(Revised on April 20th, 2018)

Club News:


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.



The 2018-2019 Social Calendar is now posted on the website. Sign up to host a stand-up soon as spaces are going fast! Next season there is also a sign up sheet to help organize our special events. Check it out and volunteer to help.



The 2018-2019 race schedules for both cruising boats and dinghies are also posted, along with the committee boat and mark boat sign up sheet. Click on the RACING page and see what an exciting season it is going to be!




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.



Attention all members! If you have any changes in your information for the roster book, please contact Carol Fillmann as soon as possible. Many of us have new ALIV phones and the numbers can be included in the next HTSC directory. The cut off date for the roster curator to receive any changes of address, phone numbers, or other info before the new book goes to print is July 1st, 2018.




Four of our Hope Town Junior Sailors raced in the Sir Durward Knowles Regatta on Grand Bahama recently, with all of them finishing high up in the standings. Click on the JUNIOR SAILING title above to read Rhiannon Thomas's report about this exciting event. Congratulations to all!




George Town or bust! The Nomad has made its way down to George Town for the annual Family Island Regatta, where the B Class Lonesome Dove and the C Class It Ain’t Right will be raced. Each year these classic wooden boats finish quite well and the A.R.S.S. will undoubtedly come back to Hope Town with lots of awards. HTSC members Richard Cook, Barry Ainsworth, & Eric Patterson, along with Andrew Wilhoyte, skippered the Nomad down to GT where the boats and crews will join them. The Nomad was recently refurbished with 13 bunks for crew at races away from home, and when the Nomad returns to Hope Town where events are held (ie the Homer Lowe Regatta), visiting sailors will have a place to stay. Fair winds guys and best of luck with the races both in GT (April 24-28) and Long Island (May 31-June 2)! Stay tuned for results that will be posted here on the website.




Soon after the A.R.S.S. team gets back from racing down south, the Abaco Rage will be out competing in Regatta Time in Abaco! See the details in the flyer below:



Lock up your boats! After a nice quiet period of no stolen boats, the ‘teefs’ are at it again. Three boats were stolen during Saturday night, April 7, one of which was Doug & Margy Hyde’s Albury 20, Kestrel. After it was taken from the North End Basin, it was abandoned and washed up under a dock at Nathan’s Beach, where it sustained some damage, especially to the outboard motor. Thanks to the homeowner’s announcement on Sunday morning’s Cruiser’s Net (even though he called the boat Kesteel), Doug was alerted by Chris Prewitt, and he went to secure his boat, which was now aground at low tide. Dave & Carol Pahl also realized that it must be Kestrel and went out to assist, and at mid-tide towed it to Lighthouse Marina for haul out. Luckily the other two boats, including Andrew Wilhoyte’s Albury 20 Hot Rod, were recovered near Cistern Cay and the backwaters of  Snake Cay




Fire on the beach, fire in the sky, by Dave Pahl: 20 HTSC members and guests enjoyed a memorable evening on Tahiti Beach for the final cruise event of the season. Fleet Captain Jay Evans, with a lot of help from the entire crew, lit up the beach, while Mother Nature provided an incredible sunset from above. There were libations galore, and marshmallows too! The Heyer’s whipped up a variation of Mac N Cheese that was as hot as the fire. There was an oldies singing trio that brought back songs from the forties, evoking memories for many. The trip home was an adventure in itself for WALKABOUT and MISS LISA, as Dave P. misjudged the flashing light on Porgee Rock for the light at White Sound (which we have since discovered is not working), a slight detour that had them heading for Treasure Cay!! A dark night indeed!! John Barr was in attendance as the new Assistant Fleet Captain and helped with the entire event, especially the firewood delivery. Everyone made it home safely and kudos to all for making a great final cruise event. 

Photo Credits: Marcia Talley, Patti Hanafourde, John Barr, & Carol Pahl




Many thanks go out to the anonymous carpenters who have engineered and built the covered entryway to the Clubhouse! Plus thank you to Patte Myers and her crew who have done an outstanding job with the landscaping. Our facility has never looked better, and we appreciate their efforts to make the entire property a place we can all be proud of. 




High Times on a Low Tide, by Dave Pahl: The annual HTSC picnic was a great event on a falling spring low tide. Tim & Beth Cook made their wonderful property on Nathan's Beach available to all of us for an afternoon of food, drink and camaraderie. I estimate about 60 fun loving club members were in attendance. They arrived by a multitude of means of transport. Bicycles, golf carts, by foot, sail and power boats too. There were water toys galore with two Club Sunfish to be sailed, two Abaco Dinghies, and the Pahls brought their two kayaks for all to test paddle. The House Committee and their volunteers provided a wonderful shady atmosphere where we could all kibitz under the casurinas. A huge array of home made specialties complimented the pig roast prepared by Richard Cook. And then do I need to mention desserts? Pecan pie anyone? If you went away hungry it was your own fault.


During all the wining and dining, the tide was falling. The keen members discretely keep moving their boats to deeper water. The Fuger’s with MISS LISA won the high and dry award with their Albury 20 showing off it’s clean bottom. Pete & Linda Eshleman deserved honorable mention for sailing their newly acquired KASSIE, a 12 ft. Abaco Dinghy, all the way from Tilloo Cay. Dan Forman brought the Club Sunfish to the beach, much to the delight of Kate Wetherby, who showed off her newly learned sailing prowess and actually sailed back to the beach. David & Catherine Allin were seen cruising in the kayaks, taking a well deserved rest from race committee chores. There were plenty of land based activities too. It was all over much too soon and the skies darkened and members scurried home. Thanks to everyone who made it such a fun day. 

Photo Credits: Carol Pahl




Famous Writers: Check out April’s issue of Cruising World, where you will find Lorraine Morecraft’s recipe for “Company Eggs” in the Underway section. Her book “Stories From My Galley” is available on I-Tunes. Also, be sure to purchase your copy of Marcia Talley’s latest book that has just been published, “Mile High Murder.” This is a part of the Hannah Ives mystery series which is approaching its 20th anniversary! Congratulations to both Lorraine & Marcia!




Louanne & Rick Judge checked in while on their way south to the Jumentos in Sea Bean. What a great place to spend Easter and they said the sailing was fantastic!




Matt McCoy, Honorary HTSC member and long-time Coordinator of the Hope Town Junior Sailing program, has been documenting an interesting study in Haiti using artificial reefs to bring back the fish, using local fishermen who understand the need for some protected areas. This is an educational video about the project:


This year they will be hiring local filmmakers and musicians to produce a feature film about conservation and subsistence fishing. Sailing is a big part of the community there, and will be a big part of the film. As an added perk to their fundraising efforts, Matt will make a short film trying to figure out how to sail one of the small fishing kayaks:


To follow the campaign and get all the updates go here:





Congratulations to Lone Peak for winning the Boat of the Year Award! Many thanks go out to the Race Committee for running a great winter race series in both the cruising boat and dinghy classes.




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:





Jib Sea Sol, formally known as the Bilge Rats, gave their third benefit concert to a packed house on Sunday April 8th at the Hope Town Inn & Marina. This 8 person classic rock band played fantastic songs from the 70’s-90’s with special guest appearance by lighthouse keeper Elvis Parker. All proceeds from this 3½ hour concert were donated to HT Inn & Marina’s Amanda Johnson to help with her medical expenses while she battles breast cancer.




The Easter week Rage FUNdraiser was a success with a plentiful amount of people attending in Jarrett Park. Jerk chicken and all the delicious sides were a big hit, along with the famous swidgle of course! Lots of shirts were being bought up also, all to benefit the Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate and the racing they participate in with these Bahamian sloops. It’s quite an experience sailing on these wooden boats, and the Rage itself has been featured in Wooden Boat Magazine and in the Calendar of Wooden Boats. Thanks goes out to all the hard working volunteers who helped to make this event the FUN part of FUNdraising!




Spring has sprung and the Hope Town Kids Easter Egg Hunt, held in the Cholera Cemetery, was a whopping success! Many, many children, all dressed up in their finest clothes with special Easter baskets in hand, lined up at the fence anxiously awaiting the go ahead to run and find candy and plastic eggs filled with goodies, including the coveted golden egg. Meanwhile the ‘loot’ was strewn across the hillside and in the bushes by local volunteer grown ups who enjoyed their own celebration at the Verity’s home at the edge of the cemetery. Webmaster’s note: Speaking from experience, it was quite a job keeping the kids held back from sneaking peaks before the ‘Go’ signal was given! All the kids were so polite though and even deposited their empty plastic eggs in the basket as instructed, so they can be refilled and ready for next year’s event.




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




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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