Lansing Sail & Power Squadron, located in central Michigan, is one of 350 squadrons in United States Power Squadrons. USPS, the largest non-profit boating organization, has been helping boaters become more proficient for over a hundred years by offering a wide range of superior boating courses.

Lobster Fest and Rendezvous

August 19-20 Grand Traverse Sail and Power Squadron Rendezvous at Northport Municipal Marina


The premier event of the summer is the annual lobster fest in Northport on the Leelanau Peninsula. Festivities begin on Friday night with Brats, Popcorn and bonfire. Lansing Sail and Power Squadron sponsors breakfast on Saturday morning (a fundraiser for our squadron) and the festivities wrap up Saturday night with the famous lobster bake.

This popular event can be reached via boat or car. All events take place north of the Northport Marina. If you have not made room reservations yet you should look in the Traverse City area – most hotels on the peninsula are booked at this time. There are some Bed and Breakfasts which may have openings – Omena, Suttons Bay and Leland are the other towns on the peninsula which are close to Northport.

It’s all hands on deck for Saturday morning. Lansing hosts the breakfast and we will need helpers with set up, cooking, serving and clean up. The Dudleys and Bezdeks are organizing the event; if you plan to attend please contact one of them to let them know you can help out.

Registration deadline is August 12. See registration form in the online Crow's Nest.

Coast Guard implements fully functioning "virtual" and "synthetic" electronic aids to navigation

In the future, some Navigation Aids may not be placed in the water and will only appear on electronic devices.

On March 12, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard began operating 25 fully functioning "virtual" and "synthetic" electronic aids to navigation, or eATON, as the agency labels them, in San Francisco waters.

The Coast Guard, which operates AIS shore stations, now uses the technology to identify its aids to navigation and to signal the characteristics and coordinates of each to electronic charts and other navigation displays, and even via properly integrated personal computers, tablets, and cell phones. The broadcast system is now fully operational throughout the U.S., except in the Great Lakes. In addition to standard AIS capabilities, the technology includes three types of electronic aids classified as Synthetic, Real, and Virtual — and each has different uses and applications.

[More information in BoatUS magazine Article]

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