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  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 14:55 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Tom Dobbins

    To the Membership, Commodore and Members of the Bridge

    The USCG is a branch of the armed forces, but during peacetime, they are under the Department of Homeland Security not the Department of Defense, so during this unfortunate government shut down, the young men and women serving, are forced to work without pay. Most junior members serving in our armed forces live paycheck to paycheck; it is a financial struggle for these folks even during normal times when they are being paid. Because military personnel are transferred every 3-4 years, it is very difficult for the spouses of the service members to have a successful career, so their primary income comes from the service member. These Coast Guard men and women signed on the dotted line and committed themselves to serve our country, but only due to not being part of the Department of Defense, they are faced with this burden. It does not matter where we stand on the politics with the government shutdown, they deserve our help.  These are the people who maintain the aids to navigation that we all heavily rely on, secure our ports and will come to our recuse no matter the weather.

    I am a member of the Portland Propeller Club, an international organization that promotes deep-water shipping. I am also Chair of the Portland Harbor Commission.  Several of the major marine terminals, the Propeller Club and many of its members have agreed to make Gift Card donations. We are reaching out to our other port partners to try and raise additional cards for food to help our local Coasties. We are working through the USCG Chief Petty Officer's Association to receive and distribute donations. The CPOA is a privately run association run by active duty and retired Chief Petty Officers. Where the association is not part of the CG, they can accept donations from the private sector without USCG legal issues. Working with the CPOA rather than the CG Mutual Assistance, they could ensure all contributions would stay here within the Sector Northern New England. The CPOA will accept any type of donation, but they prefer gift cards to supermarkets in the range of $25-$30, as it is easier to distribute to the folks needing help. If you make a cash or gift card donation please include your name and mailing address, as the CPOA would like to send a thank you note. The CPOA is a 501 non-profit association, making donations tax deductible.

    I hope you as an organization will donate directly to the COPA and you will reach out to our membership to donate as well 

    Our points of contact for donations are Master Chief Keith Naker or Chief Mikel Zachmann. Donations may be dropped off at the USCG base or mailed to Sector NNE Chief Petty Officers Association, c/o YNC Mikel Zachmann, 259 Front Street, South Portland, ME 04106-2028. Checks should be made out Sector NNE Chief Petty Officers Association. Donations can be made online to the local CPOA by clicking the “shop now” button or going to the event page on https://www.facebook.com/nnecpoa/. You can contact the CPOA by Email at northernnewenglandcpoa@gmail.com


  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 14:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Click on the Sail School button on the top menu bar for more details!

  • Sunday, December 02, 2018 21:48 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Check out our new E-store!  2nd tab to the right on the top menu bar.  All sorts of shirts, hats and other items.  More to come!

    Open to Members and non-Members!


  • Thursday, October 25, 2018 08:27 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please advise Mooring and Membership Committees of any plan to up-size your vessel as early as possible.  CYC’s mooring area is very compact and has limited locations suitable for boats over 30 ft. and those with drafts over 5 ft.  The Membership Committee maintains a list of those considering a larger boat, with mooring re-assignment based on date order advised and ability to accommodate the new vessel. 

    Thank you!

       Bob Doran / Margaret Snyder - Membership Committee

       Gordon Turcotte -Mooring Chairman

     

  • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 10:54 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Go to the Member page for details

  • Monday, November 21, 2016 10:15 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CYC recently purchased a portable Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and has installed it on the interior west wall of the Clubhouse near the sliding door.

    What is an AED?

    AED’s are used to treat sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating effectively.  The device automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a person and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of an electrical shock which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm. 

    Does CYC need this . . . why not wait until an emergency responder arrives?

    SCA is a leading cause of death in adults . . .and children!  Time is of the essence!  Treatment delays beyond 4 to 5 minutes decreases survival chances significantly.  For each minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival is reduced approximately 10%.  The average response time for first responders after a 911 call is 8 – 12 minutes. The prompt use of an AED with CPR techniques saves lives . . . nearly 70% of victims of the most common cause of SCA can survive when treated early with CPR and shock from a defibrillator. 

    The device is very simple to operate!

    While training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated defibrillator is desirable, studies have shown that the lack of training should not restrain an attempt in emergencies.  The Club has purchased a device designed for those who have never used an AED.  It guides the responder through every step.  Simply pull a handle to activate the AED and voice instructions guide you through the entire process – from correctly placing each pad on the person to performing CPR.  It even guides you on the frequency and depth of chest compressions, as well as breaths.  Special sensors in the pads provide feedback so the instructions are specific to the situation. 

    The AED assesses the person’s heart rhythm.  If a shock is advised, it directs you to press a flashing button.  If it determines that a shock is not called for, it won’t deliver a shock even if you press the button.



  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 12:30 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the December issue of Boat US enews

    VHF Radio Protocol

    By Lenny Rudow

    Here's how to use your VHF radio the right way so you can be understood, and get what you need.

    Photo of using a VHF radioPhoto: USCG

    Many boaters never take the time to learn how to properly use one of the most important pieces of safety gear on board your boat: the VHF radio. If you need to call for help, don't you want that call to be heard as clearly as possible? And if you're using the VHF for communications of convenience, you certainly don't want to step on an emergency transmission, do you? So let's dive right into the do's and don'ts of VHF protocol.

    Know Thy Channel

    Rule No. 1: Respect the channel designations, especially those of the "big three." Channel 16 is reserved for distress and safety calls and for contact calls to other vessels or shore stations. Channel 13 is used for vessel bridge-to-bridge communications and is heavily trafficked by commercial ships for intership navigation. And Channel 22A is used for safety broadcasts and U.S. Coast Guard communications; after hailing on 16, you're usually asked to switch to 22A. Because of congestion on 16, Channel 9 has been designated as an alternate contact-calling channel between pleasure vessels and to shore stations but, except in some areas, the Coast Guard doesn't transmit safety messages on 9. You should always monitor 16 in case a nearby boat needs help and to hear Coast Guard safety messages. Ideally, it's good to have two VHFs, one set on 9 and another tuned to 16.

    Do regular radio checks, but do them on a recreational communications channel, not on 16, 9, 22 or any other restricted channel. Something the authorities find quite aggravating is when a recreational boater calls on an emergency channel requesting a "radio check." Hailing "TowBoatUS" on 68 is an easy way to conduct a check.

    What channels should you use for regular conversations? Channels 68, 69, 71, 72, and 78A are considered non-commercial channels, and in most areas, 68 and 72 are commonly used by the recreational-boating community. But remember that the VHF is officially for "operational" purposes. This can be as informal as passing on a weather report, but conversations about what the dog chewed up yesterday are inappropriate. Some channels, such as 70, have restricted use, and you can't use them for voice communications.

    Whatever type of conversation you may be having, remember that no one else within a 20-mile range can talk on that channel while you're talking. Considering the limited number of appropriate channels, an extended conversation can inconvenience a large number of other boaters. So keep your VHF communications brief and to the point. If you're communicating with a boat that's close by (within a mile or two), you should switch over to low power. Both fixed-mount and handheld VHFs have low-power settings, which limit the range of your broadcast and thereby limit the number of other boaters you may be blocking out due to your transmission.

    Remember that everyone can hear you. It's very easy to offend a large number of people on the VHF, and there are often small children listening.

    Emergency Signaling

    In an emergency, your broadcast needs to be more structured. With the radio tuned to Channel 16 and the power set to high, begin your broadcast by stating either "Mayday" or "Pan-pan" three times over. Mayday is used when you're in a life-threatening situation. Pan-pan is the appropriate call to make when you're in a bad situation that isn't life threatening at the moment but could become life threatening. Next, state your vessel's name, latitude and longitude, a brief description of your boat, and the nature of your emergency. Speak slowly and clearly, and wait for a response from the Coast Guard. Once the Coast Guard knows the exact situation and location, be ready for some follow-up questions. You're likely to be asked about such things as the size and type of the boat you're on, the number and age of the people on board, and whether anyone has any medical training, if it's applicable to the situation.

     

    Listen to make sure that the channel is clear before transmitting.

    Even if you don't get an answer, continue making the emergency broadcast with those first three vital bits of information. The authorities (or perhaps a nearby pleasure boater) may be listening, even if you can't hear them calling back. Usually the best way to make sure your vital info gets through with no confusion or mistakes is to ensure that you have digital selective calling (DSC) active on your radio. This requires a Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number and a link to your GPS, unless you've got a newer VHF with a built-in GPS. When you press the DSC "panic button" on the VHF, the radio will automatically transmit your vessel information and exact location. And since it's digitally processed and uses narrow receiver bandwidth, it also boosts range over normal voice communications.

    If you know for a fact that you haven't activated DSC, check out the article "Setting Up A VHF Radio With Digital Selective Calling", which tells you how to integrate your VHF and GPS. Then visit the MMSI Registration page (free for members) to get an MMSI number and register your radio.

    Think of VHF communications like the highways and byways of our nation. They're public, everyone uses them, and everyone benefits from them. But they can become clogged with overuse and unpleasant due to discourtesy. Follow the proper VHF protocol, and everyone will be in for a better boating experience — and a safer one, too. 

    BoatUS electronics editor Lenny Rudow is a fishing expert and the senior editor for www.Boats.com.

  • Sunday, October 25, 2015 11:53 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A Classified Ad page is now available on the club website. Go to the members section and choose Classified Ads.  The section allows members to post an ad...

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