Boating For The Fun Of It
“There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. In or out of ,em, it doesn’t matter, that’s the charm of it.” – Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
“Look what I caught!” For this young girl success is in the catching, then releasing her first fish. After time spent out on the water, everyone returns to the Squadron clubhouse for a cookout and to tell tales of “the ones that got away.”
One of the first things Jim Ward did when he and his wife Judy moved to Vero Beach was check out the Vero Beach Power Squadron. He wanted to see for himself if the non-profit boating education organization was as active and friendly as he’d been led to believe.
It was. “We arrived here on a Thursday and the following Tuesday we went out with a group on a cruise,” Ward says. “We didn’t know anyone but they made us feel very welcome and we said gee, we want to be part of this. Joining was a natural.”
Most of the 300 members of the VBPS, a member of the United States Power Squadron’s District 8, had a similar experience. Whether or not they own a powerboat or sailboat, they all share a love of boating and enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded folks.
Read the entire article in the January 2010 issue