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Our Approach

Our Approach

The United States Power Squadrons® have been teaching safe boating since 1914. Our local chapter, Cape Fear Sail & Power Squadron, continues this tradition since its inception in 1951 by offering the most comprehensive and thorough training you will find. By combining the fundamentals of safe boating with our exclusive Local Knowledge and On-the-Water components, you will be provided with an unsurpassed level of learning for you to become a safe and responsible boater while gaining the confidence to boat in our coastal area.

Our Story

Teaching

We teach boating courses ranging from the fundamentals found here to advanced celestial navigation, including popular classes in Seamanship, Weather, Engine Maintenance, Marine Electrical Systems, Sail, Cruise Planning, Marine Navigation Systems and many more.

Squadron

Our squadron has 240+ members from all walks of life with a common bond -- love of boating. Some our our member's boats are large, some are small, and some members do not have a boat at all. We're sure you would find someone just like yourself to share the fun of boating and additional education opportunities.

You can find out more about the national organization at www.usps.org and about us locally at www.capefearsailandpowersquadron.org.

Meet the Team

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Cdr Otis White, P

Commander

Otis retired as Faculty Chair for Business, Management and Public Administration at Rio Salado College and continues as a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University where he teaches Public Sector Leadership online. For over 25 years he has taught classes in entrepreneurship, business statistics, human resources, public leadership and a wide variety of management courses in both the community college and university setting. Before joining academia, he created and ran two companies. One in the advertising and public relations arena and the other in strategic planning for large family owned companies. His entrepreneurial career spanned over 21 years and his academic career has continued for an additional 25 years. Family includes his wife Barbara, son Robert and Daughter Heather. Between the son and daughter there are 5 grandchildren. Three are in Minneapolis and two are in Palmyra, VA. His boat is a completely rebuilt classic 22’ Shamrock inboard named Potential II. Barbara and Otis moved to Wilmington permanently in 2016 after retirement but have been traveling here regularly since 2011 to visit grandchildren and family. His local interests include boating on the NE Cape Fear River and the ecology of the river environment as well as the history of the Cape Fear area.

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1/Lt Meg Morrison, JN

Lead Instructor

In addition to obtaining a 100-ton U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license, 1/LT Morrison is an accomplished sailor bringing over 20 years of boating experience including crewing on a transatlantic passage, numerous sailings in the Caribbean as well as sailing her 40-foot Endeavor from Tampa Bay, FL to Wrightsville Beach in the Fall of 2016. Although her background is sailing, she and her instructors bring an in-depth knowledge of power boats – large cruisers to small outboards, personal watercraft (PWC) to kayaks and paddleboards.

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Lt/C Ned W. Rhodes, SN

Squadron Education Officer

Lt/C Ned W. Rhodes, SN relocated to the Wilmington area from Northern Virginia a number of years ago to get away from all the traffic and to  be near the beach. With his wife Arleen and golden retriever Katie they enjoy cruising on their Sea Ray 410 Express, Impulse and their 13-foot Boston Whaler. Ned holds a 100-Ton USCG Captain's license and often brags that he has never run aground  when anyone else was around (so there is no evidence). He is President of Software Systems Group, which develops custom software for corporate clients.