(Revised on September 21st, 2018)

Club News:


The 2018-2019 season is fast approaching! Check out the CRUISING, RACING, and SOCIAL CALENDAR pages to see what exciting and fun events are scheduled that we can look forward to. 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.



Many thanks to Todd Cash for his photo of the rainbow over the Elbow Reef Lighthouse that is featured on our HOME page.




This news just in from Hope Town Junior Sailing...

The "2018 Catamaran Guru Rendezvous" was held in Abaco in May, with stop-overs in Green Turtle, Guana, and Hope Town. They attracted 30 catamarans and about 90 participants. The final day was an informal race from Guana to Tahiti Beach. Paul Gooding was asked whether Hope Town Junior Sailing could help, by setting up a finish line at Tahiti Beach, and recording the order of finishers. Although Paul could not be there, K Guinness and Brad Gunn volunteered. After the race, there was a dinner at Sea Spray. Brad and K were invited, and received a donation of $1,800 for Junior Sailing. Fantastic! There are plans to hold a similar event next year, again in Abaco, between May 26 and 29. Hopefully they will again seek our help -and maybe give another donation! (Report by Paul Gooding)




Our talented HTSC writers have been busy!


Congratulations to Kate Oakes who’s article on Ellipsis, the sailboat that washed up on Hope Towns Beach, is featured in the 2018 Summer Edition of Abaco Life Magazine! Look for it on pages 25-31. This was such a big hit that Kate has been asked to write more articles!




Ann Gearen also deserves a big thumbs up for her lovely poem 'A Quiet Man', honoring Winer Malone, that was featured in the Spring 2018 Abaco Life Magazine!



Check out this fantastic article from Upstart Annapolis written about Marcia Talley and her books featuring the Hannah Ives series!




Speaking of books...below is the link for  Bob & Lorraine Morecraft’s latest bird photography book.






Hope Town Sailing and Sports Summer Camp was a huge success! This month long camp is run by Jim & Marjie Laughlin and supported through our HTSC dues. The complete array of photos and videos are 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. Thanks also to Jessica Mann Charters who sent in photos and are included on the page. Jessica has been helping with camp since 1993 and is the daughter of past members Lucie & Sidney Mann and grandaughter of Jimmy & Ruth Bruere.




Kudos to Branden Sands for being head instructor for Man-O-War Junior Sailing’s summer camp. Branden is also an instructor during the winter for Hope Town Junior Junior Sailing and his impressive sailing and racing history began with both the HT and MOW Jr. Sailing programs. Check out more photos on their Facebook page by clicking HERE.





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.






The Maine Event! Janet Reingold & Philip Yaskinski have been visiting with several different HTSC members in Maine this summer. Maurice & Valerie Healy joined Philip to cool off by jumping in the water off the Capitol Island Bridge…



Kathy Bonk & Marc Tucker stopped by for a sunset cruise in Philip & Janet’s Lyman.




Janet & Philip also went sailing on the Tucker/Bonk’s Concordia, Whimbrel, which is all beautiful brightwork inside and out!




Ruth Modisette with Janet & Philip:



K & Melissa Guinness, Marc Tucker & Kathy Bonk, & the Reingold/Yasinkis all had a get-together!




Another get-together in Maine occurred with the annual gathering of friends at MacMahan Island off Georgetown, ME. This included Tracey Cameron, Jim Murtaugh, Kate & John Oakes, and JoAnn & Ridge Goodwin visiting their friend Annsi Stephano. Rumor has it lots of lobsters were consumed!




Stafford & Debbie Patterson have been vacationing in Ontario, Canada including the Welland Canal and Locks...




Rick & Ellie Block have also been in Canada traveling to Victoria & Lake Louise.




While visiting family in Maryland, Commodore David & Assistant Treasurer Patti Hanafourde enjoyed catching up with Peter & Linda Eshleman for lunch at The Point, in Arnold, MD.




Dave Pahl had his best sail ever on Lake George when Jim Ryan brought his Islands 15’ day sailer to Ticonderoga, NY. The two guys practiced their maneuvers and are ready to sail in HTSC’s winter race series. Look for Dave crewing on Sunrise and Jim crewing on Grumpy Ole Men, along with racing Sunfish in the dinghy regattas.





Catherine & David Allin had a nice visit at Glen Gray & Louise Simonson’s summer home on Lac En Coeur near Ripon, Quebec, Canada.




Congratulations to HTJS’s Jack Guinness who has been sailing up a storm and winning trophies while in Blue Hill, Maine. Jack, who is the son of Melissa & K. Guinness, won first place in the KYC Cup and second in the Founder’s Cup. Below he is pictured with his coach Jackson.




While Winky & Cindy Merrill were cruising in Boothbay Harbor, Maine with the New York Yacht Club, they were unknowingly docked right next to Valerie & Maurice Healy’s summer spot. Luckily they happened to run into into each other!




Sabine & Reinhold Probst went island hopping over to Cat Island, along with Kim Rody...




Paul & Ann Gooding have been busy this summer, first taking a cruise and seeing the fjords of Norway, then on to England to visit family and friends. Next they went sailing on Lake Ontario with Bob & Jean White on Moonshadow. While near Toronto the Goodings & Whites stopped in to visit Cliff & Marilyn Chappel in Oakville.




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!





What Do We Do When We ARE In Hope Town? Julie Bethell LeCorgne's son had a great time sailing their Abaco Dinghy Skylarkin' outside Hope Town Harbour!




Summer Regattas: What an exciting summer of racing it was for several of our club members! Jeff Gale was not only honored at the Family Island Regatta in George Town as Skipper Extraordinaire and inducted into the National Family Island Regatta Hall of Fame (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. Jeff was also featured in an article in a recent Abaconian!


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! 



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 be available soon.




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 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.




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.



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 mourns the loss of one of its well known residents. Lorin Senn, known to most as Papa Nasty, passed away while visiting West Palm Beach. He was a hard working man, having been a contractor and owning a water trucking company. He was responsible for introducing watermakers to the island, which have become so important, especially where tourism is concerned. The nickname Papa Nasty originated when he first arrived in Hope Town in the early 1990’s and was dredging the channel into Sea Spray. He was always dirty and greasy working on the barge, hence the name. Lorin also ran a very popular BBQ stand in White Sound for several years among his other ventures. He was very generous within the community, including playing a big part in clean up after Hurricane Floyd, and he used his own money to repave the breached road by the Abaco Inn after Hurricanes Francis and Jean, along with other road repairs. HTSC extends its sincerest sympathies to his entire family. (Thank you to Stafford Patterson & Amy Brubaker for the background information)


Many thanks to Abaco Buzz for compiling the summer closings in Abaco! 




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.




Stone Crab Season is 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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