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BASIC BOATING COURSE

Apr 28 – BASIC BOATING COURSE (meets state requirements) by Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron. 6:30-8:30pm. Info: 443-262-8271.

Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron To Offer Piloting Course

The Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron will be offering its Piloting Course beginning on Monday, October 1. This is the second in the series of advanced courses and is a natural follow-on to the Seamanship Course but anyone interested in learning more about navigation and GPS can enroll.

The course will be held at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, for 8 consecutive Mondays starting on Oct.1. The fee for the course is $65 for U.S. Power Squadron members and $165 for non-members. Membership applications will be available at the class.

Some of the topics to be covered in the course include:
• Charts & how to interpret them
• Navigation aids & how they point to safe water
• Plotting courses and determining direction & distance
• Using a compass & converting between true and magnetic
• Use of GPS – setting up waypoints & routes & following them
• Pre-planning safe courses and entering them into a GPS
• Monitoring progress & determining position
• Dead reckoning
• Taking bearings
• What to do when the GPS fails.

For more information or to register, please contact Richard Radlinski at 410-827-3376 or r.radlinski@linkeng.com.

 

Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron to Host D/5 Fall Festival

The Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron (KNSPS) will host the “District 5 Sail Regatta, Fishing Tournament, and Fall Festival” on September 21-23 at Mears Point Marina. District 5 serves the squadrons of Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, DC, eastern Pennsylvania, and southern New Jersey, and boaters from these regions are all invited to this event, which includes a host of fun activities. All interested boaters and their families, whether you are a member of the Power Squadron or not, are invited to join us.

One of the major attractions is the Sail Regatta, but the Fishing Tournament is a close second! There will be plenty of food as well as fun events, like Dockside Crafts for the kids! There’s a Welcome Party on Friday, September 21, Breakfasts on Saturday & Sunday mornings, and the always exciting Awards Banquet on Saturday evening at the Kent Island Yacht Club.

This is a time to try your skills at sailboat racing or tournament fishing, or just enjoy visiting with everyone. Come by car or boat; Squadron members will be available to help with tying up your boats as well as providing a taxi service to local Kent Narrows restaurants you might want to try. For more information about the D/5 Fall Festival, contact Event Chair Joan Yeigh at 410-643-2106.

The Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron is a unit of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) and a member of District 5 covering the Mid-Atlantic States. Our power and sail members are primarily from Queen Anne’s County, the home of the Kent Narrows, a popular water gateway for the Eastern Shore. The USPS is a non-profit organization dedicated to boating education, civic service and social activities. For membership information contact a member or visit our website at http://www.uspsd5.org/squadrons/Kent_Narrows.html.

Boaters Heed A Call For Memorial Day

By Audrey Lazarus, PR Chair, KNSPS

How do most boaters celebrate Memorial Day? On the water having fun.

This year, however, things were different. Two groups of Queen Anne’s County boaters came together to help us remember the true meaning of the holiday.

They honored our servicemen and their families in a unique and remarkable way.

The Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club (KIOCC) and Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron (KNSPS) answered a call from “Carry the Load” — an organization that supports families of American veterans — especially those fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

This year, Carry the Load sponsored a relay march starting at West Point, NY on May 1 heading south down the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the way to their ultimate goal of Dallas, TX, which they plan to reach on May 27.

On Sunday, May 6, their walk would take them across the Bay Bridge – provided they could obtain the necessary permit.

But just as they were preparing to leave West Point, their worst fears were realized. Authorities could not justify the risk to motorists in closing a lane of traffic. There would be no permit.

The event sponsors needed an alternate way to cross the Chesapeake Bay, maintain the integrity of the relay, and continue to make progress towards Texas. And they were out of time.

Hearing of their plight, KIOCC leaders Jim and Debbie Hall offered to have their members paddle outrigger canoes across the Bay along with the veterans assigned to that leg of the march – four ex-Navy Seals.

When Carry the Load accepted, Jim had a second thought, “What have we committed to do? Paddling two small canoes across a shipping channel four nautical miles in early May with potentially dangerous ship traffic and inclement weather. We need help!”

That’s when Debbie reminded Jim that KNSPS had assisted them with safety escort boats for KIOCC’s annual outrigger canoe race, which circumnavigates Kent Island over Labor Day Weekend.

One call to KNSPS Commander Tom German was all it took. Tom said, “Yes, we want to help.” And within minutes of putting out the call to KNSPS Squadron Members, two captains and their first mates agreed to join Tom in providing boats to protect the canoes from freighters, barges, cruise ships, fishing boats, and uncertain weather conditions, as they made their truly historic crossing.

And then Tom thought, “Since we’ll be crossing all the way from Matapeake on Kent Island to Sandy Point on the Annapolis side, we really should alert the Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron (ASPS) and see if they’d also like to help.”

Tom called ASPS Commander Marianne Ponzio. And again, all it took was one call. Marianne arranged two more boats and crews from ASPS to also serve as safety escort boats.

On Sunday, May 6, eight canoeists paddled with four Carry the Load veterans in two outrigger canoes, flanked by five power squadron boats, from the Eastern Shore and all the way to the Western Shore, crossing directly under the Bay Bridge, a trip that took some ninety minutes.

For readers not familiar with the crossing route, this was not a warm Caribbean-style island hop, at least not on May 6.

This was a four-mile crossing directly through a major active shipping channel where weather and wind were unpredictable. Fog and choppy, cold water added to the dangers.

However, with strong, capable KIOCC paddlers, committed ex-Navy Seals, and the safety of KNSPS power boats providing emergency back-up, Carry the Load was able to keep its relay moving along its planned path without interruption or delay.

It was a great feeling when the canoes finally landed on the western shore and Carry the Load’s mission to reclaim Memorial Day was able to continue on to Dallas, TX.

Boaters Heed A Call for Memorial Day

By Audrey Lazarus, PR Chair, KNSPS

How do most boaters celebrate Memorial Day? On the water having fun.

This year, however, things were different. Two groups of Queen Anne’s County boaters came together to help us remember the true meaning of the holiday.

They honored our servicemen and their families in a unique and remarkable way.

The Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club (KIOCC) and Kent Narrows Sail & Power Squadron (KNSPS) answered a call from “Carry the Load” — an organization that supports families of American veterans — especially those fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.

This year, Carry the Load sponsored a relay march starting at West Point, NY on May 1 heading south down the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the way to their ultimate goal of Dallas, TX, which they plan to reach on May 27.

On Sunday, May 6, their walk would take them across the Bay Bridge – provided they could obtain the necessary permit.

But just as they were preparing to leave West Point, their worst fears were realized. Authorities could not justify the risk to motorists in closing a lane of traffic. There would be no permit.

The event sponsors needed an alternate way to cross the Chesapeake Bay, maintain the integrity of the relay, and continue to make progress towards Texas. And they were out of time.

Hearing of their plight, KIOCC leaders Jim and Debbie Hall offered to have their members paddle outrigger canoes across the Bay along with the veterans assigned to that leg of the march – four ex-Navy Seals.

When Carry the Load accepted, Jim had a second thought, “What have we committed to do? Paddling two small canoes across a shipping channel four nautical miles in early May with potentially dangerous ship traffic and inclement weather. We need help!”

That’s when Debbie reminded Jim that KNSPS had assisted them with safety escort boats for KIOCC’s annual outrigger canoe race, which circumnavigates Kent Island over Labor Day Weekend.

One call to KNSPS Commander Tom German was all it took. Tom said, “Yes, we want to help.” And within minutes of putting out the call to KNSPS Squadron Members, two captains and their first mates agreed to join Tom in providing boats to protect the canoes from freighters, barges, cruise ships, fishing boats, and uncertain weather conditions, as they made their truly historic crossing.

And then Tom thought, “Since we’ll be crossing all the way from Matapeake on Kent Island to Sandy Point on the Annapolis side, we really should alert the Annapolis Sail & Power Squadron (ASPS) and see if they’d also like to help.”

Tom called ASPS Commander Marianne Ponzio. And again, all it took was one call. Marianne arranged two more boats and crews from ASPS to also serve as safety escort boats.

On Sunday, May 6, eight canoeists paddled with four Carry the Load veterans in two outrigger canoes, flanked by five power squadron boats, from the Eastern Shore and all the way to the Western Shore, crossing directly under the Bay Bridge, a trip that took some ninety minutes.

For readers not familiar with the crossing route, this was not a warm Caribbean-style island hop, at least not on May 6.

This was a four-mile crossing directly through a major active shipping channel where weather and wind were unpredictable. Fog and choppy, cold water added to the dangers.

However, with strong, capable KIOCC paddlers, committed ex-Navy Seals, and the safety of KNSPS power boats providing emergency back-up, Carry the Load was able to keep its relay moving along its planned path without interruption or delay.

It was a great feeling when the canoes finally landed on the western shore and Carry the Load’s mission to reclaim Memorial Day was able to continue on to Dallas, TX.

Free Marine Radar Seminar

The Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron is hosting a free 2 hour seminar on Monday, May 21 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Kent Island West Marine store in Chester, MD. Come and learn how to use marine radar to help you have a fun and safe boating experience!

To register or for more information, contact Dick Radlinski at 410 827 3376(r.radlinski@linkeng.com) or John Locke at 443 262 8271 (locke860@atlanticbb.net).

Free Kayak and Canoe Seminar

The Kent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron is holding a free “Paddle Smart” seminar, including on-water demonstrations for canoes and kayaks on Sunday, May 20, starting at 1 p.m. at the Kent Island Yacht Club. Come early and join your friends for an optional brunch at the yacht club, starting at noon. The class will begin at 1 p.m. The seminar is free; the lunch is a nominal charge.

To register or for more information, contact either Dick Radlinski at 410 827 3376 (r.radlinski@linkeng.com) or John Locke at 443 262 8271 (locke806@atlanticbb.net).