Hope Town Sailing Club, Abaco, Bahamas

Hope Town Sailing Club Social Updates and Information



We look forward to seeing members in Hope Town for the 2020-2021 Season to support our beloved community and to find solace in our mutual friendships.  The Social committee has put together a list of events with the best of intensions, despite the challenges of travel and testing with the Covid 19 restrictions.

Attached is a PDF of the planned Standups and Social Events with dates looking for host and hostess sign ups. HTSC Social Calendar 2020-2021 with host openings rev 1 PDF.pdf 

You may sign up to be a host or hostess at the Club house.  You may sign up on the Events  Calendar under host and hostess for the event day, and you may also contact Kate Barr to request your host and hostess date, or with any questions.

Stay tuned for more information and photos on current events and past events - coming soon! 



*** All Club members who attend a Stand-up are required to host one time during each season, per the by-laws of membership***


Please select one Saturday night or Wednesday race day to host. Choose an empty spot on the sign up calendar, which is posted in the club and on this webpage, and contact the house committee to confirm your date. DO NOT add or delete the number of hosts/host couples needed.  Be aware the Stand-up calendar is updated periodically and your first choice may not be available. We will confirm your choice by return email.





AS A GUIDELINE: Attendance at Stand-Ups, between November and January, average about 60 people.  The busier months of February, March & April may have as many as 90 members/guests. They are hosted by 2 or 3 hosts/host couples.


Definition of Alternative HostingAnother option is to arrange catering for your Stand-Up, “Alternative Hosting.”  You are still responsible for the food to be delivered, set up for serving as well clean up at the end of the Stand-Up.  There are great local restaurants that can help you make a great presentation with wonderful food.


Definition of Amnesty Hosting Amnesty Hosting was originally set up to help those members with medical disabilities, physical restraints, or time restraints.  Prior approval must come from the house committee.  A fee of $80 per member will be charged.  Exceptions will be at the discretion of the House Committee. Amnesty funds will assure that every Sailing Club Stand-Up or special event is either hosted or funded.  


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.


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


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.





Each host/host couple should plan to provide THREE SIMPLE APPETIZERSnot dinner.  There are some tablecloths, utensils, serving dishes, cocktail napkins, dish towels and cleaning supplies in the kitchen.  It is best to check out for yourself what is available before the week you are hosting. Kitchen facilities include two microwaves, stove, oven and sink.  There is no refrigeration.  HTSC provides two coolers for ice and two gallons of bottled water. Please DO NOT USE TAP WATER FOR DRINKING. Ice is to be picked up at Harbour’s Edge and bottled water from Harbour View Grocery; HTSC account for billing.  Please notify the House Committee co-Chairs of your purchases.  No other items are to be charged to the club account for your Stand-Up.


HTSC By-Laws Reminders regarding guest privileges:

1-     Because of space limitations, at Saturday night parties, each member is restricted to one guest per memberexcept 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 let them know 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.

Thank you for your support!

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