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Notes from the Fleet Captain…. Bill Clyde


Spring is just around the corner and it’s time to be planning for your boating season.   


In conjunction with the Cambridge Sail and Power Squadron, our local chapter of the United States Power Squadrons, CYC will be hosting the following:

The Basic Boating Class (three 3-hour sessions) will be held in the CYC Club House on Sundays, March 11th, 18th, & 25th from 1 to 4 pm.  Designed to provide the power boater, sailor, or operator of a PWC (personal water craft or jet ski) ages 16 & up the basics in boat operation and on the water safety.  Completion of the course earns a certificate that meets state requirements. 


The Learn to Sail Class (six 3-hour sessions) will be held in the CYC Club House on Sundays, April 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th and May 6th & 20th from 1pm to 4 pm.  This course offers the fundamentals of sailing and has nominal fees for course materials/books. 

Both courses are open to CYC members, guests, and the public.  These two courses and many others are also available as a home study course.  To register or for more information, contact CSPS Commander John O’Reilly at 410.228.1856 or CSPS Education Officer Wayne Rigby at 302.629.4658. 


Vessel Safety Checks    The United States Power Squadrons, in conjunction with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, conduct courtesy, free, non-punitive Vessel Safety Checks for sail and power boats in or out of the water.  CYC will host Vessel Safety Checks for members and the public in the water or in our parking lot on Saturday, May 19th and Saturday, June 2nd both days 9:00am – 12:00pm.  Boat owners who would like to review a list of the items to be inspected can do so at www.safetyseal.net.  Please remember, this is a courtesy inspection and there is no punitive action taken; however, you don’t earn the Inspection Decal until all items pass inspection.


Important:  Dock Utility Pylons   Each lighthouse pylon provides electricity and water to two slips and illuminates the dock after dark.  Each slip holder has metered breaker controlled electrical receptacles.  The low amp draw low wattage light is controlled by a photo electric eye and the entire circuit is controlled by a breaker switch located on one side of the pylon along with a slip holder’s electric breakers. The electricity for the light runs directly through its assigned breaker and not through either slip holder’s meter.  For safety and state and federal legal reasons each night the lights must remain on from sundown to sunup.  We are currently working to repair/replace defective lights, photo electric eyes and breakers.  We will also be labeling the breaker that controls the light. 


Please assist the Club by making every effort to ensure the breakers for the lights are left on.     


Thank you.