaching before it is too late.
WHEN:- May 18 and 19, 2021 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  This class will be taught virtually.
Pechmann Education Center Event Registration – List . (ncwildlife.org)
3. How to Use Navigational Charts? Whether you’re planning a cruise, going fishing, or
traveling to a local marina, knowing how to read and use nautical charts is essential to safe
WHEN: Monday, June 7—Tuesday, June8, 2021 – 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Volunteer Opportunity:
Things are rocking along and repairs have been made to the Pechmann Center fishing ponds.
Back by popular demand is the Wildlife Expo—an educational experience for families with activities and fishing in the great outdoors. To promote safe boating to these families, we will
have a booth.
WHEN: September 23, 2021 (more details to follow)
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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?
Get a free Boat Safety Inspection

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.

News:  Read about new program Dan Boater at  Membership and Benefits page

 – Vessel operators born on or after January 1, 1988 must have successfully completed a Boating Safety Education course to operate a vessel with a motor of 10 horsepower or greater on public waters in North Carolina.  Boating Safety Education courses are offered at no charge by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.  The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadron and Internet providers also offer approved courses that can include a fee. It is important to note the course must be approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators to be accepted.


A Look Ahead:

May 18-19, 2021—Weather Seminar at Pechmann Center – Taught Virtually
June 7-8, 2021—How to Use a Navigational Chart Seminar at Pechmann Center
August 2021—Possible late Founder’s Day, Ice Cream Social activity
September 21, 2021—Monthly meeting at Capt. Jerry’s
October 19, 2021—Annual Fish Fry, Rosa Whitmore’s Home
November 16, 2021—Monthly meeting at Capt. Jerry’s
December 21, 2021—TBD pending how things pan out for 2021

The LOG, the official newsletter of the Fayetteville Sail and Power Squadron: The_Log May 2021  

Note from the Commander:

My how time is flying, but at least that means things are still moving back to normal (I hope). FSPS is back in
the teaching game at least, with the completion of an ABC-3 in late March and the upcoming Weather seminar in a few weeks.
I hope you are finding the opportunity get out on the water in some way, shape, or form! Several of our members, spearheaded by Mr. Player, have started hunting for Geodetic Markers in the Cooperative Charting program. It sounds like they are having a great time and fellowship. I encourage you to jump in if you have not.
I would say that we are entering the summer period where we do not have our regular meetings, but we have
not been having our regular meetings so that’s really not a change. Hopefully, by October, Captain Jerry’s will
have their full staff back and we can all get together. Of course, before that there will be ice cream in August
and the fish fry in September. I hope you all have a great summer!
Fair Winds and Following Seas

Cdr. Lee

The Bridge:  
Commander: Lee Newcomb
Executive Officer: Bob Brandenburg
Educational Officer: Rosa Whitmore
Administrative Officer: ________________
Secretary: Cliff Parker
Treasurer: Ted Faber
Members at Large: Henry Player and Linda Parker

Rules Chair: ________________
Chaplain: Henry Player
Newsletter: Rosa Whitmore
Webpage: Reid Gantt (www.fayettevillesps.wordpress.com)
Facebook: Ted Faber (fb.com/fayettevillepowersquadron)
VSC: Reid Gantt, Chair
Auditor: Buddy Wilkins
Safety Officer: Ted Faber
Merit Marks: Lee Newcomb
Operations Manual: _______________
Coop Chart Chair: Reid Gantt
Calling Committee/Monthly Meeting Notification: Linda Parker & Henry Player
Event Pictures: Henry Player
Flag Lieutenant: ________________

News of Interest to Boaters:

Radio Checks Update

For several years, SeaTow offered a free VHF radio check but stopped doing it in
October 2020.
U.S. Coast Guard continues to offer an automated digital selective calling (DSC) test
call capability from each of its Rescue 21 coastal stations. All fixed mount marine radios certified by the Federal Communications Commission since 1999 are required to
have a DSC capability. All such radios sold since 2011 must also have a DSC test call
capability. Marine radios transmitting and successfully receiving a response from a
DSC test call can be expected to operate acceptably in the voice mode as well.
To perform a DSC test call, enter the Coast Guard’s coast station group identity
“003669999” into the radio’s DSC memory. Once entered and stored, a DSC test call
can be made by executing the following three steps:
• Select “Test Call” from the radio’s DSC menu,
• Select the USCG number entered into memory, and
• Transmit the call.
The radio display should indicate when that test call is acknowledged and display the
acknowledging station’s nine-digit identity. That identity may be different than the
group identity previously entered into memory.
NOTE:. Use VHF channel 09 for the radio check…NOT channel 16.

Navigational Charts Update: Submitted by Reid Gantt
The National oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a news
stating that it will begin to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts this
month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe. After August,
NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be the only NOAA nautical chart of
the area. (2/25/21)
BETTER BUY any paper charts you wish to own. Electronics can be great
but can also fail. Although many have backup electronic equipment available to them on their boats, a secondary plan should always be available too.

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