(Revised on July 17th, 2018)

Club News:


Hope Town Sailing and Sports Summer Camp is now in session! This month long camp is run by Jim & Marjie Laughlin and supported through our HTSC dues. The complete array of photos is on their Facebook page and a sampling of what fun they have had is here on the HTSC website under the 2018 SUMMER CAMP title above.




Attention all Hope Town Harbor Rats: Do you have any of your ‘Rats Rags’ from days gone by? When Betsy Moody visited the Holloways (see WDWD below), she brought 46 issues of the Harbour Rats newsletter that Doug had saved. Betsy & Sue  have scanned them into PDF files, including dates. Some of the issues are still missing and if you do have any of the missing ones, please contact Sue as it would be great to have the complete set for the archives. Everyone, whether they are living on land or sea, will be greatly entertained when reading the famous ‘Harbor Rats Rag’. Click HERE to check out these hilarious editions.





Summer Regattas: What an exciting summer of racing it has been for several of our club members! Jeff Gale was not only honored at the Family Island Regatta in George Town as Skipper Extraordinaire (last year he earned the Most Outstanding Skipper Award), but he also won first overall in the 2018 Regatta Time in Abaco Regatta sailing his Beneteau 25, Bent Toe in the RTIA Class. He and his crew earned the William McPherson (Peter) Christie Trophy for the first time.


The A.R.S.S., with many of our HTSC members on board, are now proud owners of several trophies! First, the Lonesome Dove won first place in the George Town Regatta, becoming the National Champions in the B Class for the second year in a row. It Ain’t Right finished a commendable 5th overall in the C Class. Perhaps a special award should have been given to Richard Cook who fell off the Dove in tight quarters and got back on in 5 seconds! In the Long Island Regatta, both boats received 3rd place honors in their classes. Some of our junior sailors were on hand for these races and although they didn’t get a chance to race on It Ain’t Right in the Junior Class (the mast cracked), they were still out racing in Sunfish. The Abaco Rage competed in Regatta Time in Abaco’s four race series and had one win, two seconds, and a third in the Mother Tub Class A! Well done and congratulations to all! 




We were deeply saddened to hear the news that longtime member and Past Commodore Dorothy Shrier had passed away. Dottie and her husband Joe, who died a few years ago, had been HTSC members since 1979. They had been visiting Hope Town since the 1960’s and built their North End oceanfront home Suncliffe in the early 1980’s. Dottie loved the outdoors and was an avid gardener, skier, and sailor, having been involved not only in the HTSC, but in the Cleveland Yacht Club and her gardening club at home.


Dottie was best known as the only HTSC woman commodore to date. During her 1998-1999 tenure, the clubhouse was improved and the property deed was secured. It was her idea to begin the Club cruises, of which many are still being held each year. She also urged the Club to support the Abaco Rage and a fundraiser was started. With Dottie’s background in artwork, she was instrumental in getting the logo for the shirts that can be ordered from Land’s End. On a humorous note she inspired the era of the HTSC Whippersnappers’.


The Shriers are also well known for donating the Abaco Joy Trophy for the winner of a designated Abaco dinghy race each winter. The trophy was named after Dottie’s own beloved MOW built dinghy.


Dottie was active in the Hope Town community as well as doing so much for the Club. She organized art show benefits, helped the Wyannie Malone Museum in numerous ways, arranged flowers for the St. James Methodist Church, initiated the idea for a parade involving children for Heritage Day, and she was a supporter of Cay Topics.


Sincerest condolences go out to Dottie’s sons Tracy & Barry, and her daughter Robin, and to their entire family. We know she will be missed.


(Many thanks to Kitty Donnan for providing the background information through the HTSC’s history book.)






Welcome to the summertime version of the HTSC website! We had a great 2017-2018 season and you can reminisce by viewing the slideshow below. Many thanks to all our wonderful photographers! Summer also means it’s time for What Do We Do When We’re Not In Hope Town (WDWDWWNIHT), our famous section that features the members and their adventures and visitations during the off season months. Please send your photos to the webmaster, or post them on the Club’s Facebook page, and keep everyone up to date on what’s been happening in your lives.




Now that you have relived the past season, check out the CRUISING, RACING, and SOCIAL CALENDAR pages to see what exciting and fun events are scheduled that we can look forward to in 2018-2019. While on those pages, be sure to sign up for hosting your stand-up (spaces are going fast!) and to sign up for being mark or race committee boat.



Final Voyage: New to the MEMBERSHIP page is a list of the HTSC members who have passed away during the past year. Also included will be former members that have we have been notified about. This, along with all our new and posted members, will help you to keep your roster updated until the new directory is issued in the fall.




Rumor has it that congratulations are in order for Mary Rice, who has a purchase contract on Clearview, the house next to the Sailing Club!





Betsy Moody recently visited Sue & George Holloway in northern Wisconsin. The photo below shows the three of them at the famous Bond Falls, where Betsy & Sue hiked all the way up the side path to the top!





The Allins have arrived back in Canada after spending time with Catherine's father in Villefranche, France. 


David really enjoyed watching the yachts from the balcony of Catherine's father's home on the Cote D'Azur. They even saw Le Grand Bleu, which is the 26th largest yacht in the world. It carries on deck a 73 ft. sailboat and a 68 ft. power boat! At least we don't have to worry about it coming to the Abacos with over 15 ft. of draft (but wouldn't it look spectacular at Hope Town Inn and Marina? ;-) ).




Before heading to France, David & Catherine Allin  stopped in to see  John & Jo Michie  in  New Forest, U.K.






The Junior Sailors have been having tons of fun participating in late season races. Click on JUNIOR SAILING to see the updates on the Sir Durward Knowles Junior Regatta in early April, and more recently, the Derek Lee Regatta in which some of the jr. sailing graduates helped run the race!




The MEDICAL EMERGENCIES page is under construction. Spearheaded by Commodore David Hanafourde, the evacuation procedure is in the process of being updated. For now, the most important thing to remember is to call Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue at 242-801-9991 in emergencies or use VHF Channel 16 for assistance. They know which doctors are on call and are always there to help coordinate the initial medical treatment and evacuation off island if needed. Also important is having a ditch bag handy with all your important papers, medications, and passports ready in case you need a medical evacuation. A full update of the procedure will available this summer.




Changes on the HTSC Executive Committee: Welcome Rocky Keith as the Sunfish Fleet Captain and Stafford Patterson as the new Building & Grounds Chairman. Thank you to both of them and retiring Sunfish Fleet Captain Dan Forman and B & G Chair K. Guinness for volunteering and all their hard work! Also, Jay Evans has enlisted John Barr as his Assistant Fleet Captain and they look forward to planning fun cruising events for next season.


Another big thank you goes out to Chair Patti Love and Vice Chair Kim Penning, who have agreed to stay on as the House Committee until February 2019. They are looking for volunteers to fill these important positions. It is a great opportunity to meet and get to know all the members while organizing our fun social events. They have even made it easy for you to help out by splitting the positions into three different time frames (November 1st to February 1st/February 1st to March 15th/March 15th to April 15th). If you are interested in making a difference and would like to find out more, contact them as soon as possible. 


The HTSC 2018-2019 Slate of Flag Officers includes:

David Hanafourde, Commodore

David Allin, Vice Commodore

Patti Love, Rear Commodore

Eric Patterson, Commodore-at-Large




Welcome new members Gary & Heather Newell, Mike & Claibourne Ryan, Carl Richie & Chris Grant, Charlie & Kim Stoltz, and Glenn & Linda Brodie. Posted for membership over the summer are John & Karina Pinder (reinstatement), Martha Ross & Bryan Jones, Will Lange & Suze Weir, Ted & Claire Estep, and Al & Lana Hefner. Click on the MEMBERSHIP title above to find out information regarding the process involved in becoming a member, plus the list of new members since the roster books were published.



The Homer Lowe Regatta was a huge success with racers coming from Nassau and Grand Bahama to join our Abaco sailors in the Sunfish, Opti and 420 classes. Day 1 had very light winds and Day 2 had 12-15 knots of wind giving the competitors different conditions to sail in. Sue Holloway's report, photos and the official results are on the HOMER LOWE REGATTA page. 



Thanks to Melissa Guinness, HTSC is now on Facebook! However, this is a HTSC MEMBERS ONLY GROUP page. Click on the link under 'other websites to visit' and ask to join.



Island News:


Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue recently received a very generous donation from the Abaco Anglers Fishing Tournament. Below is a photo of Ashley Knowles giving the check to the very appreciative members of the HTVFR.




Congratulations and thank you to Friends of the Environment who are celebrating their 30th anniversary! What difference they have made in education and helping to keep the Abacos pristine for not only us, but for future generations. They reported that their summer camp is now in session and that the Rockin’ with Friends Fundraiser was a huge hit at the Hope Town Inn and Marina, featuring lots of local talent.



Just recently F.O.E. held a very successful Abaco-Wide beach clean-up to help prepare for the sea turtle nesting season.


...and their interns have been assisting with sea turtle research.



Plus the Green Turtle Cay 10th annual Lionfish Derby participants caught a whopping 727 lionfish! What a great (and delicious) way to help rid the area of this invasive species.




From the ERLS Facebook page: The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society sincerely thanks the BEP-Foundation and Charles & Ariane de La Baume for making the very kind donation of $5,000.00, for the second year in a row. While they were at the Lighthouse they met with members of the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society (ERLS) and had a chance to meet two representatives from The Antiques, Monuments & Museum Corporation (AMMC). Shown L-R Charles de La Baume; BEP-Foundation, Mr. Alexander Flowers; AMMC Secretary, Jeffery Forbes, Jr.; Lighthouse Keeper, Annie Potts; ERLS, Deb “DP” Patterson; ERLS, Kent LeBoutillier; ERLS, Dr. Keith Tinker; Director AMMC, Ariane de La Baume, BEP Foundation. Thank you, Charles, Ariane and the BEP Foundation for helping the ERLS to “Keep The Light On!!"




Heads Up! If you have not already heard, the VAT in the Bahamas is increasing from 7.5% to 12% as of July 1st, 2018. However, some items have been removed from VAT, such as breadbasket items, medicine, residential property insurance, electricity bills under $100, and water bills under $50.




Sue Holloway sent in this interesting article regarding the sale of Walker’s Cay, which is slated to be brought back to its former glory. Click HERE to read what superyacht owner Carl Allen has in store for this island!





Friends of the Environment was recently honored to have The Honorable Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, along with his wife Mrs. Patricia Minnis visit and tour the Frank Kenyon Centre and F.O.E. Museum.




Congratulations to Albury’s Ferry Service for being the recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award!





There will soon be a new option for flying into Marsh Harbour! Beginning December 22, 2018, American Airlines will fly year-round direct from Charlotte (CLT) to MHH every Saturday. Tickets for this 76 seat plane arriving weekly, are already available for purchase.





Crawfish season is now closed and will reopen August 1st!



Stone Crab Season is also closed until October 15th.




The Editor of this column is always looking for information and stories to publish. Please email anything print-worthy (no guarantees). Click HERE to send your message.



DRESS TO IMPRESS!!! You can order items from Land's End, (including Polo shirts, sweaters, jackets, hats, luggage, etc) with the HTSC logo, in any size, any style, and any color! A US credit card & address are needed. The cost for applying any of the logos to Lands' End items is $5.95

To place an order: phone 1-800-535-30601-800-535-3060 FREE. Give item number and ask for Hope Town Sailing Club Logo to be added. The account number for the Sailing Club is 3002900. Specify which logo:

*Plain burgee logo ordering number is 922517
* 50th anniversary logo ordering number is 1340688
*There is another version for HTSC as well, set up in 2002. It is the plain burgee with the words "Hope Town Sailing Club" printed in red underneath. This logo number is 0269738





HTSC Members Only Facebook Page Click HERE


Hope Town Community Center Click HERE


Hope Town Directory Click HERE


PERC (how to make a donation to an Abaco charity that is tax deductible for U.S. taxpayers) Click HERE


Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society Click HERE


Wyannie Malone Museum Click HERE


Abaconian Newspaper Click HERE


Barometer Bob Weather Click HERE


Abaco Friends of the Environment Click HERE


Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue Click HERE


Every Child Counts School Click HERE


Shutterfly Archive Photos Click HERE



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