​​​California Boater Card

Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 is required to have certificate from the State to operate a vessel. The age limit will increase by five years every year so in 2019, it will be required for anyone 25 or younger and so on. In order to become qualified, you will have to pass an approved .boating safety course. The US Power Squadron is one of the approved organizations. The BSPS will be putting on a basic boating safety class in the near future so please check this site from time to time. You can get more information by going to: www.californiaboatercard.com 

Benefits of USPS membership

Many of you may not be aware of all of the benefits you can take advantage of as a member. Here are a few that you may want to keep in mind. Travel: A number of hotels provide discounts of 10 - 20% including Wyndham, Red Roof Inn, Motel 6. In addition, you can save on car rentals from both Avis and Hertz. Insurance: Both Boat US and Sea Tow will give you discounts on membership. Marine benefits: Many providers of charting products; e.g. Weems & Plath C-Map, Rose Point, and Fugawi offer discounts on charts and chart  plotting materials.

Goods and services: Office Max can save you a lot of money - up to 50%. You can find these and more at www.usps.org website

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Do you want to improve your boating skills?  Whether you are a beginner or an experienced boater, you've come to the right place.

Eric Gritzmacher

Website manager





     Vessel Safety Check

 We have certified vessel examiners who will perform a FREE Vessel Safety Check (VSC).  Our goal is to make boating as fun and safe as possible.

  • Classes, Seminars
  • FREE Vessel Safety Ck
  • On-the-water training
  • Fun boating events
  • Fellowship 

Come for the Boating Education... Stay for the Friends

USPS District 28 Summer raft-up and BBQ July 13-15

The annual D-28 event brings together all of the members of the District for food, fun, and on water activities. Hosted by the San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron, it will be held at the Del Mar Basin in Oceanside. You can bring your boat down Friday afternoon, or Saturday morning, and raft-up with other District member boats. Alternatively, drive down to Oceanside on Saturday to join in the BBQ and events. The cost for the BBQ is $20. ​As this is held on Marine Base property, you must respond to SLRSPS to register and get permission to enter the U.S. Marine Base. Click on the following link: 


or go the the San Luis Rey Sail and Power Squadron website. This is a great opportunity to join with fellow District Squadron members, have fun, learn, and make new friends so I urge you to try and make it. Please call me with any questions. I will provide more information about the times and what to bring as soon as it is available. 


It has come to our attention that many of the Members have not been receiving our notices about upcoming events we send out via email. If you have not been seeing them please contact me and I will make sure you are on the list. Also, if you know anyone who doesn't use email, we would be glad to send the notices out via mail - as in the US Post office. Please be sure to check the contact information in the roster and let us know if there are any corrections. 

Eric Gritzmacher

​ericgritzmacher@cox.net or 949.632.2378


On Saturday July 7 we are invited to board the Del Mar for an afternoon sail around Newport Harbor. The Del Mar is a 42ft Columbia owned by BSPS and operated by the Newport Sea Scouts. The base is located at 1931 West Coast Hwy in Newport Beach. 

The Del Mar will cast off at 1:00pm from Newport Sea Base, returning by 4:00pm. Please arrive 1/2 hour prior and be sure to bring hats, sunscreen, water. This is great opportunity to spend an afternoon on the beautiful Newport Bay with your fellow Squadron members and Sea Scouts. Please RSVP to Wes Heusser at 714.651.4328. Room is limited so sign up soon. 

Fall District Conference - October 12-13

BSPS will be hosting the semi-annual District Conference this October at the Ayers Hotel in Costa Mesa. We will be holding a welcome event on Friday evening which everyone is encouraged to attend. The meeting itself takes place on Saturday the 13th followed by a banquet dinner that evening. We will also need some help organizing and running the event so the Bridge would welcome your participation. I will be getting details out at a later date, but please be sure to put in on your calendar. 

Become a Member

 Balboa Sail & Power Squadron in Newport Beach is a unit of the United States Power Squadron.  Become a better boater through education and fellowship.  Join us.

Balboa Sail & Power Squadron

Newport Beach Pier

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We have made a few changes to our calendar for this year so please go to Events at the top of the page. You don't want to miss out on anything.

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