The Raleigh Sail and Power Squadron
(RSPS) is a non-profit
organization of sail and power boaters in the Raleigh, North Carolina area dedicated
to promoting safe, enjoyable boating through education. RSPS is one of
over 360 squadrons in United States Power Squadrons®
a national organization of approximately 28,300 members dedicated to
the sport of recreational boating. We support the sport through organized
events such as educational classes, community service projects, and fun cruises.
Our educational activities include an introductory boating course
(America's Boating Course®
for the general public and a series of
on a variety of boating topics for our members. RSPS promotes
boating safety via display booths at local boat shows and on other
occasions such as National Safe Boating week
. We can also make
water-safety presentations at local corporate events.
RSPS is regularly involved in several civic and community service
projects. Among these are:
- United States Power Squadrons/NOAA
Cooperative Charting Project
- Big Sweep, a global waterway clean-up effort with events
- Vessel Safety Check program,
a joint project of United States Power Squadrons and the
- Jordan Lake
Adopt-a-Shoreline program to help clean up Jordan Lake's shores
- Kids' Day on the Water program to expose underprivileged
kids to the fun of boating
RSPS recently donated
members-built Optimist dinghies to the Maritime
Museum of North Carolina for use in their Junior Sailing Program.
This multi-year project was guided by our current Squadron Educational
officer, Lt. Commander Michael Dykstra, AP-IN.
During the boating season, we usually have at least one coastal
cruise per month, and several outings at the local lakes (Jordan,
Falls, Kerr, Gaston). Each month includes a membership meeting that
may take the form of dinner at a local restaurant, a fish fry,
oyster roast, pig-pickin', lakeside picnic, pot luck, and so on.
JOIN THE RALEIGH SAIL & POWER SQUADRON
We are eager to meet anyone that shares our common appreciation of:
- safe boating activities
- improving boating skills
- community service
- friendship and camaraderie among our fellow members
Active members must be at least 18 years of age. There are no age
considerations for other family members. Member dues for the
Raleigh Sail & Power Squadron are currently
$99.00/year (individual) or $149.00/year (family). This includes membership in our
umbrella organization, United States Power Squadrons®.
An additional, one-time $20.00 application fee is
required for new memberships (either individual or family). RSPS
is currently waiving the application fee for active United States military.
For more information about joining the Raleigh Sail & Power
Squadron, please contact:
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