(Revised on July 16th, 2019)

Club News:



Hope Town Sailing and Sports Camp is in full swing! A portion of HTSC’s membership dues helps fund this amazing program run by Jim & Marjie Laughlin, which is in its 27th year! A slideshow of some of the photos taken so far 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 






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! 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.



Exciting news from Junior Sailing...Following the 2019 Opti Nationals recently held in Nassau, which was the final qualifying regatta for the Opti North American Championships, Jasmin Aberle & Maison Koepke have qualifed for the Bahamas OPTINAM Team! Jack Guinness may also be placed on the team since more slots are being requested by the Bahamas Opti Association. This is a huge accomplishment, with 58 contenders for 14 spots. Congratulations and well done to the kids and their coaches! HTJS would also like to thank all the volunteers and contributors that helped to make this happen! Be sure to check out the JUNIOR SAILING page, which has Rhiannon Thomas’ report, as well as other stories and interesting information.





Congratulations to Bobbie & Ed Collins for winning the HT Community Center’s Golf Cart Raffle! A large crowd turned out for the drawing which with the winning ticket pulled by Eric Patterson.





From Jay Evans: Challenge XII won the 12 Meter World Championship in Newport recently. Jack Le Fort of Man-O-War skippered the boat to victory in the modern division. He and his team overcame a disqualification in the eight race for tacking too close to Courageous by winning the ninth. In Eastern Harbour, Jack trains by sailing his Beetle Cat, and Jay promises to bring him to one of HTSC's stand-ups this winter. 





Summer Racing Circuit: It has been a busy summer of racing for the A.R.S.S.! First the Lonesome Dove, with “Best of the Best” Skipper Jeff Gale at the helm, won the B Class in the annual Family Island Regatta in George Town. This was the third year they have won this prestigious award. It Ain’t Right also competed and came in an admirable 4th place overall in the C Class. Many thanks to photographer Jan Pehrson for the awesome photo below.




Then it was on to Long Island Race where Skipper Andrew Wilhoyte and the Dove crew placed third overall in the B Class! Photo by Stafford Patterson.




Most recently the Abaco Rage competed in Regatta Time in Abaco and won 2 out of 5 races in the series, thanks to Skipper Richard Cook and his crew! In the remainder of the races they ended up with two 4ths and one 2nd place.


Also racing in RTIA was Grumpy Ole Men with Junior Sailor Joey Gale as skipper and a mainly junior sailing crew (plus Jeff Gale). For this 5 race series, the boat was known as Grumpy Ole Kids...and this was a the PHRF spinnaker class! They were hot competitors finishing 1st in one race, 2nd in three races, and 3rd in one race.


Photos below by Keath Nupuf, Lorraine Morecraft, & Monica Cook



Congratulations to all and we now look forward to the 2019-2020 HTSC Winter Race Series.





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:


Small World: John Storck & Dick Engle (Ron Engle's brother) met by chance at an Eagle Harbor Yacht Club cruise to Gig Harbor in Puget Sound. The HTSC burgee is flying proudly (right side up ;-) ) in the Pacific Northwest!





This news from Marcia Talley...Road Trip! Marcia had been invited to give a book talk to the Toronto Chapter of Sisters in Crime at the Toronto Public Library, and since she and Barry had so many friends in Canada who’d said, “If you’re ever in town …” they took them up on it and planned a 12-day road trip. First stop was a B&B in Niagara on the Lake, then on to a good, old-fashioned country house party on the farm owned by  Vince & Linda Weeks  (Fortnight), just like an Agatha Christie novel, but without a body in the garden! The following day, they had lunch with  Sharon Girard & Jim Ryan  at Sharon’s home in Mississaugua before heading into the city. Even though it was pitching down rain on the evening of her talk,  Jim & Sharon  showed up with  Cliff & Marilyn Chappel  and so did Elie & Danielle Benchitrit


Cake was served and books were sold to a crowd of around sixty. 


Then, on to northern Michigan for brilliant (but coolish) weather and a visit with Ed & Bobbie Collins, including a trip to the dunes at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore Park (they arrived on Bobbie’s birthday, so more cake was on the menu).


Barry & Marcia are now back home in Annapolis. Iolanthe is out of Hartge's boat “spa” sporting a new battery bank, raw water pump, flag halyards, kitchen and bathroom fixtures, toilet seat and has a new Highfield dinghy hanging off the davits. They look forward to summer sailing on the Chesapeake with friends and family. Thanks to Bob White & Bobbie Collins for the photos.




Very interesting commentary from Richard Woods who has been spending most of the summer racing in the UK...


I've just had a great weekend racing in the Round the Island race with Nigel ("I'm just a cruiser") and Tom ("I'm not very experienced"). Yeah, right.


I later translated that to mean "we don't have a spinnaker" and "unlike you guys I haven't done a few transatlantics". So, despite it being the boat's first sail of the year, I thought we formed a good team.


The boat was Mango 3, the 4th of Ian Farrier designed F22 trimarans, built in New Zealand and shipped to the UK about 5 years ago. The race is the most prestigious and popular UK race, over 1250 starters this year, and goes anticlockwise round the Isle of Wight starting and finishing at Cowes. 50 miles measured round the shoreline, but most people sail 60-70 miles, allowing for tacking and staying in deep water.


All boats over 18ft are allowed, although there are always a number of unofficial entries along for the ride and bragging rights. Of the 1250 entries about 30 were multihulls, including the monster 100 foot trimaran "Actual Leader". Mango 3 at 22ft was the smallest and rated slowest multihull. I'd done the race 6 times before, and had two 1sts and two 2nds. But the last time was back in 2002, so I was very rusty.


Summer had at last arrived in the UK, temperatures in the mid- high 80s (28-32C) were forecast, with a decreasing easterly F4. So we suspected that it would be a slow race and, as a result, a race favouring smaller boats. That's because slow boats benefit greatly from the tide changing in their favour, whereas fast boats on a record breaking race tend to fight the tide the whole race (and the tide can run at 5 knots in places)


Multihulls and big boats always start first. Which, an hour into the race, makes it kind of fun to look back at 1000+ spinnakers. We left the marina at 6am ready for a 7.40am start. Fortunately the predicted wind materialised and we started with a fast reach/run west down the Solent to the Needles. We really missed a spinnaker as, even with a masthead screecher, we had to gybe downwind through much higher angles - so were sailing further and slower - than the spinnaker boats. But we were going well, sailing from shore to shore trying to stay in clear air and in favourable tide.


But we could see problems up ahead as boats began to slow and then park up just east of the Needles. Soon enough it was our turn. Although we all knew that eventually the tide would sweep us past and into the building SE wind it was a very frustrating 40 minute drift. And where we made our first mistake. We had deliberately stayed away from Tennyson Down but bizarrely we saw that those right under the lee of the 400ft high cliff had enough wind to sail away from us.


Eventually we got clear and started beating towards the next headland. And then we made our major mistake. We were desperate to avoid any more calm patches so decided to head out to sea, despite the current being against us. Some people followed us, but after a while we were the most westerly boat. We should have tacked then, but didn't for another 20 minutes. When we did so we saw how much ground we had lost. Now, in a good wind, the goal was to stay in clear air, stay close to shore and, above all, avoid any potbuoys which littered the course and caught many.


Watching 1250 boats short tacking must have been a real spectacle from the shore, especially at St Catherines, the most southern end of the Island. We were very glad we could tack quickly and didn't need to winch the genoa. The crews on the bigger boats were really struggling, indeed we even managed to overtake a couple of Clipper 60's. We were generally racing with the 35-45ft monohulls, but we also passed a couple of what we called "tiny" boats, then realised they were both bigger than us.


And so onto the next hole. The hot weather meant the sea breeze cancelled out the gradient wind and instead of broad reaching to Bembridge and the 3rd corner of the Island (it's roughly a diamond shape 22 miles by 14) we kept on beating in a failing wind. In Sandown Bay the wind disappeared completely for 30 minutes or so and then our group of boats got lucky, as it then filled in very gently from the north instead of the expected south. We "overtook" maybe 200 boats in minutes, as all those out to sea went from being to windward and ahead, to way down to lee.


At Bembridge we could turn NW and head for the finish. "Not far now, maybe we'll make it before the (10.30pm) time limit". We were going well at nearly 4 knots, and, for the first time in the race, we could point where we wanted to go. But we knew it wouldn't last, and at Seaview, just a few miles further on, the wind disappeared again. By now hundreds of boats had decided to retire and, very rudely, started motoring through the still racing fleet.


Up ahead we could see the first boats beginning to finish (although Actual Leader had finished some time earlier, taking seven and half hours - the record is under two and a half) so we were all desperately waiting for wind as we drifted north with the tide. At last the predicted NW wind filled in, and we wearily began beating NW, cutting corners over the shallows at Ryde where no monohull dared to go.


At last the finish line was in sight! And at 8.58pm we crossed the line, in 77th position, over 13 hours since the start. Only 257 out of 1250 starters finished the race.


Then a 10 mile sail back to the marina, by which time it was dark. Fold up the boat. Get the car. Nigel backed the trailer into water. Tom and I motored Mango on. Pull out. Take mast down. Strap it all down ready for the road. Drive 40 miles and got home just after midnight. A long day!!!!


But amazingly the results were already on line, together with a full report on the race. We were delighted and very surprised to see that we actually finished 2nd multihull on corrected time. A Millbrook based boat, the Dazcat 1495 "Hissy Fit" beating us by 20 minutes.


We knew it would be a small boat benefit. But even so no one really expected the smallest boat in the race, a 50 year old 18ft bilge keel Alacrity to be the overall winner. A boat you can buy for GBP500. The multi million maxi Jethou came 163rd on corrected time despite being first monohull to finish.


So another successful Round the Island. Thanks to Nigel and Tom!!!


Race website is here:






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.




Our talented writers and photographers have been busy! 


Congratulations to Lorraine & Bob Morecraft who have completed and published their latest photo book, "Birds of Elbow Cay and Abacos, Bahamas...A Story of Bahamian Nicknames." It is available in digital, softcover and hardcover editions. You can order your copy at Another reason to add this book to your library (and coffee table!) is that the cover image was immortalized in paint by Kim Rody, and named "Lorraine's Abaco Parrot." The Morecrafts are currently just two bird species shy of 100 birds in the Abacos since returning last November.




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...




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. 




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.



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





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:


Who makes the best rum punch in Hope Town?? (Reported by visitor Amy Brubaker)

That's the question the HTVFR put out to all the local establishments- and the winner was found!! It was a fun fundraiser for the HT fire department and a perfect way to beat the summer heat. Tourists in town for RTIA and locals alike judged rum punch concoctions made & donated by all the Elbow Cay bars & restaurants (including Cracker P's and Snappas!), with a few individuals participating for bragging rights. There were a total of 12 entries to taste and then vote for the favorites. Meanwhile, the kids were able to play in a bouncy house and cool off on a Slip N' Slide set up on the burial grounds at the Cholera Park. Tons of great food options were available, as well as the usual HTVFD t-shirts and other things. The event was a huge success, and this will hopefully become an annual event. The winning individual punch award went to Ben & Mary Puckett, and the Thirsty Cuda took home the plaque for their unique green rum punch!!





From Friends of the Environment: Sands bottle recycling will start in Abaco on July 16th! Those interested in participating can take their Sands brand beer bottles in a beer box to the old Cost Rite warehouse in Marsh Harbour on Tuesday afternoons from 2-5pm. Bottles must be clean and not broken. You will receive a receipt for $1.50 credit/box which can be redeemed in cash at Jimmy's liquor store.




Check out this YouTube video interview of DP Patterson, Office Administrator for the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society, regarding the latest lighthouse news...


Also interviewed by ZNS Bahamas was lighthousekeeper Jeffery Forbes, Jr....





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!”





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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