Nestled on the waterfront of the iconic Hope Town Harbor, Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, the Hope Town Sailing Club (HTSC) was founded in 1964 to promote sailing in Hope Town, and surrounding Abaco Cays. HTSC is a private Club licensed in the Bahamas.
The Club encourages temporary and permanent visitors and local Bahamians to join the club to participate and support racing and cruising in the community with a variety of activities for adults and juniors. The Club also schedules member social events and sponsors activities to support the Club's goals and the local community.
I’m sitting in the cockpit of Iolanthe looking out over Hope Town harbour where the breeze blows gently from the southeast and a full moon is setting behind the lighthouse. Every mooring ball is occupied.
And yet we can sense that the 2022-2023 season is winding down. Tomorrow is the final hosted Standup of the season, and if the conversations at Cap’n Jack’s are anything to go by, cruisers are already checking long-range forecasts, hoping for a weather window in the next couple of weeks in order to begin the annual migration back to the States.
For the Hope Town Sailing Club, it’s been a year of rebirth. Membership applications show an upward trend and we’ve welcomed new members who not only enjoy sailing and cruising, but express deep commitment to the Hope Town community.
In spite of uncooperative weather, we’ve sponsored three races and two club cruises, a fun outing to Tahiti Beach and a hugely successful picnic. Standups, particularly in March, seemed back to their pre-Dorian standing-room-only status. Dozens of members turned out to repaint the club and the deteriorating side steps have been replaced with ones of solid concrete. Bravo zulu, as we say in the Navy.
I especially want to thank Commodore Don Meinhold for his leadership over the past two challenging years. His will be tough sandals to fill! (Photo Credit Leslie Pritchard)
Marcia Talley, Commodore, Hope Town Sailing Club
Vice Commodore, John Barr
Rear Commodore, Eric Patterson
Commodore-at-Large, Will Heyer
To promote the sport of sailing in the area of Hope Town, Abaco. To hold or arrange regattas, races and other competitions and to offer, grant or contribute towards the provision of prizes, awards and distinctions. To encourage the Bahamians to continue their interest in sailing and racing. To provide social amenities for its members. To finance the objectives of the organization through membership, subscriptions and fees. To support, financially and otherwise, community projects.
HTSC Programs and Interests
Hope Town Community
Post Dorian the Hope Town Community is rebuilt and rejuvenated! Restoration projects, harbor cleanup and amazing rebuilding is completed. The community is vibrant with social, cultural and sailing activities, while much of the infrastructure - school, playground, church and community centers have been rebuilt or repaired. The Hope Town Sailing Club continues to grow our membership as visiting boaters and new and old home owners arrive in Hope Town and enjoy all that this community has to offer. The resilience of the local community can never be understated! An amazing rebirth of progress and innovation and entrepreneurial endeavors have taken hold fours years post Dorian.