VOLUME 54 JUNE 2001 NUMBER 4
From the Commander
Cdr William (Billy) H. Lynes, AP
On behalf of the entire Charleston
Power Squadron a heartfelt congratulations is extended to our
Secretary and Executive Officer on the birth of their daughter.
It's hard to believe that our squadron year is about half over.
I am very proud of all the positive accomplishments of the Charleston
Power Squadron to date. There are so many areas of involvement
for a squadron and it's members that at first look it would seem
overwhelming. This is where the squadron membership have proved
themselves up to the task at every turn. Our public service and
educational efforts require dedication and professionalism that
our members easily meet. Our social and recreational efforts are
always entertaining and fun thanks to members making it happen.
Thanks to so many members working together in so many areas of
our squadron's operation it all seems to happen effortlessly.
I know these accomplishments do not happen effortlessly and I
cannot praise all who contribute enough. With so many members
sharing the load I know the remainder of the year will be even
more successful than the first half. Now is the time for members
to start thinking about which areas they can help the squadron
with next year. There's a job for every member and a member for
Lt/C Steve Rawe, N
Charles F. Chapman was one of
the founding members of USPS. In 1913 as the associate editor
of Motor Boating magazine, he generated national interest for
the formation of power squadrons within several prominent yacht
clubs. This publicity was instrumental in the formation of USPS
By 1946, he had served in every capacity in our organization
including Chief Commander. It is for him that the prestigious
Educational Award for Excellence is named. Dick Finn, AP is our
2001 squadron nominee for this award. The Engine Maintenance course
as taught by Dick is our most popular and highly subscribed squadron
elective course and he has the highest percentage of squadron
members who successfully complete his course.
For the year 2000, 11 members enrolled in his course. Ten members
took the final examination and all successfully completed the
course. Dick has taught this course for the last 14 years. He
exemplifies the qualifications and character that are prerequisites
for this award.
Congratulations to John Milton, Tracy Harler, and Mike Harler
for successfully completing Bob Lovinger's Cruise Planning course.
Wendy Walsh, Allison Ryan, and Sylvia Owen have completed both
the closed and open book exams for Advanced Piloting. Mike Page
has completed the closed book exam while Bob Dorsey and David
Coleman have completed the open book exam. Glenn Workman has had
another successful AP class.
EDUCATIONAL COURSES----------------------FALL SESSION 2001
Monday 10 September 2001 1900
Piloting (P) Harry Gindhart, SN
Engine Maintenance EM) Richard Finn, AP
Junior Navigation (JN) Ed Kridler, SN
Tuesday 11 September 2001 1900
Weather (W) Steve Brueske
Instructor Qualification (IQ) Peggy Bauer, AP
Seamanship (S) Mike King, AP
Advanced Piloting (AP) Ken Beeber, SN
Navigation (N) Steve Rawe, SN
The initial organizing courses on 10 and 11 September will
start at 1830
SAFE BOATING THROUGH EDUCATION
(6:30pm) at squadron headquarters. The start time for the remainder
year will be 1900 (7:00pm).
Lt/C J. Stephen Yeomans, P
Now announcing the newest potential
member of the Charleston Power Squadron! Caitlyn Charlotte Yeomans
was born Friday, 11 May 2001, at 1:31 p.m.; she was 20½"
long and weighed 6 lbs. 13 oz. She is a bundle of energy, quite
an angel (not that I'm biased or anything), and waiting to meet
If anyone is interested in Vessel Safety Checks, whether needing
an inspection of your boat, or if you're interested in becoming
a VSC Officer, please contact me at (843) 869-7808 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or P/C Tony Ward, AP at (843) 881-8465 or email@example.com for
more information. This is a great opportunity for the squadron
to get out into the community more than it already is! Please
contact us with any questions you may have!
First order of business
Lt/C Vince Lombardo, P
Thank you to everyone who came
out to the "Strawberry Feast" membership meeting. We
had fifty people at headquarters on May 10th who appeared to have
a great time enjoying all the fine desserts that were brought
and not worry about calories.
Thank you to Charlie Sneed of The Spirit of South Carolina Tall
Ship Project who gave an informative and entertaining talk about
that project including line drawings of the ship and some tall
Thank you to Jane Orenstein for her ideas and involvement as meetings
chairperson. Check out Jane's article
and I believe you will see another example of her ideas for variety
in our meetings.
For those of you who were not able to attend the Commander's Cruise
to Lake Moultrie, I'm sorry you missed a great time. Five boats
and twelve persons eventually made it up to the lake and we had
a good time talking about the trip and spending time together
at Sandy Beach. By the way, the directions were great Billy. Lorvin
was the first boat to the beach and by following the directions
in the Palmetto Log beached directly on the sand at the right
place. The "resident osprey" wasn't home at the time
of arrival, but the nest was within fifty feet of our course line
and she did show up later. Loretta, our son and I spent Friday
night tied up to the pier at the Dock Restaurant then proceeded
through the lock at Pinopolis to Short Stay for gas and provisions
on Saturday morning.
After spending the day until late afternoon at Sandy Beach,
we proceeded down the lake where we met Margie and Frankie aboard
"Yes God". Short Stay welcomed both boats and crews
at about 1530 and provided good transient space next to each other,
very close to the store and gas pier. After good conversation
and tasty food prepared on board, all enjoyed a comfortable night
of rest for the trip home. Cleared the lock at 1110 on Sunday
morning and after a relaxed passage all arrived at home ports
by late afternoon. Thank you to all that made the trip.
By the way - for those interested, the trip is about forty
miles from Charleston Harbor to Short Stay. The Cooper River spends
a lot of time curving back on itself, but the markers are there
and the water is good the entire way.
As a result of experiences by some on the Commander's Cruise the
reminder lesson for today is: Don't release your dock lines until
you have started your engine and know you have maneuvering power.
On a final note - we are looking at the idea of starting a volunteer
list. The main list we need is people who are willing to work
on the setup and cleanup for dinner meetings. The clean up is
not normally any problem, many people pitch in without being asked.
The setup is something we need to work on. Those tables are HEAVY.
It would be nice if we had more than two persons to work on this.
This involves being at headquarters at about 1800 in order to
get the tables up, table cloths in place, chairs in place, the
bar set up and the other number of small tasks that take time
but are necessary for a successful meeting. This doesn't mean
the same people every meeting. I see this as a means of member
involvement in squadron functions and that is important. When
people get to work together, they get to know each other and all
gain a greater satisfaction from the end result. PLEASE contact
Jane Orenstein (821-0233) or me (572-9127) if you are willing
to assist in this. It would be nice if we had enough willing people
to use different people each month and share the load.
Finally - On Saturday, 12 May, There was a Vessel Safety Check
blitz. Scotty Jeter and I joined Bob Orenstein and three other
USCGA volunteers at Charleston City Marina about 1000 and checked
vessels there and at Ashley Marina next door. Many people were
very happy to see us there and were excited about the program.
Some even went to the ship store in the marina during the inspection
to buy what they needed to ensure they would get a decal. We met
some very interesting people including the Bill and Connie of
New York who own the sixty foot sailboat that lost a crewman at
the jetties in Charleston and Serge Claire, a former Charleston
Power Squadron member who now sails a 48 foot Symbols, motor yacht
out of Florida. Serge asked us to say hello to Fred Wichmann for
him, so - Hello, Fred. We had a good time meeting new people and
doing THIRTY inspections all together. The word is spreading about
this program and more people are becoming interested in having
the VSC decal on their boat. More importantly, people are learning
about USPS and USCGA involvement in boater safety and, as a result,
safer boats and boaters are on the water.
It's been a fun, productive month. I'm looking forward to seeing
you all at the nest meeting.
GOOD HEALTH AND SMOOTH SAILING - VINCE
March Cooperative Charting
Fourteen squadron members braved
the morning sunshine and soft breezes on 10 March 2001 to search
for geodetic marks in the West Ashley and Johns Island areas.
We divided into four teams and with compass, GPS, shovel, and
measuring tape, set out to successfully recover 17 marks. By "recover",
we mean to have located and examined survey disks placed over
the years by the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, the National
Geodetic Survey, and the South Carolina Geodetic Survey.
The recoveries have been transmitted
to the National Geodetic Survey by a new online reporting system
that came on stream 1 April 2001. USPS 77-4 forms have been prepared
for submission to our District Cooperative Charting Chairman,
our own D/Lt/C Vince Lombardo, S, so that the squadron and individual
members will receive proper credit for the recoveries.
Special thanks to the squadron
members who took part in the recovery outing: P/D/C Kenneth Beeber,
SN, P/D/C Robert A. Gissell, SN, Lt Michael S. King, AP, Joan
King, AP, D/Lt/C J. Vincent Lombardo, S, Robert J. Lovinger, Sophie
L. Lovinger, Cdr William H. Lynes, AP, William Marinko, P, Lt
Corrin Marinko, JN, P/D/Lt/C Kathryn Page, S, Sarah H. Shiner,
S, and David E. Walsh.
P/C Frederick Wichmann, AP, also
recovered marks that are placed close by his home.
MEMORIAL DAY COOPERATIVE
CHARTING WASHED OUT
P/C Mike Page, AP
The cooperative charting outing scheduled
in conjunction with the Beaufort Cruise over Memorial Day weekend
was cancelled. Other activities on the Beaufort waterfront conflicted
with the Charleston squadron's plans. Plans are still in place
for a fall 2001 CoCh charting event covering part of the area
assigned to our squadron under the Adopt-a-Chart program. Since
the fall event will be a dedicated monthly cruise, we can expect
a large number of boats and participants. More details will be
forthcoming regarding the November event. The weather should be
cool and comfortable by then.
Participants will take bottom
soundings and verify the position of objects on charts of the
Charleston harbor area. Those without boats will be assigned to
help on the boats participating in the charting efforts.
If you are aware of new or recently
closed marine facilities, please call me at 762-7576 or email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports of changes in facilities are important to the USPS-NOAA
cooperative program. Changes in such facilities, primarily marinas
and boat ramps, will be investigated and reported for the safety
and convenience of the recreational boater. The report form is
provided by the USPS national office in Raleigh and is available
to anyone wishing to use it by calling Vince Lombardo or me.
Tentative plans for November include
a rendezvous following the charting work at a convenient location.
An oyster roast or a fish fry in the late afternoon will give
everyone a chance to swap stories and enjoy a festive get together
to celebrate charting successes.
P/C John L. Sikes, AP
This month we have two items
that should be of concern to our members:
Federal Blood Alcohol Standard -- The Coast Guard is
revising the Federal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) standard
under which a recreational vessel operator would be considered
operating while "intoxicated." For recreational vessel
operators, the final rule lowers the current Federal BAC threshold
from .10 BAC to .08 BAC effective 11 May 2001. This change is
appropriate because boating accident statistics show that alcohol
use remains a significant cause of recreational boating deaths
and because the Coast Guard supports a trend in State recreational
boating laws toward the .08 BAC standard. Further, the revised
Federal BAC standard does not supercede or preempt any enacted
State BAC standard. Additionally, the final rule replaces the
term "intoxicated" with the phrase "under the influence
of alcohol or a dangerous drug." This change brings the regulations
into conformance with current statutory language. The final rule
is expected to reduce the number of recreational boating deaths
and injuries resulting from accidents caused by operators under
the influence of alcohol or a dangerous drug. Coast Guard behavioral
standards and related field sobriety tests remain unchanged.
PFDs and Children: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking --
The Coast Guard proposes to require that children aboard recreational
vessels wear personal flotation devices (PFDs), or lifejackets.
During 1995-1998, 105 children under 13 died in the water, 66
of them by drowning. This proposed rule childpfd.htm
is intended to reduce the number of children who drown because
they are not wearing lifejackets. The Federal requirement would
apply to children under 13 years of age, except when they are
below decks or in an enclosed structure. The Federal requirement
would adopt the applicable age of children set by a State statute
within that State. The comment period closes on 29 August 2001.
Identify your comments and related material by the docket number
for this rulemaking [USCG-2000-8589]. Submit your comments only
* By mail to the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department
of Transportation, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington,
Subject: National Safety Check Day
* By hand-delivery to room PL-401 on the Plaza level of the Nassif
Building, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m.
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
* By fax to the Docket Management Facility at 202-493-2251.
* Electronically through the Internet Site for the Docket Management
System http://dms.dot.gov/ or
the Coast Guard's Boating Safety website.
Be sure to visit the new site of
COMMANDER BOB'S BOATING SAFETY NOTEBOOK
"HELLO ALL STATIONS"
The United States Power Squadrons
in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
is sponsoring a National Vessel Safety Check day on June 2nd.
All West Marine Stores and all Boat US stores except four will
provide space, advertising and promotion such as flyers and safety
items discounts to the general public.
The "Hello all Stations" is a call to all USPS and
Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Examiners for their help in coordinating
the manning of all participating locations with Vessel Examiners.
Vessel Examiners already work with many yacht clubs, marinas and
use boat ramps around the country. This is also included. We have
over 1,000 VEs in USPS and over 8,000 in the Auxiliary for a total
work force of 9,000! All Safety Checks with the date of June 2nd
will be used to determine the success of this day.
Our Goal is to increase the public awareness of this fantastic
program. Helping to save lives is a great bonus! More details
will be forthcoming in the Ensign and various other forms of communication.
Thank you for your support of the Vessel Safety Check Program!
P/D/C Luis Ojeda, JN, USPS National Chair VSC
R/C Edwin G. Kridler,
GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
The Spring 2001 Governing Board
met in Denver 19-22 April. The meeting itself was held on 21 April,
with the days preceding the meeting full of other committee meetings,
good food, companionship, and even a few libations (but not too
The Governing Board meeting dealt with many issues, but the
over-riding issue concerned finances. There were several items
brought up by the Educational Department which will be mentioned
later, and which are important to the squadrons of USPS.
The GB gave two ad hoc committees full committee status. These
were the Squadron Development Committee and the Vessel Safety
Check Committee. Each of these committees will be under the Executive
The GB voted for a dues increase. The amounts of the increased
dues are nominal, but the increase will do much to solidify the
finances of USPS. Annual increases are $6.00 for Active Members,
$3.00 for Additional Active Members, and $1.50 for Adult Family
The GB approved a revised set of On-The-Water Guidelines. These
guidelines were developed on the basis of USPS insurance coverages,
and affect all of our on-the-water activities and programs, especially
those involving non-members of USPS. There are also provisions
for insurance coverages of a member using his vessel for squadron
activities and a rented or chartered vessel. A copy of the policy
will be given to Cdr Lynes.
There is going to be a reorganization of the EdDept. The details
will be discussed at the Fall GB Meeting, and will go into effect
at the 2002 Annual Meeting. Some closely related committees will
be combined, and there may be some committees that will be headed
by a Rear Commander with two Staff Commanders reporting to the
R/C. The department will also do away with division chairs. Departmental
committees will report directly to the National Educational Officer
and the Assistant National Educational Officer. This will remove
one layer of management within the department. Other departments
are expected to be reorganized also. A part of these reorganizations
is for spending reduction.
The GB set prices to be charged to the squadrons for educational
materials. All course materials will have an increased cost to
the squadrons. Another policy that will be changed is the supplying
of instructor materials to the squadrons at no cost. Some squadrons
were taking advantage of this policy by ordering a large number
of the free instructor sets, and never placing orders for student
USPS will no longer tell squadrons the price that must be charged
for manuals for Boat Smart or the Squadron Boating Course. Boat
Smart manuals will be sold to the squadrons at $15.00, and the
Squadron Boating Course manuals will be sold to the squadrons
at $20.00. Instructor manuals for these courses will continue
to be shipped with the student manuals at no cost to the squadrons.
USPS has set suggested retail prices for student materials for
these courses; Boat Smart at $30.00, and the Squadron Boating
Course at $35.00. However, it is up to the Executive Committee
of each squadron to independently determine and establish its
own retail prices for these materials for its own market area.
The suggested retail price is not binding on any squadron.
The USPS Educational Fund has given a grant to the EdDept covering
the cost of Instructor Qualification course materials and examinations,
including shipping and handling costs, for all USPS members. Orders
for materials for eligible non-USPS members must be kept separate
from orders for members. Student materials for non-members will
have a $25.00 charge and instructor materials for non-member courses
will have a cost of $12.00 per set. We can now advertise the IQ
course as the best deal available for our members of any of our
Our first change of pace was
very well received, and we thank you for your support! The strawberry
desserts were delicious, and I know you extracted all the calories
before arriving at the clubhouse!
The June meeting, at Headquarters, will represent our first
attempt at having a caterer and also a change of the usual operation.
We cannot plan a meeting such as this without reservations. The
meal will be provided by Po' Pigs from Edisto Island - and if
you've never eaten at "the gas station on the island"
you're in for a big treat! This is real food, folks! The menu
will be varied and will include pork, chicken, sweet potatoes
baked with sliced lemon, the best cole slaw you'll ever have,
beans baked with ginger, etc. So bring your appetites and $15
per person (gone are the days when you can find a good catered
meal for less!). But, you MUST call 843-821-0233 by Sun.
June 10 to reserve a seat. If you get the answering service,
feel free to leave a message with your name, phone number and
number attending. (And, as you can appreciate, once you've reserved,
if you don't attend, we'll have to ask that you pay.)
The program for June will be a talk by David Loring of Mount Pleasant.
David was a member of the Olympic sailing team and will share
his experiences with us. He is a lively speaker, and we're confident
you'll enjoy listening to him.
A peek ahead - the July meeting will be a salad buffet with the
type assigned by last initial. Details in the next issue...
SAFE IN THE HARBOUR
HAVE YOU STOOD BY THE OCEAN ON A DIAMOND HARD MORNING,
AND FELT THE HORIZON DEEP IN YOUR SOUL,
WATCH THE WAKE OF A STEAMER, AS IT CUTS THROUGH BLUE WATER,
BEING GRIPPED BY A FEELING YOU JUST CAN'T CONTROL?
AH, TO THROW OFF THE SHACKLES AND FLY WITH THE GULLS
TO WHERE GREEN WAVES TUMBLE BEFORE DRIVING SEA WIND.
OR TO LIE ON THE DECK ON A WARM SUMMERS EVENING AND
WATCH THE RED SUN FALL BENEATH THE EARTH'S RIM.
SOME MEN ARE SAILORS, BUT MOST ARE JUST DREAMERS,
HELD FAST BY THE ANCHORS THEY FORGE IN THEIR MINDS.
WHO IN THEIR HEARTS KNOW THEY'LL NEVER SAIL O'ER DEEP WATERS
TO SEARCH FOR A TREASURE THEY KNOW THEY WON'T FIND.
AND SOME MEN ARE SCHEMERS WHO LAUGH AT THE DREAMERS,
HELD FAST BY THE ANCHORS THEY FORGE IN THEIR MINDS.
THEY'RE MEN IN PRISON, MEN WITHOUT VISION
WHOSE ONLY HORIZON IS PROFIT AND LOSS.
SO IN SHELTERED WATERS, THEY CLING TO THEIR ANCHORS,
BANK DOWN THEIR BOILERS AND SHUT DOWN THEIR STEAM.
THEN WAIT FOR THE SAILORS TO RETURN WITH THEIR TREASURES,
THAT WILL FAN THE DULL EMBERS TO FIRE UP THEIR DREAMS.
SO WHEN DARK CLOUDS COME FLYING ACROSS YOUR BLUE OCEAN,
HOLD FAST TO YOUR DREAMS FOR ALL THAT YOU'RE WORTH.
FOR AS LONG AS THERE'RE DREAMERS, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SAILORS,
BRINGING BACK THE TREASURES FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
BUT, TO EVERY SAILOR COMES TIME TO DROP ANCHOR,
TO HAUL IN THE SAILS AND MAKE THE LINES FAST.
YOU DEEP WATER SAILOR, YOUR JOURNEY IS OVER,
YOUR SAFE IN THE HARBOUR, TO REST, SAFE AT LAST.......
YARD SALE THANKS
Thank you, everyone, for the successful
yard sale. To all of you who donated items, to all of you who
got up at the "crack of dawn", and all of you that helped
with the clean-up - a HUGE THANK YOU. Thank you, Cindy, for taking
the "left-overs" to Habitat so that they can be used
to help with their programs. We made $395.60 for the Squadron
that will greatly help our budget. Again, thanks to all!!!
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