(Revised on January 17th, 2018)

Club News:


The results, reports, and photos for all the races can now be found on the new RACE RESULTS & PHOTOS page.



Welcome new HTSC members John Barr & Kate Wetherby and Maurice & Valerie Healy. 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.




WE ARE GETTING INTO THE BUSY SEASON! HTSC By-Laws Reminders regarding guest privileges:

1-Because of space limitations, at Saturday night parties, each member is restricted to one guest per member, except during February and March when each member is limited to one guest per month.

2-Members bringing guests should contact the host/hostesses for the evening and offer to bring an additional appetizer.

Important Note: The House Committee is requesting that members who plan on bringing guests to stand-ups, to please RSVP the House Chair so that they know how many extra people will be expected. During the busy season, guests will be limited to 10-12 per stand-up in order to keep everyone comfortable in the clubhouse.



Have you signed up to host a stand-up? The 2017-2018 social calendar is posted both in the clubhouse and here on the website. There are still several openings that need to be filled. When signing up online, please remember that the updated schedule is posted as-is when it is received from the House Committee and Marcia & Carol are not able to make any changes. If you have any questions about stand-ups or paying amnesty, check out the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS page above, or contact Patti Love.


The 2017-2018 Race Schedule and Cruising Schedule is also posted. After you have signed up to host online, head over to the RACE page and volunteer to be race committee or mark boat! Come on out to the races and really is lots of fun, and a great way to see all the action.


The Sailing Club's New Year's Eve party was a blast -- a huge success. Commodore Winky and Cindy opened the Sailing Club at 6pm on New Year's Eve to Sailing Club members and locals -- dirt dwellers and harbor rats -- for a potuck/BYOB get together.  The crowd of about 60 enjoyed all sorts of delectable dishes and shared good company and best wishes for the new year.  This was definitely a fun one that everyone hopes will become a tradition. Photo credits to Catherine Allin & Bobbie Collins.



Check out the link below to see Nancy Schiffer’s article and Will Heyer’s photos featured in SpinSheet Magazine about sailing on the Abaco Rage.

HTSC has lost another one of its treasured members. Doug Moody passed away at home, surrounded by his family, after a 25 year brave battle with bladder cancer. Doug was very active in club functions, including several years on the race committee and a term as rear commodore. He was also instrumental in getting Junior Sailing up and running. He and his wife of 51 years, Betsy, brought their Fairlane 50 motoryacht Surf Song to Hope Town for many years and was the scene for several annual Harbour Rats' parties. Doug loved all animals and could be seen cruising the harbor in the famous Betsy Mobile visiting his favorite pups Pete (Belinda B), Schooner (Spirit), and Lucy (Antares). Once Surf Song was sold, Doug and Betsy continued to come back to Hope Town each winter for a few weeks, in between cruises and traveling adventures around the world. Our sincerest condolences go out to Betsy and their family. Doug and his wonderful sense of humor will be sorely missed. Below is Jim Mack's tribute to his friend and 'Harbour Rat Extraordinaire'.

The Harbour Rats infestation began around the year 2000. Doug was an original and cherished member. His upbeat attitude and unfailing good humor was most welcome. Together he and Tito created the Rats logo that is still so often seen on local T-shirts. Betsy's Beta Blockers, a mixture of rum and rum, became a staple at the Harbour Rats' parties.
Doug led the ground crew installing Christmas lights on the lighthouse and to his dismay, he discovered that he was dangerously reactive to fire ant venom.
He was exceedingly well qualified in gastronomic matters. The Rats Rag newsletter assigned him the task of local restaurant review. He awarded five stars to the newly opened 'Rotating Restaurant on Top of the Lighthouse' and four stars to the 'Spa and Restaurant at Great Sale Cay', featuring "Sauteed Gull de Mar".
Doug loved the Sailing Club and happily devoted his time to the Junior Sailing Program. ' Ripple Ditty', his RC Lasar, terrified the radio controlled sailing fleet, winning most events.
He was also versatile. I have known him to substitute for a missing minister at a scheduled wedding, using his best stentorian voice. 
I am pleased that I had a part in introducing Doug to Hope Town. We crossed from West Palm in 1999, on the Banks at 10 PM alone, but for a single sail nearby. Doug's VHF call alerted us to a large fast radar echo ahead. He assured me that it was a waterspout, not an aircraft carrier, because it was in 8 feet of water. We avoided it and together we sailed to Hope Town, making history for years to come.




HTSC Christmas Dinner by Nancy Schiffer:

The festively decorated Abaco Inn hosted the HTSC's annual Christmas dinner, with great food and fun for the 39 members that attended. Lobster bisque was followed by salad and prime rib, cornish game hen or grouper. Dessert was a chocolate creme puff, filled with marscapone and a "sleigh full" of berries. The night was filled with holiday songs and lots of good cheer. Two door prizes were also awarded. Marcia Talley won a Harl Taylor bag while David Allin will certainly enjoy his bottle of 12 year old single malt Glenmorangie Scotch. Thanks to Tom Hazel and the staff of the Abaco Inn, House Chair Patte Love and vice Chair Kim Penning, Commodore and emcee extraordinaire Winky Merrill, Barry Talley, who offered the invocation, and all the beautiful voices created such holiday spirit.

Note from Commodore Winky: Those who attended the Christmas Dinner at the Abaco Inn would like to thank Patti Love & Tom Hazel and his staff for a delightful evening. The weather was perfect, and as always, Tom has made the Abaco Inn feel very comfortable. His Christmas decorations are always a wonder to see. Dinner was delicious and the service was fabulous. Thanks all for coming, and Merry Christmas!




A big thank you goes out to Caroline Wight for the door decoration she donated to the clubhouse!




Congratulations to the A.R.S.S. who have won both the B & C classes in the Best of the Best Regatta in Nassau! Crew on the Lonesome Dove and It Ain't Right included Jeff Gale, Andrew Wilhoyte, Eric Patterson, Duncan Love, & Dwayne Wallas. A special thanks goes out to Stafford Patterson in the chase boat for keeping us updated with results, video and photos on his Facebook page. 




Attention all sailors! Sue Holloway has a riddle for you. Take a look at the photo below and see if you recognize what this item is. Members of the race committee and long time racers might guess correctly, but let’s see who else knows. Hint: it is an extension. Test your nautical knowledge and send your answers to either the webmaster or Sue. Racers may get an extra point this season if they guess correctly...or not. ;-)




It's time to pay your dues! As of January 1st, 2018 through February 28th, the payment is $125 per person. If you are in Hope Town you can give your payment to any Executive Committee member. If your payment is not received by then, you will be dropped from membership as of March 1st. You don't want to be left out of all the fun...


Kudos to Louanne Judge & Nan (Dewing) Fulton for the fantastic job they have done on updating, printing, and mailing out our directories. Louanne has now retired and we would like to introduce Carol Fillmann as the new Roster Curator. Nan will continue assisting her with information updates. Thank you all so much for volunteering your time! Contact them if you have any changes in your information.



The HTSC Boutique Mavins have been buying for this season's store. We have purchased these heavy duty and well made Bahamian visitors flags. We will be selling them this season at $30.00. There is no comparison to the limp flags you get from West Marine for $20.00. 




Your dues at work...summer camp celebrated their 25th year! From the looks of the photos on their Facebook page (Hope Town Sailing and Sports Camp), everyone had a fantastic time. Some of these photos can be seen by clicking on the 2017 SUMMER CAMP title above. Many thanks to Jim & Marjie Laughlin and their volunteers for all their hard work to make this annual endeavor possible. Also on the SUMMER CAMP page is a note thanking the Club members for their support and a brief summary of activities.




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:


First Cay Topics: The ladies of Abaco who met to lunch and learn at the 15th annual Cay Topics luncheon at the Abaco Inn were informed and enlightened by featured speaker Nancy Albury, Curator of Paleontology for the National Museum of the Bahamas.


Nancy Albury guided her audience on a journey through the changing environment of the Bahamas, from its post Ice Age transformation, through the arrival of its first peoples, and into the new challenges presented by our modern times. Her curiosity about our natural world, explorations while cave diving, and academic expertise as a paleontologist combine to create a fascinating roadmap of our developing world and help us understand the ways in which decisions about our land have long term consequences.


Lunch followed Albury's presentation – caesar, chicken and lobster salads, with rolls, followed by a magnificent ice cream and hot fudge dessert served in a yummy edible bowl. Thank you Abaco Inn for the delicious lunch, as well as the amazing venue and great service.


The next Cay Topics luncheons are Tuesday, February 20, and Tuesday, March 20.





You don’t see this very often in Hope Town! A BOLO announced an overdue Westsail 32, enroute from Puerto Rico to St. Augustine on the Cruiser’s Net for a couple of days. During the night of January 8th, the Westsail beached itself on the north shore of Elbow Cay, on the ocean side. Her engine had failed, causing all electronics, including the GPS, to fail as well. Plus it couldn't steer because there was a line wrapped around the prop and rudder. The boat was heavily damaged, but her two person crew and dog walked off without injuries. Local cottagers provided aid, food, showers, and clothing. The boat, which had survived Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, remains stranded on the beach. NOTE: If you are in Hope Town, DO NOT go on board this boat as it is private property and you will be arrested.



During the same stormy night, the Abaco Rage broke free from its mooring and had to be rescued off the rocks up Back Creek. Crew member Art Dennis awaits a tow...





Cay Topics is celebrating their 15th year of entertaining the women of Abaco! Below is the flyer showing the exciting season line-up of featured speakers, dates, venues, and details. Please call the hosting venue directly to make your reservations.



Events reporter Nancy Schiffer is back in Hope Town and has been busy! See her articles and photos below:



Celebrating New Year's Day and the full moon with a dinghy drift: Twenty-three dinghies tied themselves together to let the breeze carry them through the moored boats in the harbor. Meanwhile they passed plates and bowls and platters of cheese and crackers, artichoke pesto on toast points, grilled shrimp, warm brie with a luscious topping, olives, popcorn, various dips, and other delicious finger food. Gliding along, waving to those on the stationary boats, meeting new friends, chatting with old friends, imbibing, laughing, enjoying the beautiful evening. A glorious full moon rose over Elbow Cay as the lighthouse turned on its powerful beam. Commercial traffic (one Donnie ferry) was diverted as the drift made its way to Cap'n Jack's, where the dinghies reluctantly untied and returned to their aimless wanderings.


The Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate fundraiser was a huge success, thanks to great community support, delicious food, and lots of t-shirt and hat sales. Also on display were the ARSS's trophies for its first place wins in B and C Classes in Nassau's recent Best of the Best Regatta. Many thanks to all, including the many volunteers.



The Christmas Tree Lighting in Hope Town honored the Volunteers of the Hope Town Fire & Rescue.  Master of Ceremonies Bonnie Hall and Chief Councillor Sweeting provided a warm, holiday welcome and Youth minister Aaron Braaksma delivered the opening prayer.  Young voices delighted the group with the Bahamian national anthem and a special selection of Christmas carols and sing-a-longs.  Cookies and refreshments were enjoyed by all. 



It's Christmas in Hope Town! Monica Cook, Rudy Verspoor, and all their elves have outdone themselves again with the annual Christmas Village to help fund the Community Center. How do you top having a skating rink in the Bahamas? You add snow, of course! Thanks to Art Dennis for the photos below:



"A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol" -- with a Twist -- delighted and entertained a standing room only crowd at the Hope Town Community Center Wednesday night, December 13. Mother Goose herself narrated the traditional story of Scrooge, filled with nursery rhyme characters who enchanted and amazed. The performances, music, sets, costumes and make-up were all superb, The St. James Players truly outdid themselves, with help from many community volunteers. The annual Christmas play serves as the primary project for raising funds for the Bilaney Lane Children's Home.



An industrious group of elves decorated the Elbow Reef Lighthouse for the holidays, stringing white lights around the catwalk railings, and from the catwalk down to the ground, encircling the lighthouse. It’s a beautiful sight and a long standing Harbour Rats tradition that can be seen for many miles. Kudos and thanks to Mark Kopp (Spirit) for spearheading this year’s decorating, and to all his elves for their hard work. Monetary donations are being collected by Mark to defray the cost of the new lights, so please contact him if you can help!



Nassau Grouper Season is CLOSED: December 1st - February 28th During this time, don't fish for or purchase any fresh Nassau Grouper. Please choose an alternative!

Click HERE for the link to the newest online version of the Hope Town Directory: Version 9.0, Revised as of April 2016. (There is also a link to it at the bottom of this page). This Directory was created as a community service, and it is free to all. It contains a two page “Services at a Glance”, Personal Listings (alphabetical), and Business Listings. Anyone can download and print; please note that the Excel file contains three separate worksheets.

Please check your own listing, and if you find an error, or need to update your data, please email your revisions, additions, or corrections to: If you are not yet listed in this Directory, and wish to be, please stop by the Post Office and fill out a form. We will be happy to add you to the next edition this Fall. If you appreciate this resource, we hope you might consider making a donation to Every Child Counts. Thanks!



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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