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The Hartford Boat Show
Cdr Michael Rinaldi, JN
[email protected]
I want to wish all the members of the Hartford Power Squadron a joyful New Year. The coming
year has a number of interesting presentations at our member’s meetings. Please see inside for
details of our January and February meetings. Also inside, you can find our spring course listing
and a list of free seminars we will give at the Hartford Boat Show. The new seminar, “Partner in
Command”, is especially useful. Please bring your partner to learn some of the things she/he
might need if you were incapacitated on the water. Finally, a calendar of our spring meetings is
We will again sponsor a booth at the Hartford Boat Show to promote our courses, safe boating,
and of course, membership in the United States Power Squadrons. If you sign up to help staff the
booth, you will get in free so be sure to email or call Frank Pascucci to get your name on the
Thank you for supporting the Hartford Power Squadron with your membership and if you would
like to offer your time please do not hesitate to call or email me.
Cdr. Michael J. Rinaldi, JN
Members’ Meeting 27 January 2015
Emergencies at Sea
You won’t want to miss our first members’ meeting of 2015. Captain Jim Cranston will offer a
presentation on how to prepare for and deal with various emergencies at sea. The speaker has an
exemplary background as Retired U.S. Navy Commander of 21 years service and Licensed Master of
the U.S. Coast Guard. He is known for his Sea Training
classes and has prepared a presentation for us about how to
best handle at-sea emergencies such as fire, flooding, heavy
weather, groundings, equipment breakdowns and manoverboard events.. Capt. Cranston will be happy to entertain
questions and comments during and after his talk. Share
your own experiences with emergency situations and how
you dealt with them.
Also on the agenda the possibility of raising local squadron
dues by $2.00 for discussion and implementation.
Date: Tuesday 27 January 2015
Time: 1830
Place: Olympia Diner 3413 Berlin Turnpike, Newington CT
Cost: $15.00 for dinner, with cash bar – or just come at 1930 for the talk
For reservations, contact Jim Salvatore at [email protected] or (860) 346-0680
Hartford Boat Show
February 5-8
We are offering four free seminars this year at the Boat Show and this year the USPS will introduce the
Boating Skills Virtual Trainer. It is an interactive simulation-based boating safety program for the
computer and a powerful instruction tool that uses lesson environments that allow students to pilot a
Boston Whaler under diverse conditions with maneuvers such as:
Departing the Dock
Pivot Turns
Emergency Stop
The simulator includes three 20” monitors, a boating console with throttle and trim buttons, nav lights
and horn, and it has the ability to change wind and current conditions, as well as choosing day or night
As in past years, the Hartford Power Squadron will have a booth in the Connecticut Boat Show at the
Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Squadron members who volunteer to help with the booth
will have free admission to the show. Manning the booth also provides the opportunity for us to let the
general public know who we are and to promote our excellent courses.
To assist with the booth and gain free admission to the show, call Frank Pascucci at (860) 635-3172 or
email him at [email protected]
Safe Boating Seminars to be given at
The Hartford Boat Show
The Hartford Power Squadron is going to repeat its very successful seminar series at the Hartford Boat Show on Saturday, 7 February. Last
year we hosted 73 people at our four seminars. See the boat show’s flyer/schedule when you enter the boat show for specific directions and
other information on the Boat Show. Don’t forget to come by our booth and say hello.
The seminars will all be on Saturday, 7 February at the following times:
How to use a Chart
Using Electronic Charts
Using GPS
Partner in Command
The new seminar "Partner in Command" is a must for all boaters. It illustrates many of the situations that a spouse/partner might need to
do in case the boater is disabled. It covers topics such as: how to start/stop the engine, how to bring down the sails, how to operate a fire
extinguisher, proper use of life jackets, how to call for help, basic rules of the road, how to anchor or come into a dock, how to prepare
for towing, how to handle emergencies of crew overboard, propeller fowled, and bad weather.
February Member’s meeting
February Member Meeting to feature Jeff Feldmann
Jeff will show slides and speak of “Kayaking with Nature along Connecticut’s Waterways”.
Come to this meeting to enjoy nature at its very best, from water level.
Local photographer Jeff Feldmann kayaks during some of nearly every month of the year. In so doing, he
sees much of nature: reflections, sunrise, sunset, birds, wildflowers, turtles, etc. This program may also
include landmarks familiar to boaters in Connecticut.
See what it’s like to paddle during a thunderstorm. Watch a little green heron catch it’s breakfast. Clouds
in the sunrise in Litchfield, and fog on the river in Hadlyme.
Bring your friends to this meeting, 24 February at the Olympia Diner.
Details will be in the February Bilge Pump
HPS Spring Classes
Education Department
Cliff McKibbin, JN
Tim Tyler, AP
Get the most out of your membership
Advanced and elective courses are ready to start as shown. Please call Cliff at 860-673-1584 or e-mail at
[email protected] for questions or to register.
Thur, 2/12
St. James Episcopal Church
Cost $70/Members
Farmington, CT
Marine Communication
Wed, 2/18
MDC Training Center
Cost $55/Members
125 Maxim Rd.
$140/Non Members*
Hartford, CT
*Includes 1-year membership
#Includes $15 for plotting ruler and dividers. If the student already has those, this fee would be waived.
The following courses consist of eight-two hour classes and meet the CT. DEP boating, personal watercraft, and “Coastal Endorsement” qualifications.
Simsbury Thur. 2/26 1900
Henry James Memorial School
Firetown Rd., Simsbury
(Must register with Continuing Education at 860-658-3870)
Thur. 2/26 1830 Farmington High School
(Must register with Adult Education at 860-404-0290)
10 Montieth Dr., Farmington
Cost-$69 plus a facility fee to the town in each case.
2nd Annual Hartford Power Squadron Swap Meet and Cookout
Coming in May
Have boating related materials you want to sell, trade or just get rid of? Start gathering them now for
the 2nd Annual Hartford Power Squadron Swap Meet and Cookout to be held in May. Help yourself and
your squadron while enjoying what is sure to be a great spring day. Details will follow in future issues of
the Bilge Pump.
Say goodbye to, and stop tripping over, all those nautical dust collectors… or pick up some new-to-you
treasures to complete your spring project!
Events Calendar 2015
13 January 1900-2100 Executive Committee Meeting Bridge members & general membership welcome. MDC, 240 Brainard Rd., Hartford, CT
27 January 1830-2030 Members’ Meeting Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
5-8 February Hartford Boat Show Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
10 February 1900-2100 Executive Committee Meeting Bridge members & general membership welcome. MDC, 240 Brainard Rd., Hartford, CT
24 February 1830-2030 Members’ Meeting Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
10 March 1900-2100 Executive Committee Meeting Bridge members & general membership welcome.
MDC, 240 Brainard Rd., Hartford, CT
24 March 1830-2030 Annual Meeting Awards and Recognitions Olympia Diner, 3413 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT
29 March, Change of Watch, Marco Polo Restaurant, East Hartford
May, 2nd Annual Swap Meet and Picnic, location TBA
District Events
District 1 Council Meeting, 20 February
District 1 Spring Conference, 21 March
If you are in VHF radio contact with the Coast Guard or Coast Guard Auxiliary, they may direct
you to switch to a channel followed by the word "alpha". What does the "alpha" designation mean?
Alpha designates that your radio must be set on "U. S." rather than "International" to receive and transmit.
Cdr Michael J. Rinaldi, JN 860-651-3203
[email protected]
Executive Officer
Lt/C Thomas H. Berlandy, AP 860-678-1069
[email protected]
Educational Officer
Lt/C Cliff McKibbin, SN
[email protected]
Administrative Officer
Lt/C James Salvatore, AP
[email protected]
Lt/C Brooke E. Martin, N 860-284-9439
[email protected]
Lt/C Kevin Vibert, AP 860-255-4790
[email protected]
EDITOR: Lt Diana Manner
The Bilge Pump is the official publication of
Hartford Power Squadron, Inc. It is published 7
times per year and mailed to members, associates,
national and district officers, area commanders.
Material in this publication may be reprinted in
whole or in part by any other Squadron of USPS,
with proper credit to the Bilge Pump and the
Hartford Power Squadron, unless otherwise specified. Articles and opinions are those expressed by
the writers and do not necessarily reflect the policy
of, nor imply agreement of the Editor, HPS, District
1 or USPS. Any member may submit for consideration ideas and suggestions which he or she feels
would be beneficial to the other members and to the
Assistant Educational Officer
1st/Lt Timothy F. Tyler, AP 860-561-0669
[email protected]
Mail contributions to:
Diana Manner,
40 Fir Grove Rd.
Manchester, CT 06040
Assistant Administrative Officer
You can also reach her by phone at (860) 647-0424
or by e-mail at [email protected]
Assistant Secretary
Assistant Treasurer
1st/Lt Janet Frick, P
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Copy deadline is the 10th of the month preceding publication.