​​​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: 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

District 28 Spring Conference 

Lou Loth, Michael Stewart, Sam Kwok and Eric Gritzmacher attended the District 28 conference in San Diego this past weekend. Some of the proceedings have to do with District business but it was also an opportunity to spend time with members of the other Squadrons and learn about what they are up to and share ideas. We also had a representative from National who gave us updates on developments at the USPS.

It is a reminder that we are part of a larger organization and can benefit from interacting with our fellow Power Squadron members. In particular, I would urge you to check out the website for the Oceanside Squadron know as San Luis Rey Sail & Power Squadron. They have many events such as raft-ups, cruises, and monthly "Sundowner" events in the Oceanside Marine. Go to:

https://www.usps.org/slr/ for more information. They are a fun group of people and I'm sure you would enjoy getting to know them. Same hold true for the San Diego Squadron. You can find out what they are up to at:

​http://www.sdsps.org/. They are also very active. 

At our April 19th GMM,  I am planning to talk about what is happening with the District as well as National.

​Eric Gritzmacher 

Change of Watch 

​On February 16th, we held our change of watch at the Atrium hotel. We had a decent turnout with 35 people in attendance, although less then 30 were from BSPS. This is your chance to vote on the new Bridge members so I encourage you to try and make the 2019 meeting. 

Here is the Bridge for 2018:

Commander               Wes Heusser

EX Officer                   Tara Keebaugh

Secretary                    Ken Warren

Treasurer                   Lou Loth

Education                   Eric Gritzmacher

Administration           Sam Kwok

Members at large:

    Michael Stewart

    Glenn Hulett

    Al Gussin

    Ted Woodmas

We welcome any ideas, suggestions, etc so please help us make BSPS the best it can be. There are more photos from the event. Just go to the top of this page and click on photos.

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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In remembrance 

Two weeks ago, we lost of one of our longest term members who made so many contributions to the Squadron over the past 25 years. Among other things, Mark served as our Commander and was very active in the Education program. He was a good friend to so many of us and was always there to help whenever he could. He is survived by his wife, Lynne who is also a long-time member. Our condolences to Lynne. Mark will be greatly missed. 

Newport Beach Pier

Michael Murphy - Life Member

Michael Murphy has received his Life Membership in recognition of his 25 years as a member of the Balboa Sail & Power Squadron. Congratulations Michael! 

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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.

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USPS seminars 

If you are not aware, you can take an online seminar on a variety of subjects at the USPS website. Just click here . 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 Event



     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

GMM Thursday March 15th

Our next meeting will be at the Newport Aquatic Center beginning at 6:00pm. Cost will be $20 per person. For those of you who didn't attend the GMM at the NAC last year, it is located at 1 Whitecliffs Dr. Head up Dover from PCH and turn right on Westcliff. Go right at Santiago and then follow it around until you see Whitecliffs. It is right on the Bay. You can also go to their website for directions: ​http://newportaquaticcenter.com/

Please call Ken Warren at 951.396.0878 or ken@elitece.net to let him know if you are planning on attending. In order to know how much food we need to purchase so it is important to rsvp to Ken.