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Our Approach

Teaching Since 1951

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 Woody Williams SN-CN-IN

Commander

Born and reared in Eden, NC, Elwood earned Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees as well as the Performers’ Certificate while studying with the famed professor of trombone, Emory Remington, at the Eastman School of Music, a school of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. Given the nickname, Woody, in college, he did learn to sail on Lake Ontario once the ice melted. After stints teaching at Murray State College in Kentucky and free-lancing in New York, he moved to San Francisco where he was a member of the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for ten years, performed with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and taught music at Stanford University for thirteen years. Marrying his wife, Jade, who joined him in San Francisco in 1984, they moved in 1991 to Atlanta, living there for twenty five years, Jade continuing her career with AT&T then IBM and Woody operating Williams Music Publishing Co. They joined the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron (ASPS) after a good friend at Wrightsville Beach, who witnessed a particularly Keystone-Kops-like docking episode with their first boat, gently suggested they “might benefit from some boater education.” Indeed they did benefit, and Woody began taking classes and getting involved. He completed Coastal BOC, went through the chairs and became Commander of ASPS in 2015 and achieved the Senior Navigator designation after they moved to Wilmington in 2016 and joined CFSPS. They really enjoyed cruising aboard Escapade, their DeFever 44 Offshore Cruiser, when they attempted America’s Great Loop which was brought to a halt by the Covid epidemic. But, they hope to buy another boat and continue enjoying time on the water. In addition to boating, they enjoy travel, reading, cooking and many friendships and family visits here in Wilmington.

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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.