Offshore Navigation Date: March 8th – May 10th, 2023


Offshore Navigation
Date : Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 – May 10th, 2023
Time : 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place : Southwestern Yacht Club, SAN DIEGO YACHT CLUB 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost : $130 (member), $160(non-member)
Contact : Education Officer (
Offshore Navigation (previously offered as Junior Navigation) is the first in a two-part program of study in offshore navigation, followed by the Celestial Navigation course (currently offered as Navigation.). It is designed as a practical “how to” course. The course includes use of the Nautical Almanac, taking sextant sights of the sun, reducing sights to establish lines of position, and electronic and computerized offshore navigation.

This course is taught Wednesday’s for eight weeks and use provided sextants to take and reduce sights of the sun. The requisite for this course is Advanced Marine Navigation.

Topic: Offshore Navigation
Time: March 8th 2023 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Advanced Marine Navigation Date : Feb 27-May 1, 2023


Advanced Marine Navigation
Date : Monday, Feb 27th, 2023 – May 1st, 2023
Time : 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place : Southwestern Yacht Club, SAN DIEGO YACHT CLUB 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost : $95 (member), $120(non-member)
Contact : Education Officer (
Advanced Marine Navigation (previously offered as Advanced Piloting) is the second in the sequence of USPS courses on navigation. It continues to build coastal and inland navigation skill, allowing the student to take on more challenging conditions – unfamiliar waters, limited visibility, and extended cruises. GPS is embraced as a primary navigation tool while adding radar, chart plotters, and other electronic navigation tools.

This course is taught Monday’s for eight weeks and includes a final exam as an open-book take home test. The prerequisite for this course is Marine Navigation.

Topic: Advanced Marine Navigation
Time: Feb 27th 2023 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

America’s Boating Course – Feb 7 – Apr 11, 2023


America’s Boating Course

Date : Tuesday, Feb 7, 2023 – Apr 11, 2023
Time : 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Place : Southwestern Yacht Club, SAN DIEGO YACHT CLUB 2702 Qualtrough St, San Diego, CA 92106
Cost : $65
Contact : Education Officer (
No matter how much experience you have with boating, it is important to have the knowledge needed to keep your passengers, yourself and your boat safe.

Get your state boating card and learn the skills you need to be safe while boating.

This course is taught Tuesday’s for eight weeks and includes safe boating practices and basic navigation. Passing the test will qualify you for the California Boaters Card (required for all 50 years old and younger).

Pay for the class here:

71st Annual SDSPS Meeting & Change of Watch Dinner and General Membership Meeting


The ABC-San Diego Sail & Power Squadron

Announces this special January event

71st Annual SDSPS Meeting & Change of Watch Dinner
and General Membership Meeting

Saturday January 14, 2023

All members of the San Diego Sail & Power Squadron and their guests are invited to attend the Annual Meeting and Change of Watch Dinner, with no-host cocktails at 18:00. The business meeting and installation will begin at 18:30.

                        Date:             Saturday January 14, 2023

Place:         Southwestern Yacht Club

2702 Qualtrough Street

San Diego, CA 92106


Purpose of the meeting: To conduct an election of the officers for the year 2022-2023; to consider and vote upon the 2022-2023 budget proposed for adoption by the SDSPS Executive Committee; to hear reports of outgoing officers and committee chairs; and to accomplish such other business as may properly come before the meeting.


Purpose of the Change of Watch: To install the 2022-2023 Bridge Officers and Elected members.

Entrée choices:

        • Cobb Salad (large) – $18
        • Yacht Burger w/cheese– $16 includes choice of one side
        • Miso-Glazed Salmon– $33

Coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Please RSVP your attendance and MENU CHOICE by January 7, 2023

to Carl Schwartz at or call at 619 528-9111. 


CANCELED – The 52nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights

Parade of Lights

Sorry everyone. Our BBQ and the actual Parade of Lights tomorrow has been canceled.

San Diego is expecting a major storm.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Parade resumes Sunday, December 18th.

The 52nd Annual San Diego Bay Parade of Lights
Sunday, December 11, 2022 4pm – 8pm
Parade starts at 5:30 pm

Tunaman’s Memorial 

Set Your GPS to:   1718 Shelter Island Dr. San Diego, CA 92106

Bring your favorite side dish or dessert and join the other SDSPS members for an evening at the Parade of Lights.  Hot Dogs, hamburgers, condiments, and water will be provided.

Beer and wine will be allowed (BYOB) but NO GLASS BOTTLES!

Be sure to bring chairs and a small tablePre-Registration is Required. 

Cost is $5 per person. 

The activity for this GMM will be NOTHING! 

Just a day to hang out and enjoy the Parade.  Bring a potential new member.

 Please RSVP your attendance and Potluck Item by December 4, 2022  to Carl Schwartz at or leave a message: 619 528-9111.


America’s Boating Club
Cordially invites you to
The General Membership Meeting
Saturday, November 19, 2022, 6-8 pm
Southwestern Yacht Club (SWYC)
2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego, CA 92106

Last General Membership Meeting of the year!! Join the other boating club members for an evening together. Come and see what is happening!  Menu includes an entrée, rolls and butter, and Crème Brûlée for dessert.  Beverages are available for purchase.

Entrée choices:

    • Salmon with lemon butter sauce, rice pilaf, and vegetables $44
    • Filet of beef with fingerling potatoes and vegetables $60
    • Mushroom ravioli with vegetables $29

The entertainment for the evening will be  provided by the Education Department!! Come and hear about what they have been doing this
past year.

Please RSVP your attendance and MENU CHOICE by November 15, 2022 to Carl Schwartz at or call at 619 528-9111.

Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day is May 20, 2022


Whether you’re working in the office, at home, in the air, or on the water, all boating enthusiasts can participate in Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day on Friday, May 20, 2022. This fun day is part of the Safe Boating Campaign, a global awareness effort that encourages boaters to make the most of their boating adventure by being responsible.

“Bring the fun on Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day! No matter your age, this is a great opportunity to share with others your love for boating – and be entered for a chance to win a prize,” said Yvonne Pentz, communications director of the National Safe Boating Council, a nonprofit dedicated to helping create a safe boating experience for all boaters and the lead organization of the Safe Boating Campaign.

Here’s how to participate:

      1. Wear a life jacket wherever you work
      2. Snap a picture
      3. Post the picture on social media with the hashtag #wearyourlifejacketatworkday
      4. Tag the Safe Boating Campaign (@boatingcampaign)

Boaters will randomly be selected to win prizes from the Safe Boating Campaign throughout the day.

“Share about your favorite boating activity and why you boat responsibly with your family, friends, and colleagues on this day,” said Pentz.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that drowning was the reported cause of death in four out of every five recreational boating fatalities in 2020, and that 86 percent of those who drowned were not wearing life jackets.

There are many options for boaters when it comes to choosing a life jacket. When selecting a life jacket, a boater should check that it is U.S. Coast Guard approved, appropriate for the water activity, and fits properly.

National Safe Boating Week will take place following Wear Your Life Jacket at Work Day from May 21-27, 2022. During this week, the Safe Boating Campaign will provide daily tips for boaters on social media. Follow the Safe Boating Campaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @boatingcampaign.

The Safe Boating Campaign is produced under a grant from the Sports Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. The campaign offers a variety of free and paid resources to support local boating safety education efforts. Learn more at

About the National Safe Boating Council

Established in 1958, the National Safe Boating Council is the foremost coalition for the advancement and promotion of safer boating through education, outreach, and training. For more information about NSBC programs and professional development opportunities, visit

South Bay Family Sailing Series-April 2022


Race Results from our April 16, 2022 race.

The day was quite windy and we had a fleet of 7 boats the Saturday before Easter.

  • Kiss, Aragorn & Pau Hana started at Noon.
  • Atsa II and Simplicity started at 12:07
  • Consigliere and Marilee started at 12:14

The track took us from the start line to the A mark. Kiss was first to round followed by Atsa II. Consigliere, MArilee, Aragorn & Pau Hana all passed the A buoy within feet of each other.  Everyone raced clean around buoy 26 and down the bay to the B buoy.  There was a second white buoy within the close proximity of the B mark and it caused some confusion. with  the actual B mark.  Kiss maintained her lead from start to finish. Consigliere and Atsa II crossed the line within the thinnest of margins, Marilee was a few minutes behind them with Simplicity, Aragorn and Pau Hana closing out the race together.

After hearing some boat to boat chatter on the radio after the race, I reviewed RaceQ’s to determine if anyone had cut the route short and missed the B mark. According to Race Q’s, Consigliere, Marilee and Aragorn did not pass the B mark correctly. You all still had a great race.

Here are the results from Saturday April 16, 2022.

First Across the Line:

      1. Kiss
      2. Consigliere*
      3. Atsa II

PHRF Finish Order:

      1. Kiss
      2. Consigliere*
      3. Atsa II

Collins HC

      1. Kiss
      2. Pau Hana
      3. Simplicity
      4. Atsa II
      5. Marilee*
      6. Consigliere*
      7. Aragorn*

* Completed the course but rounded the incorrect B Buoy.

See you all soon out on the water.


South Bay Family Sailing Series-February 19, 2022 Saturday (7.9 nm)


Saturday, February 19, 2022 was a prodigious day for sailing. Blue skies, light winds from the SW were predicted.  Everything was pretty much as the forecasters said.  Actual winds were varying from 8-12 knots. Few white caps on various areas of the racecourse. The tide was high at 11:30 AM and would be ebbing until 5 PM.  The tide would be taking the fleet toward the bridge during the race.

We would like to thank all who attended the Awards Ceremony at Pier 32 Marina last month. I think representatives from most of the boats that raced in 2021 were present.  Food, drink and prizes were enjoyed by all.  A gift certificate to the famous La Maze Steak House in National City was given to Jimi Laughery, dockmaster at Pier 32 Marina, for all his support over the years.  Thank you all who contributed to this effort.

Fifteen boats were circling the starting line for the noon start.  This is the largest number of boats ever assembled for the South Bay Family Sailing Series.  WOW!  Maybe we need four groups leaving the starting line at different times of our pursuit race so we do not have any collisions. The starting horn started the first group consisting of Miller Time III, BlewByU, Fast Sunday, Aragorn, Pau Hana, KISS, and Madam Wu crossed the line. Five minutes later the horn launched the second group Estate Sail, Bon Temps, and Simplicity.  Finally, at 12:10 the third and final group of Marilee, Consigliere, Elusive, Ran, and Madison 3.  Madison 3 is a first-time racer with a Hunter 42.  It appears to be outfitted with numerous sails so should be a fine sailor. We hope to see you out sailing with us often.

WELCOME Madison 3!

It was nice to see KISS, Ran, and Madam Wu out on the water as we have not seen them for a while.

Tacking to the first mark KISS, BlewByU lead the way.  Miller Time III and Fast Sunday were really moving along, and it looks like receiving trophies at the Awards Ceremony have really increased their resolve to win. Reaching to the second mark the boats started to spread out. Slowly the large boats were gaining on the smaller boats passing them one at a time.  By the 5th mark Marilee and Consigliere had moved to the front.  Bon Temps was in third place rounding the final mark and heading for home.  Elusive was about 1/8 mile behind, but on the final downwind leg to the finish line they caught up and beat Bon Temps by 2 seconds.

Crossing the finish line was Marilee 13:39:43, Consigliere 13:39:56,  Elusive 13:42:12, Bon Temps 13:42:14,  Estate Sail 13:44:23, KISS 13:46:28, Ran 13:47:30, BlewByU 13:49:20, Simplicity 13:50:00, Miller Time III 13:54:03, Madison 3 13:55:55 Aragorn 14:00:02, Fast Sunday 14:01:46, Pau Hana 14:12:52, Madam Wu 14:20:00.

Changing all these numbers into corrected time and placing them into the Collins Handicap System we find the following:

Congratulations:  First: Aragorn, Second: Simplicity, third: Madison 3, and forth: Pau Hana


Dan (Marilee) has created a spreadsheet and it is attached to this report.  Please note you will have 1. across the finish line times and places 2. PHRF handicap finish places and 3. Collins Handicap finish places.  Pier 32 Marina will continue to award prizes according to the Collins Handicap System.

However, I understand that sailors are working on giving prizes according to the PHRF Handicap system.  This is GREAT!  More prizes and more winners. What could be better.

Our next race is:  Saturday, March 19, 2022

We hope to see you all there.


GMM – Change of Watch


San Diego Sail and Power Squadron
America’s Boating Club – San Diego

Cordially invites you to

The General Membership Meeting
Change of Watch

Saturday, January 15, 2022
6-8 pm

Southwestern Yacht Club
2702 Qualtrough Street, San Diego 92106

Menu includes an entrée, salad and vegetable, rolls and butter, coffee, tea and cake for dessert.  Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

      • Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Caesar Salad and Fingerling Potatoes $31
      • Blackened Sea Bass with Caesar Salad and Fingerling Potatoes        $48
      • Chicken Cobb Salad $21

The Executive Committee works long and hard throughout the year for the Power Squadron.  Let’s recognize the efforts of those that are currently serving on the board and welcome the new board members!

Please RSVP your attendance and MENU CHOICE per person (no sharing) by January 8, 2022 to Carl Schwartz at or call at 619 528-9111.

No walk-ins please