Squadron Spotlight

Recognizing squadrons whose activities, events and programs go beyond the expected, fully embracing a membership beyond boating.

Teaming Up for Once-in-a-Lifetime Event
Lake Murray Power Squadron/26 and Atlanta’s Boating Club/17 enjoyed fun, education and fellowship during the 2017 solar eclipse on Lake Murray in South Carolina. The Georgia delegation of about 50 brought eight boats and a couple of personal watercraft to the once-in-a-lifetime event. Read the complete story online.

Spreading Kindness Rocks
On Labor Day weekend, Seattle Sail & Power Squadron/16 held a boating rendezvous and participated in the Kindness Rocks Project. Members painted positive messages on rocks and left them around the beach at Port Hudson Marina in Port Townsend, Washington, for people to discover.

Honoring our Military Heroes
Toledo Sail & Power Squadron/29 honored active military members and veterans at its Christmas party at the Toledo Club in Toledo, Ohio. More than 180 squadron members and guests attended the event. The guest speaker was Medal of Honor recipient Navy Senior Chief Edward C. Byers Jr., the highest decorated living SEAL team member.

Keeping the Mac in Top Shape
Tip of the Mitt Sail and Power Squadron/9 members periodically volunteer to clean, paint, repair and serve as tour guides aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw WAGB-30 at the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum in Mackinaw City, Michigan.

Putting Safety First
San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron/28 in Oceanside, California, joined with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and BoatUS to hold a National Safe Boating Week event. They distributed 250 life vests, held a CPR demonstration with Oceanside Fire Department, and demonstrated how to put out a fire with the BullEx fire extinguisher.

Training Boaters on the Water
At the May meeting of Akron’s Boating Club/7, event chairs publicized fun summer events, including eight on-the-water rendezvous and other activities as well as six on-the-water Paddle Smart seminars. The events attracted an estimated 400 attendees, nearly one-fifth of whom were new members.

Donating Life Jackets to Aid Workers
Atlanta’s Boating Club/17 donated 284 life jackets to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help health care workers safely navigate lakes and rivers to deliver much-needed vaccines and immunizations to remote villages accessible only by water. Members have supported the life jacket donation program since 2012.

Racing for a Cause
Seattle Sail & Power Squadron/16 members raced in the Pink Boat Regatta on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington, and raised money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.