ABOUT THE BANANA RIVER SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON
Organized in 1956, Banana River Sail and Power Squadron is a non profit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects. Our members are boating families who contribute to their communities by promoting safe boating through education. We enjoy participating with our fellow members on the water and in the classroom. Banana River Sail and Power Squadron has some 100 members serving the South Brevard Area.
There are 3 levels to the United States Power Squadrons: National, District and Local. Banana River Squadron is at the local level.
We are Part of District 23. This district is made up of 11 squadrons in the northeast part of Florida. We are the southern most squadron located in south Brevard County.
For the history of the USPS (United States Power Squadron) at the national level click on USPS Early HistoryUSPS Early History
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HISTORY OF THE BANANA RIVER SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON
In 1956, a group of local boaters took a Power Squadron course given by a Miami Squadron member who lived in Merritt Island. These boaters started our Squadron; Daytona Beach Squadron was our sponsor. The Peels, the Ladies Auxiliary, was also formed soon there after in 1957. Only 6 months old, we sponsored the Vero Beach Squadron, now part of D-8. This makes Banana River the southern most squadron in District 23.
In 1957 there were 47 members teaching public course, a class close to 100. A most ambitious effort in 1959 was teaching three simultaneous classes in Melbourne, Cocoa Beach and Titusville.
Boating activities were a big part in those early days with cruises to Titusville, Grant Farm Island, Sebastian Inlet, and even to Possum Bluff on the St. Johns River. More recently we include the annual Christmas Boat Parade down the Grand Canal in Satellite Beach, cruises to Capt Hiram’s or other waterfront places for lunch, the annual Blessing of the Fleet off Dragon Point, the King Neptune picnic at Ballard Park at the Eau Gallie River.
On shore get-togethers are always popular. Over the years, we have dress-up events such as the Change of Watch in February, Dockside parties at the Yacht Club, and the annual Christmas Party. Informal get-togethers include King Neptune Picnics, pancake breakfasts at the ocean parks and “First Thursday of the Month Dinner Out.”
Our first meetings were held at the old Eau Gallie Yacht Club located across from the Ballard Park. As the Squadron grew our meetings were held in the Melbourne Yacht Club, the Eau Gallie Harbor Club condos, the Eau Gallie Women's Club/Italian American Club. In 1999 we moved to our present home, the Satellite Beach Civic Center.
In 1989 our Banana River Squadron, through the efforts of P/R/C Spencer Anderson, arranged to have the USPS 75th Anniversary Ensign fly aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis. Upon return to Earth, is now on display at USPS headquarters.
Now in the 21st Century, 2006 marked our 50th Anniversary, we are making changes.
- Our boating courses are computer generated using multimedia projection equipment.
- Our name changed to Banana River Sail and Power Squadron to better identify us as a boating organization and to highlight that almost half our members are Sailors.
- We adopted a new Squadron Burgee, which features the confluence of the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon at Dragon Point. This is the center of our geographic area of operations.
- At the same time the squadron’s monthly newsletter, which started in 1958 as the “Banana Spiel“, was renamed “Dragon Tales”. It is published both as a printed and electronic version.
- This website was rebuilt and expanded in August 2008 to provides us an additional means of keeping our members and the community informed.
Social activities are a large part of our Banana River Squadron's make-up. It is the fun part augmenting our Educational, Cooperative Charting and Vessel Safety Check responsibilities.
We make our General meetings interesting by having speakers at the start of meetings and a social period with refreshments served by the PEELS afterward.
In addition, we schedule cruises and rendezvous along with lunches, picnics, and dinners such as at Christmas, and Change Of Watch.
As part of USPS Banana River Squadron assists in the maintenance and updating of nautical charts in our area. For a full explanation click on the Cooperative Charting link in the left column.
To learn how you can participate in this worthwhile activity contact our Co-Op Charting Chairman, listed in your current Members Roster.
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