Change of Watch 

Our COW will take place on February 16th 2018 beginning at 6:00pm at the Atrium hotel. The hotel is asking for a head count by the end of this week so if you know you plan on attending, please contact Lou or me directly. While we have a slate of Nominees willing to serve, we can still use some help so please give serious consideration to serving on the Bridge or in an appointed position. With a few exceptions, we have had the same people in those positions for many years. The notice is being emailed to everyone today. I have also included a copy below. Be sure to RSVP to Lou Loth along with your check and dinner selection.

A copy of the flyer that was emailed to everyone is below in case you didn't see it. 

Any questions, please contact me.

Eric Gritzmacher


​​​California Boater Card

Begging on January 1 2018, anyone under the age of 21 will be 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 - ABC - in the near future so please check this site from time to time. You can get more information by going to: 

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 website

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.

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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



2018 Calendar.

I have posted the 2018 calendar under Events at the top of this page. Be aware the times and dates are subject to change. We will send out notices of any changes as well as posting them on this site. 

USPS seminars 

If you are not aware, you can take an online seminar on a variety of subjects at the USPS website. Just go to There you will find courses on All About Marine Radio, or How to Use a GPS among others. Members get a 20% discount. It is a great way to improve your knowledge without having to leave the house. Besides, it is a good way to support our organization.

Upcoming Events



     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