Hope Town Sailing Club, Abaco, Bahamas

Club News -

Member Christmas Cocktail Party Date Changed to 12/19/2020

The date for the member Christmas Cocktail Party has been changed to Saturday, December 19, 2020. The Abaco Inn will caterer the event so please let Patti Love know if you plan to attend or contact Kate Barr

New Members

Five new members were posted at the November executive meeting and become members at the December Executive Committee Meeting.

Nancy and Doug Plourde are residents of Ontario Canada. They recently built a home just south of the Settlement. The Plourde’s, along with their son Hayden, own and manage On Da Beach bar/grill/resort. When Nancy is in Canada she pursues her passion for gardening on their large organic farm, Greenwood Farm on the Ridge. Doug provided a much needed respite for weary residents, volunteers and second homeowners by opening On Da Beach just 10 days post Dorian .He provided a bit of “normal” after strenuous 12 hour days. The island continues to benefit greatly from their positive energy and generosity.

Cathy Cockman.  Cathy and her late husband first came to Abaco in 1976 and built the forth home on Lubbers. Pioneers! She currently owns two homes on the North End. She is an experienced sailor. For many years she sailed her Hunter 30 out of New York and has had some junior sailing teaching experience while in the Berkshires. She is fun and charming and we look forward to the expertise and energy she will bring to the Club. 

Dominic and Monica MacKinnon.  Dominic and Monica bought Hilltop, in the Settlement, shortly before Dorian arrived. They have spent many months along side the construction crew restoring the damage and bringing their gorgeous home back to its former glory. Dom is the son of long time member Anne Horsley. We are excited to add them to the list of second generation members. 

Long Time HTSC Friend's Passing - From Carol Pahl

Tragic news to share that Mary Rice has passed on from Covid 19 related illness. She was a Hope Town icon and will be greatly missed. A more generous and colorful woman could not be imagined. Condolences to her family. The Hope Town Culture has lost a truly great friend.

Club News Executive Committee Meeting News

December 2020

November 2020

Current Flag Officers:

David Hanafourde, Commodore

David Allin, Vice Commodore

Patti Love, Rear Commodore

All three flag officers are in position until the AGM, which is traditionally on the first Tuesday of March each year. At that time the officers will change. There is a nomination committee in place and they will come up with a slate of flag officers for the AGM, David Allin will not be standing for re-election, as he will not be in Hopetown next season. Linda Eshelman is now Secretary, as Catherine Allin resigned Jay Evans is now Race Committee Chair, replacing David Allin.

Executive Committee Update:

  • The executive committee agreed to purchase 100 new folding chairs for the Community Center, with the understanding that the Club could use them without fee for the AGM and Christmas Party, as needed.
  • The executive committee would like replace Sunfish dinghies lost to Dorian. All sails and spars were spared, however the hulls were not. Dave Pahl (Past Commodore) is researching up 8 used Sunfish options.
  • The Club is looking for a some kind individuals to bring 5-420 masts and booms stored in Jupiter, FL to Hopetown on their boat. If interesting in helping contact David Allin or Sue Holloway for details.

The Executive Committee for the 2020-2021 is as Follows

Commodore, David Hanafourde

Vice Commodore, David Allin

Rear Commodore, Patti Love

Commodore-at-Large, Eric Patterson

Treasurer, Pat Judd

Secretary, Catherine Allin

Fleet Captain, John Barr

*Assistant Fleet Captain, Jay Evans

Race Committee Chair, David Allin

House Committee Chair, Dena Cameron (Nov-Dec)

House Committee Chair, Kate Barr (Jan-Apr)

*Assistant House Committee Chair, Carol Fillmann

Building & Grounds Chair, Stafford Patterson

Membership Chair, Kim Penning

Roster Curator, Carol Fillmann

*Assistant Roster Chair, Nan Dewing Fulton

Website Systems Managers, Glenn & Linda Brodie

Past Commodore 2014-2016, Dave Pahl

Past Commodore 2016-2018, Winky Merrill

Club Historian, Kitty Donnan

* Non-voting position except in absence of the chair.

New Website and Club Management Software

The HTSC Executive Committee held a meeting recently, both in Hope Town and online, to vote in those who have been posted for membership since the last meeting. Please welcome new members Steve and Betty Roberts. Click on the MEMBERSHIP title above to find out information regarding the process involved in becoming a member, plus a list of new members since our roster books were published.

Sue Holloway reports this amazing news for Junior Sailing: 


The 2019 Opti North American Championships were held in Nassau in late September, and two of our HTJS kids sailed on the Bahamas National Team. The OPTINAM organizers, the sailing teams from around the world, and the Bahamas Sailing Association all wanted to show their support for Hope Town, which had lost so much in the hurricane.

As a result, Hope Town Junior Sailing has received word that six new Optis are waiting in Nassau for delivery to Hope Town. Robert Dunkley, Director of the Bahamas National Sailing School, reported:

"Through donations from the various teams and assistance from BSA, we have secured 6 new boats for Hope Town Junior Sailing, fully equipped with blades, spars, sails, lines, and dollies - all ready to be sailed. The Japanese donated the sails which are slightly used race sails. We have put these in storage in a container and when your club is ready for them, we will ship them to you."

This is wonderful news, and a testament to the close-knit sailing community not just in the Bahamas, but around the world.

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