Founder's Day Celebration!
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About the Event
In January 1938, the Rochester Yacht Club (RYC) Commodore, Harold Field, and club member Bob Gordon attended the New York Boat Show and returned enthused about USPS from information learned at the show. They approached F. Ritter Shumway and asked him to teach the USPS course to RYC members. In February 1938, about 14 people enrolled in the first USPS Piloting course offered in Rochester. Ten passed the exam and under the guidance of their enthusiastic teacher, proceeded to establish the Rochester Power Squadron. Ritter was elected as the first commander (1938-1939). Its membership grew to over 700 in years past and two other squadrons were formed from Rochester Squadron as membership increased. They were Iroquois Power Squadron chartered in 1961 and Red Jacket Power Squadron chartered in 1976.
Join us to celebrate the founding of our wonderful club!