Since 1934, Staten Island Sail and Power Squadron has been teaching safety to the boaters of Staten Island, New York. Staten Island is one of the five boroughs of New York City. A unit of the United States Power Squadrons, SISPS has a vibrant educational program including the public Safe Boating course and a variety of courses available to its members. All courses are taught by volunteer instructors. SISPS members also enjoy an active social calendar of parties, picnics, and on-water activities. In addition, SISPS supports charitable efforts in the community.


Check out this interesting Article from 1943 Staten Island Advance.


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Happy New Year

As we draw the curtain down on another year...probably the worst year of our lives, let us look forward to 2021 and make it count, despite how hard and challenging it might be.


The health and safety of everyone involved in producing, exhibiting, and attending our show is of the utmost importance. Following a thorough market-by-market analysis regarding the feasibility of producing safe, successful and high-quality consumer experiences at NMMA winter boat and sport shows in 2021, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show, which was scheduled from January 27–31, 2021.

This decision was the result of months-long conversations with our exhibitors, the industry, health officials, venue operators, and other stakeholders with our ‘health and safety first’ principle top of mind. We understand the vital role this show plays in your business and we look forward to seeing you at the 2022 show.

There are a few options to handle your deposit if you made one:

  1. Secure your location for the 2022 show at the 2021 space rate and defer your deposit. If you choose this option, your deposit will automatically roll to the 2022 show.

  2. If you prefer a refund, your exhibitor relationship manager will process that for you. Please reach out to Lauren Rosenblatt, Lrosenblatt@nmma.org or 646-370-3577.

  3. We are evolving our boat shows to meet the demands of today’s consumer and tomorrow’s buyer. This winter, we will launch a new program that connects the power of NMMA’s boat shows across the country and puts into motion a strategic initiative that will integrate boat shows with the industry’s national Discover Boating campaign. Details will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, exhibitors rolling their deposit to 2022 will be automatically enrolled in the base offering and have the option to extend their footprint. Please contact Alisdair Martin at amartin@nmma.org to learn more.

While we’ve had to cancel a number of our shows since the outset of the pandemic, rest assured, NMMA has worked closely with our members to ensure the long-term financial viability of the association and especially our boat shows. We are excited about the future of boat shows and look forward to working together to continue connecting you with buyers.

Thank you for your understanding and support during these unprecedented times. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Lauren Rosenblatt, Lrosenblatt@nmma.org or 646-370-3577.


Jon Pritko
Vice President- Northeast Shows
National Marine Manufacturers Association


January 2021


  I hope that you and your family are doing well as we enter into the new year.  2021 brings us a COVID vaccine and the prospect that we will all be vaccinated by the start of the boating season.  However, in the meantime, we must continue to be vigilant, wear masks, wash our hands frequently and practice safe distancing. 

The bridge of SISPS has been working hard through the pandemic and will continue to do so throughout 2021.  On Staten Island, restaurants and halls are still closed except for outdoor dining.  We are still considered in the Orange zone and are faced with restrictions. Unfortunately, our Administrative Officer, Ann Zarr had to cancel our Christmas dinner.  The restaurant called and said that due to the restrictions, they were unable to accommodate us.  We will look to reschedule as soon as we are able.  Don and Margaret Heap did a great job spearheading  our Foundling Hospital fundraiser.  A $4500 check as well as toys, gift cards and stuffed animals were delivered early in December.  Many thanks to them and all who donated to this event.  Pictures of the gifts and presentation are posted on our website and Facebook page.  Our Education Officer, Dennis Genovese is looking into some seminars as well as a Basic ABC Class.  We just have to wait for the Yacht Clubs to be allowed to open before we can schedule the classes. The Lighthouse Museum has contacted us and asked if we could put together a virtual seminar to air through their web site.  We are in the process of working out the details. We will keep you informed of all these events via Email, Robo call, web site and Facebook if we can make them happen.

Dues are billed through National and are due yearly on the month that you joined.  When you receive your bill, please make every effort to pay it promptly.

If you have not done so, check out our redesigned web site at sisps.org.  We will try to keep it up to date with information and events.  We are also posting information on our Facebook page. 

Take care and stay healthy.

                                                Commander Jim McGrath

Just a reminder for all boaters in Great Kills Harbor.

The No Wake Buoy is back by GK Red Nun #6. The No Wake Zone is from the rocks at Crooks Point through the harbor.


Please be courteous to your fellow boaters.