Star Calendar April 2017

Star calendar April 2017

1 Apr     High in the west at dusk, Orion is to the lower left of the waxing crescent moon. Magnitude 0.5 Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width to the left while magnitude 0.85 Aldebaran is almost 1 fist-width to the lower right. Mercury, at its greatest elongation, 19 degrees east of the sun, sets more than 1½ hours after the sun and can be seen low in the west at evening twilight.

2 Apr     Betelgeuse is 1 fist-width below the moon at dusk.

3 Apr     High in the south at sunset, magnitude 0.46 Procyon is 1 fist-width to the first-quarter moon’s lower left. Magnitude 1.22 Pollux is the same distance to the upper left. The bright star 3½ fist-widths below the moon is magnitude -1.09 Sirius, the Dog Star.

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P/C J. Brockway Clark, JN

Known for his love of God, country, family and all things in water and wood, Frederick John VanVechten Brockway Clark died Feb. 11, 2017. His friends and family knew Brockway as a larger than life character, not just because of his lanky 6’ 2” frame. He was born May 5, 1930 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the third of four children of Helen and Charles Amory Clark II. The family moved to San Diego in 1936 and built their own home in midtown overlooking Lindbergh Field.

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Lt Raymond S. Sullivan, P

Raymond SullivanRay Sullivan and his twin sister, Shirley, joined the family in Miami in 1928. He passed into his heavenly home on Feb. 12 while in the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, Forrest and Ruth Sullivan, his twin Shirley Logue, his brother Eugene, and his daughter Karen. He is survived by Marnie Sullivan, his loving wife of 40 years; his daughter Jill Sullivan (Dan Reichert) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and his grandson Daniel Schueppert of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ray obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida where he played the alto saxophone in the band. He was a lifelong Gators fan. After graduating from Emory Dental School in 1954, he served as a dentist in the U.S. Army at Fort Lewis in Tacoma during the Korean Conflict. He joked that he fought the Battle of Puget Sound. He and his first wife Jacqueline returned to Miami in 1956 where Ray began his superlative dental practice of 40 years. Ray’s professional life was a testament to his generosity and his desire to help others. He donated his time and skill to all of the children at the Baptist Children’s Home in Miami for over 30 years. He also donated dental care one day a month at the Miami-Dade County dental clinic for many years and participated in several medical/dental mission trips to Anguilla, Guatemala and Nicaragua. He was a member of several dental societies and served as president of the Kiwanis Club of South Miami. He was also a member of Arcturus, the Key West think-tank while he and Marnie lived in the Florida Keys. He and Marnie also enjoyed membership in the Key West and Sebastian Inlet Sail & Power squadrons.

Throughout his life Ray made and kept many friends, some of whom he had known since they were “in diapers together.” He was a caring soul who touched so many in his lifetime with his friendship, love, support and generosity. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body and was a fun guy to be around. We are all richer to have shared our time with him.

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March 2017 star calendar

Star calendar March 2017

1 Mar     Low in the west at dusk, magnitude -4.2 Venus is 1½ fist-widths to the thin waxing crescent moon’s lower right. Magnitude 1.3 Mars is 2 finger-widths to the right.

3 Mar     The moon is at perigee, 369,000 kilometers away.

4 Mar     Magnitude 0.85 Aldebaran is ½ finger-width to the moon’s upper left high in the south at dusk. Later this evening the moon passes within 0.2 degrees of Aldebaran.

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P/C Thomas L. Cantrell, JN

Thomas CantrellP/C Thomas Leo Cantrell, JN, of Alamitos Sail & Power Squadron, passed away at his home in Anaheim, California, on Oct. 2, 2016. He was 89. He went through chemotherapy for colon cancer like a trooper then died of a heart attack. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, graduated from high school in 1945 and joined the navy. He married Irene McDonnell on Oct. 3, 1948, and in 1957 he moved his family of four from Woburn, Massachusetts, to Anaheim, California. He was active in the United States Power Squadrons for many years, obtained his Captain’s License in 1996 and was a past commander. He loved being on the water and had his own boat for years. He used his expertise to help a friend take his boat down the Intracoastal Waterway from Maryland to Florida, and it was the best time of his life. He will be truly missed.

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P/C Everett Smith, AP

Long-time Raritan Bay Power Squadron member P/C Everett Smith, AP, passed away in the early morning hours of Christmas Eve.

In 1969 Everett was in Raritan Bay Power Squadron’s first boating class and was invited to become a member. From 1969 through 1973 he printed Relative Bearings and supported it with pictures and articles. In 1970 he was a student in the squadron’s first Seamanship class. He went on to become the rendezvous chair and entered the first predicted log contest in his first boat. In 1971 he continued as chair of the Rendezvous Committee and also chaired the Picnic Committee.

He joined the Keyport Yacht Club and was able to arrange to have squadron meetings held at the yacht club. In 1971 he also became chair of Mike Kupper Co-Op Charting and was on the committee for several years. In 1973 he became chair of the Auction Committee. Being a man of strong convictions and strong feelings about equal rights for women, he resigned from USPS in 1974 through 1979. He refused to be a member of an organization that excluded women from full membership. He insisted on membership for his lovely wife and others who wished to join.

In 1980 he rejoined Raritan Bay Power Squadron. From 1981 through 1997 he was chair of Engine Maintenance curriculum. He also became a member of the Membership Committee. Everett regularly served as a table proctor in many basic boating classes.

He became chair of District 4 Engine Maintenance curriculum in 1983 and served the position under four district commanders. From 1983 through 1996 he was chair of the squadron’s Meetings Committee. From 1995 through 2002 he chaired Predicted Log event. He won the contest four times in a row and was awarded the permanent possession of the trophy with the condition he add the names of future winners.

Other achievements included squadron chair of the Port Captains committee in 1986, commander of Raritan Bay Power Squadron in 1989, chair of photography in 1990, and Life Member of USPS in 1997. In 2009 he again served as chair of District 4 Engine Maintenance. In 2012 he received his 40th Merit Mark.

From 1951 through 1955 Everett served in the United States Air Force. Everett was a member of the Keyport Yacht Club from 1965 through 2000. While a member of the yacht club he was elected to their Board of Governors, was Fleet Captain, House chair and Membership chair.

Once again Everett got involved, and in 2008 he became a volunteer for the Toms River Seaport Society and Maritime Museum. He was active in restoring old wooden boats, photographing and writing for their news letter, The Seafarer.

We cannot help but respect Everett’s commitment to his principles, his family and his squadron. In so many ways, Everett was a role model for volunteerism. His loss is great, and we pray that those of us who remain can fill the void he left.

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Reduce risks on the ice

Reduce risks on the ice

By Joseph Jonhenry

Unless you plan on joining the Polar Bear Club, you’ll want to take precautions to ensure a relatively safe passage while walking on an iced-over lake.

It’s impossible to judge the strength of ice by its appearance, thickness, daily or extended temperatures, or snow cover. Ice strength is dependent on all of these factors as well as the water depth under the ice, the surface water area, water chemistry, currents, and the distribution of the load on the ice.

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January 2017 star calendar

Star calendar January 2017

1 Jan     Magnitude -4.3 Venus is 2 finger-widths to the waxing crescent moon’s upper left at dusk.

2 Jan     Tonight the moon lies between magnitude -4.3 Venus, less than 4 finger-widths to the lower right, and magnitude 0.9 Mars, less than 2 finger-widths to the upper left.

3 Jan     The moon slides past Mars this evening and forms a straight line with Venus low in the southwest at dusk. Mars is 4 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right, and Venus lies 1 fist-width beyond Mars.

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Keep your balance on the water

By Dan Fannon

How many times have we heard someone say, “Remember to eat a balanced diet,” or “Don’t forget to balance work and play”? Maintaining balance is a primary life skill, but one easily overlooked in these harried times of pressured work schedules and few moments set aside for reflection and refreshment. I encourage you to give serious thought to the effects of balance as it applies to our life on the water.

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DIY Flagstaff

Build a DIY flagstaff for your powerboat

By Dave Osmolski

I’ve been vacationing in Southwest Florida for longer than I have been a member of United States Power Squadrons. I haven’t visited every yacht basin and marina, but out on the water and along the Intracoastal Waterway, I have never seen a vessel flying the USPS ensign save for the one on my boat.

USPS encourages members to introduce our organization to the public with seminars, classes and by our presence at boat shows. While these are important, I think one of the best ways to advertise our presence is to fly the ensign.

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From Newport News to Mystic

From Newport News, VA, to Mystic, CT

By Paul Gray

In early fall, my friend Al Bezanson used to sail Green Dragon, a small wooden schooner he’s had since 1963, down south to the Chesapeake for the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race. After spending the winter in Norfolk, Virginia, Green Dragon would head north to cruise the Massachusetts and Maine coasts all summer long.

One year I joined Al and Jay Irwin for the return trip north. We planned to leave Norfolk early on a Friday, round Cape Charles, sail directly to Montauk and head into Mystic, Connecticut, sometime on Sunday, sailing nonstop for about 60 hours.

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