Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron announces upcoming January events.  The monthly dinner meeting (6:00 pm, Thursday, January 10) at the Squalicum Yacht Club building will feature a speaker from NOAA’s office in Seattle who will bring us up to date on the debris from Japan’s tsunami which is headed our way and in some cases already washing ashore.

In addition three new courses will begin in January, each meeting for one two-hour session per week over an eight week period.

 America’s Boating Course

  • Tuesday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, January 8 – February 26
  • An entry level course presenting the required topics all recreational boaters must know. In addition to the rules of the road, it covers the various types of boats, required safety equipment, navigation aids, signaling via lights and sounds, anchoring, communications afloat, adverse conditions, water sports safety, boat-trailering, personal water craft safety, and knots and lines. The course also introduces digital charts and GPS waypoint navigation. An excellent introductory class for the new boater and a good review for the experienced boater.
  • Bellingham Sail & Power Squadron teaches this course in partnership with Bellingham Technical College.  Completion qualifies the graduate for the mandatory Washington State Boater Education Card. Participants also earn college credit and may qualify for lower boat insurance rates.


  • Monday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, January 14 – March 4
  • Covers weather systems, patterns and forecasting.
  • Taught by a Bellingham Sail and Power Squadron member whose career included time as a meteorologist.


  • Wednesday, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, January 16 to March 6
  • The first and most basic of the navigation courses in an available series, covering chart reading, course plotting, and basic coastal or inland navigation. This course goes into more detail than the charting information covered in America’s Boating Course.
  • Significant hands-on charting work with paper charts, a very desirable skill even with the general use of electronic chartplotters which can malfunction.
  • Extensive use of local charts combined with experienced instructor provides knowledge of local waters

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