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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Any member who has toys, donations or gift cards to donate to the SISPS Foundling Hospital Christmas Fund Raiser should contact Don Heap at (718)619-2188 or Christine DeMeo at (718)356-4712  to arrange a pickup or drop off.  They will be collecting Sunday, November 29, and running through Friday, Dec 4, 2020.

Thank you all for your generosity toward the children of the Foundling Hospital of Staten Island.


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

                                           COMMANDERS MESSAGE

                                            October - November 2020


  I hope that you and your family are doing well as we enter into the fall season.  It is always a sad time of year for me as we winterize and put our boats to bed for the winter.  I know that for some it has not been the best of summers but remember the old adage “a day on the water is better than a day in the office.”  I think that we all hoped that we would have control of the pandemic by now but that does not seem to be the case.  Restrictions seem to be lifting and more people are out and about but Hot Spots seem to be popping up.  With this in mind, we must continue to be vigilant, wear masks, wash our hands frequently and practice safe distancing. 

The bridge of SISPS is still looking to hold a meeting in the near future.  Restaurants and halls are opening up with 25% capacity.  Our Administrative Officer, Ann Zarr is still looking for a venue where we can hold our Christmas dinner.  Don and Margaret Heap have our Foundling Hospital fund raiser started and has already received over $500 in donations.  A email regarding the fundraiser was sent to all members as well as posted on our web site and Facebook page.  Our Education Officer, Dennis Genovese is looking into some seminars as well as a Basic ABC Class.  We will keep you informed of all these events via Email, Robo call, web site and Facebook if we can make them happen.

Congratulations are due to some of our members.  John Cassalbetta has attained 50 years membership in the USPS.  He will be receiving a pin and certificate directly from National.     Pete Woll, Fred Ardolino, and John Falvey all attained 25 years membership in USPS.  I sent them a pin in the mail.  I would have preferred to personally present them and I will acknowledge them at our next meeting.

On a sad note, SISPS lost 3 members so far this year.  Don Farrell, Bill Drinnan, and Norm Condit were all long time, active Squadron members.  May they rest in peace.

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.