(Revised on February 18th, 2019)

Club News:


From the Fleet Captain: "The Sailing Club will be holding a bonfire this Friday evening, February 22nd at Tahiti Beach! The fire will be lighted at about 6pm. Your ticket to attend is the firewood you bring. We hope to have some songs around the fire. Bring what you wish to drink and some snack to share." Contact Jay Evans if you have any questions.





March Madness is almost here and it begins with HTSC’s Annual General Meeting. Always held on the first Tuesday in March, this year’s falls on Tuesday, March 5th at 11 AM. It is extremely important that all members attend the AGM, where we will hear interesting reports from all the executive committee chairs and vote on the proposed slate of flag officers for the coming year. Mark your calendar, but if you are unable to attend, please fill out and return the emailed proxy form to Secretary Catherine Allin at least 24 hours in advance.




Homer Lowe Regatta: It's time to make your plans to join the 2019 Homer Lowe Regatta which will be held in Hope Town March 15th-17th. The HOMER LOWE REGATTA page has been created here on the HTSC website and this is where you will find all the information you need. If you click on the title at the top of the page you will find the Notice of Race, schedule, sailing instructions, and even suggestions for accommodations. There is no need to pre-register, but a quick note to say whether you will attend would help for planning purposes. Please contact Sue Holloway to let her know or for any questions.





The second set of Ladies Sunfish classes has begun! Confidence has soared as the ladies learn and feel more comfortable on the boats. Kate Barr (below) is a natural in moderate winds. The classes began on February 18th and are held on Mondays for 4 weeks. If you would like more information, or can help with launching and support vessels, contact Sue Holloway.






Come one, come all….and they did! On Friday, February 15th, about 60 HTSC members and guests (did or could anyone count?) descended on Cracker P’s on Lubbers Quarters for a VBIC lunch (that’s Very Brief Informal Cruise for those who are wondering). Members came by power boats, sailboats, kayaks, and Abaco Dinghies! Thank you to Patrick and his staff who did their best to accommodate our large crowd. Apologies go out to those unsuspecting other patrons who tried to get food and drink and wondered what the heck was going on. ;-)  Photos by John Barr & Carol Pahl.




...And while the rest of us were at Cracker P’s, Milton Harris was out bonefishing and caught this 5.5 pounder!





Men’s & Ladies’ Luncheons by Nancy Schiffer: Yellowtail was the stunning venue for the Sailing Club's Ladies' and Men's Luncheon on Saturday, February 9th -- expansive views of the beach and ocean, great friends, amazing food, indoor or outdoor dining, beautiful decor, wonderful hospitality and a perfect Bahamian day. An hilarious "Newlyweds" game delighted and entertained. Our charming couples were: Nan & Bill Fulton, Valerie & Maurice Healy, Pam Cantrell & Ron Swezy, and the winners -- Kate & John Barr! Fun for all! Many thanks to our hosts, Rick & Ellie Block, Linda & Glenn Brodie, and all the volunteers who made this event so special. 





Welcome new members Colin Matthews, Richard & Georgina Franyo, Sam & Tim Regan, and Rick & Margaret McGregor. New applications and proposed for membership his month are Michael & Anna Hatchard, Richard Woods (Skoota), Jim Renegar & Gloria Coltharp (Jimandi), and Martin & Lynn Cooper (Old Peculier). Their applications are posted on the bulletin board in the clubhouse until the March Executive Committee meeting. 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 into the really busy part of the season! Here are the 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 hors d’oeuvre.


Important Note: The House Committee is requesting that members who plan on bringing guests to stand-ups, to please RSVP the House Committee 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.




Congratulations to K. Guinness for winning the Abaco Joy Trophy for Abaco Dinghies on Feb. 17th


Congratulations also to George LeBoutillier, Don Meinhold, & Rocky Keith on Grumpy Ole Men for winning the Hope Town Cup two race series for cruising boats. The race results and photos for both cruising boats and dinghies/Sunfish/Optis/420s can be found by clicking on the title at the top of the page.




Hitchhiker: Kim Rody had a tough Sunday of Sunfish racing recently. The winds were higher than expected and her rudder was giving her problems, causing her to flip the boat three times that day. However, her hitchhiking buddy “Lizzie” stayed on board the whole time and made it back home safely, although it looks like there was fear in its eyes! Perhaps a better name for Kim & Lizzie would be the Tenacious Twosome!





Where’s the fleet? Race Chairman David Allin missed his Hope Town fleet while he and Catherine were in France for two weeks. They are looking forward to getting back to running our popular winter race series for both cruising boats and dinghies.






Stitching for Charity: Di Hunter sent in this photo of Betty Beaudoin with her three sewing machines and a full complement of very talented seamstresses making both tote and wine bags with a lighthouse motif. Last year they made pot holders to benefit the lighthouse and this year’s charity will soon be determined.





Even when the temps are chilly, several tenacious HTSC members meet at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge pool to do water exercises. If you would like to join them, they meet every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 9 AM, and you do not need to be a HTSC member. Thank you Mary Balzac for sending in these photos...





Looks like Janet Reingold & Philip Yasinski are having a grand time skiing in the beautiful Alps...



Refresher Course on Stand Up Responsibilities: Club members have only two official responsibilities. One is to pay annual dues and the other is to meet the annual Stand Up requirement.* Members have the choice of either hosting a Stand Up or paying the Amnesty fee of $80 per member. The Stand Up hosting schedule and opportunities to host can be found on the website. If the remaining open hosting dates do not coincide with your Hope Town schedule, you can meet your responsibility by signing up to work on a Special Event. The committees for the Christmas Party, Men's and Ladies Luncheon,and Spring Picnic are all labor intensive events and need and welcome willing workers. Working on one of these events is a great way to get involved in the Club and new members are strongly encouraged to participate. Sign up sheets for assisting in these events can be found on the website and are posted at the Club.


In addition, Proposers and/or Sponsors of new members are asked to assure that new members understand this responsibility and provide some "hand holding" at the new members first Stand Up. The initial hosting of a Stand Up can be nerve wracking and a little help from the members Sponsor/Proposers can smooth the way. Ideally, the new member and Proposer and/or Sponsors will either co-host or be on hand to show the new member the ropes.


*Members who will not be in Hope Town Nov.-April or are not able to attend even one Stand Up are exempt.




Please contact Carol Fillmann or Nan Fulton if you have any information changes for the annual roster/directory. 




The RACE RESULTS & PHOTOS page has been created and can be accessed by clicking on the title at the top of this page. This is where you will find the detailed reports and photos for the two most recent cruising boat races and dinghy races. Enjoy and then be sure to head over to the RACING page where you can sign up to be mark set or race committee boat. Without your help the HTSC winter regatta series cannot take place, and it really is a fun way to see the races!





Best of the Best! Congratulations to Jeff Gale who is featured in the Best of the Best video on YouTube. Also starring in the short film are Richard Cook & Eric Patterson, among others, and of course Hope Town! To view it in its entirety click HERE.




Check out JUNIOR SAILING's latest newsletters by clicking on the title at the top of this page!



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.



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.



Event Flyers:




The annual Writer’s Read will held on Wednesday, February 20th and Thursday, February 21st, starting at 5:30 PM at the Hope Town Harbour Lodge. Approximately 20 writers will be participating and the free tickets are available at the Lodge.




Save the Date: Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue will have its annual fundraiser on Saturday, February 23rd. Be sure to stop in and for great food, drink, shirts, raffle tickets, and more. Scroll down to Island News to see just a bit of what these amazing volunteers have been doing recently to help all of us in the community!

Island News:


Sunday, Feb. 10th's concert to support the Youth Mission Trip featured Jib Sea Sol, a talented musical ensemble of Hope Town's own Mike Ryan, Steve Titcom, Guy Mathany, Bob MacDonald, Chris Ballard, David Idas, Captain Brad & John Aces. A packed crowd at the Hope Town Inn & Marina reveled in the eclectic collection of musical selections that included everyone's favorite. Summer & Neil also performed, with her beautiful voice and his guitar adding sweet soul to the concert. A huge thank you to all the musicians who contributed their time and talent and to those who attended and donated to the Youth Mission Trip.






The Foodstore in White Sound has reopened after the fire! Hours are Mon-Sat 8-6 and Sun 8-noon and is now in the old Pizza Shack. Congratulations! Scroll down for the report and photos below about the fire itself. 




Volunteers have been busy cutting material donated to make reusable shopping bags at the Community Center here in Hope Town. Over 190 bags are ready for sewing!  This is a huge step towards eliminating plastic bags. Check out the Event Flyers section on this page for the next sewing meeting.






Tragedy at sea: On Saturday, February 2nd, a Haitian sailboat smuggling at least 45 Haitians, and most likely many more (the Nassau Tribune reported that immigration indicated there were 87 souls on board), hit the reef off the Fowl Cays and sank after being at sea for 7 days. As of this writing, 17 survivors have been rescued and 28 bodies recovered. 12 deceased were still inside the wreckage and divers were called in to assist. The search, rescue, and recovery included BASRA, HTVFR, Bahamas Defense Force, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Two C.G. helicopters and a C-130 scanned the waters and shoreline and the C-130 could be heard overhead searching even after dark. Our deepest thanks especially goes out to both Guana and HTVFR for all their help during this humanitarian crisis. It is hard to imagine how difficult it has been to recover all those who perished. Photos below by Nancy Schiffer.




Bravo Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue! In the early morning hours of January 29th, a fire inside the Food Store was reported in White Sound and within 22 minutes HTVFR had the fire under control. Many thanks to all the volunteer fire fighters and to both water companies who delivered loads of water to help fight the fire. Even though there is damage, the team did an amazing job of extinguishing the blaze and preventing the fire from spreading. Thoughts and prayers go out to owner Keisha Johnson. Photos below were posted on the Hope Town Bulletin’s Facebook page…







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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