Spring 2016

Have we made it through another New England winter? For members of the New Britain Sail & Power Squadron the time passed quickly.

Merit Marks were presented (via e-mail) to ten of our members. A minimum of 14 volunteer hours were needed for acceptance by the area monitor.

In January, members attended a Norwich Power Squadron meeting/program where they learned about the work going on at Little Gull Island with Helen Hayes. The Hartford Boat Show was well attended. Members of various squadrons, including New Britain, assisted in manning the Hartford booth. New & experienced boaters found the “simulator” quite interesting and challenging.

On 22 February our members attended the Newington library for a program by William and Helen Gillette impersonators, Harold Niver and his wife Theodora. They entertained the audience with many unknown facts about William and Helen, the “castle” and the famous Sherlock Holmes. A brief business meeting of the squadron was held prior to the program.

On 26 February, the D1 Council meeting was held at Eversource. Shared information included:

  • Past National Chief Commander Doreen Hinksman of the Canadian Power Squadron will be the Chief’s representative.
  • The Spring Conference will be held at the Branford Yacht Club, 19 March.

Pre- Conference dinner, Friday 18 March at Brazi’s Italian Restaurant. Reservations by 11 March to Charles Greenbacker, 860-742-1714 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Conference luncheon check of $25 payable to USPS D1, sent to Peter Jenkins, 32 Fieldstone Court, North Haven, CT. 06473-2829 also by 11 March.
  • Pat Pabouet will offer the Vessel Safety Examiners course during the day. Contact Pat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested in becoming a VSE.

FORMS OD-2 (list of Officers) and ED-1 and 2 (list of Education Officers) have been filed with National for 2016-17. No challengers to any office nominees have been made known and no volunteers for any position have come forward. None of the nominees have refused their nomination nor indicated a refusal to accept the position. Fortunately there are enough people that want to keep the New Britain Power Squadron active. Pending the Membership vote, the Officers of NBPS for 2016-2017 include:

Commander: Paul Bialecki

Executive Officer: Robert DeConti

Education Officer: Robert Chase

Assistant Education Officer: Bill Butterly

Administrative Officer: Shared

Secretary: Shared

Treasurer: Edward Englehardt Jr.


30 April-1 May     Marine Swap & cookout. Riverside Marina, Portland, CT. Contact Tim Tyler 860-561-0669 (h) 860-680-3386 (cell) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

17-19 June  Essex Island Council Meeting/Rendezvous.

9 July            Sail Race at Branford Yacht Club

15-17 July    Mini cruise to Strong’s Marina, Mattituck, LI

29 July         Fishing Derby and picnic at the Lewis’s in Waterford. Fishing 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Picnic at 4:00 P.M. $5.00 and bring a dish. Rain date is 26 August. (Dates selected according to tide). More info in the summer edition of the ‘Sounds of One’.

12-14 August   Cruise to Mystic Seaport. Make dock reservations early.

17 September   Poker Run Blindfolded Dinghy Race and picnic.