(Revised on October 12, 2017)

Club News:


The HTSC Boutique Mavins have been buying for the next seasons 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. 



Help decorate the lighthouse! Time flies and soon the Hope Town Harbour Rats will be looking for helpers to put up the lighthouse Christmas lights. All new lights are being planned for this year and due to the cost, they are also looking for monetary donations. Please contact Mark Kopp, who has graciously volunteered to head this project, if you can donate or help. Be a part of this special annual tradition that all of Abaco looks forward to!




Abaco was spared the brunt of Hurricane Irma, but as you can see from the photos below, Hope Town was prepared (thanks to Katrina Albury for the Lighthouse marina photos, and Amy Brubaker for passing them along, plus thanks to Stafford Patterson and all of HTVFR).It was reported on Facebook that there was some flooding by Tahiti Beach at the full moon high tide and that there is some beach erosion in the Hope Town Settlement area. There are no other reports of damage at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Caribbean Islands, Ragged Island & Lower Bahamas, Florida, and everyone who were not as lucky and received major damage from Irma and Maria.




Your roster book & dues notices are in the mail! Keep a look out for the latest HTSC Directory and your dues notice. The $100 per person needs to be sent to Treasurer Pat Judd by December 31st. Between January 1st and February 28th the payment goes up $25 pp, and if payment is not received by then, you will be dropped from membership as of March 1st. Pay early so you don't forget ;-) !! 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 Filman 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 arrival of our directories signals that the 2017-2018 season will soon be starting! It also means it is time to sign up to host a stand-up, if you have not already done so.The 2017-2018 social calendar is posted both in the clubhouse and here on the website. 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 have also been posted. After you have signed up to host online, head on 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.


Judy and Bruce Wolck joined Sue & George Holloway for the annual "Birds In Art" exhibit at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Barrry and Marcia Talley stop in Newport, Rhode Island for a visit with Commodore Winky and Cindy Merrill.



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.


Get well wishes go out to Muffin Heyer who fell and broke her kneecap and to Will Heyer who has had heart bypass surgery! Recovery for both are predicted to take about 6 weeks and we are sure that Lucy will take good care of them. They still plan on coming to Hope Town this winter, but without Antares.



Hope Town and Abaco have been made famous again! HGTV aired several episodes of their house hunting adventures recently. Besides featuring a house purchase on Tilloo Cay a few weeks ago, Caribbean Life featured realtor Patti Love showing homes. Plus on Island Hunters, Aaron and Ashley Knowles were featured looking at islands to buy for Hope Town Inn and Marina’s owner for expansion plans (Johnnie’s Cay was purchased). Gorgeous views throughout Elbow Cay could be seen in all of the episodes, including a close up of Rick & Louanne Judge’s sailboat, Sea Bean. Check your local listings for repeat airings, and don’t blink because the scenes change quickly!

Thank you Amy Brubaker for the above photo!



Also famous...The new 2018 Calendar of Wooden Boats is now available for purchase. This year’s Miss January features Heinz Weber sailing his Abaco Dinghy Midget of Abaco! Be sure to get a copy!



Dave & Carol Pahl's Abaco Dinghy Dandy was spotted in the October 2017 Sail Magazine. Thanks Bill Torgerson for letting us know!



And always famous! If you are traveling through the airport at Ashville, NC, you will see some art that looks very familiar. Kim Rody’s paintings of the gorgeous mountain scenery are featured in the art gallery there until October. Congrats Kim and look for her new Christmas ornaments soon too.




WDWDWWNIHT? It’s time for What Do We Do When We’re Not In Hope Town! Send Marcia or Carol info and photos of your summertime adventures and travels. Are you planning on seeing fellow HTSC members? Be sure to post those adventures on the HTSC Facebook page or send photos to the webmaster. We all enjoy keeping tabs on everyone, so please share!



John & Lauren Storck had a rendezvous with Ellen & Chuck McClure in Newberg, Oregon...




Things are looking and going up at Marty & Denise White’s place in Camden, Maine




David & Catherine Allin recently attended David’s nephew’s wedding in the U.K. The photo below shows him with his siblings at the festive affair. Next they are headed to France to visit Catherine’s father.




They made it! Linda & Peter Eshleman...or at least we think that's Pete ;-)...are on top of Maine and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail!! As you can see from their photo, HTSC is well represented. Congratulations to both of them!



Maine has been a busy place for HTSC members! Heinz & Jacqueline Weber visited Janet Reingold & Philip Yasinski for some late summer boating...




From Lauren & John Storck: It was a fun Hope Town Reunion day at the Rockland, Maine Boat Show! John & Kate Oakes, Sam & Kayda Selby, John & Lauren Storck arranged to meet up with each other and then they bumped into Richard Storck &Aletha Langham, Ralph & Jean Pope, and Kitty & Scott Kuhner...



This news from Di Hunter: I made an appearance with the Rat Hat at a recent meeting of the Duxbury Wharf Rats. This organization, similar to the Hope Town Harbour Rats, is currently headed by my nephew, Chuck, wearing his particularly ugly rat hat. This Duxbury group is all men who twice a year invite “the mice” to attend and this is the summer meeting. The group was formed by watermen who need to get together once a month during the long New England winter to drink and tell jokes. I think the Harbour Rats have a better deal; we are on the water all winter, have a charter, have a song, a newsletter, and women are members. Yea Hope Town.




Janet Reingold reports: “Here’s a group shot of the Hope Towners who gathered at K. & Melissa Guinness’s home earlier this week: Philip Yasinski & Janet Reingold; Kathy Bonk & Marc Tucker; K. & Melissa Guinness; and Maurice & Valerie Healy. Oh, and our cruisers/sailors/racers will want to know that Marc & Kathy have a beautiful ‘new’ old Concordia, with brightwork outside and in. She’s a real beauty.”




Gail & Bruce Barton enjoyed a river cruise on the Danube in Budapest, Hungary!




The Cook Family have been on a well deserved vacation touring Italy...




Marcia Talley has been on a book signing tour including the U.K.!





Ann & Paul Gooding and Bob & Jean White had a fantastic time sailing on board Moon Shadow in Ontario, Canada, participating in one of the White’s yacht club’s annual flotilla cruises. The Goodings will soon be heading to the U.K. also.





Carol & Dave Pahl visited Jim Ryan & Sharon Girard and Ed & Bobbie Collins while they were camping nearby in the Adirondack Mountains. They had a very enjoyable afternoon of kayaking and canoeing on Putnam Pond near Ticonderoga, keeping an eye and ear out for the resident loons.




The Morecrafts are busy being photographers and having their book(s) published! Besides Lorraine’s Stories From My Galley (check out her blog on, Bob now has a book published with beautiful bird photos. Bird and Fine Art Photography by Robert Morecraft is available in hard copy or ebook at



Congratulations to Lauren Storck who had an article she wrote on boating with a hearing impairment published in Points East boating magazine. Check it out with this link:






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:


Sad news to report: by Dave Pahl. The Hope Town Community has lost a very talented resident with the death of John Stanley Francois, locally known as Cecil. At an early age he was often compared to the likeness of his uncle and this led to his lifelong nickname. Cecil apprenticed under the guidance of Phillip & Kent Leboutillier of Fry’s Mangrove, and he became an accomplished carpenter and woodworker. At every opportunity he learned the fine art of Abaco dinghy building and restoring, culminating in the magnificent rebuilding of Midget of Abaco, featured in the 2018 Calendar of Wooden Boats. His workmanship is also evident in the building of the Elbow Reef Light Station gift shop, and in models and works that he would proudly display at craft events. Sincere condolences go out to his two children and all of his family and friends.





Hope Town may not have a bank or delivery of the freight to the Lower Dock anymore (scroll down for notices), but looks like BTC will have a full time store there. See the flyer below….





The Elbow Reef Lighthouse Summer Festival was a huge success! Food, music, vendors, and fun for all raised money for their important projects to “help keep the light on”. Below are some of the photos that the ERLS featured on their Facebook page...




Let’s Dance! Click HERE for a great video of Salsa dance lessons given by Evelyn Vaccaro at the Community Center. Looks like lots of fun, a good cardio workout, and you’ll recognize quite a few of the participants.





Important news for cruisers! As of May 1st, 2017, the Treasure Cay channel entrance north of the fuel dock will be controlled with a cabled boom system between 11PM to 5 AM. Security staff will be available on VHF 16 or 242-365-8899 for emergency access. Lighted signs will be installed to give boaters advance notice when the boom is in place.





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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