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I trust that you all had a happy holiday season and enjoyed the fabulous holiday parties that you shared with family and friends! I am sorry that I was unable to attend our SBPS Holiday Party, but I was pleased that AnnMarie was able to go.  I on the other hand had to attend the Specialty Advertising Association of Greater New York (SAAGNY) Annual Holiday Party & Awards Presentation, at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle where we won the 2018 Distributor of the Year Award.  Of course, I did not know this ahead of time, thus the reason for Annie going to the SBPS Holiday Party and me going to SAAGNY.  Annie said that the SBPS party at the Stony Brook Yacht Club was great and by all accounts everyone enjoyed themselves.  Wishing you all a very safe Happy New Year filled with health, happiness and prosperity!

We start the year off with our Executive/General Meeting on January 9, 2019, at the Stony Brook Yacht Club and this is where we will map and plot out our year’s education, events and activities.  Please make an effort to join us at this meeting as we could use your volunteerism.   

As your 2 term SBPS Commander, Annie an I will be attending the District 3 Terrapin Sunday Brunch on 1/13/19, as this is the first get together of the D3 incoming commanders under incoming District Commander Thomas Pilek, AP.  This will be followed by the District 3 Orientation Meeting on 2/1/19, where we will learn all bout the 2019 agenda.  The United States Power Squadrons Annual Meeting takes place, February 19-23, 2019 in Orlando, FL, unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts I am unable to attend.

It has been some time since we last had a guest speaker at one of our general meetings.  Perhaps one of our members has a suggestion or an interest in a topic that we can explore.  Or, is there one of the USPS seminars that are of interest to you?  Take a look here and see all of the interesting seminars that are available, we can schedule any one of these at a general meeting.

CDR Thomas Rondi, AP



SEO P/C Allan Hiltunen, SN   (631) 265 6561,    

Boating Course: The Spring 2019 America’s Boating Course will start Tuesday,5 March 2019, at Hauppauge High School, room 212, at 7:30 pm.   The course is four nights (2 hours/night) plus the exam. The exam will be held on 2 April 2018. The optional Navigation lessons will be held 9 April 2019 and16 April 2019.  a detailed schedule is listed on Smithtown Bay’s web site:

 Instructor Recertification: Any instructor teaching the ABC must be certified by USPS. To be certified, a member must complete the USPS Instructor Development Course. Certification is for four years. To be recertified an instructor must take a two hour recertification course.   District 3 will be holding a recertification course in January 2019. We have two instructors that need to be recertified. I will notify them of the exact date, time and place, when I hear from District 3.


                                                                                                                             An Educated Boater is a Safer Boater

P/C Allan Hiltunen, SN

Squadron Education Officer



Once again I just want to thank everyone for an uneventful, quiet and peaceful 2018. Our membership remains steady and Smithtown Bay stayed the course established by the Executive Committee, D3 and National. As of this moment we will likely be doing more of the same for 2019.

This holiday season, my son Noah and I traveled half way around the world to Indonesia to scuba dive on a live aboard. We got to spend countless hours at sea and learned a lot from the environment and local population.  

What we learned at sea was when presented with two options why not do both. So we did. Where there is a will and willingness you can accomplish all your goals. 

As we enter 2019 may I suggest every member accept the challenge to do both. Smithtown Bay Power Squadron meets every second Wednesday at 8PM. I’m looking forward to another New Year and hearing all the holiday stories.  Come on down to a meeting and consider getting involved in USPS.

                                                                                                                                                                     P/C Marc Gottlieb, AP

                                                                                                                                                                         Executive Officer



I hope everyone had a very joyous holiday season and Happy New Year! As we start 2019, it's vital to keep in touch with members and thank them for their efforts. Be sure to express appreciation to your vessel examiners, instructors, newsletter contributors, poster contest volunteers, executive committee members, and others. As a suggestion, you might publicly review why volunteers received a merit mark. Everyone likes to receive praise.

Member benefits provided by America’s Boating Club are significant and valued by many of us. Do you use your member benefits when making purchases, planning trips or looking for gift ideas? Do you know where to find the list of member benefits on our website? How often do you peruse the website to identify additions or changes? How important are your benefits when you consider the value of your membership and your membership renewal? Please visit the Member Benefits website, review our 50-plus benefits USPS Members can preview new America’s Boating Channel videos like “Dangers of BUI” and “Safety Tips for Paddle Sports” before their public launch in Spring 2019 by visiting New titles are being added biweekly.  

You're invited to appear on camera in America's Boating Channel's third season of safe boating videos. On the America's Boating Channel Facebook page, click on Jobs. You can preview new videos like "Stand-Up Paddleboard Safety" before their public launch this spring by visiting

Lt/C Ann Marie Rondi, AP

Administrative Officer




The 2018-2019 Annual Budget was approved by the Executive Committee at the March 14th Meeting.

Lt/C Kathy Severino, AP

 Squadron Treasurer           


National has approved our Revised By-Laws effective March14, 2013 and can be downloaded by clicking on the By-Laws link on the home page.

P/C  Daniel J. O'Brien, SN

  Rules Chairman       


Meet your 2018-2019 Bridge Officers who were installed at the 68th Annual Change of Watch Ceremony April 11, 2018. 






SECRETARY William Hoffman, P

TREASURER Kathleen Severino, AP


CDR Tom Rondi, AP, P/C Douglas Schroeder, AP, P/C Alan Hiltunen, SN,

P/C Marc Gottlieb, AP, Lt./C Kathleen Severino, AP, P/C William Hoffman, P, Lt./C Ann Marie Rondi, AP

Elected Members

P/C Dan O’Brien, SN             Harry Walter          P/C Robert Rupnick, AP          P/C Richard Silva, AP


See previous Rendezvous photos in the Photo Album Link.

P/C Rich Silva, AP          


Congratulations to P/C Al Hiltunen And P/C Joe Tipaldo on being awarded National 50 Merit Mark Awards and are now National Member Emeritus.

 Congratulations to  members who were awarded a Merit Mark for 2018. If you did not get one and think you should have, contact CDR Tom Rondi.

Make sure you get one in 2019


Happy January Birthdays to: Bernadette Benjamin, Amand DeRose, Noah Gottlierb, Lt./C Ann Marie Rondi. 

If you would like to pass along any information through the good and welfare page of the White Caps please call my cell 631-988-5087 or send me an email. My email is

P/C Marc Gottlieb, AP

                                                      Good & Welfare Chairman                                                    


Upcoming Events: (Watch for details):

National Meeting 2/17-23 Orlando. Fl.

District 3 Spring Conference/Change of Watch 3/29-30, Mellville Mariott, Mellville, NY.

District 3 Memorial Service 4/7

SBPS Change of Watch 4/10

Spring Brunch 5/5, TVI, Stony Brook, NY

Smithtown day 6/2

June BBQ 6/23

District 3 Rendezvous East, 7/26-28

First Mates Brunch TBD

Annual XMAS Party, 12/12, Stony Brook Yacht Club, Stony Brook, NY.

Executive Committee Meeting February 6, 2019 6:30 pm,  following 8:00 pm, Stony Brook Yacht Club, Stony Brook, NY.

                                                                                                   Annual XMAS Holiday Party was held, Dec. 12th, with 21 members present, Stony Brook Yacht Club, Stony Brook, NY.                                                                                                                

                                                                                                       District 3 Fall  Conference was held November 3rd at the Melville Marriot, Melville,NY                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                 SBPS 67th Annual Change of Watch Meeting was held Wednesday April 12th. 7:00 pm Stony Brook Yacht Club, Stony Brook, NY. (Click for details).

Contact the Chairman below with your request or ideas for future programs.

P/C Tom Romndi,AP

Program Chairman



Long Island Sound Advice

You may be thinking, “Boating in cold weather sounds dangerous!” However, since it may be as much a lifestyle as it is a hobby, here are some basic tips to stay safe during colder winter months.

1.     Dress in Layers- Even if you think you are adequately dressed while on shore, the wind and colder water temperatures will make you wish you had extra  thermals, hats, gloves, windbreakers, socks etc.

2.     Tell People Where You Are Going- The elements such as snow and ice can force you into dangerous situations. Pick someone to be your contact and give them a float plan. Tell them where you are going and when you expect to be back.

3.     Check the Weather- Look at radar maps, learn how to spot danger signs, prepare yourself and your boat for foul weather.

4.     Don’t Drink and Boat- Impaired judgement by alcohol or drugs is never acceptable. In extreme weather, it can become fatal. Always wear your lifejacket or float coat.

If you sail, don’t Wassail.

Boat Safely or Stay Home

   Get a free Radio Check. Go to


**This law went into effect on November 1st 2009**

On July 11th, 2009 Governor Paterson signed into law a bill to require all persons, including adults, on any pleasure vessel under 21ft to wear a personal flotation device when underway from November 1st to May 1st. This new law will raise awareness and has the potential to save lives. Cold water immersion and hypothermia are twin dangers faced by a boater when a boat swamps or capsizes in water temperatures less than 60 degrees F. During the late fall and early spring, waterways have less boat traffic and response by rescue and law enforcement may be slower than in summer months. 
*Required on all vessels under 21 feet: This means motorboats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, & paddleboats.
*Must wear a life jacket from November 1st to May 1st. This law went into effect on November 1st 2009.
*All owners or operators must insure that everyone on board is wearing a properly fastened, USCG approved wearable PFD of an appropriate size when the vessel in underway.  
Also signed into law.. is an extension of the exemption for PWC operators over the age of 18 to hold a boating safety certificate in order to rent a personal watercraft. No certificate will be required until 2012.

Be advised that all of Long Island Sound is now designated a no discharge area.

Learn CPR/AED Heart Rescue (Go to Nautical Links)

P/C Robert Rupnick, AP

Boat Show/Safety Chairman


Recipient of 2017 National Distinctive Communicator Publication Award

Copies of the White Caps since May 2009 have been archived (Click here to view)

The January "White Caps" has been published.

Any changes to planned events or additional events, such as the course schedules can be found on our website which is in operation 24/7.

Please visit our new and improved website:       


As your newsletter editor, I would like to remind all members that they are welcome to submit ant articles of interest and or comments that can be published in the newsletter.. As a member, your voice can be listened to at our General Meeting and viewpoints can be expressed in our newsletter., but we need to hear from you.

Many of us may have exciting events or trips that have been taken and can be shared with other members both within and outside our squadron. Please feel free to submit them to me for future publication in the newsletter. I am always looking for additional articles of interest to enhance our newsletter, so please feel free to submit them to me.

Articles and contributions are always welcome. Also utilize the "For Sale" and "Wanted Section".


Place your ad here. Contact the White Caps Editor.

P/C William Hoffman, AP

"White Caps" Editor


District 3 Fall Conference was held November 3rd., Melville Mariott, Melville, NY.

District 3 Spring Conference and Change of Watch was held Mar. 23-24, Melville Marriot, Melville, NY.

D-3 Rendezvous East, Greenport, NY was held July 27-28.

District 3 Fall Education Conference was held Nov. 4th, at the Melville Marriot, Melville, NY. SBPS Received a 2017 MIRA Award.

District 3 Memorial Service was held Sunday April 2, 2017, 3:30 pm, Port Washington, NY. 


See the July -August  2005 Issue of the Ensign, it featured an article written by P/Lt/C Harry Walter, S

" The Story Behind The Smithtown Bay Power Squadron Burgee"

The story is also featured on our History page.


Smithtown Bay has received a National 2018 MIRA Award

Smithtown Bay  has been  awarded 2018 Distinctive Communicator Awards for our Website.

Latest National News (Click here)

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NYS Navigation Law: On 27 September 2013 Governor Cuomo signed legislation mandating all NYS boaters to obtain a boating safety certificate by completing an eight hour safe boating course.   The requirement will be put into effect over a period of years, beginning 1 May 2014 with all 18 year old boaters.

This law supersedes all local laws relating to requirements for safety certificates.  The law authorizes the Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, at his/her discretion to develop a method for approving on line safety courses.

On March 31, 2011, New York State Legislature established a no-fee recreational marine fishing registry to take place of the recreational marine fishing license that was previously implemented in October 2009. The new no-fee registry legislation was signed with a "sunset clause," which is set to expire on December 31, 2013. This means that if the New York State Legislature does not take further action to continue the registry after the expiration date, the recreational marine license will be implemented again. Go to

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Last updated 1/10/19