(Revised on October 14th, 2019)


The latest Dorian updates are posted on the ISLAND NEWS page. Scroll down on the CLUB NEWS page for info about members and their hurricane recovery stories.



Note from Commodore David Hanafourde:


A short time ago the Executive Committee of HTSC agreed to have the HTSC Clubhouse used to support the Hope Town recovery efforts as long as needed. How long that will be is not known. Due to home damage, boat destruction, and infrastructure damage, it is clear that many of the club members will not be down this coming season. There will be neither a racing or cruising schedule nor major social schedule for this season.


The Executive Board has decided to cancel the 2019/2020 season for HTSC.


Dues will apply at the normal rate. These dues apply to the period March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. We will have repair expenses and fixed expenses that may use all of the funds. If expenditures and repair expenses from this point until February 29, 2020 and repair and operating expenses from March 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021 are less than the dues paid, the difference will be contributed to HTVFR. In February 2021 the executive board will review the situation and may make a special contribution to HTVFR.


Prospective members will be given the choice as to whether they would like to keep their applications active or if they would like a refund of the initiation fee. (There are 6 applicants in this category)


The Executive Committee has proposed to have current officers remain in place until March 2021. The elected officers have all agreed to do so. By this announcement notice is given that there will be a General Membership meeting in November 2019 for the sole purpose of voting on the following bylaw change (proxy forms are with your roster and dues notice):


Addition to Article 7 - Flag Officers


(e) The flag officers can be held over for an additional year should the season need to be canceled for any reason. Cancellation must be approved by the Executive Committee.


Note: If reconstruction progresses quickly enough and the local members desire to have standups, this action would not prohibit members from using the club.



Please mail all dues payments to Treasurer Pat Judd at her  U.S. address



HTSC members helped man the Hurricane Dorian Abaco Islands Relief booth at the Annapolis Sailboat Show. Leading this endeavor was Will Heyer, and others on hand were Muffin Heyer, Dena Cameron & Ted Alford, Craig & Carol Fillmann, David & Catherine Allin, and Bill & Maureen Torgerson. The funds raised will go to PERC for distribution within Abaco.  





Newport Sail sponsered a fundraiser “Sail for Hope” on September 28th, with the Bahamas and HTSC represented by Winky & Cindy Merrill, who provided their boat as a chase boat for this around Jamestown Island race. A portion of the proceeds will be going to the Bahamas for relief efforts.






A huge thank you goes out to Deanna Taylor who is retiring after being Membership Chair since 2007! All her hard work over the past 12 years has been really appreciated, and her experience and expertise have been priceless on the executive committee. Also retiring are Dave Pahl as Sunfish Fleet Captain and Carol Pahl as Webmaster/Editor, both of who have been on the executive board since 2010. If any members are interested in taking over one of these positions, please contact Commodore David Hanafourde.



Hurricane Stories and Updates From Club Members:


Ben Puckett’s 46 ft. trawler Crawfish, that washed ashore during the hurricane, was patched up and then re-floated via crane and barge. This monumental project took all day (Photos thanks to Kim Rody & Monica Cook)...





Saved from the rubble: Linda Knowles surprised Dave & Carol Pahl by finding their irreplaceable Abaco Dinghy half hull model made and signed by Winer Malone, in the rubble of what was their apartment over Lighthouse Marina.





From Janet Reingold: Marcia and Barry Talley had a short visit with Philip Yasinski and Janet Reingold, with lots of laughs, empathy for one another and for our many Hope Town friends trying to recover from Dorian’s devastation, coping by eating way too much food— the Grand Marnier Soufflé at La Fèrme put us over the top— but it was so light, it couldn’t count, right?? Next, Marcia and Barry are setting out in Iolanthe, headed to Hope Town, and Janet and Philip are off to Paris for “Croissant Therapy. “. Better than staying in Washington, eh?



Mary Balzac checked in to tell us she is staying with her brother in North Carolina at the moment, after losing her home in Hope Town to Dorian. Below is a photo of Mary and her family as they evacuated on the fast ferry to Nassau. Lory and Marissa went with her, while Jane and Cha stayed on in Hope Town to help.



A Mary Balzac selfie on the ferry with 200+ evacuees and many pets, plus the painting Mary made about the hurricane...




Lost and Found...When Leslie Pritchard’s house was blown away by Hurricane Dorian, she lost many family mementos, including her father’s prized life ring from the Robert Fulton that used to service Wilson City during the lumbering years. Amazingly, Monica Cook found it and placed it at the Wyannie Malone Museum!





Due to the devastation from Hurricane Dorian, the Hope Town Christmas Village has been put on hold for this year, but plans are to return better than ever in 2020.




Hello all HTSC members! If you plan on being in the Stuart, Florida area, save this date!





Attention all cruisers! According to the website, the Bahamas government has announced that as of January 1, 2020, the Bahamas cruising permit fees will be increased, depending on the size of your boat and length of stay (which equals double the cost annually). Up to 34’: $150 for 3 months, $300 annually. 35 – 100’: $300 for 3 months, $600 annually. If your boat is over 100’, better check the website

Please note that this info has not been verifed.



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.



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



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.




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


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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