(Revised on September 19th, 2019)

Club News:


The latest Dorian updates are posted on the HOME page.




Hope Town Sailing Club will be at the Annapolis Sailboat Show hosting a booth for Abaco Islands Relief. The funds raised will go to PERC for distribution within Abaco. HTSC will be collecting contributions of less than $250 to be aggregated and given to PERC. Will Heyer is leading the efforts. If any HTSC member would like to assist please contact Will by clicking HERE.




Tribute to Skip Smith written by Libby Pyles:


Skip (Robert) Smith, former long term member of HTSC and winter resident of Hope Town Harbour on Yellow Bird, sailed the final leg of his journey on September 9, 2019. Pneumonia and other respiratory problems, complicated by dementia, were too much. Those who knew Skip best, described him as funny, smart, quick witted, kind, a terrific traveling companion, and always willing to lend a hand. Both Skip and Gerri had been members of HTSC from 1995, where Skip served as Membership Chair and Vice Chair during their years in Hope Town. They were part of the original membership of the Hope Town Harbour Rats. He was an avid sailor since childhood and he and Gerri annually sailed from their home in Annapolis, MD to Hope Town for 18 years. In his lifetime, Skip and Gerri were blue water sailors, partaking in many races with included Nova Scotia, the east coast of the U.S., Bermuda, Isla Muheres, and twice to Mexico, in which, in 1997, they placed first.

Friends recalled Skip’s quick wit. One example of his good humor happened while serving hot dogs and hamburgers at the HTVFD fair. A young lad asked Skip, “Are these hot dogs fresh?” With a twinkle in his eye, Skip answered, “Why, yes. Just yesterday these were potcakes.” Imagine the look on that boy’s face. Skip had a motto, “Always leave them smiling,” which he never failed to do.


Fair winds and following seas, dear friend.


Heartfelt condolences go out to Gerri and their family.




The 2019 -2020 HTSC directories will be arriving soon. Members that live in the Bahamas will receive their copies when Roster Chair Carol Fillmann arrives in Hope Town. Please, do not use the personal information/email addresses in the roster directory for commercial purposes. The 2020-2021 dues notice is also in this packet, so be sure to send in your dues by December 31st, as the cost will increase by $25 per person between January 1st and February 28th. If your dues is not paid by then, you will be dropped from membership as of March 1st. Please mail all dues payments to Treasurer Pat Judd in the U.S.



The Opti North American Championship Regatta is rapidly approaching. Thanks to Rhiannon Thomas, photos have been posted of the recent "Meet the OPTINAM Team” press review. Following a week of race clinic activities and meetings, the 16-sailor team was presented to the Bahamas. They will represent the country in the upcoming North American championships, competing in Nassau against teams from 21 North and South American countries, Sept. 27th thru Oct. 4th. The members from Hope Town are (from left): Jasmine Aberle, Rhiannon Thomas (elected by Team Bahamas to be Team Leader for the event), Maison Koepke, & Jack Guinness.



The team still needs donations towards travel expenses and entry fees. Find out more by emailing Click for the GoFundMe fundraiser that has been created by Rhiannon Thomas for the entire Bahamas team. Click HERE for the video of the team being interviewed.





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.





The 27th annual Hope Town Sailing and Sports Camp was a huge success! A portion of HTSC’s membership dues helps fund this amazing program run by Jim & Marjie Laughlin for the month of July, and they would like to thank everyone for their continued support. A slideshow of the photos can be found on the 2019 SUMMER CAMP page by clicking on the title above. Also included on that page are Jessica Mann Charters' photos and commentary. The Laughlins have posted a complete round-up of photos and videos on the summer camp's Facebook page at




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.



Island News:


Below is the letter from Queen Elizabeth about Hurricane Dorian...





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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