Broad Bay Sailing AssociatioN


Commodore's Corner

January sure did fly by and I am looking forward to the upcoming year with BBSA. First off, I want to thank Eric Brinsfield for all he did as Commodore in 2019. The website upgrade was not a small undertaking that both Eric and Cathy took on. The technical support Eric is still providing BBSA from his trip in the Bahamas is a huge relief for me. I can’t say how much I appreciate all that Eric has done for BBSA. We have an exciting year to look forward to and January did not disappoint! The banquet was an absolute blast. Sergio did a wonderful job coordinating the event. The food, music and dancing were perfect. We have had a sail trim lecture done by one of my colleagues at Evolution Sails, Karl Felger. Over 100 people attended this event on the Nauticus campus. In February we’ll have our membership meeting/social on February 18th at Stripers in Waterside at 6:30. I look am really looking forward to meeting more members while seeing friendly faces! Please look at the event calendar! Our training committee and the board are working on filling up the calendar for March with nothing but fun! Our goal is to have activities that appeal to racers, cruisers, boat owners and crew. If there is a topic you would like us to have a lecture on, please tell us! 

Before I close this, I know that some of you have no idea who I am. I thought I’d tell you a little about myself. I currently work for Evolution Sails and Norton Yachts. I grew up messing around in boats. My family sailed when it was windy and fished, waterskied or worked crab pots when the water was flat. I have no memory of not being on boats. I still have my 1964 Sailfish. My life goal when I was 5 was to waterski in the Cypress Gardens waterski show. Well… that didn’t happen. Luckily my life goal changed to sailing on a big sailboat with a big spinnaker in a big race with lots of other big boats. I nailed that goal! The biggest race I have done was the 2010 Heineken Cup Regatta in St Maarten on a Farr 40. I was part of the J/27 crew “Magnificent 7” from St Thomas, winning the Caribbean Ocean Race Cup in the CSA 2 handicap fleet. I was on the first boat to finish the 2015 Annapolis to Newport Ocean Race, “Pursuit” owned by Norm Dawley (SMSA). Locally I spend most of my time on the green Tripp 38, Voodoo 2 at Hampton Yacht Club as their spinnaker trimmer. I am a very lucky girl with the opportunities I have had. I am very much looking forward to this opportunity with BBSA as Commodore!

I hope everyone has a wonderful February. I look forward to seeing you all at Stripers in Waterside on the 18th! 

Stephanie Sweeney

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