by boaters, for boaters


"Come for the Boating Education...Stay for the Friendship." SM





Some of you may have noticed that you have not been receiving your monthly copy of the White Caps and the reason for this is that the Smithtown Bay Power Squadron Bridge has decided to reduce the number of newsletter publications from 10 to 4.  We will now be publishing the White Caps on a quarterly basis and this still affords us the opportunity to still qualify for the all-important Communicator Award.   We will supplement the White Caps with regular email notifications informing the membership of news, current events, education classes, courses and squadron activities. 

Another significant change that will be taking place will be the scaled down version of the Change of Watch.  Since there will be no change to the slate of bridge offices the feeling among the executive committee was, why have a full-blown Change of Watch when there is not going to be any change of bridge officers?  So, our most senior officer will swear in the slate of bridge officers at an April 19th COW brunch at the view, see the flyer later in this newsletter.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Recently I notified our bridge officers of a webserver attack to the national website.  Here is the notice that I received:

As you may have heard, the webserver at has been the target of a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, which has overwhelmed its ability to serve pages. The IT Committee is currently taking steps to mitigate the effects of the attack and restore the webserver to full functionality as soon as possible.

While the usps website is currently having issues and the member site is unavailable, you can still access the 'backend' system. Those include the information center, the HQ800 system, and a number of membership functions like the online OD-x. To access the systems you can go to There are a number of links to additional functions in the information center menu

March 6th is the District 3 Council meeting at the Melville Marriott and that will be followed by the District 3 Spring Conference and Change of Watch of which many of us will be attending.  Please do your best to try and make this important meeting.

CDR Thomas Rondi, AP



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

Boating Course: The Spring 2020 Americaís Boating Course will start Tuesday,10 March 2020, at Hauppauge High School, room 213, at 7:30 pm.   The course is four nights (2 hours/night) plus the exam. The exam will be held on 7 April 2020. The optional Navigation lessons will be held 21 April 2020 and 28 April 2020.   A detailed schedule is listed on Smithtown Bayís web site: 

Boating Course Flyer: A copy of the Spring 2020 Boating Course Flyer Is included in this monthís White Caps. Please make copies and post them in your area. 

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.   Hempstead Bay Power Squadron will be holding a recertification course On April 4, 2020 from 10 am to 2 pm at the American Legion Hall, #854 On 51 Roosevelt Ave, Valley Stream, NY.  

Briannas Law: NY State passed a law effective 1 January 2020 that requires all NYS motor boat operators, age 10 and greater to pass a boating safety course. The details are stated on an enclosed page.

                                                                                                                                 An Educated Boater is a Safer Boater

P/C Allan Hiltunen, SN

Squadron Education Officer



It's official! Spring is a month away and I'm looking forward to the upcoming boating season. Although I no longer technically own a boat my brother does and my son is living on a 500S Prestige. Last season I spent 40 hours on his small yacht navigating it down the Illinois River to its new home on Lake Michigan. It really doesn't get any better than that or maybe it does.

Commander Tom Rondi will once again be sworn in and under his leadership will navigate us into the unknown future. The squadron owes Tom our praise and gratitude for his leadership and willingness to take on another term. He also makes time to take part in district committees and activities as well.

Once again the USPS message is loud and clear. We are the United States Power Squadron and no longer individual squadrons without direction. With the new law itís expected we will have a record turnout for this years Boating Class. Attempt to attend one of the classes to show our solidarity and the new face of USPS.

                                                                                                                                                                  P/C Marc Gottlieb, AP

                                                                                                                                                                         Executive Officer



As Spring is just around the corner and appears that the ground hog was on target by projecting early spring weather, the power squadron is becoming more active with plenty of upcoming events. Hopefully if the temperature stays in the fifties and sixties, it gives us more incentive to get our boats into the water early.

Our next Executive and General Meeting on 11 March 2020 is an important meeting as we announce the Bridge Officerís for the coming year. We are pleased that they volunteered for another term and thank them for their service and commitment to our squadron.

Our ABC class will be starting on 10 March 2020 and hoping for a large attendance. Please consider coming down and helping out in the class and lend your expertise to the students. On April 19th we will have our C.O.W. and combine it with a First Mateís Brunch at the View in Oakdale. This event is for Smithtown Bay squadron members only and hope the change in venue will bring out more members in support for our squadron.

If you have any interest in becoming more involved with our squadron, would like to join our bridge or committee or even have any suggestions for general membership meetings or events, please let me know. 

Lt/C Ann Marie Rondi, AP

Administrative Officer




The 2019-2020 Annual Budget was approved by the Executive Committee at the March 13th 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 2019-2020 Bridge Officers who were installed at the 69th Annual Change of Watch Ceremony April 10, 2019. 






SECRETARY William Hoffman, P

TREASURER Kathleen Severino, AP


CDR Tom Rondi, 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 OíBrien, SN             Harry Walter          P/C Robert Rupnick, AP          P/C Richard Silva, AP       P/C Raymond Driscoll. P


See previous Rendezvous photos in the Photo Album Link.

P/C Rich Silva, AP          


 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 May Birthdays to: Eva Decker, James Dimmler, P/C Marc Gottlieb, Terri Gottlieb, Melissa McTigue, CDR Tom Rondi, Robert Schiano, P/C Rick Silva, P/C Joseph Tipaldo. 

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 was held 2/9-16/20, Ponte Vedra  Fl.

70th Annual Change of Watch 4/19 at the Spring Brunch. The View, Oakdale, NY. CANCELLED

Smithtown Day 6/1.

Annual June BBQ 6/28, Schubert's Beach, Smithtown, NY.

District 3 Fall Conference was held 11/2/19 SBPS was awarded a 2019 MIRA Award.

District 3 Rendezvous East was held  7/26-28, Greenport, NY.

Annual XMAS Party was held 12/18, Stony Brook Yacht Club, Stony Brook, NY.

National Meeting was held 2/17-23/19, Orlando. Fl.

District 3 Spring Conference/Change of Watch was held 3/29-30, Melville Mariott, Melville, NY.

SBPS 69th Annual Change of Watch Meeting was held Wednesday April 10th. with 42 members and guests attending, Stony Brook Yacht Club, Stony Brook, NY.

District 3 Memorial Service was held 4/7

                                                                                                  2018 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                                                                                                                                                                                              

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

P/C Tom Romndi,AP

Program Chairman



Long Island Sound Advice

In my previous message, I spoke about 3 of the 6 Unwritten Rules of the Water which, for the most part, amounted to courtesy and consideration. In review, here are the first three:

1. Proper Preparation

2. Boat Ramp/Marina etiquette

3. Educate Your Guests

Letís talk about 4. Anchoring (far) away. Donít crowd other boats when you drop the hook for a break or the evening. Be aware of changing wind and tides.

5. Lend a Hand. Not all boaters are Old Salts. Most people will appreciate help in launching or docking. But donít insist that your help is always needed.

6. Wave. Not only does it make everyone feel happy, but it tells the other boater that you see him and acknowledge his presence.

Up next month, Iíll discuss what you need to pass a Vessel Safety Check. Until then,

Safety. Itís something we all can live with.

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 2019 National Distinctive Communicator Publication Award

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

The March "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 Education Conference was held 11/2/19, Melville Marriot, Melville, NY

D-3 Rendezvous East, Greenport, NY was held July 26-28.

District 3 Spring Conference and Change of Watch was held Mar. 29-30, Melville Marriot, Melville, 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.


Governing Board Meeting was held  9/18-9/14 Louisville, KY.

Smithtown Bay  has been  awarded 2019 Distinctive Communicator Awards for our Website and White Caps publication.

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NYS Navigation Law: Governor Cuomo signed legislation mandating all NYS boaters to obtain a boating safety certificate by completing a safe boating course.   

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 5/17/2020