(Revised on June 10th, 2019)

Club News:



***Please contact Carol Fillmann or Nan Fulton if you have any information changes for the annual roster/directory. All changes must be made by July 1st to be included in this year's book.***



The 2019/2020 cruising boat race schedule has been modified to accommodate the tides, which will enable more boats to come out and compete. This required a change in the cruising schedule and the social calendar. Check out the updated RACING and CRUISING pages, along with the SOCIAL CALENDAR page. If you need to make any changes in your stand-up hosting date, please contact Kate Barr as soon as possible by clicking HERE.



The MEDICAL EMERGENCIES page has been updated...again! This latest version has answered some of our members' questions and has correct phone number contacts. Many thanks to Commodore David Hanafourde for compiling the proper procedure and requirements for medical evacuation, should it ever be needed. Click on the title above for this important information and the forms required.




Reminiscing...take a look back on the fantastic 2018-2019 season HTSC members had! The webmaster had a hard time choosing photos for this slideshow, so there are lots to see...147 to be exact! Thanks so much to all the talented photographers that contributed and helped to keep us informed and entertained. 



Congratulations to Andrew Wilhoyte and his crew on the Lonesome Dove. They received 3rd place overall in the B Class at the Long Island Regatta. Racing conditions were challenging with light and shifting winds (thank you Stafford for the photos and keeping us posted). Scroll down to see the results of the George Town Regatta that was held in April. Next up, the Abaco Rage will be racing in Regatta Time in Abaco!





Check out the JUNIOR SAILING page for Sue Holloway's Olympic Youth Regatta report, which was recently held in Nassau. This was the second of three regattas needed to qualify for the Opti North American Nationals. Rhiannon Thomas' report on the first qualifying race is also posted, along with Richard Woods' 2 video links, a short report on 4 time winner of the Derek Lee Regatta, Jack Guinness, and the notice regarding the new HTJS Board of Directors .





Be sure to get the latest edition of Abaco Life magazine where Kate Oakes’ article ''Winter in Hope Town'' is featured! Congratulations Kate and thank you to Lorraine Morecraft for sending in this photo...





WDWDWWNIHT? It’s the summer season and time for “What Do We Do When We’re Not in Hope Town!” Email the webmaster photos of the fun you have been having and member get-togethers you have attended. You can also post these yourself on the club’s Facebook page. This is your time to have 15 minutes of fame...but it’s actually more like a month that these photos are posted! Keep coming back and checking for updates to see what everyone has been up to. Here's the latest:



A great group of HTSC friends got together for dinner in Annapolis recently. This included Bill & Maureen Torgerson, Winky & Cindy Merrill, and Will & Muffin Heyer.





John & Lauren Storck’s Saber 38 motoryacht Paradox has arrived in Victoria, British Columbia after being shipped from Ft. Lauderdale, FL on the MV 515’ M/V Donaugracht. The Storcks are now in route to Bainbridge Island, WA for a summer filled with new cruising adventures.





Some of the fun of traveling up the ICW is meeting up with other HTSC members and cruisers...


Slow going: Antares, Iolanthe, Wiladean, & INNT tied up together at the South Mills Lock on the Dismal Swamp Canal while waiting for it to be repaired on Memorial Day Weekend. An eagles’ nest was in the electrical lines and shorted out the power to the lock. A truck with a bigger bucket had to be sent in...on Sunday of a holiday weekend.





 In historic St. Augustine, Will & Muffin Heyer (Antares) got together with Winky & Cindy Merrill (Vagabond). 



Barry & Marcia Talley (Iolanthe) had a “to die for” shrimp and flounder dinner with Will & Muffin Heyer (Antares) and Gary & Mel (Second Sojourn) at Kilkenny, GA’s 107 Restaurant.




The Notluf crew, with Bill & Nan Fulton and Di Hunter on board, stopped in to see Pete & Pat Judd for a fabulous dinner at a restaurant in Beaufort, SC.



Sunny Meinhold went to Japan with friends, starting out on land and then on a cruise ship, visiting places like Otaru/Sapporo, followed by a quick stop in Russia before arrivng in Alaska. A trip of a lifetime!








Congratulations to the A.R.S.S. and the crew of the Lonesome Dove! For the 3rd year in a row, they have won the B Class at the annual National Family Island Regatta held in George Town. With ‘Best of the Best’ Jeff Gale skippering for the 4 race series, he and his fabulous crew (including HTSC members Eric Patterson & Richard Cook) were sure to win this prestigious regatta. It Ain’t Right also competed in the C Class and came in a very admirable 4th place overall. Thanks so much to Stafford Patterson & Barry Ainsworth who were on scene and kept us informed on Facebook with great videos, and to Jan Pehrson for the use of the two exceptional Dove photos above and below. More photos from the past 5 years of regattas and classic Bahamian work boats can be found on Keep a look out here on the club’s website for results of the Long Island Regatta which is coming up next on June 5-8th.



Footnote: Time to scoop the Abaconian...below is Stafford Patterson’s detailed article he submitted for the next edition of the paper. Thanks Capt. Plug!


The Abaco Rage Sailing Syndicate did travel to George Town, Exuma for the 66th annual National Family Island Regatta April 24th - 28th. Regatta began in 1954 at George Town, the organizers of that first Regatta got 70 plus working boats or “smacks” as they were known together for some racing during the fishing offseason. The organizers offered the sailors a daily stipend along with some prize money for the top finishers and this tradition carries on today.
ARSS has fielded two entry’s the last 4 years, in B Class (21’ length overall/9 crew) we have the Lonesome Dove and in C Class (17’ length overall/5 crew).

Regatta begins with a one race per class shootout for a trophy, some cash and bragging rights. In C Class, the Commodore Emeritus Cup was won by the Whitty K from Long Island and It Ain’t Right placed 5th. In B Class the Lonesome Dove was a close 2nd behind Susan Chase from Long Island. Both those Long Island boats are skippered by Mangrove Bush’s own Stefan Knowles, a formidable opponent.

On day two the first of three points races for each class was held, in C we scored a 7th and in B we got a 1st, commonly referred to as a “bullet” and by so doing we were able to fly the checkered flag from our mothership, the Nomad. Day three and in C we led the whole race right to the finish line only to have Whitty K win by about 4 seconds. A heartbreaker. But we gathered ourselves and scored a 2nd in the days B race behind Susan Chase which tied us for 1st overall with the Susan Chase. Day four dawned with light and variable wind conditions, very challenging. C Class we got a 6th which placed us 4th overall and 1 position better than last years 5th. In 2017 we were National Champions in C Class. The Lonesome Dove excels in light air and with some good tactics and a great anchor pull start from the crew we were able get a good finishing position in the final race. Dove needed to beat Susan Chase and finish no worse than four positions behind Lady Sonia and that is what we did. Lady Sonia was 1st, Dove was 4th and Susan Chase was 7th. We win the B Class National Championship for the third year in a row and our 5th in total (2006 and 2010).

Our next racing is the Long Island Regatta June 5th - 8th. Our A Class boat, the Abaco Rage, which no longer competes on a National scale, will be sailing in the Regatta Time In Abaco June 24th - July 4th. Should you be interested in more information about our program or wish to attend a Regatta with us, please contact me at



The photos below were taken from Stafford's Facebook page, one from Monica Cook, & a couple of screen shots that the webmaster took from Stafford's videos...





We are gearing up for the 2019 -2020 season and the schedules are now posted here on the website!

This includes:


The SOCIAL CALENDAR page: Sign up to host soon as spaces are going fast! There is also a sign up sheet to help organize our special events including the Christmas Dinner, Men’s & Ladies’ Luncheons, Commodore’s Dinner, and Spring Picnic. If you sign up to assist with these events, you will not be required to host a stand-up or pay amnesty.



The RACING page: Check out the dates for both the cruising boat and dinghy races. Make plans to participate by competing or signing up to be mark or race committee boat! Without your help the races cannot take place.



The CRUISING page: The schedule has great spots to cruise to and it looks to be a fun season. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Fleet Captain John Barr.





A huge thank you goes out to Jill & Chris Prewitt who have retired after 9 years of running the Abaco Cruisers Net. Their dedication is so appreciated by all who listen each morning. They have now turned over the microphone to Lorraine & Bob Morecraft on Scaramouche and we thank them for volunteering for this important job that keeps everyone informed




A warm welcome and thank you goes out to Dena Cameron who will be our new House Committee Chair for the first half the season starting in November!



Joining Dena for the first part of the season and Kate Barr for the second half of the season as House Committee Vice Chair is Carol Fillmann. Thank you Carol for volunteering and to Susan Crowe, who is stepping down as co-chair. We appreciate all your hard work!




Posted for membership until the next executive committee meeting are: Steve & Betty Roberts. 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.





Janet Reingold & Philip Yasinski are offering complementary moorings for Hope Town Sailing Club members cruising the Maine Coast in the summer ahead.


Four moorings are available north and west of the Inn at Cuckolds Lighthouse. These are heavy, deep water moorings for vessels up to 200 feet, in somewhat sheltered water at the entrance to Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The Lat/Long for these is: Cuckolds Island: Lat. 43° 46′ 8″N, Long. 69° 39’00”


Three more well-protected moorings are available in Pig Cove (the cove between Capitol Island and Southport Island), Lat/Long: N 43 49 428; W 069 39 071. These moorings will accommodate vessels up to 40 feet, and water depth at this locations is 8 feet at low tide. For these moorings, we can also provide fresh water and short term tie up at our float at Cozy Nook, our summer cottage.


Please contact us for more details and alert us to your anticipated arrival.
Janet Reingold: Email:
Philip Yasinski: Email:





Refresher Course on Stand Up Responsibilities: Club members have only two official responsibilities. One is to pay annual dues and the other is to meet the annual Stand Up requirement.* Members have the choice of either hosting a Stand Up or paying the Amnesty fee of $80 per member. The Stand Up hosting schedule and opportunities to host can be found on the website. 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.


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.


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





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:



News from Friends of the Environment (taken from their newsletter):


F.O.E. completed construction of 5 coral nursery trees with the help of students from Long Bay School and then installed them at Fowl Cay Reef with assistance from Hayley-Jo Carr of the Reef Rescue Network and Dive Guana. The nurseries were populated with coral fragments from other reefs, with boat assistance from Froggies Out Island Adventures. These nurseries will be maintained through volunteer efforts and the coral fragments, once grown, will help with restoration efforts at reefs along the Sea of Abaco.



More from F.O.E.:

Worldwide, plastic pollution is a major concern. Seasoned sailors Angela Burns & Bill Atherholt coordinated their first Fishing for Plastic Derby here in Abaco to bring awareness to the issue, highlighting plastic as an "invasive species". The turn-out at the weigh-in on May 25th at The Jib Room exceeded expectations with a total of 10 teams and 80 persons made up of local businesses (Abaco Print Shop, BTC & Bahamas Compostables), community members and visiting cruisers. All together, 4,194 pounds of plastic debris were collected from across the island's coastlines, leaving everyone with a sense of pride and accomplishment in aiding the battle against plastic pollution.



To help with the elimination of plastic pollution, the Ministry of Environment and Housing (MOEH) is working on getting everyone prepared for the 2020 nationwide ban on single use plastics. Environmental Officers Kendria Ferguson and Lyndee Bowe visited Abaco from May 23rd - 25th to host a town meeting and business consultations to raise awareness on the upcoming ban on select single use plastics. Issues addressed included: the "4bidden" plastic items which include point of sale plastic bags, plastic utensils, plastic straws and styrofoam containers, alternatives for these items, and the positive impact this ban will have on the environment and waste management in the country. To conclude their visit, the MOEH officers partnered with Maxwell's Supermarket to distribute over 500 free reusable bags. This initiative is very exciting; upon implementation, The Bahamas will join more than 60 countries worldwide that have already enforced or are in the process of formulating bans on selected plastic and Styrofoam products.





From the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society: “A BIG shout-out of gratitude to the students of Grade 4 from St. Andrews school in Nassau. Yesterday they proudly presented us a $500 donation that they had raised from selling baked goods! This act of charity by the youth of our nation, warms our heart and will go to help us.....Keep the Light ON!”





One of Cap'n Jack's most memorable bartenders has passed away. Althea Malone, known as “Rose” to all long time island residents, has gone to that great watering hole in the sky. Althea worked at Jack's for many years before retiring to help care for her Mom, “Miss Mary”, watch football, and play J-A-C-K-S (BINGO) when she had the chance. She had a unique personality. As someone said “If she didn't like you she made absolutely no attempt to fake it. It was awkward at times but always honest - as was she - and you always knew where you stood with her.” But whether she liked you or not, you knew she had a heart of gold. Often putting up with drunk tourists and lots of drunk regulars (One of her favorite days involved throwing Pete & Amy out of the bar) she also had an extremely dry sense of humor. Once a tourist asked her what the weather forecast was. She walked over to the window, looked out and said “SUNNY”! Getting a smile or a hug from Althea could make your day. Barflies will remember her for her made-from-scratch Bloody Mary's! She hated to make them, and complained during the entire process, but she refused to take shortcuts and they were the best! Sadly the recipe went with her.... She is survived by Miss Mary and her brother Edward (formerly of A&E Liquors). Condolences go out to the Malone & Adams families. Althea- you will be missed!! (Thanks to Amy Brubaker for writing this tribute.)





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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