In the Blog below, we will post announcements and other important information that members will want to know. You may also want to check the Members Forum for more topics and an open discussion.
We will all miss Jack's smiling face out our membership meetings. He has been a long-time boater and supporter of BBSA. For more information, please read his obituary at: Obituary for John Walter Ainslie.pdf
Cathy and I are cruising to Exumas, Bahamas on our sailboat, a 47-foot Beneteau called Flight Risk. We have been planning the trip for many years, but more seriously starting last November. For those not familiar with Bahamas geography, the Exumas are a series of islands in the southern part, which were not impacted by Dorian.
I will continue my duties as Commodore remotely and our Vice Commodore, Stephanie Sweeney, will cover for me while I am gone. She will organize and run the November membership meeting and potluck at ODU Sailing Center. Sergio Diehl has the Annual Banquet in January well in hand.
We left Oct 26 via the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) and will stay on the ICW until Beaufort, NC. From there we will start taking offshore hops to Wrightsville Beach, NC, Charleston, SC and other stops until we get to Jacksonville, FL. We will leave the boat there for a week, while we drive back home for Thanksgiving.
The house has a sitter and everything else is closed down.
On returning to the boat, we will head further south to Miami with the goal of crossing over to the Bahamas from Government Cut. Depending on the weather and situation, we will check into the Bahamas at either Great Harbor (Bullock’s Harbor) or Chub Key, both in the Berry Islands. After exploring the Berrys a bit, we will head further south to the Exumas and beyond. Of course, everything I have said is subject to change. We are learning to be flexible.
Assuming that we are enjoying ourselves, we will stay until sometime in April when we will start heading north again. We should be back in the Hampton Roads area by early May. I will try not to post on Facebook every day, because you would eventually get tired and unfriend me. I am trying to set up a blog site, but it is still a work in progress. More later.
Have a great winter,
During our membership meeting at Bold Mariner, we will discuss the officer and volunteer positions for 2020. You can see the nominees so far at:
I hope everyone is prepared for Dorian's arrival. Friday is predicted to be the worst day, so you still have time Thursday morning to make some final adjustments. Although I suspect the storm will not be that serious for us in Hampton Roads, the forecasts can be wrong, so it it good to play it safe. Be prepared for high water.
Best of luck to everyone, your boats, and your homes.
Early bird registration is now open for Neptune's Atlantic Regatta. To register, go to: NAR Registration and Details
We just added a new social and educational event to the calendar. Please join us for a tour of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center followed by a Concert in the Lawn at Taste. For more details go to: Brock Tour
Whether you are racing or cruising, we can all learn better ways to trim our sails. Join us with Jerry Latell from Ullman Sails. For more info go to:
Sail Trim Around the Race Course
We had a great time at Cindy Lee Hall's home for the Annual Sock Burning. You can find photos in the BBSA group on Facebook and at the following link.
On March 26, 2019, we changed the broadbaysailing.org website link to point to the new website hosted with Wild Apricot. We are still working on some components of the site, but we felt that the content and functionality were sufficient and worthwhile to share now.
Note that the site works on all standard browsers, but we have noticed a few glitches in Microsoft Edge and Safari on the iPad or iPhone. Google Chrome seems to be the best. Look for more How-To documents over the next few weeks. You can always go to the Help page in the site.
"Broad Bay Sailing Association" is a non-profit organization. Virginia Beach, VA 23454