mill Massapequans and Dalers Active In Power Squadron Groups
Many Massapequan and Farmingdale boating enthusiasts are members
of a Power Squadron group; but one does not necessarily have
to own a boat to belong. The only prerequisite is to be a male citizen
over 18 and to have passed the beginner piloting examination. These
courses are given by the CapTree Power Squadron in the Farming-dale
Senior High School and in Massapequa by the Jones Beach Power
Squadron at Berner Jr. Sr„ High School.
Power Squadron's primary purpose is boating safety education, by
products are: recreation in Power Squadron membership and the participation
in Rendezvous and cruises and other social affairs.
Wives arc almost equally active in Power Squadrons, not as official
members, but as helpmates to their husbands. Some wives
even teach. Wives and teenagers are encouraged to take the
courses and may receive a certificate of successful completing.
Besides the beginner's Piloting class, courses offered include:
Seamanship; Advanced Piloting; Junior Navigation and Navigation
and may be taken in this order. Elective courses include Engine
Maintenance, Weather, Marine Electronics and Sailing. The instructors
who are members of the Power Squadrons, receive an
intensive course in ' instructor training'. " It is necessary not only
to have the knowledge, but to have the ability to impart it to adults".
Past Commander of the CapTree Power Squadron, James Kneeland,
J. N. told THE OBSERVER last weekend out at Watch Hill during Cap-tree's
Rendezvous at the Federal marina on Fire Island. He is also
the Public Relations officer of the group.
There are 365 Power Squadrons in the United States with a total
membership of 76,000. There are 20 Power Squadrons on Long Island
with 7,000 members. Three Power Squadrons attract Massapequa
and Farmingdale residents for the most part, Captree ( which
officially includes Farmingdale to Islip) with membership of 275;
Jones Beach Power Squadron ( Merrick to Amityville) with 300 members
and Great South Bay Power Squadron which geographically is
from Lindenhurst to Sayville0 There is no rule that you have to belong
to a specific Power Squadron due to the location of your home
^ or boat.
The first Power Squadron was founded in Boston in 1914 by
Charles F. Chapman, author of the boating ' Bible', PILOTING,
SEAMANSHIP AND SMALL BOAT HANDLING, the text book of
many of the Power Squadron courses. At that time, the unit was
under the U. S. Navy and as a flotilla went out on maneuvers.
Boating Safety Education is Power Squadrons Purpose
The Captree Power squadron
which includes the most Farmingdale
men and whose total mem-'
bership number 275 has an energetic
pilot for 16 years of United
Airlines, who is presently on the
Los Angeles, San Francisco- New
York run. It is said that he pilots
his boat as carefully as that of the
jet airline. His name is Commander
William Borneman, N„
of 505 Avon Place, West Islip.
( 661- 2761)
The Executive Office is Lt„ Commander William A. Schmid, A. P.
of 55 Braham Avenue, Amityville. The Administrative Officer is
Lt./ C George Shedlarski, A. P. " of i71 DCedar Lane, Babylon. The
Educational Officer is Lt./ C Joseph Klein, N. of 145 Pratt Street,
West Babylon; the Secreatry is 1st Lt. Harry B. Jennings, A. P. of
17 Central Avenue, Amityville. James Kneeland, J. N. is a Past
Caommander and the present Public Relations officer. He resides
at 112 East Belle Terre Avenue, Lindenhurst. ( 884- 2326).
The Treasurer is 1st Lt. Robert Becker J r . A. P. of 149 Crest-wood
Boulevard, South Farmingdale ( 249- 7335). Piloting classes
are under Lt./ C Walter N. Dibbens of 68 Watercrest Avenue,
The Flag Lieutenant is Lt. John F. Colloca, A. P. of 228 Bayview
Avenue, Massapequa. Ed Dannen of 15 Beverly Road, Copiague is
the Cap Tree Log editor.
Dalers In Captree Power Squadron
The Captree Power Squadron has been in existence, 17 years,
since 1951. They are the ' children'of the Great South Bay Power
Squadron. 75% of the membership are working members. Not
everyone owns their own boat about 70% own boats; 30% do not.
Last weekend they staged a predicted log contest in piloting
near Watch Hill. The point is not speed but to predict ahead how
long it takes to get from buoy to buoy. Observers are on board
As a result a member knows that in a fog, he can still pilot'
In Charge of " Rendezvous'
father of Eight Children
Rendezvous such as the one last weekend at Watch Hill by
the Captree Power Squadron are headed by one Chairman. The
capable Chairman was Paul Brightfeller who is also the father
of eight children. He and his wife, the extra equipment for the
barbecue, loud speakers, music and all eight children including
a play pen and a crib somehow fit on his 34 foot boat.
The rendezvous ended Sunday evening with a party on the house
boat of Ed and Bobby Sullivan of Mill Road, South Farmingdale.
The houseboat is remarkable; can hold 70 people; has hot and cold
; howers, generator system; real refrigerator ( stand up) electric
range including an oven; a regular kitchen not just a galle. v: sun
deck and the boat can outdistance many a sleek boat. ( See Page 7)
Among the rendezvous last year was one at Cedar Beach at
the Republican C lub at Blue Point and at the Suffolk Boat C lub
in Patchogue with a stop over at Snapper Inn, Connetequot inSay-ville.
The cruise included Saybrook, Connecticut, the Connecticut
River to Harbor's Cove, New London, Mystic Connecticut.
A Port of Call was Lake Montauk and 3 Mile Harbor between
Sag Harbor and Lake Montauk.
Some of the members went up the Hudson to Lake Champlain.
Others went to Block Island and Martha's Vineyard.
Atlantic City makes a nice trip. Go out Rockaway Inlet in Atlantic
Ocean to Mannesquan Inlet in New Jersey.
Some have taken the inland waterway to Chesapeak Bay.
Few Power Squadronmembers belong to Yacht clubs. Many
belong, however to the Babylon Tuna Clubs. Some to Unqua in
Captree gives new members responsible positions.
Great South Bay Power Squadron
A number of Farmingdale men are members of the Great South
Bay Power Squadron, although their geographic territory covers
a more eastern sector of Long Island. Lt/ C Lewis G. Kaufman, JN.
of 20 Avon Road, Farmingdale is the Executive Officer this year and
will go on to being Commander next year* The Commander this year
is Gordon L„ Brooks, N. of Huntington Station. The Squadron Educational
officer is Lt/ C Kenneth E. Steenbuck, N. of 41 Jefferson Road,
Farmingdale ( CHapel 9- 1380).
Power Squadrons deal in education and recreation while the
Coast Guard Auxiliary is educational, recreational and operational.
In a feature story soon to be published in The Observer,
we shall study the Coast Guard Auxiliary and their function.
Many Massapequans and Dalers are members,,
Canvass Covered Boats and ke Covered Waters
Do Not Restrict Power Squadron Activities
Power Squadrons Offer free Classes in
fall in Adult Education in farmingdale and Massapequa
The Commander is Guided In
The courses include: Piloting, Seamanship, Advanced Piloting
Junior Navigation and Navigation. Electives include Engine Maintenance,
Weather, Marine Electronics and Sailing.
courses last 12.
course in piloting lasts 18 weeks; usually
Captree courses will be held this fall on Mondays at West
Babylon High, beginning September 16; Tuesday at Lindenhurst
High on Charles Avenue, beginning on September 17; and Wednesdays
at the Farmingdale Senior High School, beginning September
18. The classes are held from 7: 30 p. m. to 10 p. m.
Many Massapequans belong to the Jones Beach Power Squadron
which was founded in 1954 and has over 300 in membership. The
beginner's course in Piloting will be held this fall on Monday evenings
beginning September 16 at Berner Jr. Sr„ High School; and on
Tuesday, beginning, September 17 at Seaford High School. The advanced
courses, which need the prerequestive of passing the initial
piloting course will also be held: Seamanship on Wednesdays, beginning,
September 18 at Berner Jr. Sr. High school; Advanced
Piloting at Berner on Wednesdays, beginning, September 18 and Junior
Navigation on Wednesdays, beginning, September 18. There will
also be electives including Engine Maintenance at Seaford High
School on Tuesdays, beginning, September 17 and Sailing at Seaford
on Tuesdays, beginning, September 17.
Dogs love Boating
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first Mates Prepare Barbeques
Most Massapequans Belong To
Jones Beach Power Squad
The Commander of the Jones Beach Power Squadron is Fred Stunt
A. P. ( Advanced Pilot) of 35 Florence Avenue, Massapequa ( 799- 4457).
The Executive Officer is Ex„ Lt. / C Ernest Walbrecker, A. P. of 78
East Gate Road, Massapequa ( 541- 6543): the Administrative Officer
is Lt./ C Hermand H. Kornahrens, J. N. ( Junior Navigator) of 16 the
Keel, East Islip; the Education Officer is Lt./ C Seth Warren, J. N.
of 27 Skinner Drive, West Islip; the Secretary is 1st Lt./ C William
H. Paulstitch of Merrick ( MA 3- 0292)
Harry Hughes of the Jones Beach Power Squadron is in charge of
the classes at Berner. His address is 3852 New York Avenue, Seaford,
( 781- 0788).
If anyone is interested in attending the classes in the fall any of the
above officers would be glad to be telephoned to answer any questions.
Last year, many members of the Jones Beach Power Squadron
went on a three week cruise or a part of the cruise to West Hampton,
Greenport, Block Island, Cuttybunk, Buzzards Bay and Martha's
This year some members have already departed on their boats
on a cruise to Greenport and points north which began on July 13
and will end on July 28.
Rendezvous at Marina
A Family Day is planned for July 20 at Patchogue where the boats
will rendezvous at the Republican Club where there are boat slips.
Many will participate in the District III cruise to Sag Harbor on
August 3 and 4. A Cocktail party is planned at the Sag Harbor on
August 3 and 4. A cocktail party is planned at the Sag Harbor Yacht
Club and dinner at the American Legion Hall.
The Jones Beach Power Squadron alos plans a stag boat party to
Watch Hill on the Fire Island Seashore in September,, District III
consists of the following Power Squadrons, Jones Beach, Captree,
Hempstead Bay, South Shore, Patchogue, Sewanaka, Great South Bay
and Smithtown Bayu
On June 30, the Jones Beach Power Squadron staged a Safety
Show at the Wantagh Marina for the purpose of attracting people to
classes in the fall. The Nassau County Marine Police, the Coast
Guard Auxiliary cooperated. Charles Harris, Manager of the Marina
was in charge. Nassau County Police Commissioner Francis
Lassie Come Nome
farmmgdalers Own A House Boat
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