Calling all boaters: sailors, paddlers, rowers, cruisers, racers, and fishermen. The boating season is about to officially begin and the Coast Guard is coming to town.

Lieutenant Commander Robert Walls, Chief, Joint Harbor Operations Command (JHOC) Seattle will speak at 7:00 PM Tuesday, April 19 at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, sponsored by the Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron. He will speak about areas of interest to all whether out on the water, or watching from shore. Topics will include search and rescue, transit of large vessels through the sound, submarines and security, and tsunami response.

The JHOC is the home for USCG Sector Seattle’s Command Center, Communications Center and Vessel Traffic Center. The JHOC is the premiere state-of-the-art maritime Command Center for the Pacific Northwest partnering Coast Guard with Navy, Washington State Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, various agencies of the Department of Homeland Security and State of Washington and local first responder agencies. Come and have the questions you’ve always wondered about answered. Point Wilson Sail and Power Squadron is an informal group of sailors, rowers, fishermen, and cruisers dedicated to public education, improving member boating skills and enjoying social activities.

Members of the public are invited to bring a dish and attend their monthly potluck, 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 19, at Port Townsend Yacht Club, across from West Marine. Those just interested in the program should come at 7:00 pm. For more information, please call Bob Miller, 385-9585.