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USPS is a non profit, boating educational and social organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable. Our members are boaters and boating families who enjoy participating with fellow members on the water and in the classroom. USPS members have fun together, learn together, and boat together.
USPS has nearly 35,000 members organized into over 350 squadrons across the country and in some US territories. USPS is America's largest non-profit boating organization.
Cape Lookout is a member squadron of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS) which is the world's largest private non-profit boating organization with about 450 local Squadrons. Cape Lookout's mission is to mirror the national organization's mission to educate the boating public, provide a safe boating environment, support our local communities and sponsor social activities for our members. We offer all our boating courses to the general public which covers topics such as skipper's responsibilities, boat terms and types, boat seaworthiness, marine radio use, charts and aids to navigation, course plotting and compass use, boat handling in adverse conditions, position determination, Coast Guard and state regulations, safety equipment, knots, and trailering.
Cape Lookout's Education
Our squadron offers more advanced courses in subjects like Seamanship, Piloting, Plotting and Position Finding, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electronics, Sailing and Cruise Planning. Experienced member instructors teach these courses.
Cape Lookout's Safety
Meeting and talking with fellow members, who are skilled in boating often provides safety and money saving information. And our members perform annual free boat safety checks (Vessel Safety Checks) for boaters of our local waters.
Cape Lookout's Social Activities
Our bi-monthly dinner meetings include a speaker whose topic is normally related to boating or on-water activities. In addition, we have occasional field trips, an annual on-water rendezvous, a summer cruise, a fall squadron picnic and a Holiday Party.
Cape Lookout Power Squadron was formed on January 16, 1960. The sponsor for our squadron was the Cape Fear Power Squadron of District 27. In 1998 the Squadron changed its name to Cape Lookout Sail and Power Squadron. Our burgee is trimmed in gold signifying over 50 years of existence.
As best as history and records can determine, eleven men were instrumental in forming Cape Lookout Power Squadron. Seven of these founders are presumed known, including W E Larson, the designer of our burgee.
The squadron pennant was approved by a USPS National Governing Board Meeting in 1960.The description for the design is as follows:
- The alternate blue and white stripes are taken from the USPS Ensign
- The black diamond is the symbol for Cape Lookout Lighthouse, from which the name was derived
- The star represents the north star, which seamen used for centuries to steer a course by
- The red surrounding the star represents courage to always do the right thing
- The white field around the black diamond stands for honor
- The eleven objects in the pennant represent the eleven original Squadron founders
Below are links to photos of some of the various activities we participate in.
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Where We Boat
Introduction to Boating
- Navigation In Your Pocket
- Holiday Gifts for You And Your Boat
- Winter Reading - A Few Good Books
- Boating At Night